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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team 546

Posted by timothy
from the tough-gig dept.
An anonymous reader writes Debian developer Tollef Fog Heen submitted his resignation to the Debian Systemd package maintainers team mailing list today (Sun. Nov. 16th, 2014). In his brief post, he praises the team, but claims that he cannot continue to contribute due to the "load of continued attacks...becoming just too much." Presumably, he is referring to the heated and, at times, even vitriolic criticism of Debian's adoption of Systemd as the default init system for its upcoming Jessie release from commenters inside and outside of the Debian community. Currently, it is not known if Tollef will cease contributing to Debian altogether. A message from his twitter feed indicates that he may blog about his departure in the near future.

Comment: Re:Something they should focus on... (Score 1) 458

by dcw3 (#48373849) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Okay well we'll continue to disagree. I see it like the ihtoit stated. If the people's representatives made those laws, then violations of them are arguably offenses against the people. It's probably a bit pedantic though, and I certainly don't disagree that some laws are bullshit. But then those who wrote them will disagree with us, and we've come full circle. I'm gonna go have a couple beers and philosophize about it some more :-P

Comment: Re:Don't mess with the geek's toys (Score 1) 114

by dcw3 (#48373731) Attached to: Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

You're welcome to call bullshit, but then you're wrong. I got out of software, and into management years ago, so I haven't kept up. Have I heard of Gnome, absolutely. Do I know or care what it is currently, no. What I do know is that companies who write code don't necessarily stick to a single area. The one I work for has written products for everything from cyber security, to networking, to environmental products. So, yeah, when Apple records got into it with Apple Computers, it was pretty obvious. Not so much in this case.

Comment: Re:A Contrary View (Score 1) 285

by dcw3 (#48369733) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

I'm fine with being mad at China for human right's abuses or lack of free speech, but this whining is really about we-got-our-nut, screw everyone else if they try to catch up.

If you're okay with that, then you should be okay with giving that free pass to every other nation. Oh, and was the playing field uneven back when the US was a developing nation? Why was China unable to go through the process at that time?

Yes, the US should clean up it's portion of the mess, but China should in no way get a free pass to piss in the commons.

Comment: Re:Legalities (Score 1) 301

by dcw3 (#48367639) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

It seems like there should be a signed release required.

I would disagree. Charged suspects and corrupt officials would never sign the release even if it might be in the public interest. I would agree with you that it should not be automatic but there should be some mechanism to release the video even if those videoed oppose it.

How about we make it so these are only releasable upon a conviction? People get charged all the time, that doesn't mean they've done squat.

Comment: Re:Have seen this several times as reviwer... (Score 1) 170

by dcw3 (#48367453) Attached to: What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper
Despite a lack of evidence that peer review works, most scientists (by nature a skeptical lot) appear to believe in peer review. It's something that's held "absolutely sacred" in a field where people rarely accept anything with "blind faith," says Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ and now CEO of UnitedHealth Europe and board member of PLoS. "It's very unscientific, really."
As soon as we receive a paper, we publish it," after a cursory quality check. Peer review happens after publication, and in the light of day.
The hallowed process of peer review is not all it is cracked up to be, either. When a prominent medical journal ran research past other experts in the field, it found that most of the reviewers failed to spot mistakes it had deliberately inserted into papers, even after being told they were being tested.

Comment: Re:Something they should focus on... (Score 1) 458

by dcw3 (#48361361) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

The people (or more accurately their representatives) made those laws. We can argue all day about the rational for any of them, but it's their choice as to what they want to permit or not in their state. Some would argue that legalized pot, or prostitution is victimless. Others would can counter, and claim both are not...society being the victim, or the young ladies. It mostly depends upon which side of the issue you stand.

You had mail, but the super-user read it, and deleted it!