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Comment: Re:But the movie selection still sucks (Score 2) 177

by Tyler Durden (#47945815) Attached to: Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux
You can find a selection of pretty good movies they offer here. I ended up watching Dredd and was blown away - something I wouldn't have done if not for word of mouth. (So you're trying to tell me someone made another movie on Judge Dredd that's actually good?) And of course, sometimes the movies you at first don't recognize end up being the ones you love the most.

Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (Score 1) 177

by JWSmythe (#47944195) Attached to: Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

There was a lovely country club where I lived for a while. Out of curiosity I stopped by. It was only something like $5k/yr. I could have afforded it, but I didn't see any good reason to get a membership. They had a pool. I had a pool. They had a golf course. I don't play golf. They had tennis courts. I don't play tennis. They had their bar and sitting room. I have booze and a TV at home. They offered free wifi to members. I had Internet service at home. The buildings and grounds looked very nice. That only goes so far. "Ok, I'm sitting in a nice building."

I can't see wasting money just to say I have money to waste.

Comment: Re:Do it well (Score 2) 380

by Junta (#47929199) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

That is, support *functional* dependencies between processes,

Well, explicit stated dependencies are there. If you mean something beyond that, I get very concerned.

caching of input/output.

What i/o are you referring to? I/O generally is already cached as intelligently as the filesystem or block subsystem can manage. At filesystem or lower or inside the application are your opportunities to enhance things, not much room in between. If you mean cache data that is piped around or networked around, that is absolutely a horrible idea that is really infeasible unless it's in the application (it is impossible for an infrastructure to ascertain whether cached result is good enough in a generic fashion since it isn't in the middle of the transactions or understanding the flow.

automatic starting of processes when configurations change, etc.

This would be horrible. If it is a process that reads config only at startup, you have no idea of knowing when the changed on-disk copy is 'ready'. You cannot graft magic onto such a daemon. On the fly reconfiguration is already available even in standard libraries if applications want to do that. This is another problem that cannot be reasonably added in a sensible way without cooperation of the managed applications.

Right now, my computer has to reboot whenever stuff changes

Something is very very very wrong in your case. Updates sometimes are more practical to reboot to just be sure that stale copies of vulnerable libraries are surely out (and certain platforms require a reboot to replace open files at all), but no reconfiguration necessitates a reboot short of reconfiguring very particular kernel/driver settings.

Comment: Re:This is why I no longer use Linux (Score 2) 380

by Junta (#47927253) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Being paid to program doesn't make you a professional.

Being paid to do anything by definition makes you a professional. Professional does not mean 'better', it just carries the connotation since frequently someone who cannot get paid for their work where another can is due to things that lack. In coding, sometimes being 'professional' versus 'amatuer' really boils down to being loud enough to get taken seriously.

Comment: The problem... (Score 4, Insightful) 380

by Junta (#47927203) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

People have reported corrupt log files. The result is all the data is unrecoverable. The complaints have been answered 'as designed'.

When things are right, it works as intended. When things are bad, it can go far off the rails. Considering it is the system log used to debug what is wrong when things are off the rails, a full binary log is a dubious proposition.

There are benefits to binary log, but they could have been done to varying degrees with structured text and/or external binary metadata, rather than a corruptable binary blob.

Comment: Re:nas4free, raidz2, primary/secondary server, rsy (Score 1) 267

by Junta (#47911383) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

I would argue that the raid is useless. Better to use the excess drive capacity for rsnapshot external with off site backup.

If theft or fire takes out your place, then that data is safe. Such an event would still be traumatic, but at least the data would be intact.

Comment: Re:always keep the analogs (Score 1) 267

by Junta (#47911339) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

flaky format changes, .. system obsolence

No,VHS itself is getting harder to get a recorder for.

bit rot, one too many cycles of use on a flash drive,

No VHS notoriously looks worse and worse over time. Digital tolerates bit rot losslessly up to a threshold, then starts getting artifacts. Those artifacts are frequently no worse than how terrible VHS looks by that point of degradation

Sure keep the analogs since there is no harm, but don't expect them to fare better than digital backups

Comment: snapshot to external disk (Score 1) 267

by Junta (#47910677) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

I have two external disks on alternating cadences of backup. At any given time, one or both of them are in a desk drawer at work (while I work, I keep both there, and take home the one that needs to be run that night).

Cloud for me is impractical as the price structure is pretty steep at these capacities. Even if it wasn't, my bandwidth is inadequate for the task. Offsite backup to my desk drawer is adequate.

You can encrypt the backups if you are concerned about the privacy of such a setup (the desk drawer locks, but the employer has keys).

Comment: (Score 2, Insightful) 537

by Junta (#47880241) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

I'm pretty sure communism has manifested without tyranny. The issue is that human nature in practice doesn't let it scale to notable levels. Small communities being communist without tyranny happens ever so often. When you have the human connection face to face and there is not really any practical opportunity for some subset of the community to be overwhelmingly better off than the rest even if they had capitalism or tried, communism can work. However once one man is far enough from others to be somewhat apathetic toward them and/or perceive a chance for unreasonably better standard of living at the expense of others, the good facets of humanity that would enable communism go out the window.

Of course the risk for a benevolent 'commune' with nice principles to turn to 'cult' seems pretty high, so I guess even this assessment gives human nature too much credit...

Comment: Re:Maybe (Score 1) 264

by JWSmythe (#47874751) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

There would be easily missed negatives too. Are they suppose to wear one on both hands, or just their strong hand? When I was training, we had to practice both strong and weak hand firing, so we were just as proficient with either one. If they're only monitoring the strong hand, people will plan on using their weak hand to fire.

Comment: Good thing it didn't hit US. (Score 3, Funny) 107

It's a good thing it didn't hit the US. If I've learned nothing else from Hollywood, I've learned this... If any object strikes another object moving faster than about 20 feet per second, there will be a huge explosion.

Except for the very very rare incidents which are strictly for comedic value.

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins