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Comment: Re:The far reaches (Score 1) 780

by ThePhilips (#47755399) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

I'm clearly a beardy type despite cutting my teeth on Unix well after 1988. Apparently I did get the message where so many others did not.

I started seriously with Linux in 1999, after 5 years of WinNT4. And I do not like the systemd.

SystemD is a reinvention of Windows for Linux. It's even made the same way as the Windows: modular design with monolitic architecture. Just like a card house: pull one card, and the whole thing comes down.

That's why Linux back then was like a breath of fresh air to me. Coming from NT4 (which was hard to keep working) to Linux (which I could bring back from a fatal failure in under 15 minutes) pretty much exemplified to me how *NOT* to design the software.

SystemD is indeed the "second system effect" which (unknowingly?) implements many errors of the Windows. The errors which still hunt MS to this day!. (E.g. all embedded Windows attempts failed. Now they have a dedicated embedded system - WinPho - because porting the "card house" to another device built around different paradigms is hard and costly and error prone. It works like crap in the end, while providing no benefits to developers (making portable applications proved to be futile; with WinPho MS stopped promising it) and consequently users.)

Comment: Re:NT is best (Score 1) 187

by ThePhilips (#47755053) Attached to: Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

Not so rare if (A) you have full assortment of the .Net run-times installed and (B) skip some monthly update.

At the worst, on my Win7 I had about 5 .Net run-times installed. It happened more than once that after one dot-point update, there was another dot-point update immediately available.

(Plus, there were two "uninstallable" .net updates: they would silently fail to install and after reboot you would be asked to update again to the same version. I see that shit because I have auto-updates disabled. But for normal people with auto-updates on, that would be a prompt to reboot ~30 min after previous reboot.)

The only solution is to uninstall the application which requires the uncommon .net version and uninstall the redundant .net run-times.

Comment: Re:NT is best (Score 1) 187

by ThePhilips (#47755031) Attached to: Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

On Debian based systems this was never a problem.

Debian IIRC would ask you ~3 times (displaying big scary warnings that you better know what you are doing and Debian isn't responsible for the consequences of your actions) before it would let you uninstall a core OS package like glibc or text-tools or perl.

That is also reason why Debian rebuilds the initrd so often, seemingly redundantly, during the update. To make sure that even if system went down during the update, and there are updated kernel modules, chances are great that your system would remain in a bootable state.

The traditional problems of the RedHat systems where RPM lets you screw your system (or screws it on its own automatically; or refuses to do a trivial thing, you force it and it conveniently screws it for you) at least to me are long over.

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 500

by Wdomburg (#47746635) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Java has a vast ecosystem, excellent threading and concurrency support, robust monitoring and debugging tools, and can rival (or exceed) the performance of traditional compiled languages.

This is true for both small scale and large scale problems. For example, I wrote a little tool to do LDIF transforms in perl. Six hours later, it wasn't even half finished. Rewrote it using a Java library (UnboundSDK) and it finished in about twenty-five minutes.

On the other end of spectrum, I wrote a load-testing application that scaled cleanly to tens of thousands of threads. In a couple of hours. With no experience writing anything to that scale before.

(And the idea that Java is strictly Android these days is absurd. Your cable box runs Java. So does your blu-ray player. Along with ATMs, cash registers, voting machines, any number of enterprise applications, webservices, etc, etc. It is an incredibly pervasive language.)

Comment: Re:what does that cost? Compare 64TB per $300 (Score 1) 193

by Wdomburg (#47741943) Attached to: Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

How big a stack do you need to match a 1320 tape library? Even using 4TB disks you're talking 825 disks, which means 51 enclosures. And then four racks to hold those enclosures. And enough floor space to hold those racks. And enough circuits to power those racks.

At that level of scale, tape is simply a better option for archival storage.

Comment: Re:Simulations are limited by imagination (Score 0) 172

by WinterSolstice (#47734193) Attached to: Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Or just drive the damn car.

I swear, I'm SO sick of this driverless car crap. I don't want one, I don't want to share roads with one, I don't want to even see them.
It's bad enough dealing with humans, the last thing I want is this.

We HAVE a way to get around without you having to drive. It's called public transportation. Get on a damn bus, taxi, or train.

+ - 'MythBusters' drop Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci 1

Submitted by rbrandis
rbrandis (735555) writes "In a video announcement Thursday on Discovery Channel, "MythBusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman revealed that longtime co-hosts and fan favorites Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci are no longer on the show.

"This next season we're going back to our origins with just Adam and me," Hyneman said in the video, which explained that the change took hold as of the season's last episode on August 21."

Comment: Re:OMG, it's full of static stars! (Score 2) 34

by WinterSolstice (#47732267) Attached to: A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

I gotta agree. I mean, we know that they just made a sphere and mapped the photos onto it as a texture, but I would have preferred them to use either no star map or whatever was visible in the real photos.

NASA doing crappy CGI just makes it harder to convince people of the real stuff.

Comment: Pick a different job. (Score 1) 548

Yup, same here. I never *chose* to be a programmer, I wanted to work on AI/robotics. It just sorta happened, and I got out of that field *fast*.

IT in general - just - kids, don't do it. When you do good work, they want to lay you off or outsource you. When you screw up, everyone hates you.

My kids saw my work and decided to go into autos and welding. Says it all right there.

Gee, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.