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Comment: Re:Is it wise to use Systemd? (Score 1) 641

by Zebedeu (#46683635) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

Not to defend Kay, but the system not booting is the result of another bug which was immediately fixed: systemd had some assert which was wrongly spamming log messages when debug was activated.

The discussion then turned around the more general idea of having a user-space application listening to kernel debug settings instead of listening only to settings under its own namespace.
I don't feed qualified to answer on the technical part, but from what I read it was at least clear to me that Kay's general arrogance and unwillingness to cooperate towards a solution have completely justified Linus' action.

Comment: Re:Touristy places will be in for a surprise.. (Score 1) 148

Yes, I would. Because oddly, when I'm on holiday I'm actually more interested in doing holiday type stuff than spending my time using the internet.

I find I use the internet a lot more when I'm visiting some place than when I'm out and about in my own city - when I manage to find a convenient way to go online, which is rare.
This is because in my home city I don't need to check my maps to know where I'm going, I don't care as much about the weather since if the weather turns I can always find something else to do, I don't need translation services nor do I need to look for a decent restaurant as often, and I don't need to be checking for hotels since I have my comfy bed waiting for me.
I'm also a lot less active in social networks when I'm at home because there's a lot less interesting going on to justify posting.

I don't mean to say that I'm glued to my phone when I'm on vacation. In fact it's the reverse: I can optimize my time by searching for what I want more efficiently and get back to tourisming.

Comment: Re:April Fools! (Score 1) 162

by Zebedeu (#46634677) Attached to: Subversion Project Migrates To Git

Again, this is in no way git specific. Commit hooks are well supported in svn, and tools like hudson and jenkins handle continuous integration with svn just as well as with git.

It wasn't my intention to imply that these techniques are unique to git.
The original poster mentioned liking SVN better because of the command structure, and I was pointing out that that's possible as well with git. My point was that for certain corporate environments (or large teams in general) git can be made more centralized without losing many of its benefits.

Comment: Re:April Fools! (Score 1) 162

by Zebedeu (#46633829) Attached to: Subversion Project Migrates To Git

I've used git in a traditional corporate environment, and done right, it can be a lot more powerful than SVN.

"Done right" means you have someone dedicated to the role of "git master" who merges the team's commits into the master repository.
This is what Linus does, and it works to great effect. The great advantage is that individuals and teams can very easily work on their private branches before merging into mainline.

The second method is to set up a server which runs automatic tests on all commits and guarantees at least that the git history remains clean and contributions do not break the build.

From my experience, people tend to resist git because the concepts are a bit difficult to get in, especially when coming from other SCMs. It doesn't help that git uses many of the same nomenclature as other systems for slightly different operations.
However once the concept starts to settle in, git is actually quite simple and its use becomes second nature.

I don't know mercurial that well. From my experiments and what I've read on the Internet, it's essentially the same as git. Some people have strong opinions (like you seem to have) towards one or the other, but I've found that it's mostly down to small differences.
However, to me it makes no sense to use mercurial when almost all open-source projects already use git. Using mercurial only means you have to deal with two SCMs rather than one.

Comment: Re:I prefer my wearables untethered (Score 1) 103

by Zebedeu (#46524801) Attached to: Google Unveils Android Wear

Now wearable computer, that would be interesting, but this sounds more like some Android gadgets than a wearable computer.

If you already have an Android phone you already take everywhere, then it makes more sense.
An independent device would certainly be more useful, but that would greatly increase cost and size, and increase battery drain. And most of that would just be replicating things your smartphone already does.
Given the hardware constraints, it seems that this method is a decent compromise, at least for a first-generation device.

Personally I think the round version from Motorola looks good enough that I'd consider wearing it. It actually looks like a watch, even if a bit too thick for my taste, though I like my watches to be as thin as possible (I tend to buy Skagen).

The LG just looks too much like a gadget to me, sort of like the Pebble and the Samsung Gear, which is why I never got any of those.

Comment: Re:Had he not waited. . . (Score 1) 129

by Zebedeu (#46524455) Attached to: St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

There's a reason real medicines are tested and "alternative medicine" isn't.

That's not true. Alternative medicine has been tested, in some cases extensively, and proven not to work beyond the placebo effect.

In the rare cases that it does work (some traditional herbal concoction turns out to actually have medicinal properties) it stops being labelled "alternative medicine" and joins the ranks of "real medicine".
That's the irony of alternative medicine -- if it does work, it's no longer alternative. Proponents of alternative medicine are essentially trusting their health to the exact therapies which have been proven *not* to work.

Comment: Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (Score 1) 257

by Zebedeu (#46303207) Attached to: WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

I actually paid the 1$/year for it, and it gave me immense pleasure doing so.
Firstly because they've made a good product and I believe they deserve to be rewarded, and secondly (and most importantly), it makes their monetisation clear as day, so it's less likely they will turn around and sell all of my data to the highest bidder, or start doing annoying stuff like pushing ads into my device.

That is, until they got bought by one of the worst companies in the tech world.

If they change that, or if Facebook starts mucking with it, I'll use something else.

The you're a lucky man. I wish I could just up and drop What's App like that, just like I wish I could do that to Facebook.
Unfortunately, the same network effects keep me from cancelling my FB account will now do the same for my WA one.

The problem isn't the technology. Replicating what's app is relatively simple as can be seen by the fact that Messenger apps are dime-a-dozen.
Getting that critical mass of users is what's hard to do, and why FB paid so much.

Comment: Only indies, lately (Score 1) 669

by Zebedeu (#46286403) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

One of my favourites lately has been RimWorld.
A sort of colony simulator where your characters have to survive the harsh environment of the planet where they crash-landed, as well as the occasional raiding parties.
It's similar to Prison Architect (another indie), which is also nice, but I prefer the sci-fi aspect of RimWorld.
The game is currently in alpha, but it already runs quite well, and has a Linux version.

I've also been playing Faster Than Light and Kerbal Space Program which need no introduction here, and Gunpoint which despite not being that new anymore, is a very compelling 2d platformer.
Unfortunately, Gunpoint only has a Windows version and runs like a dog on Wine (at least it did for me, YMMV).

On Android I've been playing The Room 2, which was released just a few days ago.
That one's also pretty good, but I think I enjoyed the first installation more. Not sure if it was because of the novelty at the time, but I feel like the first had more depth to each table.

AAA games are becoming less and less interesting for me. It feels like the really innovative game making is being done by indies. Big companies seem to be interested only in sure investments, so they keep on pushing the same stuff year after year.
Not that that's completely bad. I did enjoy the hell out of GTA V, but it does follow a formula.

Comment: Re:Now all we need is rolling release (Score 1) 205

by Zebedeu (#46056845) Attached to: Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward

I tried being on unstable for a while, and it's actually pretty stable. In fact, I have no complaints at all besides the too-frequent updates, which was what eventually drove me back to testing.

That, and the fact that things in Gnome seemingly kept breaking, only to find out later that it was intentional and part of Gnome's strategy to slowly make their desktop experience less and less usable.
I fixed that by moving to KDE, which improved considerably since I last tried it years ago.

Comment: Re:Atari would be proud (Score 1) 408

by Zebedeu (#45596195) Attached to: Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

Almost there, now we just need to mention the company and product names as often as possible, and of course use the trademark symbols otherwise it won't look corporate enough:

The Computer Software Services® Quintopus is an enabler, allowing your choice of personal peripherals, like the CSS® Whatchamacallit to be connected in exciting and innovative ways. The CSS® Quintopus is a green solution, less cabling, better for the planet!

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