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Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 642

First, Linux isn't restricted to x86 hardware (you knew that right?). Second, HA isn't all or nothing. Very few (very expensive) machines go all in on HA. By far, the most common case is RAID (which is implemented on x86 hardware all the time).

Honestly, the RAID thing is a brown paper bug for systemd that should never have made it into a distro and should have resulted in a crash program to fix that in days. It should not have resulted in claims of "not a bug".

Comment Re:Systemd "Spec" or RFC? (Score 1) 642

It's a source that nobody knowledgeable appears to have contradicted. Challenging the source is reasonable if the information is untested. If it isn't challenged (and I notice you didn't challenge it) then it gains plausibility.

P.S.: Your attack is an actual ad hominem attack, admittedly against a dubious character. But just because the source is unreliable doesn't mean the information is wrong. And it was presented to a vocal audience with many knowledgeable individuals in it. So I tend to think that systemd does provide root services to users without rights to use those services. And this does sound like a dangerous weakness.

Comment Re:yet more engineer bashing (Score 1) 469

Well, a couple of points here:
1) Slashdot does not represent software engineers as a whole in the US. Many SW engineers I've met don't seem to be Slashdot users or care about it.
2) Slashdot seems to have an older crowd, since it started back in the 90s. A lot of SW engineers these days are younger, in the Millenial generation. They're not on Slashdot, they're on Reddit or something else I don't know about.
3) Even on Slashdot, there's a bunch of liberals. Remember the Brendan Eich incident? There were people on both sides of that one here. I do think the extreme right + libertarians outnumber them though.
4) Slashdot is not confined to SW engineers; there's a lot of other engineers here too, and in my experience they're frequently even worse than SW engineers.

I do think you're onto something with the libertarian angle; from what I can tell, it seems that the SW engineers tend to be more libertarian and not as religious, whereas the other engineers tend to be more old-school and religious conservative. However even the religious conservatives these days are worshiping the "free market"; the churches here have all bought into that stuff plus Prosperity Doctrine ("God loves rich people more than poor people, and if you're rich, it's because God has blessed you.").

Comment Re:YEs, don't try to make it better (Score 1) 100

WTF? If you think Cox is worse than Comcast, you're a fucking moron. And if you think that bitching and complaining is going to improve the state of ISPs in this country, you're also a fucking moron. You sound like a naive idealist who complains if everything isn't up to some lofty, unrealistic standard. Maybe after you get past the age of 18 you'll see the real world isn't like that.

Comment Re:Private companies don't do exploration of front (Score 1) 304

Columbus could well have found the balance of the funding from other private investors

But he didn't

This reminds me of libertards like roman_mir who continue to insist that without DARPA and the NSF, private parties might have built the Internet. The point is, when the time came, they didn't. Counterfactuals are nice and all, but we only have one history, and that says you're wrong.

Comment Though there *is* a question re: interest conflict (Score 1) 419

With regard to the issue of dealers, I'm not sure that it's just electric cars they don't want to sell.

In 2013 I was in the market for a gasoline-powered automobile. Did my research, selected a make and model. It wasn't the most common car on the planet, but it also wasn't extremely rare (a mainstream Japanese car). I identified three dealerships in the metropolitan area that, according to their websites, had a model on the lot.

I could not for the life of me get them to give me a test drive. The first dealership I visited, the salesman said they'd "lost the key" to that particular car and I couldn't test drive it or buy it that day, I'd have to come back "later." (He couldn't tell me just when "later" was.) But he put on the *very* hard sell for two other models.

The second dealership, they claimed to have lost the car, period. No, not on the lot, they said. The third dealership, they claimed that I didn't really want that model, it wasn't reliable. When I pressed, they told me that their (brand new 2013) instance was in the shop, that's how bad it is. "Honestly," they didn't want to sell me the marque's "worst model." *They* were looking out for *me*, you see. Which is why they really, really wanted to put me in this *other* model in the showroom....

I finally bought one online and had it driven in from out of state. It's been a great car and performed as expected with the features I needed.

I don't know exactly what was going on when I was trying to make my vehicle purchase, but to me it screamed "conflict of interest" as they clearly didn't want to serve me, the customer, by selling me a product that I came for and that they clearly *had*.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 642

And let's not forget that systemd destroys high availability by refusing to mount btrfs degraded if one of the drives fails even if it's set up as RAID1. It refuses to even try the mount commend and drops to the shell (eventually). If you issue the mount manually from there, it mounts right up. They apparently don't know what high availability is all about.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle