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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

warrax_666 It looks a bit verbose, but... (644 comments)

when you're right, you're right. ... but you have to wonder if we really shouldn't embrace the whole DevOps thing and just program our "scripts" in a real language such as Python. (Or Perl for that matter, I just happen to like the "subprocess" Python package for extremely simple unix-like automation.)

about three weeks ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

warrax_666 "hate-mongering"? (1262 comments)

You gotta be fucking kidding.

about 2 months ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

warrax_666 I can only repeat my question (226 comments)

You've just said what "init" doesn't do -- which btw, I'm well aware of -- I was merely preempting some responses I've seen in the past. Tell us which single thing it does do well.

about 3 months ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

warrax_666 So... (226 comments)

So what particular one thing does SysV init do well in your opinion? I honestly can't think of a single thing. It's crappy at managing services, it's crappy at running shell scripts (as witness by the non-standardness of init.d scripts), it's shit at managing running services with interdependencies (inittab), it's shit at dynamically reconfiguring systems (e.g. network reconfiguration for Wifi.), etc. etc.

There's a reason alternatives were created, y'know.

about 3 months ago
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Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

warrax_666 Yes, they're separate (214 comments)

Dark matter conerns the "missing" (i.e. never observed directly) mass in the universe, which has despite its "invisibility" been observed indirectly; for example look up Bullet Cluster on Wikipedia.

Dark energy concerns what it is that is causing the expansion of space-time (and consequently) the universe itself.

about 3 months ago
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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

warrax_666 Is it... (323 comments)

It it... LETTER?

That would be so hot!

about 5 months ago
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Tux3 File System Could Finally Make It Into the Mainline Linux Kernel

warrax_666 Choice (121 comments)

Oh, please. A modern Linux distro actually needs to provide hotplug that actually works, a tear-free desktop experience, reliable service termination/startup/restarts, etc.

Stop living in the past.

about 5 months ago
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Tux3 File System Could Finally Make It Into the Mainline Linux Kernel

warrax_666 At least... (121 comments)

At least it'll be moving past X11 in a year or two :). But then people with no understanding are arguing that Wayland is NIH-X11 -- it's so confusing having to understand nuance!

about 5 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

warrax_666 Lesson Being: (329 comments)

Lesson Being: Digitize that shit as soon as possible and just keep enough backups with enough ECCs to keep transferring those digital copies perfectly to new media.

about 5 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

warrax_666 Re:KDE 3 (94 comments)

Try it again. Seriously.

about 5 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

warrax_666 I think *you* misunderstand (588 comments)

"Herd immunity" isn't an argument for you getting the vaccine for your children (those arguments are already plain) -- it's an argument against you being able to opt out of the vaccine for your children (barring medical reasons such as allergy to the vaccine).

about 6 months ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

warrax_666 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

End result: the US with it's huge positive discrimination drive has the situation where men and women appear to compete opn an equal footing.

You really need to find a citation for that because if it's true it would be hugely interesting!

(Btw: I think the gender divide is basically universal. There have even been studies showing that women discriminate against women based on gender -- even when interviewing for positions which the women-doing-the-discriminating were occupying. It sounds absurd, but frankly I think social conditioning goes even further than this!)

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

warrax_666 Harsh! (2219 comments)

That's pretty harsh...

Why not screw Beta gently instead?

about 8 months ago
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Physicist Peter Higgs: No University Would Employ Me Today

warrax_666 Idiocy (308 comments)

And regardless, how idiotic is it to grade someone based on the number of pages of their notes anyway?

It's unbelievably idiotic and absurd... until you consider human nature.

The people above you are incompetent (cf. "Peter Principle") and will latch onto anything that they can use to judge you to avoid appearing as the incompetents that they are. Even when it makes no sense from an analytical point of view. We humans seem to be hardwired to avoid (being perceived to be, or actually) being wrong. (The book's also pretty good!)

Anyway, hope it wasn't too traumatic :).

about 10 months ago
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Astronomers Discover Largest Structure In the Universe

warrax_666 Are you saying... (143 comments)

Are you saying that gravitational lensing is just an anomaly?

Gravitational lensing seems to be one of the major evidences in favor of dark matter/mass, but it'd be interesting to see you (or anyone for that matter) argue that it's just an anomaly given that it can be observed in multiple distinct locations.

(Now, I think we both agree that dark energy is still just a hypothesis, but I think you'd have to come up with something better than claiming that it's "just an anomaly" to explain the existing evidence.)

about a year ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

warrax_666 Cool! (159 comments)

One of the few languages in recent times with an interesting type system which isn't just a trivial rehash of existing (in practice) ones.

about a year ago
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Most Sensitive Detector Yet Fails To Find Any Signs of Dark Matter

warrax_666 No! Why didn't you mention this earlier? (293 comments)

Of course they hadn't considered it earlier! What fools they've been shown to be!

(Hint: If you're a random commenter on Slashdot, then, yeah, the experts in the field have probably considered your idea before you suggested it.)

about a year ago
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Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

warrax_666 Re:Hah! (362 comments)

GOD FUCKING DAMMIT...

"switched to FF<N>"

about a year ago

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