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Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 208

by squiggleslash (#47960039) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Must admit that's news to me. Kinda fed up of the subtle changes to shell commands we've seen over the last few years especially as this one conflicts with the kill -{SIGNAL} syntax we're used to.

Either way, this sounds like a non-issue. (1) if we're routinely trying to determine how to kill EVERY CORE PROCESS ON THE SYSTEM then we have bigger fish to fry than whether init/systemd is capable of working with that.

(2) It sound scriptable to me, assuming systemd itself isn't capable of doing it. /proc should give you all the information you need.

I worry that this is the kind of concern holding back adoption of systemd. Good reasons I understand. Bad ones, that seek to blame systemd for major system problems that exist under init too, are bad.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 1) 131

by mlts (#47960035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Android is a toss-up. If your phone has an easily unlockable bootloader and is fairly mainstream, then you likely can get unofficial updates or a CyanogenMOD version which will be supported for quite a while. You also might be able to find other ROMs people have made for the device, some with a more recent version of Android, some not.

If you get a model that has a locked bootloader, the company won't unlock it, and it isn't a popular enough model to get the mainstream developers to look at it, then it will probably need to be tossed.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 62

by damn_registrars (#47959919) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

The idea of grabbing a bunch of us researchers to help is a good one

I don't know if you saw the article here a week or so ago, but there was a front page story linking to an NPR story on scientists giving up on their careers because the funding situation is so miserable in this country. There are literally labs closing down in every top-tier research school (Ivy Leagues not excluded) as we speak due to funding. There hasn't been a raise in funding to even match inflation in many years, and meanwhile schools are hitting PIs for more money to keep the lights on. If you could gather up a .5-1M dollar budget (Canadian and US dollars are close enough to interchangeable on this matter) you could talk any of a number of excellent labs from excellent schools to come to your side of the border.

People who say wait times under Canada's health care system are out of control don't realize that the triage system works. If I had needed surgery that day, I would have gotten it.

I have many Canadian friends, colleagues, and relatives. They have provided great examples for me of how most of the FUD over the problems with the Canadian system are indeed just FUD. The waits are no worse than here in the states, with the added bonus of knowing that whatever they do to you, it won't be able to drive you to financial ruin.

As someone whose insurance on the American side of the border nearly drove him out of school and into the poor house (by none of my own fault), I can see real value in that.

On another note, the real task wasn't being "tough" - it was not becoming like anyone else who had been through all this would have become. Being tough is easy - staying open and vulnerable and HUMAN despite everything must be hard, because I see so many people just putting up barriers and walls and doing the "tough guy" act (or "mean bitch" act) to give the impression that they can't be hurt again. People might respect or fear someone who's tough or mean, but they won't go to them for help all that easily. And lets face it - nothing gives the warm fuzzies more than knowing you've helped someone (except maybe hugging my dog when things get tough, but that's almost too easy).

Perhaps tough was not the best word for that application. You seem to be describing what I was aiming for, though. I can't say I have any idea what I would do if I found myself down the same path.

On a completely different note, I remember some time back you had a series of JEs along the lines of "stupid landlord tricks". My wife and I recently moved out of a rental house and it seems that our now-ex-landlord is following a similar playbook to yours. Hopefully I don't have to take this fool to court.

Comment: Re:iPad 3 (Score 1) 131

by alvinrod (#47959815) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
Glad to hear. I've been holding off on updating to see if there were any serious performance issues. However, I wish someone would release a comprehensive benchmark list for some of the older devices just so I can have a better idea of how much of an impact it will have on performance. Ideally I'd like to think it might improve a little, only if because iOS 7 felt rather rushed and they've likely been able to tune some of the code.

Comment: Re:You wanted his strategy... (Score 1) 30

by smitty_one_each (#47959515) Attached to: Heh

It makes no difference at all. It all depends how you want to live.

If it makes no difference at all, because you are Dirt, then the illusion of "how you want to live" also dissolves into nihilistic dirt, Dirt. You can slam your fingers in your Overton Window, but it was all variations on dirt, Dirt. At least, that seems the conclusion of your course. With which I don't fully agree. Sure, the flesh is dirt, but our very conversation itself negates the assertion that dirt is all there is.

Comment: Re:I'm fine with it (Score 1) 144

by Seumas (#47958697) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

This requires a great number of assumptions or an tremendous amount of work to prove them out and there are too many variables to make this viable in more than a few very specific edge cases.

Even if we somehow know that the account belongs to the person it appears to, that the account is active, that it doesn't just appear active due to automatic sign-ins, browser extensions, mobile apps, malware, that someone else doesn't have access to the account (any form of significant other, roommate, family member, etc), that the person actually ever reads their messages (I have an account just so nobody else can use the identity; I sign in maybe twice a year; I can count the number of times I have read my inbox there on one hand), that they read *that* message, etc.

If it were simply enough to say "we know this account really belongs to this person and that they actively login and use the account", then we wouldn't need certified mail or people to serve a summons in person. It would be enough to say "we have a mail address for this person and we'll just send a regular first class mail notification to them". But that *isn't* enough. And neither is saying "well, shit, we sent a facebook message".

And facebook can be more reliable than physical mail? We're going to bank all of this on the reliability of a single third party entity? Didn't we just go through like six months of "gosh, we lost every single email for all these important IRS people of the last five years, because email's supes unreliable, guys!"?

Comment: Re:I'm fine with it (Score 1) 144

by Seumas (#47958673) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

You need to sign for certified mail to verify that you at least received it, after which the onus is on you to consider it important and actually read it. If someone else signs for it or it is never signed for, then there is no verification that *you* received it and that can be proven with a simple signature comparison.

There is no way to verify that this has been done with any sort of online delivery. Saying that "well, it went to his inbox" (or worse, "it went to his fucking facebook messages") or even "his inbox or facebook messages show that they have been read" do not in any way confirm that the message has reached the point upon which the onus is now upon you. There is no way to verify that a human processed the message. Or that a human actually saw and read it. Or that the correct human did. Especially in a world of cracked accounts, handing over your credentials to your bosses, idiots "sharing facebook logins to confirm their love", userscripts, browser extensions, malware, fake accounts, and any number of things.

I mean, relying on facebook or twitter or any other service as some sort of delivery verification is even less reliable than banking on an SMTP DSN, which is itself practically meaningless.

Comment: Re:Manufacturing (Score 1) 355

by drinkypoo (#47958357) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I think you have no idea what you are talking about. Drilling one hole with a laser isn't too hard. Drilling millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability IS as difficult as "rocket science". (as if that is some sort of valid comparison...) That's exactly what make manufacturing hard.

No, he's right. The benefit of laser cutting is that it is predictable and repeatable. It's far easier to laser-cut millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability with a laser cutter than it is to do it with a mill, provided that the surface being cut lends itself to laser cutting. The problem of positioning the laser is no more complex than the problem of positioning the part on a mill (arguably, it is less so) while milling the holes adds a significant number of additional complexities which are not present in a laser cutting system. That's why laser cutting has become so popular, to say nothing of its ability to handle materials which cannot practically be machined. Then again, laser cutting a fat billet isn't really practical either, so clearly both approaches have their benefits. I imagine that's why both approaches are used by Apple on the same hardware.

Comment: Re:all in all (Score 1) 135

by Stargoat (#47958327) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

It already is a fortress. In time of war, nations protect their leaders. And the US has been at war for twenty years.

Open the doors of the Temple of Janus, acknowledge the truth. Every day that the US drops a bomb somewhere in the world is a day that the President of the United States should not sleep easy in his bed. One cannot be angry when one nation attacks another, and that other nation responds in any manner it can.

"Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb