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Comment Re:Has the systemd problem been addressed? (Score 1, Informative) 147

If systemd "doesn't even have usable logs", then neither does sysvinit. Because systemd can log to exactly the same places sysvinit does, in exactly the same way! And on my system it does. Systemd also has other options, which I may explore later at my leisure. But for now, nothing about my logs has changed with systemd!

Of course, I'm using Debian, and this whole thing is reminding me very much of the glibc transition, back in the day. Lots of people were screaming about how glibc was breaking everything, because certain vendors (no names will be mentioned...rdht) rushed the transition out the door. Debian took their time and did it right, and Debian users barely even noticed the transition.

Comment Re:Forth (Score 1) 414

Forth is actually a lot more common than many people realize. In addition to its use in embedded programming (the "toasters" you referred to), it was also used to bootstrap Sun Sparc boxes. Which means that every one of them was another instance of Forth in the wild. I once picked up a free Sparcstation from someone, which I was going to use to help work on Sparc Linux, but it had such crappy network hardware that I ended up spending more time playing around with the Forth it came with, writing things like Conway's Life.

(Plus, it was a 32-bit Sparc, and shortly after I got it, various Linux vendors started announcing that they were going to be dropping support for 32-bit Sparc in the near future, and only supporting 64-bit. There were reasons it was free.) :)

I believe (though I never bothered to confirm it) that Macs also used to use the same Forth for *their* bootstrap.

I like to keep a copy of GNU Forth on my phone, though I haven't done much with it yet.

Comment Re:Correct me if I am wrong (Score 1) 60

In addition to all the version control software that supports "ssh:" protocols (from CVS up through git), there's those servers at work that lots of us connect to, without knowing who may have installed what on them.

Of course, if your work has rogue admins who are installing trojan ssh servers (or are simply so bad at their jobs that they allow outsiders to install trojan ssh servers), then you've definitely got bigger problems. But fixing the leak on your side and updating your keys will at least cover your ass.

Comment Re:Honorable mention: circular reasoning, or beggi (Score 1) 311

Actually, "begs the question" is more likely to mean "this question should be asked", rather than merely "this raises the question".

People who are upset about the supposed "misuse" of the phrase are too busy screaming and pouting to notice nuance, though.

Ironically (and yes, this is actually irony), the original phrase they're so defensive of is actually a blind-idiot mistranslation of the Latin phrase "Petitio principii", which more-or-less means "assume the beginning" or, even more roughly, "assume the premise."

The fact is that the current standard usage follows from the actual words being used, while the oh-so-precious older meaning makes no sense whatsoever, and deserves to be put to rest. There's a strong element of the colloquial "he's begging for it" in the modern meaning.

Comment Not yet??? (Score 4, Insightful) 91

Wow, I think that may be one of the worst headlines I've seen on Slashdot, and that's saying something. "Not yet" does not mean "we're not sure yet." And "turns out not to have a planet" does not mean "we don't know if it does, but our earlier assumption turns out to be wrong."

From the headline, I assumed that they'd managed to establish that Alpha C. actually did not have a planet, but did have coalescing clouds that would soon (in astronomical terms) become one. That would be an extremely cool discovery! Unfortunately, neither of those things appears to be true (or if it is, we haven't established it).

How about "Reports of Alpha Centauri's Planet Proven to be Premature"? It's even got some nice alliterism to it. And, possibly more importantly, it's got some relationship to the facts (at least as presented in TFS).

Comment Re:Private DB of public data? No thanks (Score 1) 31

Having never heard of Discogs before, it basically sounds like it's like MusicBrainz with more data. Is that about right?

Except that unlike MusicBrainz, there's no API. The data just sits there on the page. On the other hand, MusicBrainz actually shamelessly encourages lifting data from Discogs (which is how I first discovered Discogs). So that's something. The obsessive record collectors fill out the data on Discogs, and the folks at MusicBrainz take it and turn it into something more useful to the general public.

But yeah, I haven't looked at what sort of arrangement Discogs has with its contributors, since it doesn't strike me as something it would be all that useful to contribute to, since I'm not a record collector, and don't obsess over each minor variation of each release of even the albums I like. Even though I'm old-school enough to still own a lot of physical media.

Comment Re:Before I needed 12 different cables (Score 1) 299

Huh, I'm down to three, and one of those is only used with some fairly old devices I have. (Actually, I've only got one of those old devices left in service.) Other than that, I just have full-sized and new-phone-standard minis.

I do have a fairly extensive collection of old cables with a wide variety of sizes and shapes, though. So I feel your pain. :)

Comment Re:Enhanced, but not replaced. (Score 1) 299

You should know that Unicomp, which bought the rights to the model M keyboard design (the original gigantic clacky PC keyboard), still makes true model Ms with a variety of connectors including USB. My aunt swears by them. They're not cheap, but as you have clearly noticed, they also last for ages. So if the one you have does give up the ghost, you've got options.

Comment third of three? (Score 4, Insightful) 73

One of the most important characteristics of a planet...

There's three characteristics, and this is probably the least important. But if you consider all three to be "the most" important, then I suppose it's one of them. That seems like a pretty silly way to express yourself, though. Personally, I'd probably just say "one characteristic".

Also note that we're talking about the IAU definition, which is not necessarily the only definition. Dictionaries still haven't accepted the IAU definition, and may never do so, because the IAU defines a planet as orbiting the sun, while science fiction writers continue merrily talking about planets around other stars, and show no signs of changing.

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