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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

sjames Re:create abstraction (328 comments)

Yes, it's so confusing deciding if it's going to be 'apt-get install foo' or 'yum install foo'.

about half an hour ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

sjames Re:Edit much? (328 comments)

There's this thing called a quotation mark. We use it when we're repeating something someone else said. For example, in the summary, it is quoting TFA. If you had READ TFA, you might have known that.

So you may direct your complaints to Mr. Venezia or his editors.

about half an hour ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

sjames Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (328 comments)

Until systemd pissed in the soup, /etc/init.d/servicename (start|stop) worked in every linux distro. Now, who the hell knows.

40 minutes ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

sjames Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (328 comments)

FAIL!

He's looking for a replacement to 'tail -f /var/log/messages | grep "something"' and you offer a half-baked API and a link to a python module that WRITES but doesn't read log entries (it says so ruingt in the synopsis).

Debian's approach is the best short of tossing systemd and gnome out on their ears. They lobotomized systemd and chained it's still breathing shell to the wall.

44 minutes ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

sjames Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (328 comments)

The damned thing insists on being PID 1. The more crap it kitchen sinks into itself, the more often and likely it will need a security update. That's a reboot. If I wanted to reboot every day, I'd run Windows 95.

The dsame services runninmg seperately and not as pid 1 can easily be updated/upgraded at will and restarted without messing with the whole system.

The 'old' init is a very simple program. It does what it must do and no more. It doesn't see a lot of change at all. As a result, it doesn't cause any problems It just stays out of the way quietly listening for a command to change runlevels, respawning the occasional getty and dealing with child processes that lose their parent.

Systemd COULD have been implemented as pid2, spawned from init. Of course that wouldn't have supported the hidden agenda to take over everything. Surely you don't think it's a coincidence that the gnome desktop suddenly developed a hard dependency on systemd when it has been running without it for years.

about an hour ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

sjames Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (328 comments)

That still requires a metric assload of libraries to be installed on the server. The bandwidth and latency requirements work OK enough for routine operation, but it really sucks when the problem you're trying to solve involves poor connectivity.

And it absolutely won't work over a serial console.

1 hour ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

sjames Re:In Soviet Maryland (407 comments)

Sheriff Phillips was quoted:

“A further check of Maryland State Police databases also proved to be negative as to any weapons registered to him. McLaw was suspended by the Dorchester County Board of Education pending an investigation and is no longer in the area. He is currently at a location known to law enforcement and does not currently have the ability to travel anywhere.”

10 hours ago
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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

sjames Re:Not a slow lane, a fast lane (87 comments)

But what will really happen is that resources will be yanked from the 'normal' internet to provision the fast lane. If that doesn't get enough sign-ups, they'll further cripple the 'normal' service until the pain is sufficioent to get large content providers to pay for the 'fast lane' which will be about as fast as the old internet while the 'normal' internet will resemble dial-up.

Have you never gone grocery shopping?

11 hours ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

sjames Re:In Soviet Maryland (407 comments)

They did say he was taken for an evaluation. They then said police know where he is and that he has no ability to leave. Gee, what could that be?

11 hours ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

sjames Re:In Soviet Maryland (407 comments)

If he was suspended with pay, I could possibly buy that their hand was somehow forced. But whisking him off for a 'medical evaluation' and holding him in an undisclosed location? No. Nothing forced them to do that but their own diseased minds.

13 hours ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

sjames Re:Not necessarily (407 comments)

AKA when done in some other country, "He's being held incommunicado".

13 hours ago
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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again

sjames Re:Indeed... (116 comments)

Decommissioning costs are driven up by politics. For example by treating things that are mildly radioactive for a few years post shutdown as if they are still nuclear waste years after the last decay.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

sjames Re:Sucks but... (275 comments)

How is the guy in the indian call center going to un-mash the pins?

What will actually happen is the user will return the board and say it looked like that when he got it.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

sjames Re:Sucks but... (275 comments)

That seems backwards. The linux user isn't going to be pestering support to tell them which key is the 'any' key, attempting to hammer a VGA connector into a DVI port.

yesterday
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

sjames Re:IT's not just cops getting away with this (445 comments)

Sometimes an accident is just an accident. Sometimes there's just not enough evidence to determine who (if anyone) is at fault. Sometimes you may suspect the driver was doing something other than driving, but you can't prove it.

However, generally if you hit someone after drifting out of your lane, you'll be charged.

yesterday
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

sjames Re:yet if we did it (445 comments)

Yep, actually. He is exempted from the law that makes typing while driving negligenmce per se.

All that particular law means is that if anyone other than a cop is typing while driving, no further discussion is required, it *IS* negligent.

Absent that law, the cop is still required to drive with due care. We cannot take his typing while driving as necessarily being negligent but we CAN take swerving into the bike lane and running someone over as evidence of negligence.

Just because there's no specific law against popping corn while driving doesn't mean you wouldn't get charged with negligence if you did it (somehow).

yesterday
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

sjames We don't use that word (1 comments)

I believe the industry prefers 'venting with flame'.

2 days ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

sjames Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (215 comments)

Oh sorry, I thought keeping society safe isn't part of your agenda. Got it.

Fortunately, it is part of my agenda AND I recognize that proper statistical analysis can point the way while junk statistics are better suited to hidden agendas.

2 days ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

sjames Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (215 comments)

So, were the second group perfectly psychologically healthy before they started smoking so much? Perhaps they were the few who were on the road to going postal one day but by the grace of THC they are able to at least live peaceful lives?

I have no doubt that chronic heavy use is bad for you. I suspect but cannot prove that at least some of the people who fall into that pattern had an underlying problem in the first place that they are self-medicating with varying success.

It wouldn't be too surprising if like alcohol, some people should avoid THC for their own good.

2 days ago

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