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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

ustolemyname Re:A Programmer Competency Matrix (548 comments)

Obviously you've never had to switch out a library or framework before, or done anything cross-platform. The author talked about writing libraries that sit on top of the API, not simple thin wrappers.

5 days ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

ustolemyname Re:X, systemd, and priveleges? (226 comments)

It also manages access to the display driver and the actual session. And yes, the same job could be done by another piece of software, but none have been written that I am aware of. That is also true of any piece of software, so I'm not sure what your point is.

Nice summary of requirements for non-root X: ehttp://hansdegoede.lvejournal.com/14268.html

about a month ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

ustolemyname Re:X, systemd, and priveleges? (226 comments)

Sure, if you were building dev releases. And as per patches like http://lists.x.org/archives/xo..., you needed systemd-logind.

The point is 1.15 couldn't, and 1.16 can with systemd components. I think calling development builds of the 1.16 branch "previously" is quite disingenuous.

about a month ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

ustolemyname Re:So... (226 comments)

Totally agree. When I read his analogy it initially made sense to me, but only because I implicitly switched the order of Systemd and SysV init because that makes sense. "abomination that does "everything" complexly and half-assed" perfectly describes the hell that was init scripts.

about a month ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

ustolemyname Re:X, systemd, and priveleges? (226 comments)

The latter. Prior to this change it was impossible to run X as non-root, it took significant work (and a more capable init system) to support non-root X.

about a month ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

ustolemyname Alternative Summary (405 comments)

The author's intentions could be summarized as, "Does this false dichotomy make me look smart?"

about 3 months ago
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On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

ustolemyname Re:good quality (108 comments)

1) This actually shows how ugly web design loses popularity!.

For people who are two lazy to follow the above link: the thought, "Beta isn't so bad." crossed my mind when I saw their page.

about 3 months ago
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

ustolemyname Re:Blame Game. (188 comments)

Or a random guy blew up something, why didn't the CIA/NSA/FBI know that he was doing this...

If those organizations are going to continue receiving more money, more privilege, and less oversight in the name of protecting us from terrorists, then they deserve blame when they have nothing to show for what they have taken from us.

about 4 months ago
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Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

ustolemyname Re:Problems? (152 comments)

The sample size of total number of Tesla's is statistically significant. Total size of population relative to ICE vehicles is irrelevant.

about 5 months ago
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Github Rolls Out New Text Editor Atom

ustolemyname Re:looks like ... (82 comments)

Commenting to fix mis-mod - accidentally modded flamebait, but sublime was the first thing that came to my mind as well.

Off-topic - this was actually the one thing I thought the beta made better, the left/right split of positive/negative mods as well as larger hit boxes, I think it will reduce this kind of error in the future (I mean.... #betasux).

about 6 months ago
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NVIDIA Launches GTX 750 Ti With New Maxwell Architecture

ustolemyname Re:Heat and noise.... (110 comments)

The benchmarks on Phoronix did temperature, and commented on (though didn't measure) noise. Was actually a fairly comprehensive, well done benchmark, the only thing missing was frame latency measurements.

about 6 months ago
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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

ustolemyname Re:My biggest gripe with systemd... (379 comments)

Yeah, but it tab completes, so on the other hand it's the only word you have to type and the only spelling you have to get correct.

My biggest gripe with service is that it doesn't support tab-completion.

about 7 months ago
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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

ustolemyname Re:More information on the topic (379 comments)

Just because you can point to one microkernel that doesn't really work, and one monolithic kernel that does, will not invalidate the perfectly valid points made about the benefits of modularization. Yours is just a logical fallacy:

eg. "I'm sure everybody that likes bicycles never drives a car..."

Except it's not valid points made about modularization in this context. It's a blanket statement that modular is better, for which a single counter example is sufficient to disprove. The AC's post didn't mention specific flaws with systemd, instead they asserted generalizations about how modular is better than monolithic. Just because there are potential benefits to a modular system over a monolythic system does not mean a specific modular system is better than a specific monolythic system, leaving the AC's post as little more than FUD.

about 7 months ago
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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

ustolemyname Re:More information on the topic (379 comments)

This is not the point or benefit of the original UNIX and much of the Linux architecture. By doing small tasks well, a reliable toolchain can be built of those small tasks. *OF COURSE* a monolithic megamonster is going to have fewer lines of code than all the different components shoe-horned into it. And of course *it's going to get details wrong* in those individual components, but the monolithic megamonster may rely on those flaws or make debugging of them unreasonably difficult.

I can only assume that all people who support this argument run GNU Hurd, as it's a microkernel, instead of that 16,000,000+ line of code "monolithic megamonster" known as the Linux kernel.

about 7 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

ustolemyname Re:As can ANY of the major CLAs... (279 comments)

Thanks, my kernel also says that ;)

The relevant "or later" clause from GPLv2 is Section 9, for those who are curious.

The point being, Linus could have allowed later versions of GPL. He explicitly decided to disallow them from the start, and has defended that position repeatedly.

about 7 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

ustolemyname Re:As can ANY of the major CLAs... (279 comments)

The Linux kernel is stuck on the GNU v2 license for exactly this reason, and can never change. That's the fate of any such non-CLA'd Open Source project (other than something using Public Domain or the BSD license).

Actually no, the Linux kernel is stuck on the GNU GPL v2 because Linus made that decision on purpose. The default GNU license allows for relicencing under any later version, but Linux removed that clause on purpose.

Here's his rant against GPLv3: https://lkml.org/lkml/2006/9/2...

about 7 months ago
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KDE Releases Frameworks 5 Tech Preview

ustolemyname Re:GNOME kills KDE (51 comments)

Pro tip: When someone does something retarded on the internet, don't point and claim responsibility.

about 8 months ago

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Apple Clames to have open-sourced webkit

ustolemyname ustolemyname writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ustolemyname (1301665) writes "Remember KHTML, from which Apple forked webkit?

For the ars liveblog at 1153 PST,
"beyond this, we took Apple's Safari engine and open sourced it, and it's the basis of all web browsing on Android"

What the FUCK do they mean they open sourced webkit? They forked an open source project (khtml), which was licensed under the LGPL, and then claim to be the ones who open sourced it? Bastards seem to be caught in their own RDF. Furthermore, Google, Nokia, Samsung etc have been contributing for quite a while, as well as the KDE Project (who ARE the creators.)

Facts from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebKit"

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