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Comment Re:BSD is looking better all the time (Score 1) 728

``No competent Linux SysAdmin will ever voluntarily run Windows.''

Sure they do. That keeps the Powers That Be from coming down on them like a ton of bricks for not running Windows. The competent Linux admin does, though, install Cygwin/Cygwin-X as soon as s/he possibly can and minimize the amount of screen real estate they allow Windows to use so they can get some actual work done. (I was fortunate enough, several years ago, to work for a company that mandated Linux on the desktop. Users "needing" Windows had to run it in under KVM.)

Comment Re:What path have we chosen? (Score 1) 728

``rather than startup becoming faster and more deterministic as claimed, it's actually slower and randomly fails due to what looks like some race condition''

My first experience with the full systemd-flavored openSUSE (as opposed to earlier systemd-lite 12.x) was the weird error I got after upgrading where the startup was failing (I think) because of an arbitrary 90s time limit on fscks. I have a 2TB backup disk attached to the system via an external, swappable USB drive bay and, apparently, Lennart and crew saw fit to establish an upper limit on how long an fsck should take and tossing you into single user mode on reboot when the fsck takes a long time. I'm still trying to figure out how to alter that time limit. Luckily, I still have time before the next mount-count-mandated fsck occurs.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 3, Insightful) 728

``They try to Apple-ize linux but it's half-baked and neither more user-friendly or more reliable than the stuff they replace.

I've had the same complaint about CUPS -- Apple's screwball replacement for simple lpd -- for years. (And it's not just the Linux version that, IMHO, sucks. I recently had to live through using CUPS in an Apple shop and getting hard copy of anything was a real time sink.) I have a hard time figuring out what problem CUPS was intended to solve. All I can come up with was that it was shiny and new whereas lpd was old (but reliable). For my trusty, rock-solid HP LaserJet, I keep an old Linux distribution running so I can set it up using LPRng. A couple of lines in a text file and -- Voila! -- I have a print queue. Time spent^Wwasted in CUPS' GUI never seemed to make anything work.

Systemd and well, just about anything Poettering touches is more obtuse than what it replaces, has commands that are difficult to remember, require more typing (making them prone to typos), and don't make much sense. Am I looking for the status of "servicename" or am I looking for the status of ""? What's the difference? The guy's pushing me back to Slackware. Or, as someone above mentioned, BSD.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 1) 172

There used to be a web page called "Your Eyes Suck at Blue". You might find it on the Wayback machine.

You can tell the luminance of each individual channel more precisely than you can perceive differences in mixed color. This is due to the difference between rod and cone cells. Your perception of the color gamut is, sorry, imprecise. I'm sure that you really can't discriminate 256 bits of blue in the presence of other, varying, colors.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 5, Insightful) 172

Rather than abuse every commenter who has not joined your specialty on Slashdot, please take the source and write about what you find.

Given that CPU and memory get less expensive over time, it is no surprise that algorithms work practically today that would not have when various standards groups started meeting. Ultimately, someone like you can state what the trade-offs are in clear English, and indeed whether they work at all, which is more productive than trading naah-naahs.

Comment Re:No, not economics at all (Score 1) 185

I don't have to apologize for national fiat currency, it's silly too, and I don't keep my assets in cash. My problem with Bitcoin is that it is even less credible than "the faith and credit of the United States government", which has been the justification of the Dollar since it was allowed to float. It seems to be nothing but "wish and it will come true".

Comment Re:Are they going to fine airlines for doing the s (Score 1) 188

No, the small-aircraft owners aren't at risk of messing up their avionics. They are, however, consciously messing up the cellular network for everyone else. You see, you are supposed to be in range of just a few cells when you use your phone, so that we get frequency reuse between cells. If you are at altitude, you are in line-of-sight communications with all of the cells out to the visible horizon on all sides. And the frequencies you are using are probably locked out from reuse over that entire vast area. It would not take very many phones at altitude to disrupt the entire system.

Comment No, not economics at all (Score 4, Insightful) 185

People who received a play-money system from a mysterious unknown person and actually convinced themselves that it has value are now facing a schism over the money market failing to grow without bounds. Unless, that is, the software is modified in a way that might, over time, disincent people from playing the game.

I can't be the only one who is thinking that the only problem is that these folks believe bitcoins have value.

Hell, I thought that the fiat currency of nations was a bad deal. This is an order of magnitude worse.

All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young