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Comment: Re:if you've voted R or D... (Score 1) 202

Nonsense. For example, if you voted for Ross Perot, you're directly responsible for the Republicans losing the White House.

That's silly - exit polls showed more Perot voters would have otherwise voted for Clinton than for Bush.

Either go back to your government as intended; that is to say, without political parties, or accept the fact that there are, in fact, political parties, and change your government setup to work with that.

That right there, though, is some good stuff.

Comment: Re:For those that don't know: (Score 2) 112

by bill_mcgonigle (#47495757) Attached to: Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

ICANN always argued that regulation / enforcement / policing of the registrars was not their job in response to complaints about many registrar's activities

Even if the activities are illegal (statute or Common Law)? If not ICANN, than who else? This is one of the problems with giving ICANN a monopoly.

"60 day hold/no registrar transfer period" after you renew your domain or change the name of any of your WHOIS contacts

Is that not disclosed in their Terms of Service or is it more like, "big boobs on TV so I didn't bother to read the agreement"?

Not saying it's not scummy, but scummy and fraud are different. If it's not in their ToS but they do it anyway, it's probably illegal as unlawful holding of property (some courts in some jurisdictions have recognized domains as property). Regardless, experienced ski instructors usually advise you're gonna have a bad time if you register with GoDaddy.

Comment: Re:Generations before us (Score 4, Insightful) 203

by bill_mcgonigle (#47494329) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Great generation defeated Nazis, landed on the moon; Baby Boomer generation built Internet and tackled racial and gender issues. What are we doing other that building surveillance state and wealth inequality?

We're trying to deal with the surveillance state and the wealth inequality that was produced by the system the "Greatest" generation created. Likely several generations will be required to dig out from under it.

Comment: tuned (Score 1) 159

by bill_mcgonigle (#47494095) Attached to: Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

I don't have hard data yet, but I'm finding that EL7 is much much faster than EL6 on the same hardware for the workloads I've tried so far.

I don't know that tuned is most responsible, but I can see that it's running and that's what it's supposed to do.

I realize that the kernel is better and perhaps XFS helps, but those alone seem insufficient to realize the difference.

Anyway, it's somewhat along the direction people are talking about, even if only minimally.

Comment: Re:It's finally time to do it (Score 4, Insightful) 470

No, this is the old "Reefer Madness" mentality, meant to make happy both the Puritans and the prison profiteers while keeping the politicians in an elevated state of power.

What actually happens, and Portugal ran this experiment with a sample size of over 8 million people during the past decade, is that when drug use is decriminalized, the usage rate quickly falls to about half.

Most of those are people who are no longer afraid to seek treatment. Some are folks who wind up court-ordered to get treatment, and a few were drug users who were only doing it because drugs seemed cool because they were illegal.

At the end, though, the incontrovertible fact is that the community has half the number of drug users as it did under Prohibition. Prohibitionists are responsible for a doubling of the drug usage rate in the community. Does that seem counter-intuitive? So what? The data is in.

Comment: Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (Score 1) 224

by bill_mcgonigle (#47475895) Attached to: X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

Systemd vs init: It's a Swiss Army knife vs a chef's knife. A shiny abomination that does "everything" complexly and half-assed,

systemd needs improvements in many areas - I can't argue with that.

However, it's worth noting that in my past few days of playing with CentOS 7, it's been tremendously faster than CentOS 6 on every workload I've been able to throw at it.

I haven't done a deep dive to figure out why exactly, but I have noticed 'tuned' running, doing some dynamic system optimizations, it seems via systemd's control of cgroups.

Lennart's handling of bug reports makes my blood boil as much as the next guy, but there may very well be some baby in that dirty bathwater.

An Ada exception is when a routine gets in trouble and says 'Beam me up, Scotty'.