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Comment Re:The Less You know, The More Scared You Are (Score 1) 221 221

Just proves my point: You have no clue what you are talking about.

No. For I'm knowledgeable enough to assess everyone else's competence in this matter.

Wow, somebody with god-like powers. Now that is credible...

The observation of intelligence in humans is an interface observation, it is completely unclear whether it gets created there and how that would work if so.

You are of course speaking of a "soul". And why wouldn't an AI had one too? Humans demonstrate it can be done assuming the thing exists in the first place, of course.

I am not. Not even that much is clear at this time. This could also very well be interaction with an universe where physics actually allows thinking matter. Or something else. Because it does not look very much like intelligence and consciousness generated by matter is possible in this universe. And it gets less and less plausible the more we know.

I am merely pointing out that by observing the interface of the box, you cannot find out what is in it or whether there are hidden communication channels. Ant observing the interface is all we can do at this time.

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DoD Ditches Open Source Medical Records System In $4.3B Contract 166 166

dmr001 writes: The US Department of Defense opted not to use the Department of Veterans Affairs' open source VistA electronic health record system in its project to overhaul its legacy systems, instead opting for a consortium of Cerner, Leidos and Accenture. The initial $4.3 billion implementation is expected to be the first part of a $9 billion dollar project. The Under Secretary for Acquisition stated they wanted a system with minimum modifications and interoperability with private sector systems, though much of what passes for inter-vendor operability in the marketplace is more aspirational than operable. The DoD aims to start implementation at 8 sites in the Pacific Northwest by the end of 2016, noting that "legacy systems are eating us alive in terms of support and maintenance," consuming 95% of the Military Health Systems IT budget.

Comment Re: Startup management subsystem (Score 1) 335 335

Indeed, they are. At least those integrated into the system. I found that whenever I implement some service, I need special things for monitoring and restarting it anyways. It is really not hard doing your own service manager that then just gets started by init.

Comment Re: Piss off systemd (Score 1) 335 335

I agree to that. Nothing important is dependent on systemd, except maybe udev. But even that can be replaced with reasonable effort if there is enough motivation. And Gentoo already has a replacement with eudev. Trying an "embrace and extend" move on Linux is ultimately futile. Sure, you can make a lot of people waste a lot of time, but that is it.

Comment Re:Looks like you guys lost (Score 1) 335 335

This fight is not over. From all the error-reports on the mailing-lists of the distros that have started using systemd, at the moment the only thing the opponents need to do is watch the fireworks and occasionally remind people that there are superior init systems and service managers.

We will see how this plays out. I expect there will be some rather quiet reversal in several distros in the not too distant future. And if not, there is no real need to have a Linux kernel under a GNU system. I also see no really serious problems keeping SYSVinit going. The only hurdle seems to be udev, but there is eudev and if that does not work out, I never really had any need of udev in the first place. Overall, it probably cost me more time than it saved. I may just go back to ultra-reliable static device files.

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.