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Comment: Re:Being nice is why business is a clusterfsck (Score 1) 361

by MSG (#48840721) Attached to: Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

When Person A comes to you and asks for your opinion/feedback on person X (which they are considering hiring), you are not allowed to say person X suck

I think you misunderstood what you were told. Or they misunderstood something themselves. What you described is not true.

I'm mostly certain that what someone along the line was trying to describe was that if person X is applying for a job, and you contact their former employers to verify their work history, the former employers are only allowed to confirm or deny your employment. They cannot be used as references. If they give you any kind of feedback on person X other than confirming work history, they could be sued for doing so. That is why work history is listed separately from references.

Comment: Re:I agree with Lennart (Score 1) 551

by MSG (#48836821) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Some of them are templates that systemd uses to creat temporary conffig files at boot time!

I'm familiar with those. They're much better than what we used to have. In the old system, there was either a mountain of repeated code with minor differences, or there were templates that were modified with sed to create individual configuration files.

Maintaining the templates is far easier.

Comment: Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (Score 1) 551

by MSG (#48830631) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Systemd is a tool, not just a project. Systemd as a tool tries to do many different things

You are misinformed. Systemd is a project which provides a collection of tools. One of them handles daemon and system startup. One of them handles logging. One of them handles device node creation. One of them handles firewall rule management. etc.

Systemd is quite UNIX-y.

Comment: Re:I agree with Lennart (Score 2, Informative) 551

by MSG (#48830457) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

I also like how he calls systemd non-monolithic, of course, without giving any reason for why that is.

And that seems to be one of the big differences between people who like systemd and people who don't.

People who actually took the time to look at systemd more often like the design, and understand that the one project consists of many small tools.

Then there's a community of people who rely entirely on hearsay. They don't like systemd, but almost all of the things they don't like about it aren't true. In this case, believing that PID 1 is a process that does daemon handling, and logging, and firewall rule handling, and DNS, and device node handling, and...

Those things are not handled by the same process. It's non-monolithic. It's small tools doing individual, well defined jobs.

Comment: Re:A few answers from the original AC (Score 1) 403

by MSG (#48823587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Because it contradicts the Unix philosophy of having a lot of little utilities that each do one thing

systemd is actually a lot of little utilities that each do one thing. If you don't know that, you're probably getting your information from biased sources.

Although the signal to noise ratio on here sometimes approaches zero, there is the occasional informed opinion

You're welcome.

Comment: Re:owners of older machines, behold... (Score 5, Interesting) 177

Firefox is also a smaller download, a smaller install, starts faster, runs JavaScript faster, allows plugins on the mobile version, and allows users to run their own sync server, compared with Chrome.

Mozilla's work is really shining these days. Firefox is a better browser by every metric I can think of.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 629

by MSG (#48795845) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

...which is basically the only valid criticism in this entire thread. Google made one phone whose support ended too soon, mostly because the SoC vendor essentially went tits up.

Which is an excellent example for why Free Software matters at all levels of the stack, including firmware. Too many people fail to take that seriously.

Comment: Re:Google's official support policy (Score 1) 629

by MSG (#48794847) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

Google's support policy is no such thing, but Google only sets the policy for the hardware that they sell.

I seriously cannot understand how naive this conversation is. If you buy a product from Company X, you are exchanging money for goods and services from Company X. It is their responsibility to provide you with goods and services.

It is not Google's responsibility to do the development, testing, and support for hardware from Company X for which they were not paid.

Google supports their phones for a very reasonable amount of time. If you want support, I suggest you buy one.

Comment: Re:Makes sense. (Score 2, Insightful) 629

by MSG (#48794719) Attached to: Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

If my phone is running Android OS, then I should be able to get updates straight from Google.

If that's what you want, then BUY A PHONE FROM GOOGLE.

Otherwise, you're expecting Google to provide the development and support for hardware they didn't sell. Your money goes to company X, but you expect Google to do the work? That's not how any economic system works. You made an exchange of money for goods with company X. Warranty, support, etc is their responsibility. They're the one that you're paying.

Comment: Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 156

by MSG (#48601659) Attached to: Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

I'm an IT guy. I know that transaction takes milliseconds to process.

And like a typical IT guy, what you "know" is beyond question. No way you could possibly be wrong.

If, someday, you work with enterprise systems, you might come to realize that very large systems are often riddled with inefficiencies. When multiple parties are involved, or legal compliance, those inefficiencies can become powerfully entrenched.

Take a look at some of the high rated comments on this article for explanations as to why and how banking is not as efficient as you imagine.

Comment: Re:Great. More touchscreens. (Score 1) 233

by MSG (#48582803) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

Have you been car shopping lately? Find a car that meets all of your non-electric criteria that still has physical buttons.

Yep. Bought a Honda Insight this year. Unlike the Prius, it has all physical buttons.

Sadly, the Prius dominates that market segment, and the Insight is being discontinued.

I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs. -- H.L. Mencken