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Comment Re:What path have we chosen? (Score 3, Informative) 652

I currently run Ubuntu 14.04, and see where part of systemd has already begun its encroachment on what *had* been a great Linux distro. My only actual full-on experience so far with systemd is trying to get Virtualbox guest additions installed on a CentOS7 vm... I've installed those additions countless times since I started using VBox, and I think I could almost do the install in my sleep.. Not so with CentOS7.. systemd bitches loudly with strange "errors" and when it tells me to use journalctl to see what the error was, there *is* no error.. But still the additions don't install... I'm soooooo NOT looking forward to the next LTS out of Ubuntu, which I'm told will be infested with this systemd crap... Guess its time to dust off the old Slackware DVD and get acquainted with Pat again... GO FUCK YOURSELF, POETTERING.....

Comment Re:Ahh the memories... (Score 1) 152

Your story kinda sounds like mine.. 1995, at a small government contractor. I, being one of hte network techs, got tasked to "get this company on the internet"... Since we were a Novell Netware shop, the other techs suggested doing the webserver/ftp via a Novell server and a proprietary (read lotsa $$$$) NLM (Netware Loadable Module). I, on the other hand, had been learning Linux/Slackware and convinced the PTB that we could do the deed for basically the cost of the T1 and router that we'd need in either case, and skip the lotsabucks needed for the NLM httpd.. They gave me the goahead and about 2 weeks later we were on the internet with a website and an ftp server.. Soon thereafter, my wife and I decided to move to Las Vegas, and I handed support for the server over to one of the other guys who had begun using Linux...

Comment Re:Correction (Score 2, Informative) 152

I've been using Linux since about 1995, and am seriously impressed with how far its come since thern.. I started with Slackware and its bazillions of floppy disks and pulling my hair out getting XFree86 working, nowadays its easier to install something like Mint or Ubuntu than Windows, and in most cases the machine will be 100% operational after the install, nowhere NEAR always the case with Windows... I strongly suspect, with what a spyware-fest Windows 10 has turned out to be, Linux is gonna get a BIG boost in users in the not-too-distant future, once joe-six-pack figures out all of *his* data is now Microsofts... I for one will do everything I can to hurry it along..


Comment Re:Crap. (Score 4, Insightful) 152

heh .. Such problems with Linux.. Funny how theres a bunch of us out there that have been using it since FOREVER (Slackware/1995 here..) and have ZERO problems with it... If this AC is *actually* having these kinda problems, either he's got seriously crap hardware or more likely he's just trolling... And with what a spyware-fest Windows 10 is, I suspect a LOT more people are gonna say "FUCK MS" and come over to the Linux side...

Comment Re:Nothing New Here... (Score 1) 318

So do like I do..Buy said Dell system, wipe Windows off it, put your distro of choice on, and if you feel the need for Windows, like a program that Wine doesn't do, make a Virtualbox VM and use the Windows key that came on your machine. You'll likely have to call the automated phone thing to get it working, but I've done it multiple times on multiple machines... Only done on Windows 7 tho... Dunno/Don't care about whether it works on 8/8.1 or 10. Yeah.. I know its against MS's precious EULA.. Don't care.. Said Vbox VM gets fired up maybe once a month just to get patches... Other than keeping the VM for *emergency* use, Windows is dead to me... AND with Windows 10 being a spy-ware nightmare, I suspect a LOT more people are gonna investigate Linux...

Comment Re: Dear MS. You Really Don't Want To Spy On Users (Score 3, Interesting) 394

I have a sneaking hunch that my small business I have upgrading systems still running XP, mostly older retired folks (like me) to Linux may get a BIG shot in the arm soon, once joe-six-pack finds out just how pervasive the spying is on Microsoft's new OS.. Expert opinion is that not only keylogging, but streaming both any microphone or webcam data goes out to Microsoft servers.. I guess they figure its all good because they couch it in oh-so-mealy terms in their massive EULA, but once Joe-six-pack catches on and has this blatant spying thrown in his face, I predict you're gonna see a MASSIVE increase in Linux's adoption rate... Just sayin..

Comment Re:The real message is lost on you (Score 2) 467

An armed society is a polite society- Robert Anson Heinlein

"An armed society is a polite society" A character from fiction

Seriously, when the only support for your insanity is fiction, shouldn't that give you a hint of reality?

Umm.. Robert A Heinlein is NOT a ficticious character.. He's one of the most famous science-fiction authors of all time... And he is ABSOLUTELY
right about an armed society being a polite society.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:I'm gonna miss the 747 (Score 1) 345

During my time in the US Army, circa 1972, I was stationed in Texas, and went home to San Diego on a short leave. Back then, airlines had very cheap fares for active duty military, however they were standby.. I drove to Dallas Love Field, bought a ticket on Delta to San Diego for a whole $97/round trip, and proceeded to *try* to catch a flight. I arrived in the afternoon, but since this was a holiday weekend, all of the available flights were packed. Finally, around 10pm, after missing the last non-stop to San Diego, I went to the ticket counter and asked if there was ANY other flights going that way tonight.. The agent said they had one more at 1am and he'd guarantee I'd be able to get on. I asked him why and he said it was their Atlanta-Dallas-LA "redeye" and it was a 747.. Come 1am, said 747 arrives, and sure enough, myself and several other standby travelers were able to get on.. In fact, the flight, believe it or not, had a total of 20 passengers, with a cabin crew of 10... One thing is for sure, NO airline today would operate ANY aircraft with THAT small a load, let alone a "gas-hog" like a 747... Today, they'd simply cancel the flight, courtesy of deregulation.. Back then, prior to deregulation, they were prohibited from cancelling flights except under strict rules, as I recall.. I made it to LA by about 5am, and caught a connecting flight to San Diego.. My one and only 747 flight...

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