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Comment: BIOS (Score 1) 221

by Smallpond (#47970449) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

One thing we need to do is pry open the BIOS. Why should we need a VGA and keyboard or serial port to configure the hardware? Why is initializing the memory interface a secret? We can't improve servers if the hardware is still tied to the original IBM PC.

Comment: Re:citizens united protects cyborgs (Score 1) 206

by Smallpond (#47839253) Attached to: Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Yes, there are no gray areas at all. If it's implanted inside you then its part of you, and if its separate then its not. Oh, wait. A diabetes monitor has an implanted sensor and an external battery pack, so which is it? Can I search the data on it to find out where you've been or what you've been doing or not? Does it matter whether its microchip is inside or outside?

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1, Insightful) 826

by Smallpond (#47752939) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

What's broken exactly?

Software has bugs and occationally they crash. I'm not an expert GNU/Linux system administrator by any means, and I've lost count of the amount of times when I simply wanted to just find a way to make the init system restart a service automatically when it crashes. This is trivial with Systemd, you just set Restart=on-failure in the service file and it's done. No need to write error-prone shell scripts or fiddle with run levels. It just works and it's well documented.

Straight out of Windows. Write buggy software. It's ok if it crashes once in a while because we can just restart it.

Also straight out of Windows. Make everything into one big integrated binary instead of something that you can see into or hack on.

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