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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

I would say a complete inability to mount a degraded btrfs (which figures heavily in future plans) is hardly some obscure bug.

As for use something else, that's my intention. I gave systemd it's shot and it failed miserably. A bug like that shows that they aren't even trying to make the thing robust.

The question I asked about a workaround is a fairly fundamental thing to not know about systemd. That is, how to get it to run something needed to meet dependencies and how to get it to not run something.

1 hour ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Udev has existed for quite a while now (before systemd existed) and until very recently, had no dependencies on systemd.

yesterday
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

sjames Re:Consent of the Governed (160 comments)

First, Abe wasn't any part of the government of the Confederacy so the obligation to openness didn't apply there.

However, no matter where you might draw the line for public disclosure, surely the executive has no right to keep Congress and the judicial branch in the dark as they have done with Stingray. I would go further and say that the existence and use of the tech should be publicly disclosed while I understand they may need to keep the operational details of a particular use secret until they either prosecute or abandon the investigation (but no longer).

Any longer than that and they have defied consent of the governed and lost all moral legitimacy.

2 days ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

sjames Re:Thats science for you .... (249 comments)

Alas, if you DON'T ask, you'll still get the recommendations and even scolding if you ignore the unwanted advice.

Further, 'they' will continue dispensing that advice even as the evidence piles up against it. They won't stop giving that advice until they find an excuse to tell people they must not eat something else that most people enjoy.

To add to the fun, the 'science' behind all of these food and drug fads just isn't there.

3 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

I added a unit file to mount /var and gave it a "before" dependency on dbus

Yes, files declare themselves to be dependencies of other files. It's as rational and comprehensible as the joke 'COMEFROM' statement (think opposite of GOTO).

3 days ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

sjames Re:Nope... Nailed It (185 comments)

Especially funny. Rock Stars don't multi-task. They lock themselves away in a darkened office working on the currently interesting single problem until it is solved. Then they come out, decompress, and repeat.

Part of why they have rock star performance is that they don't multi-task and don't sit through endless meetings re-hashing yesterday's meeting.

4 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

It might work as a dirty hack, but I would really like to have my fstab not be hackery. Noauto is supposed to mean not mounted on boot after all. I do know that systemd isn't actually issuing the mount command. I also know that once in the emergency shell, a simple mount /aux works perfectly (showing that the fstab and dependencies are fine).

There should be a way to alter systemd's configuration to let mount -a take care of fstab.

I'm a bit skeptical that a .mount file will behave any better since it's still part of the systemd world that has already proven it isn't up to the task. I may try it though just to see if systemd failures are at all hackable short of twisting it to resemble sysV.

5 days ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

sjames Re:To be honest... (129 comments)

Mod parent up!

5 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

sjames Re:Hindsight is 20:20 (519 comments)

I think the many megaton explosive effect of a comet hitting the Earth and the resulting severe disruption of the weather and massive loss of life would probably make us forget all about the kilo of plutonium.

5 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

sjames Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (519 comments)

That's 12 kilos for the SNAP minus the weight of batteries and associated chargers/management, solar panels , and heaters.

5 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

sjames Re:Exploding Rockets vs. Nuclear Power (519 comments)

And still, all the fear would have been unfounded. Yes, from ESA's standpoint, it would be no consolation to know that the fear that was destroying them was unfounded.

Perhaps they should just say the space probes are powered by new and improved power pellets! (Pac Man approved!)

5 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

The point here is that of all of the advocates claiming systemd skeptics are just afraid of change and that systemd is just fine as is cannot seem to come up with a solution to this problem. It's almost as if they don't actually know anything about the software they advocate...

As for solutions, I know a free one involving going back to sysvinit. I'm not going to get paid support for a test installation. If a simple problem can't be solved simply, it will just be rated not ready for prime time.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

Words just can't express the level of warm fuzzies I get with that cylon staring at me for 90 seconds each time I try to boot!

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

It doesn't matter which it is, what I was using before didn't have it.

But beyond that, it refuses to tell me why it isn't just doing the right thing and none of the big systemd advocates here can seem to tell me how one might fix it or work around it.

Beyond that, the thing that is hanging up shouldn't exist in the first place. It has no business caring about anything but the identified (implicitly) dependence on /dev/disk/by-label/aux. Since that is present, it should attempt the mount. Were it designed with an appropriate philosophy, the part that is causing the problem wouldn't exist at all.

The way systemd seems resistant to workarounds is a real design problem IMHO.

All I see on various mailing lists is systemd people deeply confused and at a loss as to what should be done about this and similar problems that the old init system has handled flawlessly for a very long time. That suggests that systemd is not ready for production use. If there was a decent workaround for now, that could potentially be forgiven, but I have yet to see one offered.

about a week ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

sjames Re:Monsanto (99 comments)

That would be a good safety measure except that there's nothing to prevent the pollen from giving a neighboring crop the terminator trait.

about a week ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

sjames Re: Monsanto (99 comments)

You've never heard of terminator seeds, have you?

The seeds will grow normally but the seeds from the grown plants will die upon germination.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

Nobody?!?

All the systemd fans here and not one can show the skeptic how easy it all is? How much better?

Bueller?

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:Go back in time 5 years (558 comments)

It is a bit different. The label had been created correctly by udev in /dev/disk/by-label such that once it dropped me to the shell 'mount /aux' was all that was needed to mount the filesystem correctly. If I could just get systemd to actually try the mount command, it would be fine.

I honestly have no idea what systemd thought it was waiting for and the journal doesn't say. If it would just do what I say, it would be fine.

Is there really nowhere I can just add 'mount /aux' to make it do the right thing?

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

sjames Re:its all about choice. (558 comments)

Everything to come out of freedesktop.org for the last year or two is like that. That's why just about every major software they produce has been forked except for pulseaudio (which is best just removed from the system).

about a week ago

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