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Comment: Re:Incomplete Online Systems Planning (Score 2) 38

by TheReaperD (#48484529) Attached to: Hackers Breach Payment Systems of Major Parking Garage Operator

I can say, as someone with decent knowledge on the topic that not doing security testing is standard procedure at most companies. Testing costs money and causes delays, something no corporation wants. Until the cost of ignoring the problem exceeds the savings of proactively dealing with it, this will continue to be the case.

Comment: Re:This is the same community (Score 1) 581

by TheReaperD (#48484513) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

I would actually argue that it is at this point. As a hobbyist project as linux was long ago, many forkes were good thing as it gave the general community a lot of options and they could choose their prefered setup and the user was expected to handle any technical and coding issues between the different systems was everybody was at least a tech if not a coder and such solutions were realistically expected. That is not linux today with the exception of gentoo and a few others which you tend not to see in company servers. Linux today is a large product backed by many people and corporations and if you expect to continue to have their support and assistance, you need to work out solutions and find the best one for the majority of stakeholders involved (this does not just mean code quality exclusively though that is a factor) and everyone else to back that decision once it is made or else 3rd party vendors and large companies will find a different solution that doesn't involve linux; hence Windows' continued dominance.

This decision is what happened with RedHat and Debian. The stakeholders evaluated their options and decided, right or wrong, that systemd was the best solution for them. For RedHat, since it is a company rather than a community project, that is the end of it and no amount of complaining by it's online community is going to change it at this stage. For Debian, a community project, because of the backlash from a vocal minority of their community, held a stakeholder vote to see if the project would continue to support the choice of the minority of their stakeholders and that decision came back no for many reasons. For Debian, forking the project, which is now official, will weaken its market position thus leading to RedHat and Windows to gain ground against it thus making other maintainers and companies less likely to continue to support it. That is fine is you prefer Debian to be a hobbyist flavor of linux rather than a largely supported one with many 3rd party applications. I prefer that it continue to have large 3rd party support but, that means making compromises and living with the result, no matter how sour it tastes. To try and have a large repository of 3rd party software and to fork the distribution over every major issue is trying to have your cake and eat it too.

Comment: Re:No, wrong community (Score 1) 581

by TheReaperD (#48484355) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

My point was to point out how ugly the community got when it was something trivial that there was no problem installing both and letting individual users choose their favorite. I saw system admins fired over the fact that they wouldn't install (or worse, uninstall behind another admin's back) the editor they despised even though it caused zero issues to have both on the system. And the most recent, not in fun, argument over the emacs/vi issue was three years ago which is complete stupidity taken to an even more irrational level. But, overall, you're right about the arguments being gone overall as the world moved on but, there are still zealots that continue to fight this ridiculous fight decades later. My intention was to state, now that it is actually something serious, that the community will get really bloody.

Since I wrote my original post, it has been announced that the anti-systemd crowd are forking Debian. I count it a bit as "I'm taking my ball and going home!" because they lost but, that is their prerogative. I wish them the best of luck and hopefully the two new communities will stop the vitriol and hate of each other and just work on their respective projects.

Comment: Re:A nice foil to the previous story. (Score 3, Interesting) 312

by TheReaperD (#48483997) Attached to: In UK Study, Girls Best Boys At Making Computer Games

Ironic the fictional land of Barbie, with a supposedly positive message for girls about careers in tech, is more misogynistic than the reality it seeks to change.

I'm pessimistic enough to believe that it didn't seek to change anything. I'm male so I'm not really an expert on Barbie but, everything I have ever seen and heard about "her" indicates that she's an unrealistic rich girl (or gold digger) that is obsessed about her body and possessing things and that the only thing she really encourages young girls to be is trophy wives with maybe an interesting side job for fun. I've never heard of anything that indicates that Mattel has ever truly marketed Barbie as a positive role model for girls to be body positive and self-determining of their own futures. They just give in when popular news pays a little more attention to what Barbie really sells than they are comfortable with because too much focus might actually bring about change.

Since I stuck my neck into this issue I just want to state, for the record, that women and men should have the same opportunities to become whatever they want to be, whether that be house(wife|husband), coder, combat infantry, CEO or President or anything else.

Comment: Re:its all about choice. (Score 1) 581

by TheReaperD (#48416917) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

I haven't used some of the distros you listed but, I know distros such as gentoo are a build your own linux kit wheres Redhat and Ubuntu are intended to "work out of the box" with Debian somewhere in the middle. That makes a major difference in how the maintainers set things up and what level of alternatives they wish to supply. Each method has their advantages which is why each type exists. Most 3rd party products for linux prefer the Redhat and Ubuntu approach because they have a much better idea of what kind of environment they are coding for. But, if you really want to learn everything there is to know about linux or you want to be able to decide exactly how you want your system, gentoo all the way. It's ideal for the community that all these options continue to exist though many software companies would strongly disagree.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 4, Interesting) 219

by TheReaperD (#48375767) Attached to: Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

Having worked for a school district, I can tell you that licensing was a major issue but, not for the reasons that most people think. It has nothing to do with cost even though the licenses were pricy. The problem was the technical solutions that Microsoft instituted to try and enforce their licensing that was the issue. We either had to do limited activation licences that were use and loose which is a major problem when you're doing network imaging as you burn through the licences like they're tissue paper or you had to run clunky and unreliable "activation servers" with severe technical limitations and were even more problematic with people with laptops. In the end, we had to do a hybrid solution on both methods to try and keep our copies of Windows and Office activated and even then it wasn't 100% effective. We were looking for ANY alternative to this nightmare that we could make work; even if it wasn't ideal.

"There is no statute of limitations on stupidity." -- Randomly produced by a computer program called Markov3.