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Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 440

by Blaskowicz (#47970609) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Current uptime on my desktop : "up 2 days, 4:42".
I would make it sleep (S3 mode) but when woken up my graphics card fan revs at 100%, is very loud and linux can't control the fan speed. But I could chat with the open source driver team on IRC about it. I don't remember if the proprietary driver can control the fan speed (it does, on Windows). Had to modify the graphics card BIOS to make it quiet during normal operation ; it is 100% loud at power on for a couple seconds, then becomes quiet before the PC thinks about loading an OS.

Comment: Re:Maybe better dependency management. (Score 1) 98

by Blaskowicz (#47970215) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

To micro-manage such things Gentoo and its USE flags can be an option. Though, the time and kilowatt-hours needed to compile all of KDE probably make it not worth it (if you actually can compile a CUPS-less desktop environment).

I don't know if CUPS is actually used for what I do.. but I do like printing support on a computer without a printer. I can print to a pdf or ps file, and then carry that file by USB drive or another method to a print shop or a place I can use a printer. So for your particular example, it may be valuable.

Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 440

by Blaskowicz (#47968621) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

It's a colloquial term to begin with. I found it fitting because the computer was now useless, perfectly working but with no way to get data in or out of it. Probably funny keyboard combinations with the "SysRq" key would have worked, had they been enabled. Poor Ubuntu 1x.xx didn't like a fork bomb either.

Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 440

by Blaskowicz (#47968543) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Yes I was thinking of that kill -1 variant that kills everything except init, as I didn't know of the other "kill -1" variant (and "kill -1 -1" maybe was a mistake from the OP?)

If you run a kill -9 -1 as a non-root user, it probably makes sense as a short hand to kill all that user's processes ; a bit like "rm -rf .*" or "chmod .*" might be safe when logged in as a user. Otherwise they're hilariously dangerous!
Doing it as root is nonsensical and I tried it out of morbid curiosity. It's like tales of people using the "killall" command on Solaris.

Comment: Where's the red button? (Score 0) 82

by fyngyrz (#47967929) Attached to: "Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

Educated stupid scientists never understand 4 sided universal timecube.

I was just asking Tess about her act, and all she would tell me was that the show was big -- bigger on the inside than the outside. So I guess there was a lot of seating. A bunch of folderol, if you ask me. But at least we had box seats.

Comment: Re:TFS BS detector alert (Score 1) 618

by fyngyrz (#47967855) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Science works without even the existance of ultimate causes and absolute truth.

Yes, it does, but that doesn't in any way disqualify it in reaching for fundamental answers, or in working with those ideas so that we have handles on them that are consensually experiential, testable, and repeatable. Superstition provides no tools whatsoever for resolving such questions. Or questions of far lesser import, for that matter.

My long-term general confidence in discovering more and more, deeper and deeper about reality, which is very high, lies entirely with science -- and with technology, science's prolific assistant / toolbox.

Comment: Re:0 if dead, more if alive. (Score 1) 158

by Shakrai (#47967431) Attached to: My resting heart rate:

On the other hand, I don't spend large parts of my life exercising and worrying about my health. Why spend 30% of your off-time to perhaps live 20% longer? Especially if most of that time is going to be in a retirement home, worrying about bowel movements and whether there will be pudding.

In no particular order:

* The person who is fit/healthy is less likely to end up unable to wipe his own ass in a retirement home.
* Fit and healthy people get more attention from the opposite sex.
* Exercise is a natural anti-depressant.
* Exercise boosts libido.
* You'll sleep better.
* You can eat more.

Of course there are no promises. You could be in the best shape of your life and get hit by a bus tomorrow. Such is life.

Comment: TFS BS detector alert (Score 2) 618

by fyngyrz (#47966469) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

religion concerns the ultimate causes of things and, again, by definition, science cannot tell you about them.

Religion concerns mythology -- things people make up out of whole cloth. Faith, belief, credulous acceptance without backing facts, consensually demonstrable evidence, or testability -- not knowledge.

Science does indeed concern itself with the ultimate cause(s) of things; what TFS fails to understand is that just because there is no answer *yet*, that doesn't mean that there won't be, or that there can't be. We've really only been seriously at this with more than stone knives and bearskins for a hundred years or so. Directly because of science, we already know a great deal more than religion ever managed to determine in thousands of years over thousands of varieties of made-up ideas and almost unimaginable depths and expressions of faith.

The penultimate cause of things is indeed 100% in science's domain and, if indeed there is an answer that can be expressed in the physics humans can understand, the odds are at least decent that we'll figure it out. Using science. Not religion.

There's very little point, or sense, in giving religion credit it has not earned, nor in ceding to it whole chunks of reality it has shown absolutely no ability to pull back the curtains from.

Comment: Re:Maybe just wishful thinking but... (Score 1) 141

by ArsonSmith (#47962363) Attached to: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

The problem is what to infer out of a NULL, In some instances it should be Zero, like in my account balance example. In other instances it should be non-zero like in exit status. In other instances it should be non-existant/excluded from a list such as your example of a sting of numbers similar to monitoring something like cpu load.

"I'm a mean green mother from outer space" -- Audrey II, The Little Shop of Horrors