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Comment: Re:How about we hackers? (Score 1) 832

by Bigbutt (#48268425) Attached to: Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

You're assuming the custom application startup script on a linux system does the same thing on an HP-UX system which is where I have the issue. If exit code 5 on an HP-UX system means reboot the system and the system reboots over and over again, I would (and do) expect there to be some way of stopping it other than going into the management console, halting the reboot loop, and loading up the kernel in single user mode. That seems pretty broken. If the running of the application/service is so critical, it should simply not run or if it's critical to a followup application, there should be a message or signal to that script that tells it to not start up or just look for the service to be actually running before starting.

[John]

Comment: Re:How about we hackers? (Score 1) 832

by Bigbutt (#48249243) Attached to: Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Dev created a startup script for their application and used an error code which upon exiting forced the HP-UX system to reboot. Which it did, over and over again. That's what happens when Dev uses Fedora to develop software on that is subsequently used on HP-UX (in this case). Still waiting on Dev to correct this.

[John]

Comment: Re: How about we hackers? (Score 1) 832

by Bigbutt (#48249237) Attached to: Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Honestly as someone who's responsible for RHEL/CentOS, Solaris, HP-UX, and some oddballs, I'd be quite happy with running OpenBSD on my servers in place or even addition to RHEL. However, like Debian based systems, if the vendors we use only support Red Hat (and the other servers we have), we are pretty much stuck. Until HP and Symantec say we can use it, it's pretty much out as an option to our devs.

(Which doesn't mean they don't try to slip one in now and then, which annoys the heck out of them when we refuse the project as the environment isn't supported.)

[John]

Comment: Re:"Social justice warriors" are the ultimate trol (Score 1) 570

by Bigbutt (#48215511) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

You can ask that, but you won't get a sensible answer. What will happen instead is that they pick some other part of your post, only respond to that, and call you a misogynist, racist, or some other name.

That's odd because that is what happens when I bring up a different viewpoint. All of a sudden I'm being dogpiled because I said 'dogpiled' and 'wtf did you mean about _that_!'. It's frustrating enough that I step away from the thread and forum.

[John]

Comment: Monitoring Sucks (Score 1) 170

by Bigbutt (#48214375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

The problem is the monitoring group is reluctant to make "custom" changes due to the size of the environment. OS and hardware level alerts are a pretty minor part of the overall monitoring environment in terms of the number of configuration changes required. With mirroring and system/geographic redundancy, we can wait until the morning status reports to identify systems before they get to critical.

[John]

Google

Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization 173

Posted by Soulskill
from the will-be-in-beta-for-the-next-eight-years dept.
Z80xxc! writes: The Gmail team announced "Inbox" this morning, a new way to manage email. Inbox is email, but organized differently. Messages are grouped into "bundles" of similar types. "Highlights" pull out and display key information from messages, and messages can be "snoozed" to come back later as a reminder. Inbox is invite-only right now, and you can email inbox@google.com to request an invite.
Editorial

Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas? 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the picked-from-the-new-idea-tree dept.
HughPickens.com writes: Arthur Obermayer, a friend of the Isaac Asimov, writes that he recently rediscovered an unpublished essay by Asimov written in 1959 while cleaning out some old files. Obermayer says it is "as broadly relevant today as when he wrote it. It describes not only the creative process and the nature of creative people but also the kind of environment that promotes creativity." Here's an excerpt from Asimov's essay, which is well worth reading in its entirety:

"A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others. Probably more inhibiting than anything else is a feeling of responsibility. The great ideas of the ages have come from people who weren't paid to have great ideas, but were paid to be teachers or patent clerks or petty officials, or were not paid at all. The great ideas came as side issues."

Comment: Re:This is good (Score 1) 398

by Bigbutt (#48197309) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

This was on Canyon just past the legal center and coming around the curve towards Broadway. There were no obvious signs and no indication of a police officer. I was tagged at 5 over and since I ride a motorcycle, I am very cautious, proactive, and aware of my surroundings. It is four lane with an island and I was in the left lane. I was next to an SUV and had scooted ahead of it briefly to be out of blind spots and visible to other turning traffic, and then slowed back down to the posted speed (35 I think, maybe 30). The camera took the pic from the right side so maybe he was parked in the Library parking lot.

And yea, there is a sign upon entering Boulder. As I recall, it's fairly small and under or grouped with several other signs as you come around the curve and the road splits into 4 lanes.

I honestly don't ride fast in town (ticket proving otherwise of course) and am generally very cautious and moderate in my riding. In 128,000 miles on my bike, I've only been pulled over twice. 57 in a 55 down in Arizona (warning) and passing on a double yellow near County Line and 7 by a Boulder County Sheriff (verbal warning).

[John]

Comment: Re:It's always been a myth (Score 1) 239

by Bigbutt (#48149443) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

My girlfriend is a gamer; video type. She's done some casual social gaming but since we started dating last year, she's gotten into more complicated resource type games and role playing (she's playing an Indian in the Deadlands Reloaded game I referee).

So still 50/50 but with 6 data points :)

[John]

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