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Comment: Re:That's all we need ... (Score 5, Insightful) 555

by bersl2 (#48188907) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Systemd does not need to die. All the more power to those who wish to use it.

However, it is undesired by a significantly large portion of users and sysadmins, and it is unsuitable for those who still actually want to run Linux as a Unix-like OS.

For these reasons, in my opinion, it is not (yet) ready to become the init for a number of general-purpose distributions out there. Moreover, it is unacceptable for the udev subsystem to reside in the same source tree as systemd, and it is unacceptable for udev to integrate, except through the use of a stable and init-independent interface, into any particular init implementation or design.

Comment: Independent verification of verified/double opt-in (Score 1, Interesting) 345

by bersl2 (#42276055) Attached to: Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

I used to work security at a major hosting provider. If we got complaints about your mailing list, the first thing we'd do is ask you about how you got your list, to see if it complied with our requirement for verified opt-in lists only. We'd also sign up ourselves or check logs and code, because customers always lie (except when they don't).

Right now, I'd apply the same standard of skepticism. I understand that revealing such things would make your proported aim of censorship circumvention hard, but I'd still like to hear independent verification from someone who can reasonably demonstrate the depth of their commitment to opting in.

Comment: Re:Hilarious excuses (Score 1) 358

by bersl2 (#41794271) Attached to: A Proposal To Fix the Full-Screen X11 Window Mess

old ass GTX280


bersl2@procyon (umask 0022):~$ lspci -s 05:00.0
05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G70 [GeForce 7800 GT] (rev a1)

You kids have no sense of perspective. Back in my day, CRTs changed resolution regularly in response to games. AND WE LIKED IT! Not to mention on Linux, configuring XFree86 display modes manually, uphill, in the snow, both ways!

Comment: I love chats. (Score 1) 228

by bersl2 (#40869629) Attached to: IT Support Pro Tells Why He Hates Live Chat

Intelligence is directly proportional to the square of the distance from a telephone.

Well, at least for me, it is. A chat gives me time and room to think, unlike a telephone call.

I currently take chats from the low-level techs who actually take chats and calls from customers (which is a demotion from actually working support tickets, but I digress). I can and have done chats from customers, but I loathe the telephone, at work and in life.

Phone calls are good for dealing with stupid people, because stupid people (well, actually, most people, including some intelligent people) don't actually read words, but they do hear and react to the tones of voice, which is useful for getting through to them.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.