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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

volkerdi Re:That guy just wasted his time (314 comments)

By what strange theory does Slackware support systemd? And how is the conversation being "held back"? At least on LQ, I think it's been discussed to death to the point where there's really nothing new to say about it.

I can say one thing for certain: you do not know that anything concerning systemd in Slackware is likely or not. Hell, *I* don't.

about 5 months ago

It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

volkerdi Re:Guaranteed Death (218 comments)

Yeah, and don't forget that "loud pipes save lives" around typical inattentive drivers. This thing is silent but deadly.

about 7 months ago

Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

volkerdi Correlation does not imply causation (211 comments)

More pseudoscience. They say that they're not sure whether this means that porn shrinks your brain, or if the shrunken brain causes porn viewing. But, this leaves out the very real possibility that this correlation means nothing whatsoever. The site below collects correlations that look pretty convincing in the graphs, but quite obviously are unlikely to be cases of causation in either direction:


about 8 months ago

What percentage of your online communications are encrypted?

volkerdi Re:Really? MD5? (186 comments)

It could be cleverly disguised as a bit of MD5 but is actually something encrypted with a 33 character one time pad.

about 9 months ago

Scientist Live-Blogs His Lab's Attempts To Generate New Type of Stem Cells

volkerdi Mildly acidic solution (20 comments)

This technique works best when combined with cold fusion. Also, don't forget about step 3.

about 10 months ago

Chevron Gives Residents Near Fracking Explosion Free Pizza

volkerdi Re:They need to read the fine print. (207 comments)

They may not even need any fine print. Accepting compensation can affect your right to seek damages later.

about a year ago

Most Drivers Would Hand Keys Over To Computer If It Meant Lower Insurance Rates

volkerdi Reality check here (449 comments)

The question will actually be more like "would you keep driving manually if it meant 80% higher insurance rates?"

about a year ago

OpenZFS Project Launches, Uniting ZFS Developers

volkerdi Re:Still CDDL... (297 comments)

CDDL is basically LGPL on a per-file basis.

Perhaps the intent of the licenses is similar, but there's more to a license than that. Unfortunately, being licensed under the CDDL causes a lot more license incompatibility restrictions than either the LGPL or BSD license do. If it were under one of those, there'd be hope for seeing it as an included filesystem in the Linux kernel. But since it's under the CDDL, that can't happen.

The developers are, of course, welcome to use whatever license they like. Just pointing out that the CDDL is *not* basically the LGPL under "per-file" or any other basis.

about a year ago

OpenZFS Project Launches, Uniting ZFS Developers

volkerdi Still CDDL... (297 comments)

Oh well. I'd somehow hoped "truly open source" meant BSD license, or LGPL.

about a year ago

Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

volkerdi Re:Yes (418 comments)

Get a new set of caps from LCDAlternatives. It's cheap, and a fun geek project to install them.

about a year ago

Research Shows E-Cigs Might Be As Good For Quitting As Nicotine Patches

volkerdi Re:second hand e-smoke (314 comments)

yummy, I always like breathing in someone else's medicated ethylene glycol.

It's propylene glycol. But besides that, second hand nicotine was never an issue (and propylene glycol is recognized as safe, and even used in many asthma inhalers). The harm from second hand smoke comes from the smoke particles, something that's not present in e-cig vapor.

about a year ago

Afraid Someone Will Steal Your Game Design Idea?

volkerdi Obligatory fortune: (140 comments)

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. -- Howard Aiken

about a year and a half ago

FreeBSD Co-founder Jordan Hubbard Leaves Apple To Join iXsystems

volkerdi Re:AHA! (58 comments)

Heh, I remember well hanging out with jkh one night when he thought he'd register hubbard.org as a personal domain. "Oh no!"

about a year and a half ago

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

volkerdi Re:I think I win this one (587 comments)

My first computer was a TI-99/4A with 256 Bytes (yes, bytes) of RAM. So even with a moderate 8GB in my current computer, I still have 33.5 million times as much memory. Dammit, now I really wanna play Hunt the Wumpus.

$ wump
Instructions? (y-n) n

You're in a cave with 20 rooms and 3 tunnels leading from each room.
There are 3 bats and 3 pits scattered throughout the cave, and your
quiver holds 5 custom super anti-evil Wumpus arrows. Good luck.

You are in room 2 of the cave, and have 5 arrows left.
*whoosh* (I feel a draft from some pits).
*sniff* (I can smell the evil Wumpus nearby!)
There are tunnels to rooms 1, 9, and 15.
Move or shoot? (m-s)

about a year and a half ago

Cockroaches Evolving To Avoid Roach Motels

volkerdi Easy fix to this problem (315 comments)

Use high fructose corn syrup in the roach motels instead of glucose. I'm surprised they don't do this already, since they use it in everything else.

about a year and a half ago

Tylenol May Ease Pain of Existential Distress, Social Rejection

volkerdi Re:What's mild to moderate? (190 comments)

Aspirin is actually used as the generic name in the US (and Canada?) from what I understand. It's certainly easier to read and remember, but doesn't say anything about the structure of the molecule.

Neither does acetylsalicylic acid. The IUPAC name is needed for that, which is 2-acetoxybenzoic acid.

about a year and a half ago

Linux Fatware: Distros That Need To Slim Down

volkerdi Re:It's already there... (299 comments)

2GB for a full Slackware install? Try nearly 8.

And yeah, I'd like to put it on a diet, but once something is already included it becomes quite entrenched. It's extremely difficult to remove anything large enough to make a difference without causing rioting in the streets with torches and pitchforks. I suspect it's the same for any Linux distribution.

about 2 years ago

Spanish Open Source Group Files Complaint Over Microsoft Use of UEFI Secure Boot

volkerdi Making UEFI more Linux friendly (154 comments)

"so there may be some hope of making UEFI more Linux-friendly"

The only hope is to make Linux distributions more UEFI friendly. UEFI and Secure Boot is certainly here to stay.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

volkerdi Re:SuSE (573 comments)

Not to be a dick, but SuSE is the last distro any Linux enthusiast should be suggesting. Their microsoft pact f#cked the rest of the community[0]

What were the terrible effects of that agreement? I'm having trouble remembering any. Everyone ran around screaming that the sky was falling, but it didn't fall. Just sayin'.*

* it is necessary to end with "just sayin" when replying to any statement that begins with "not to be a dick"

about 2 years ago

Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

volkerdi Streisand effect (700 comments)

The NYT review has now been seen by at least an order of magnitude more people than would have had any awareness of it had Tesla's CEO made no comment about it at all. The vast majority of Telsa's previous reviews have been of glowing, fanboy type. Now they've completely countered those reviews by causing this article to become the most prominent one on the Internet.

In the digital age, when the press gets something wrong (especially in an opinion piece) it's just usually better to walk away.

about 2 years ago


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