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Comment: Honestly, I prefer the one on the left (Score 1) 531

by Kludge (#48191457) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

The systemd version is significantly shorter than bash script. Yay. However,
(1) I would have to read many pages of documentation to figure out what the systemd version actually does, whereas I can just read the bash script and see what it does. What if I don't know sh? Then, I am not a real sys admin. The shell is used in many places in administering a UNIX system, not just the init system.
(2) Most importantly, I can hack that bash script to do whatever I damn well please. Have I hacked init scripts before? You bet your booty I have.

Comment: Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (Score 2, Informative) 110

by Kludge (#48158025) Attached to: Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Of course there are going to be dozens of free speech comments, and how this is censorship and a terrible thing. But the reality is that the president gives these reporters unprecedented access to his daily life that he need not give them at all. From TFA:

Carney told the pool reporter, David Nakamura of The Washington Post, that the workout was part of the first ladyâ(TM)s personal time and therefore off limits to reporters. Nakamura disagreed but reluctantly deleted the line to ensure that his report would be sent.

If I were president, Mr. Nakamura would have no fricking clue when and where my wife was working out, and if people did not like that, they could kiss my ass.

Comment: Everyone chooses how to spend the costs business (Score 2) 204

If he had chosen a standards compliant open-source VPN solution, then he would not have to sue. He could hire programmers to fix the problem himself, rather than hiring lawyers to sue the company and hope that someday two years from now the problem is resolved.

Comment: Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (Score 4, Insightful) 385

by Kludge (#47926545) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

The logging is a perfect example. Why do I have to learn a new program (journalctl) just to read the system logs? What if I had to learn the syntax of a new program to read the logs of every program that I used? That would suck. If openvpn and mysql and httpd and sshd all had their own little program that I had to use to read their logs, I would give up using Unix.
I already have a program to read all logs, more or less. And I already have a program that searches all the logs, egrep. Yes, I had to learn egrep syntax, but now that I know it, I can do almost any search imaginable of any program's logs. Except systemd.

Comment: No, it's real. (Score 4, Interesting) 226

by Kludge (#47828379) Attached to: Ask David Saltzberg About Being <em>The Big Bang Theory's</em> Science Advisor

It doesn't teach to laugh at geeks and nerds. It laughs at the stereotypes tied to geeks and nerds.

No, those are not stereotypes. They are characters probably based on real people. I watch the show and it completely reminds me of my college and grad school years and the people whom I knew then, including the Texan. It literally gives me flashbacks.

Comment: Why almost anything is preferable to systemd (Score 1) 826

by Kludge (#47752885) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

The advantage of older init systems, whether Sys V or BSD, was that I could figure them out. I did not know those systems well, I was not an expert in them. If all the scripts in them changed overnight I would be fine with that. But the advantage was that I could easily figure out how to search or hack or change them just by using programs that display or process text.
Systemd changes that. Now not even the log files are text. Systemd cannot be figured out or easily hacked. You can only do with it what others want you to do with it, unless you are willing to dive into source code, recompile and reinstall.

Comment: Re:Does it matter? (Score 2) 65

by Kludge (#47698453) Attached to: Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

after all, we can't just have random people running the internet

I will differ with you here. Random people can and do "run the internet" all the time. Individual network service providers choose to whom they are going to connect. They choose how to route their traffic. Anybody can choose to use alternative DNS roots. The internet can be run by random people just fine.

"We are on the verge: Today our program proved Fermat's next-to-last theorem." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982