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Comment: Re: It won't work that way (Score 1) 290 290

private addressing is a good way to help enforce access around internal networks that don't need outside to inside access.

Just like a stateful firewall with a default reject or drop rule.

Interestingly enough, AT&T's current U-Verse modems enforce a drop all incoming rule on IPv6 which is not even user configurable.

Comment: Re: How did Rockefeller protect his pipe lines? (Score 1) 191 191

I never understood why the FCC didn't require cellular providers to provide the same level of backup power to cell sites as we had with the traditional POTS system. ... Perhaps they should require it for the fixed wireless installs that the telcos want to use to replace POTS.

The FCC does not even require backup power for landline telephone service provided over cable or DSL infrastructure which replaces POTS.

Comment: Re:False Flag (Score 1) 191 191

False flag operations? That is in the realm of tin foil hats and crackpots. Frankly the rest of it is just common knowledge to anyone with a brain.

Documents eventually released by the DOJ show that they BATFE was doing this in their operation Fast and Furious; one of their justifications for selling guns to Mexican criminals was to justify further gun control laws and expanded power for law enforcement. The FBI does the same thing by encouraging people who otherwise would not to commit "terrorist crimes"; in this case the FBI or their informants are doing most or all of the work.

+ - Reddit's Top Forums are Shutting Down to Protest an Admin's Removal->

Advocatus Diaboli writes: Some of the most prominent parts of the social media site Reddit are going dark in defiance of the removal of an admin who organized the site’s popular “IAmA” interviews with celebrities, politicians, and other people of note. The subreddit /r/IAmA was the first to go dark following the departure of administrator Victoria Taylor, a Reddit employee who was let go, according to the forum moderators. Taylor scheduled and ran many of the forum’s Q&As.
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Comment: Re:No, they just need reliable Linux distros. (Score 1) 168 168

What you're claiming is at odds with the real situation.

The people who are most against systemd are the serious, professional, often long-time Linux system administrators who have to provision and maintain production Linux systems.

Maybe it's okay if systemd and PulseAudio fuck up your single Ubuntu workstation. That's not a luxury that these admins have. They need their Linux systems to work reliably all of the time.

This level of stability was very achievable in the past, before a distro like Debian adopted systemd. But now that it has, its quality has dropped off precipitously. Yes, this completely unnecessary drop in quality will make responsible people very angry!

There is no conspiracy, like you've convinced yourself that there is. There are just many experienced sysadmins who need Linux distros that work. With all of the major Linux distros switching to systemd lately, and the many problems this has caused, these sysadmins are left in a bad position.

They can't wait a decade for the problems to be sorted out. They need to act now. Many are doing something they probably should have done years ago, and are moving to FreeBSD and OpenBSD. Some are even moving to Windows, as unfortunate as that is.

The robustness and reliability of Linux systems aren't "pet needs". They're the very factors that will, if ignored, result in Linux losing its current position. A robust and reliable Linux kernel is useless if the init system and userland stack running on top of it is full of problems. The entire package just won't be useful.

I'm not sure it's precisely that, developers want systems to improve so they can add new features and capabilities, but if I'm an admin then fundamentally all I really care about is reliability and uptime. For them a perfect OS never changes at all outside of bug fixes.

Init might be a massive PITA but it's a PITA they've already got working and trust. Their hatred of systemd might be based on very legitimate stability concerns, but it also might be a very rational response to a change which brings a minimal but costly risk, and an almost non-existent benefit.

However, current Linux admins are not the only people affected. Linux users, developers, and future admins will benefit from an improved init system.

Btw, I'm skeptical that those admins will actually switch OS's for precisely the same reliability concerns that make them oppose systemd. This is probably the same reason Redhat is able to push systemd on their own customer base.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 175 175

Seriously, if you have enough cash and connections to even think about starting a company, or even doing one of these new-fangled "startups", then you're better off than 95% of the country and better of than 99% of the world.

By your comment I take it that you care about nothing but money?

Comment: Re:Why is a robot different from any other machine (Score 1) 308 308

There was another story in the UK news today that an industrial waste shredder killed a worker that crawled onto the conveyor belt for some reason - in both examples, the worker was inside the exclusion area without ensuring the area was safe and the machinery was isolated, and in both cases we are dealing with automated machinery that just simply carried on with its job, yet only in the Volkswagen case are "questions" being "debated".

Bollocks, the worker is to blame for not following the procedure for ensuring the machinery was safe to work on. And if the procedure had infact been followed and the machine violated that procedure (eg the worker set the machine to off and isolated it, but the machine started up anyway unexpectedly) then the company responsible for ensuring the machine follows the safety procedure is to blame.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.