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Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 703

Actually, the degraded option does NOT work for BTRFS or at least hasn't when I've tried it. I still ended up in the shell. I checked the changelog for systemd from present back to the date of that report and there is no mention of it at all. Once in the shell, mount -odegraded / will work just fine. If systemd' wasn't too mind-bogglingly stupid to just try the mount command nobody would have to get out of bed at 3AM just to type that. But if I just rip systemd out and use the supposedly old and broken down sysV init, it works every time. If systemd had a sane configuration, I'd just poke that mount commend in as an explicit action and it would just work, but in all of that tangled spaghetti just below the surface, there appears to be no way to do that.

For md devices, they get around the problem by having a regular old script in the initrd go ahead and assemble the RAID before systemd gets a chance to get the vapors and refuse.

Mainframes certainly DO cost 100x more than (for example), a supermicro server.

Sure, networks do go down, but in those cases, you're either dual homed or no amount of non-stop can help you. Again, take the 90% solution or be prepared to start paying a lot more. I did say it should be in a good datecenter with backup power. If that fails, again, no amount of non-stop can help you.

Comment Re:Now only if... (Score 1) 35

Yeah, well, don't hold your breath ... if the US doesn't launch some form of trade sanctions I'll be surprised.

Since the EU is a free trade block and Sweden is a member, I doubt they can do much of anything. Through good services like Spotify they've curbed much of the public appeal of piracy and the Pirate Party is at ~0.4% far from any seats in the general elections and they lost their MEPs in the 2014 elections. They got more to lose than gain by revitalizing the public debate again, particularly anything that looks like US interference which is what pissed many Swedes off back in 2006.

Comment Re:Increase productivity?? (Score 1) 275

So it's essentially inconceivable that any drug could make you creative. However it seems plausible that some drugs could act as a kind of adjuvant to creative struggle when you're approaching a creative breakthrough. Such breakthroughs often come at a time when you're critical faculties are slightly deranged; when you're exhausted; dropping off to sleep; or just say "screw it for now" and do something unrelated.

Hell, I've solved weird computer problems before with a case of beer sitting next to me. I'm one of those weird people where micro-doses of ethanol -- say, downing can after can of Pabst Blue Ribbon -- actually mostly has a stimulant effect. It excites the part of my brain that likes alcohol but it doesn't get me drunk enough, fast enough to have the "downer" effect that it's supposed to have. (Real ale, wine, liquor, different story.) It will actually allow me to stay up all night, and at around 3am -- et voila!

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 1) 275

You are conflating psychedelic use with opiate use.

A friend of mine used to do Olympic style weightlifting (the competitive kind, not the bodybuilding). His coach used to tell him that back in the 60s and 70s, those guys would down anything they could get their hands on. None of it was very well researched, so there were lots of theories about which ones could potentially be "performance enhancing." LSD was definitely something they were using, and it wasn't uncommon to see lifters have complete freakouts on the platform (though to be fair, they were probably on a ton of speed at the same time).

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 2) 275

I had a high school friend who was a fan of LSD. Saying it isn't addictive is a lie. He was constantly touting the benefits, which I didn't see in his life.

Having a negative impact on your life is not the same as being addictive. Eating candy bars can have a detrimental impact if you do it enough, but that doesn't make them addictive substances. Sounds like your friend was just a big fan.

Comment Re: Obvious idea (Score 1) 275

The idea is not to get more of the populace taking those - that would be insane - the idea is to medicate people who have an actual depression.

I take sertraline (just 25mg, that is half of the usual starting dosage) to medicate my double depression and so far it has been a great help. For the first time in two decades I feel even-tempered and more or less happy with my life. There are side effects, but it is absolutely worth it.

The SSRIs probably aren't the cause for shootings, the underlying depression, which apparently wasn't successfully treated is far more likely the cause.

Funny fact, I used to own firearms (for target shooting), but sold them years ago. Never had the urge to kill anybody but myself, though.

Comment Re:Give up PCs? Not likely... (Score 1) 216

"EFI firmware should check PCs for known checksums of child porn and report them to the authorities, and why would you want to disable that unless you're a paedophile yourself?"

"This technology isn't reliable. Just today another security flaw was found in the phone-home software that was supplied by a major PC brand, and it's the third one they've had recently. Cyber-crime is the fastest growing type of law-breaking and your bank spends a lot of money on IT security. Do you really want to force your bank to leave back doors so the hackers can get in and empty your account? What about hospitals? A back door there could mean the next big terrorist attack is breaking in and stopping all the equipment working so your loved ones die, without ever leaving their hideout on the far side of the world. Back doors let evil people into important systems to do evil things. The people who want your computer to include a back door are evil and you can't trust them."

Yet we have none of this for the machines that are locked down today.

But most machines sold today don't have this problem. There is still plenty of choice for those who want an alternative. Try locking things down so small businesses can't run Linux servers any more and have to pay a fortune to MS for approved Windows versions, and see how long your plan lasts.

The sad part is that this isn't true any more. A lot of children these days grow up with only a mobile phone, not a PC...

Well, I don't know where you are, but I recently had an interesting conversation about my old school. Back in the '90s, we had a dedicated computer room with maybe 1 PC for every 25 kids in the school. Today, I'm told, the ratio of computers to kids is almost 1:1, and the kids are actively taught how to use these tools in classes, including things like programming, making a simple web site, and so on. Being able to write a mobile app is something a lot of the kids enjoy, because they all relate to that kind of software now in a way that was reserved for the geeks in my generation.

Of course, I have no idea how representative that anecdote might be. It's based on second-hand information, and it's about one school that has always been successful, in one education district of one country. But if it's even close to the wider reality, surely that is a promising sign for the future. Enjoying the benefits of modern technology shouldn't be reserved for the privileged few.

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