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Comment: Re: Choice is good. (Score 1) 755

by cyrano.mac (#49064755) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

Systemd and libsystemd0 are not bad in itself, although there is some sloppy programming, but it's the depedency chain that is bad. A lot of things need systemd in the next release and it will soon be impossible to run debian without it.

I've had enough trouble with pulse audio to be very wary about any other software coming from that corner

Pulse audio seems like a good idea when it's working. Unfortunately it's almost impossible to trouble shoot because of it's monolithic character.

Comment: Re:Choice is good. (Score 1) 755

by cyrano.mac (#49064733) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

I just wanted to thank you for the article. I have a jessie setup running without systemd, but putting it together was kind of a puzzle.

A lot of less-than-technical users on debian, raspbian, kali and other debian based distro's seem to have found a way to install systemd on wheezy with just running apt-get update and apt-get upgrade. Repository confusion, probably. In about half the cases I counted, it resulted in systems that no longer were able to boot. In some cases (encrypted fs, softraid, zfs...), all data on the bootdisk was lost.

+ - Removing libsystemd0 from a live-running Debian system-> 1

Submitted by lkcl
lkcl writes: The introduction of systemd has unilaterally created a polarisation of the GNU/Linux community that is remarkably similar to the monopolistic power position wielded by Microsoft in the late 1990s. Choices were stark: use Windows (with SMB/CIFS Services), or use UNIX (with NFS and NIS). Only the introduction of fully-compatible reverse-engineered NT Domains services corrected the situation. Instructions on how to remove systemd include dire warnings that "all dependent packages will be removed", rendering a normal Debian Desktop system flat-out impossible to achieve. It was therefore necessary to demonstrate that it is actually possible to run a Debian Desktop GUI system (albeit an unusual one: fvwm) with libsystemd0 removed. The reason for doing so: it doesn't matter how good systemd is believed to be or in fact actually is: the reason for removing it is, apart from the alarm at how extensive systemd is becoming (including interfering with firewall rules), it's the way that it's been introduced in a blatantly cavalier fashion as a polarised all-or-nothing option, forcing people to consider abandoning the GNU/Linux of their choice and to seriously consider using FreeBSD or any other distro that properly respects the Software Freedom principle of the right to choose what software to run. We aren't all "good at coding", or paid to work on Software Libre: that means that those people who are need to be much more responsible, and to start — finally — to listen to what people are saying. Developing a thick skin is a good way to abdicate responsibility and, as a result, place people into untenable positions.
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Comment: Re:Who IS unhappy about the Sony hack? (Score 1) 85

by cyrano.mac (#48545675) Attached to: North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

They're not threatening anyone. Their English is bad enough, you need to put some effort into reading the message.

The real message reads more like "We don't know what to do. Sony doesn't feel threatened enough to pay us, now we're clueless how to proceed".

I don't know how good North Korean intelligence is, but I hope they are better than the writers of that message. And even if it's been drawn up to look like it does, what would be the use?

Comment: Ignorance and arrogance seem to go well together (Score 5, Interesting) 54

by cyrano.mac (#48545643) Attached to: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Twitterbot

This reporter is going to write about online security, but expects her old Twitter handle that she abandoned not to be available to others? How delightfully naive. She should fit well in a paper that's Christian and scientifically orientated...

At the same time it is arrogant to blame the system for your own ignorance.

Comment: Re:SO many stupid comments these are hybrids not G (Score 1) 377

by cyrano.mac (#48376513) Attached to: How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Aha! Finally someone who RTFA!

It's hard to tell beforehand if any change will be positive in Africa. Look at the french, who introduced cocoa in Africa years ago. That went very well, until a major price drop occurred and in some regions caused famine because farmers couldn't switch back to other food crops in time.

Besides, GMO has failed big time. Cross pollination has already carried the Roundup resistant genes, f.i. to at least 5 wild species. It's what's killing the cotton belt. These were harmless genes, AFAICT. But there's no telling if mutations in the wild will be harmless.

GMO is not necessarily evil. Look up "Golden Rice". That project had the best of intentions. But if people don't want to eat GMO's, it's end of story. The customer is always right.

Comment: Re:You know what else that stuff can be used for (Score 3, Insightful) 260

And meanwhile, an Australian can't sell for instance a Dutch (Philips) made photomultiplier tube on ebay. I can 't get some FET transistors from TI they told me, because they couldn't really identify me. Strangely enough, the next day the FET's were in the mail...

Oh, well, next time i'll buy Chinese, German, Dutch or Japanese. But not from an American company.

And which country has the most problems with weaponry, by far?

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.

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