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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

sclark46 Re:pfsense (403 comments)

However, I don't understand the blatant systemd misrepresentation/hatred

About 80% of the hatred comes from the bandwagon effect. I'll bet the vast majority of the haters have no idea who Poettering, only he's some bad guy we have to hate. The other 20% of the hate comes from graybeard sys admins who know the unique file formats of the 1000 different config utilities Linux has traditionally had and are either afraid to learn anything new or afraid that they might not be so indispensable at their jobs.

What systemd does is give a single consistent way of configuring the system. You want security nightmare, how about the 1000's of freaking shell scripts that call each other in a giant mass of spaghetti to configure a traditional Linux system.

One of the great benefits of systemd is that it is written in C and not a giant mess of shell scripts. With C, you actually get COMPILE TIME CHECKING. With these dammed shell scripts, you have no idea if they work up until they run, and you have no idea what execution path they could go through. Shell scripts are fine a glue code for user programs, but give me something with some static checking like C for critical components.

Have you actually looked at any of these shell scripts? The largest one in F14 is less that 400 lines and they are all straight forward to read. Where is the tangled mess and when have they ever not worked for you?

about two weeks ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

sclark46 Re:The init system (826 comments)

how are they going to do this when systemd depends on specific linux kernel hooks?

about 5 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

sclark46 Re:ACA was supposed to insure 42 million (723 comments)

They should be covered under medicaid. It is amazing how people complain and don't even understand the law!

about 10 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

sclark46 Re:ACA was supposed to insure 42 million (723 comments)

Good luck on getting your homeowners to pay - what is your deductible. What is your limit on you car ins. It better be big it is nothing to run up a 100,000.00 bill at a hospital. In florida at HCA hospitals if you get taken to a "Trauma" center for being in an accident it is 30,000.00 the moment you come thru the door and that doesn't even cover any care.

about 10 months ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

sclark46 Re:Politics as usuall (723 comments)

Why is it a bad thing. My kids would have no insurance if they couldn't have been on my insurance for the last 5 yrs. You say you had pre-existing conditions but if you maintained your insurance then you couldn't be turned down going from one company to another, oh and Drs don't care about pre-existing conditions only the insurers do!

about 10 months ago
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Speedy Attack Targets Web Servers With Outdated Linux Kernels

sclark46 Re:Read the comments first. (93 comments)

The comments at the end of the CISCO article flush out the fact that they noticed a line of malicious javascript at the end of a large number of .js files but they have no idea how it got there.

In fact the list of JS files given include many that are not even running on Linux servers.

The author is irresponsible at best, and incompetent at worst...

You are absolutely correct. I am appalled that /. even posted this with the title they used.

about 10 months ago
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Power-Loss-Protected SSDs Tested: Only Intel S3500 Passes

sclark46 Re:Stop Bragging! (293 comments)

we had about a 100% failure rate on 16gb kingston SSDs

about a year ago
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Intel Linux Driver Now Nearly As Fast As Windows OpenGL Driver

sclark46 Re:Intel (113 comments)

Yes but they have bug that has been there since 2010 that has not been resolved and cause the gpu to lock up and you have to reboot to get it running again

about a year ago
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Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?

sclark46 Re:The graphics were simply brilliant (374 comments)

What do you mean - you had to solve the puzzle to progress to the next age, and the clues were there to help you if you listened and looked!

about a year ago
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Myst Was Supposed To Change the Face of Gaming. What Is Its Legacy?

sclark46 Re:The graphics were simply brilliant (374 comments)

Me Too!! This was the only set of computer games I ever played and enjoyed.

about a year ago
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Can Anyone Become a Programmer?

sclark46 Re:There is nothing special about programming (767 comments)

You are nuts!!! I have been programming fro 40 years and have worked with a bunch of so called programmers who couldn't code themselves out of a paper basket.

more than 2 years ago
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Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard Switches Compared

sclark46 Re:I bought one (223 comments)

Yep these are the best keyboards. I have them on every workstation I use. The one I am typing on is 11 years old.

more than 2 years ago
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Ready For Your Payroll Software Update?

sclark46 Re:So Naive (105 comments)

This is a trivial change. It is only taking your gross pay time either 4.2% or 6.2% depending on whether they extend the tax break or not.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From Developer To Executive?

sclark46 Re:Simple (229 comments)

I have found it is a very good exercise to let the programmers tell me how long it is going to take to get the job done. We do it in a group setting with all the peers involved. The programmers don't want to look bad among their peers so they usually set realistic dates and work hard to meet them. Each week we review progress in a group setting. This seems to work very well.

more than 3 years ago
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Half Life of a Tech Worker: 15 Years

sclark46 Re:plan? in this climate? (473 comments)

I feel the same way. I am not a guru in any one thing but can do a lot in a lot of different things. it has kept me gainfully employed since 1970. I started out in college programming an IBM 1130 in fortran and assembler, moved to Burroughs L/TC accounting computers in assembler, then NCR, Cobol, Data General a myriad of languages, communications protocols hdlc, X25, sdlc, sna, 2780/3780, postgresql, php, html, C, C++, etc,etc.

more than 3 years ago
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Re-evaluating the Benefits of Cancer Screening

sclark46 They can't tell which are slow and which aren't (253 comments)

The problem is they have difficulty, with prostate cancer, in telling which are slow growing and which are aggressive.

more than 3 years ago
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USPTO Rejects Many of Oracle's Android Claims

sclark46 90 % of claims rejected (154 comments)

What is really staggering is that under re-examination 90% of claims are rejected based on academic research on the issue. This means 9 out of 10 claims in patents aren't valid.

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T Admits Network Can't Handle iPhone, iPad Traffic

sclark46 Re:Calculated Admission (298 comments)

Now they can justify raising rates to... recapitalize for infrastructure upgrade, and includes several hundred million to... retain... talent in the... company managerial class. Frankly I would be surprised if nobody saw that one coming.

Yeah and also by T-Mobile, excuse why the need more frequencies.

more than 3 years ago

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olympic site requires windows for video

sclark46 sclark46 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sclark46 writes "Anybody know how to view videos at www.olympics.com with out having a Windows system?"
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sclark46 sclark46 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

sclark46 writes "I tried to access postgresql.org this morning and got a 404 error. Anyone else seeing this problem?"

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