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Comment: Cultural imperialism (Score 1) 653

by CurryCamel (#49428309) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights

What T.Cook says or doesn't say is insignificant compared to what the influx of the american (western) culture that comes from selling the Apple (and similar) stuff does to these countries' human (and similar) rights. It might not be evident instantly, but the base currents are changing.

I've never been to Indiana, but I guess the case is pretty different there, so a more direct approach might be needed.

Comment: Re:When hype turn to Tripe. (Score 1) 258

by CurryCamel (#49408737) Attached to: A Robo-Car Just Drove Across the Country

Just one car per terrorist attack, surely. An autonomous car involved in such an accident could surely inform others cars locally to yield control to their human overlords. Or just stop.

Still, probably easier to develop the AI of the cars to not rely on such lane markings in the first place. And cheaper in the long run.

Comment: Re:One-sided education (Score 1) 397

by CurryCamel (#49380959) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Religously fundamentalist mathematician?
An Engineer who thinks the earth is just that 6000 years old?

These suggestsions sound so idiotic, axiamatically & obviously false, that I thought I should just mod parent down. But since someone has already modded parent up, I ask instead: please link *anything* that suggests STEM education correlates with fundamentalism. This can't be true.

Comment: Re:Bullshit detector: ALERT (Score 1) 765

by CurryCamel (#49325667) Attached to: A Software Project Full of "Male Anatomy" Jokes Causes Controversy

I bow to my master. I didn't realize what was happening untill the next sentence:

There's legit concern that tech is run-amok with 'brogrammers' that make women programmers feel unwelcome.

During my soon 20 year carreer in IT, I've not met such a 'brogrammer'. Not once. They are really scarce, I find.
And why? Because it looks unprofessional. If the README is full of jokes, the most likely explanation is that this is because the code is full of shit. One, perhaps two dick-jokes in the README, and my BS detector might not beep. But as it is now, I would not want to touch DICSS.

Just to put this in context, I am an completely average instantiation of the 'male programmer' stereotype. (white, hetero, soon-to-be middle-aged). And I did find the DICSS README funny.

Comment: Re:The industrial revolution -- why in England? (Score 1) 274

by CurryCamel (#49281213) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

No. English is a terrible language to convey ideas in. It is more imprecise and ambiguous than any other language I know, save mandarin.
English sort of works for art where these values are at a premium, and prose is where it fits best. I don't think it is a coincidence that the worlds most famous bard was English.

Comment: Patenting (Score 4, Interesting) 64

by CurryCamel (#49231993) Attached to: Open Source Hardware Approaching Critical Mass

With HW going open source, shall we now start hating HW patenting similar to how we hate SW patenting?

What is the fundamental difference between e.g. python and pyhdl
Or have we (secretly) hated HW patenting all along, just as bad as SW patenting?
Or is it just the current setup of the patent system that is the problem?

Comment: Re:No Zoidbergs (Score 1) 93

by CurryCamel (#49231973) Attached to: Linux Kernel Adopts 'Code of Conflict'

And so the problem remained; lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches. ...
And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, one girl sitting on her own in a small cafe in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place.

Zoidbergs win.

Why is it so much easier to be mean than polite? Or to slip into (the passive-agressiveness of) political correctness? Some design flaw there in the human brain/soul.

Comment: Re:What is systemd exactly? (Score 1) 765

by CurryCamel (#49231903) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

And I can perfectly understand why these people would ditch sysvinit and init scripts as soon as possible.
systemd is a good thing for a lot of reasons that you will be unable to understand, given what you write below.

My point was - I don't understand why they'd want to do it. And nobody seems to want to explain it beyond a rather lame "faster boot". If SystemD makes life easier for the distro maker for reasons unknown to me, fine. Let them make the switch.
If it makes life more difficult to me, I can always switch distros, then.

There is one thing to do in this case : searching for logs that will give you a hint at your problem (the error at bootup is not enough), to have a start of an understanding of what's going on. That's the basic and you don't even have that.

Please don't jump to conclusions like that.

Fortunately you have the sense of not being vocal about systemd when you don't have the basics of system administration.

And especially like that.
I didn't include the exact error reports here, as this is no systemd support forum.

No, I am no sysadmin. I am a user and have to administrate most of my computers myself. And as you write, that is the crux of the matter I guess: SystemD is so difficult to use that one needs to be a professional to manage it. Or did I misinterpret what you were writing above? ;)

Comment: Re:What is systemd exactly? (Score 4, Interesting) 765

by CurryCamel (#49198297) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

That baffles me too.

But I guess your have your 'minority' and 'majority's mixed. A more powerful minority - the distro makers - make this decision (and they seem terribly non-vocal, I'm still hoping someone would explain in simple terms why systemd is a good thing. No, cutting down the cold boot time from the ~20s it is with init is not a terribly good reason in my book).

I don't like systemd, but I am not that vocal about it. I don't know it closely enough to comment. My experience with systemd is as follows:
-About 99% of linux crashes (subjective measurement) I have seen in the past 10 years happen on my Fedora box. The only one I have that runs systemd. Coincidence? I don't know.
-The same Fedora box cannot mount /home at bootup. I have to log in as root, and mount it over command line.
-Googling for the error it gives at bootup doesn't give help, as systemd doesn't have the same amount of answers to previous questions as older systems have.

The point is, I cannot blame systemd for this. I should RTFM. As soon as I find it. And have time for it.
Reading bash scripts is much easier.

Comment: Better than the alternative (Score 1) 126

by CurryCamel (#49079557) Attached to: Patent Troll Wins $15.7M From Samsung By Claiming To Own Bluetooth

I'd rather have these guys bleed Samsung for a pittance, than the alternative to not having patentable standards and technology...

Sure, RembrantIP didn't contribute to the invention, but they probably paid a nice sum to the inventor (who now can go invent something else, and not flip burgers).

Now, having secured their financial interest in the a-priori standard of Bluetooth, other device manufacturers actually can make the jump and implement it, knowing some leacher doesn't come along and foil their business. The newcomer doesn't have the non-recurring costs to cover...

For the end-user, this means I'm not tied to Samsung's proprietary protocol, and my Nokia BT speakers work even with Apple's device. The alternative is that only Samsung speakers work with Samsung phones.

Sorry to rain on your two minutes of hate, but I prefer the lesser evil of patent trolls, to walled gardens. Apple fanbois need not reply to this, thanks.

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