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Comment Re:Argumentum ad lapidem (Score 1) 311

I think one reason for this that with the 'Twitter' generation, one is limited to the number of characters one can use - generally not enough to express a good, well presented and rational argument.

(It's not just Twitter. One thing that infuriates me about comments on the BBC News website is the character limit to what you can say. All you have room for is an assertion rather than an argument. On the other had it's actually one of the things I like about Slashdot, with no comment length limit. This does allow for the - occasional - rational argument).

Comment Re: The Commit Message (Score 1) 572

I can't comment on the specifics in this case (systemd, upower and MATE), however speaking generally a distinction should be made between updates to code and updates to interfaces. Updates to code can be for various reasons, e.g. to fix a security issue or to improve performance, and should have little to no impact on anything using that code (assuming a fixed interface). Updates to interfaces should be a lot more rare, as it is these that can break things, especially if not maintaining 'backward compatibility'. (Of course, updates to interfaces will also require updates to code).

Comment Re: The Commit Message (Score 3, Informative) 572

I think the issue isn't that MATE depends on upower, rather that the latest version of upower depends on systemd. Perhaps MATE should not have required the latest version of upower, but that passes the problem to the MATE team rather than placing the problem where it belongs, which is with the systemd team.

As another poster has identifies, the problem seems to be that the systemd people aren't coding to interfaces. If they were, then dependencies wouldn't be on specific code, i.e. the implementations.

Upgrading software shouldn't require a change to the init system.

Comment Re:The message in question: (Score 1) 572

I think you've probably hit the nail on the head wiith your code review 9 comment, in that (it seems) systemd doesn't code to well-defined interfaces. One suggested correction to the above - this should not be "The Unix Way", but just "The Way".

I wonder if thsi topic would have been as controversial or toxic if the systemd people had tried to agree a new set of interfaces first with the community.

Comment Re:Does it have systemd? (Score 1) 158

I may be wrong, but "power management (sleep/suspend/resume/hibernation) and hotplug/dynamic devices (plugging in/unplugging monitors, headphones, USB devices, Bluetooth, wired and wireless networks)" are not things that those running OpenBSD (or for that matter, Linux on a server) will be particularly interested in.

Perhaps what the controversy is about is really one of desktop vs server (with an OpenBSD firewall being more akin to a server than a desktop. OK yes, I realise that OpenBSD can run as a desktop, but I doubt it is marketed as a competitor for Ubuntu, Mint or even Fedora).

Comment Re:Dear SJW morons (Score 0) 781

It seems to me that there is a new trend of calling someone a "Social Justice Warrior (SJW)", which by some magic (or other mysterious power) somehow makes them wrong.

I can't help thinking that if they are wrong, then they can be argues against without having to depend on a pejorative label.

On the other hand, if the main argument against them is one of name-calling, I would have to say that it is not necessarily clear that they are wrong!

(Ad hominem, or perhaps even ad feminam!)

Comment Building Java Programs (Score 1) 64

Had a look at this. It's not cheap, is it? 116.13 USD from amazon.com (about 75 GBP). On amazon.co.uk it was 91.99 GBP.

Is this meant to be a book bought by individuals, or by schools?

The two volumes of Core Java, 10th Edition, will be cheaper together than this when they are published. (90.81 USD from amazon.com or 73.98 GBP from amazon.co.uk)

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 132

Everyone in the UK doesn't have to pay for it. You only need to pay (or be covered) if you watch or record programmes as they're being shown on TV or live on an online TV service.

I've got a friend who doesn't have a TV, doesn't stream things live via the computer, and doesn't have to pay for a license.

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 132

Curiously, being a uni-lingual Brit, many years ago I was toying with the idea of rectifying this and learning some other European language, and the one I briefly considered was Dutch. In the end I decided that if I was to learn another language it would have to be another major one, like French, German or even (if going world-wide) Mandarin! Not, unfortunately, Dutch! (I still intend to follow-up on this, probably French).

As to the BBC, it should be recognised that it does sell programs abroad, and the money it makes from this goes to supplement the license fee. I'm sure Dutch NPO does similar.

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396

Yes, everyone seems to complain about mountains of 'red tape' without being specific as to what actual regulations they object to.

Hopefully, in the coming months more 'facts' will come out, and more 'myths' exposed.

Talking of figures, it seems the European Commission employed 33,197 staff on 1st January 2015, while the EU Parliament employes about 8,000. Not sure about Birmingham City Council's as they seem to be being hammered by staff cuts. However, the UK Home Office number of staff was 27,546 on 1st January 2013, while the DWP was 91,643 (or 80,281 Full Time Equivalents) in August 2014.

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