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Comment Re: Like systemd (Score 1) 460

So your complaint is "it's new and isn't compatible with older configurations". Oh well. We have to get off INIT at some point. It's a broken mess. Sometimes you just have to rip the band aid. I'm not a huge fan of binary logs but it isn't the end of world. You can still use syslog if you like. The problems systemd solve vastly outweigh any complaints you or anyone else have put forth.

Comment Re:Like systemd (Score 1) 460

You people amaze me. Systemd isn't hurting the reputation of Linux. Anyone who isn't already using Linux has no idea what systemd is.. Almost every complaint I have seen about systemd is about theory and not real world. All that PID1 and "Unix Philosopy" bs. If anything systemd will be a major step forward to people adopting linux. Init is terrible on so many levels and is vastly different across distributions. Just the fact that I have to know each distribution's init quirks is super annoying when you administer servers. It's also a horribly broken concept. Systemd actually works like a service system should, where you can actually account for processes and states without having to program ridiculous bash scripts to do all the logic.

Comment Re:Take a step backwards in time ... (Score 1) 460

HTML, which was supposed to separate content from presentation, no longer does,

This one really annoys me, because it would be so simple to do. If HTML allowed constants, you could have one place (a separate file, or put them at the top of your file) where all your text and images are defined. Then you could build the HTML, and easily move your constants around as the design changed. Simple solution, easy to implement, effective. It would also solve the problem that CSS has, where you want to use the same color scheme in several different elements; but if you want to change the color scheme, you have to change the colors in multiple different places. With definable constants, you could change it in one place and be done.

There are more than a few ways to mimic constants in CSS without having to give CSS programming logic.

Submission + - Zuckerberg to Take 2 Months Paternity Leave to Give His Kid a Better Outcome

theodp writes: TechCrunch reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take two months off from Facebook for paternity leave. Why? "Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families," Zuckerberg explained in a FB post on Friday. "At Facebook we offer our U.S. employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year." No word on why Baby Zuck will only get 50% of that time — maybe that's what the gains chart suggested as a good tradeoff — or if expectant parents who apply to send their children to Zuckerberg's new Primary School, which aims to "help children from underserved communities reach their full potential," will be expected to make a similar commitment.

Submission + - Now We Know Why the Hobbit Movies Were So Awful writes: Everyone seems to agree that the key to the success of Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy was years of careful planning before production ever began. Now Bryan Bishop writes at The Verge that in what can only be described as the most honest promotional video of all time, we find out why the Hobbit trilogy turned out to be such a boring mess. In the clip Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, and other production personnel confess that due to the director changeover — del Toro left the project after nearly two years of pre-production — Jackson hit the ground running but was never able to hit the reset button to get time to establish his own vision. Once the new director was hired, the harried crew members had to scramble to redesign everything to suit Jackson’s vision, but they could barely even keep up with the production schedule, let alone prepare anything in advance. At some junctures in the process, Jackson found himself essentially having to improvise on set because there was nothing really prepared for his actors to do. “You’re going on to a set and you’re winging it, you’ve got these massively complicated scenes, no storyboards and you’re making it up there and then on the spot," said Jackson. "I spent most of The Hobbit feeling like I was not on top of it ][] even from a script point of view Fran [Walsh], Philippa [Boyens] and I hadn’t got the entire scripts written to our satisfaction so that was a very high pressure situation.”

But wait, "Peter has never made a secret of the fact that he took over the Hobbit directing job with very little preparation time remaining before shooting had to begin. It was a challenge he willingly took on. His comments are an honest reflection of his own personal feelings at times during the movie's production." says a spokeman for Jackson. "Somebody has decided to create this cut-down, using only the sections of The Gathering Clouds that discuss the difficulties faced, not the positive ways they were addressed and overcome – which are also covered in this and other featurettes."

Submission + - The Xbox One Turns 2 Today – Here's 13 Unusual Stats

SlappingOysters writes: November 22 is the day the Xbox One turns two and to celebrate, Grab It has put together an article with 13 unusual stats about its journey so far. This includes the average install size of games, the number of indies on the format, the number of days between exclusives and how many terabytes of storage space you would need to house every game at once .

Submission + - Yahoo Blocking Email Access For Some AdBlock Users (

kheldan writes: In the wake of the online advertising commission's recent admission that it's been overzealous with online advertising in the last decade, Yahoo has nevertheless gone ahead with a test of blocking AdBlock users from using their email services.

"At Yahoo, we are continually developing and testing new product experiences," a company spokesperson stated. "This is a test we're running for a small number of Yahoo Mail users in the US."

It's likely a test that a company that has been hemorrhaging users for several years likely can't afford, as Twitter quickly lit up with users stating they'd be taking their "business" elsewhere.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 387

This. I love the delightful irony of him blasting NASCAR for being wasteful, considering how much fuel the average rocket launch burns. Not to mention the fact that at least NASCAR doesn't add to the national debt that our grandkids will be stuck with.

And, let's face it, a NASCAR race is no more useless to science than another trip to the ISS. And just imagine the resources that Mr. Nye wants to burn just to send a man to Mars so he can stand there and say "Yep, it's a rust desert alright."

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