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Comment: Re:Hope! (Score 1) 517

by danomac (#48182671) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Yes, there are a lot of USE flags, but this is part of the extreme flexibility gentoo's package management offers. I have tried to use other distros several times but I always wind up returning to gentoo for the package management flexibility. Remember heartbleed? All I had to do was toggle a USE flag to disable the tls heartbeat and recompile openssl immediately. It was patched eventually, of course, and it could be reenabled again. However, as far as I know, other distros had no easy way to do this, unless you had source tools and did things outside of the package management system for the distro.

There are a lot of USE flags that are shared between lots of packages and this can be enabled globally if need be (thinking of things like printing support, hardware video acceleration, etc.) There are ways to deal with USE flags.

1. First, get the base system running (no gui, just get it so you can login to a shell.)
2. Set a profile (use `eselect profile list` to show them, and `eselect profile set x to set one.)
3. Use `emerge --info` to set what flags are used.
4. Use `emerge -pnuDN world` to see which packages will be compiled. USE flags triggering the change will be highlighted.
5. If you're wondering what a specific USE flag is doing with a package, use `equery uses <package>` to check. equery is in the gentoolkit package.

If you need changes it is better to set USE flags for individual packages as someone else posted.

Yes, this takes a while to set up but once it's done you will know what you need and it can be noted somewhere.

Comment: Re:Hope! (Score 2) 517

by danomac (#48173263) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

- Don't be afraid of package.keywords, especially for very specific use flags.

Another long-time gentoo user here - the above file is used for mixing stable and unstable/testing packages. I'm sure the parent meant package.use.

Another thing to note is portage has a built-in way to deal with patches that happen outside of ebuilds, you simply create a directory specific to the package that needs patching and drop the patches in it, and portage will automatically use the patches. This is extremely handy for a system maintainer as you don't need to edit ebuilds.

Comment: Re:If it is that urgent, get a second one yourself (Score 1) 253

by danomac (#47817377) Attached to: Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

When I couldn't find an immediate replacement battery for one of my old cell phones a couple years ago, I ordered one online. It was going to take a week and so I went down to the cell provider store and bought the cheapest phone they had ($90.) Now I always have a spare phone around in case my smartphone craps out. Who needs an insurance plan?

I didn't rant and rave on Slashdot about it then. I didn't think it was a big deal then and I still don't now. Guy sounds completely like an entitlement elitist.

Comment: Re:Get ready to submit an itemized cell phone bill (Score 2) 161

by danomac (#47722607) Attached to: Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

They are too cheap to just reimburse you at a flat $50 rate for your cell phone

This is exactly what they do where I currently work, but not for all employees - only ones that require a phone or have a measurable benefit to having one. It works out to about 50% of the bill. I don't have any issues with that as most vendors/etc I deal with very rarely call outside of office hours. Heck, I just got off my cell phone as I was using it for a work related call. (I have unlimited minutes...)

As an extra bonus, I got to put my personal cell phone on a work sponsored plan through our cell phone carrier (the minutes are unlimited to North America, both calls and texting) - this immediately saved me about $45 a month! I still receive and pay the bill personally, and work still reimburses the flat $50. Heck, we were told we could go onto the cell plan even if we didn't need it for work as the bills don't get sent to the company.

I've got no complaints.

Comment: Re:McDonallds should sue ... (Score 1) 251

by danomac (#47714229) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Since the 90s, direct broadcast satellite has been an option for the overwhelming majority of people. If you've got any way to put a tiny dish where it'll have a view towards the equator, you can get subscription TV while avoiding your local cable monopoly.

Maybe. Where I am the most popular satellite company (Star Choice) was bought out by the cable company (Shaw.) They even named the satellite company to Shaw Direct.

Can you guess what happened with the service and prices? Yep, prices skyrocketed, the satellite prices are on par with the cable prices now, when they used to be less than half. As for service, good luck trying to talk to someone there. Hold times are atrocious.

Heuristics are bug ridden by definition. If they didn't have bugs, then they'd be algorithms.