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Comment Re:culture dependent (Score 1) 394

I've also seen at least a half dozen horrific accidents from that behavior including running a full red 2 seconds after it changed.

People should slow and prepare to stop at amber lights. It is actively dangerous on feeder roads because the combined blind spot with the other road coming under the freeway. A few years ago, I saw one truck wipe out three other cars including an SUV and break off the traffic light by running a red.

Comment Re:I don't want a fucking TV channel! (Score 1) 288

It wasn't so much that they had a falling out with the movie stuidios as that the movie studios decided they could all each charge consumers directly. So we got a disney channel and a warner move channel and etc.

None of which I subscribe to.

Netflix was actually a bargain. It's less of a bargain today tho I still subscribe (for now).

Once it's dead, I'll probably drop to subscribing to it every few years and perhaps go back to torrenting content (tho that's getting riskier than it used to be).

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 806

He did. They got a big payout when the company was sold.

More critical to me was his statement that some day he would opensource minecraft when it started to die off. Part of what made minecraft succeed was the open sourcey feel to it. If he had said upfront it would be closed source owned by microsoft many of the people who helped it succeed wouldn't have invested their time into it.

Comment Everything in your life will be a governance gizmo (Score 4, Insightful) 146

I've been trying to keep my job skills fresh so I can keep up with the "next big thing". But I'll be damned if I can figure out what the hell IoT really is and why it's taking off. Yes, I know it's connecting things to the internet. But to what end?

It will allow Apple, Microsoft, Google, the US Government, and others to turn every device in your home into a governance/surveillance device. It won't just be your TV watching you a la 1984, it will be your thermostat, your keyboard, your couch, your bedside lamp, hell, not just your bed but your baby's crib and the baby's rattle.

That is why they are so keen on the "Internet of Things." What? You thought it was to benefit you? Really? Then I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.

Comment Re:Massive and stupid (Score 0) 213

All I can say is talk to some retiring air traffic controllers. It's not like only a few of them saw it. The intercept was visible to air traffic controllers all over the country. It was the right thing to do based on the information the military and potus had at the time. But the heroic passenger bringing down the plane story was what we needed to hear then.

Based on how many controllers saw it, I expect it'll become common knowledge within the next few years as they all retire and don't need to maintain their security clearance any more.

Look back over my posts-- I don't post a lot of wild eyed shit.

Comment I tried the same thing (Score 1) 144

By way of disclosure, I tried in 2009/2010 and wasn't able to do it at any reasonable cost. Our compromise was living in a campground and getting cable service. That worked surprisingly well.

While most campgrounds have wifi, not all campground wifi is reliable enough to run a business. During the season it will bog down during peak demand, some of the smaller campgrounds have time outs and bandwidth limiters.

Out in the twigs even wireless wasn't reliable enough to make work.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 743

I don't agree that was the situation by 2014 and earlier this year. I think by then the chain of dependencies was starting to form that was making things increasingly nasty.

a) There were loud objections to systemd which would normally cause Debian to back off
b) The dependencies were making it clear that Jessie was the last Debian distribution that not tying onself to systemd and remaining a mainstream distribution would be viable for. So the question was really switch now or switch in 2.5 years when the switch would be even more painful.

I do agree with you on the interfaces last longer than cold post BTW. I think that while systemd is a huge plus. Replacing systemd say 20 years from now will be very difficult. Essentially the modules will each need to be reimplemented in a way that's backwards compatible, offers what the future features are and allows partial implementation. The kinds of problems say Microsoft, Apple, DEC or Sun had in pushing forward. I'm a fan of tight vertical integration but there certainly are counter arguments against it and for loose coupling.

Comment Re:Massive and stupid (Score -1, Troll) 213

It's a great story. But actually the plane was shot down before the passengers could act. The logs of the fighters scrambled were removed after about 3 hours but were clearly visible to air traffic control until them. No camera phones back then or it would have been pointless to even erase them.

The main physical evidence left actually on record is that the engine landed separately close to a half a mile away without a corresponding trail of debris leading there.

The passengers were aware and prepared to do something. But three planes had already hit buildings at that point.

Comment Re:BSD is looking better all the time (Score 1) 743

.I worked with Linux-HA before systemd, and I of all the problems, I don't recall init scripts being one of them.

The problem isn't init scripts it is what to do with chains of dependencies on high availability. If you worked in Linux-HA think about the application specific restart code that each application had to do and how fragile it all was.

That's an interesting thought.......have you ever supported Oracle Financials or similar? Do you have experiences you can share?

I help people migrate to cloud. IaaS/PaaS is a godsend in getting complex application stacks working. I can offer experience there that what I'm finding is not that people want a lighter thinner init-system but they want an process manager which is capable of intelligently handling

resource orchestration, resource monitoring, resource provision and resource balancing
virtual machines: backup, restart, status...
storage virtualization: especially backup
network virtualization
continuous test
continuous delivery especially decommissioning a
security validation
database monitoring ....

They all want an much richer environment of management tools. In real life I've never met anyone who thinks systemd is too thick, they all argue it is too thin. The amount of time IT people spend worrying about basic things like messaging across security zones is infuriating to management. Mostly now that Linux is taking on the workloads of mainframes I'm finding most companies want Linux to offer the kinds of services you would find on mainframes (but more modern).

Comment Re:Ever stop and ask why? (Score 1) 743

It was "just an init system" when it was made the init system in Debian "jessie", the most recent release.

No it wasn't. There was certainly an earlier debate about which init system which ended with Debian not having to make a choice. But the debate for Jessie was about systemd dependencies most of which were not tied to init.

Please justify your version of historical determinism.

Saying X happened for reason Y isn't historical determinism it is just an assertion about historical fact. This particular fact isn't even contested the people who did POSIX were quite openly doing it to advance open systems.

We know from innumerable examples that it isn't true; and we also know that since POSIX, the open system specification, won the war against vendorized UNIX

POSIX was for vendorized UNIX. POSIX advanced the proprietary Unixes. What killed them was NT and Linux, the advantages of x86 hardware mostly.

since POSIX there haven't been any successful closed systems

NT was after POSIX. OSX is a UNIX that came after POSIX.

That is very much an ad-hominem attack.

An ad-hominem attack is saying argument X is wrong because Y is a bad person. Saying Y gets treated badly because he's a bad person is not an ad-hominem attack. So saying that the anti-systemd people being jerks proves that systemd is a good idea would be ad-hominem saying the anti-systemd get ad-hominem attacks for lying and ignorance is not ad-hominem though it is not polite.

Besides, if they're such ignorant liars, couldn't you just point them at a FAQ and be done with it,

I've done so. I try that too when their are factual claims.

It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. -- Woody Allen