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Comment: Re:Slashdot and the self-righteousness of open sou (Score 1) 269

by deek (#49342753) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

It could be Apple hate, or, it could just be showing weaknesses in the Apple ecosystem. It could be self-righteousness, or it could just be reporting the reality of a situation. Don't be so quick to conclude one way or the other.

Apple have done some great things in the past, I'm sure we can all agree. You've certainly mentioned a few. It doesn't mean they're perfect, nor any other system out there. They've still got problems, and this Fear of Apple appears to be one of them. It can only lead to the downfall of Apple, so it's actually in their best interest to air the issue and possibly get a resolution out of it.

As for The Linux Desktop, technically speaking, it's ready. Been that way for years. Gnome and KDE deliver on the Desktop Experience well enough, I'd be comfortable recommending them to my parents. In fact, I have. My father uses a Gnome desktop, and he's fairly below average when it comes to computer literacy. The one thing holding back the Linux Desktop is marketing. That's where open source is the weakest. Convincing others that they need this product ... it's where open source fails, and Apple reigns supreme. Unfortunately, I don't see it changing any time soon.

Comment: Re:Great for nvidia but, (Score 1) 178

by deek (#49324803) Attached to: Gaming On Linux With Newest AMD Catalyst Driver Remains Slow

So the majority of your Steam collection comes from Humble Bundles? Well, I have good news for you, then. The majority of Humble Bundles have Linux support! Certainly the majority of indie games in Humble Bundle. Check it out. You may be pleasantly surprised.

As for Windows, I don't mind it too much. It has its place. I use Linux as my home and work interface, because it suits the way I like to work. I use the Enlightenment window manager, as it is extremely customisable, allowing me to tweak it to exactly how I like. Microsoft generally have a different mind set. They want you to work the way they deem the "right" way. So in using Windows, I have to adapt my workflow to the Microsoft mindset, rather than be able to adapt my environment to my mindset. That's probably a good thing for most computer users, but it annoys me.

That, and when things go wrong, Windows can be a pain. It tends to want to hide details, whereas Linux is usually excellent in supplying all sorts of details on an issue. I manage both Windows and Linux servers, and from my experience, troubleshooting is much easier in the Linux environment. When both systems work, they both work well. When problems hit, I'd rather be on a Linux system.

Comment: Re:So many holes in Linux systems.. (Score 1) 98

by deek (#49023195) Attached to: New Multi-Purpose Backdoor Targets Linux Servers

My turn to say "huh?"

The post I replied to was talking about SystemD listening on network ports. In that context, socket activation _is_ everything. Any bug in the network listening code of SystemD cannot be triggered, if the software ain't listening in the first place.

Honestly, kids these days. I blame the music they listen to. Turns the brain to mush.

Comment: Re:So many holes in Linux systems.. (Score 2) 98

by deek (#49022721) Attached to: New Multi-Purpose Backdoor Targets Linux Servers

Actually, it's pretty simple to stop SystemD from listening on network ports. It's called "socket activation". Look it up. It's pretty neat. All you need to do is stop the specific socket service, and then edit the appropriate socket file.

You'll also be interested to know that the Debian install of SystemD doesn't use socket activation by default. Not yet, anyway.

As for systemd security auditing, from what I've heard, the people at Redhat run the source code through various tools designed to pick out bugs. Also, I've read of at least one person doing an independent audit of the code. I presume there would be many more than that. So, as far as security testing is concerned, it's far from having nothing done.

There's always a workaround. Even for SystemD.

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is there a video (Score 1) 271

by deek (#48985437) Attached to: Female-Run Companies Often do Better Than Male-Run Ones (Video)

To stop it, I had to use Firebug to select the video element, and dynamically delete it off the page.
Otherwise, it was sucking up my bandwidth pre-downloading the video. Definitely annoying.

I could write a Greasemonkey script to automatically stop this in the future. We'll see how often it happens.

Comment: Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471

by deek (#48975595) Attached to: Systemd Getting UEFI Boot Loader

You get a kernel panic, once a month, on Debian Testing?! That's _very_ unusual. I've run Testing on a dozen or so different systems, for over a decade, and have never had a kernel panic. Not once.

Are you using the Debian sourced kernel, or compiling your own? Compiling any third party drivers into it?

Anyway, whatever works for you. If FreeBSD is stable for you, and does everything you need, then go for it!

Comment: Re:Not really. (Score 0) 237

by deek (#48920283) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

You condemn humanity as a species that hates others, yet you yourself display a misanthropic attitude.

I think it's your attitude that colours your perception. Yes, there are humans that kill others, but the vast majority do not. There are cultures that rate sport or musical ability more important than general learning. Then there are many that do not. Humanity is many many things. Focusing on one facet does not reflect the whole.

If an advanced civilization stumbled across us, I think they'd be fascinated by the variety and complexity of the life on this planet. They'd certainly study us. In fact, they may just be doing so now.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming

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