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Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 2) 534

by doom (#48417989) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Actually, I think it's a problem that the anti-systemd forces keep going on about "the unix way" and what-not... haven't they been paying attention to the way things really work? (Hint: if esr says it, it's probably not quite right. [1])

Perl kicked Bourne butt by merging nearly everything you want into one process-- that's something you'd think a sysadmin would've noticed.

It is however a point that betting your system security on a new, gigantic project is kind of dubious, and I have a lot of sympathy with people objecting to gratuitious changes that obsolete decades worth of learning on how to manage a unix box.

[1] The actual "Unix Way" is "do one thing sort-of-okay and trick it out with options, configuration files and customization languages until you can't tell if it's going to fry eggs or go to the bathroom".

Comment: Re:Why do people care so much? (Score 1) 774

by doom (#48092421) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems
"Sys-V is an utter shambles"
Yeah, I wouldn't say I'm up on the SystemD controversy, but I would've thought that was the whole point. The old-style of system startup fires off so many processes, I've often thought you might be able to speed up a laptop boot quite a bit if you just wrote one perl script that did all of that stuff. It could even use the existing rc.d mess as an input format, read it all in once, and stash the info in a sane, single-file format...

Comment: Re:Or we learn from others mistakes (Score 1) 774

by doom (#48092355) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems
That happens to me all the time, too. I haven't yet sat down to track it down. If I cut and paste some text from slashdot into a firefox textarea (also on slashdot), it gets converted to Latin-1 somewhere along the way. I sincerely hope this is not a slashdot bug in this day and age. I would guess it has to do with my linux configuration... I run icewm on a stale version of ubuntu at the moment, maybe something more gnomeish would deal.

Comment: Re:Aren't there mirrors? (Score 1) 275

by doom (#47976693) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

Weren't mirrors placed on the face of the moon by the Apollo astronauts that reflect light pointed from the earth? Doesn't this prove astronauts were up there? I'm curious how the deniers account for the mirrors.

Without being up on the state-of-the-art in this field, I would guess that there are many variant scenarios. Maybe Apollo 8 was real (lunar orbit without landing), but they were nervous about getting Apollo 11 to work on time, so they did another Apollo 8 with some faked telemetry, but they actually did do some real landings later, with Apollo 12 and so on. Or maybe they never did a human landing, but they dumped some crud on the surface so that people playing with telescopes would see something that looked like traces of landings.

The question I would ask is why is it on this particular subject that some people have chosen to treat with aggressive, extreme skepticism. What makes a lunar landing seem so absurd to them that they'd rather believe anything else happened? Needless to say, there's a certain satisfiaction with feeling like you're one of the elite that knows The Truth, but still, there's plenty of those around...

Here's a Truth for you: there really are no lunar landing denialists, that's actually all just a foreign conspiracy intended to undermine belief in the American government and American technology.

Comment: Re:Is it healthy or unhealthy for society to have (Score 1) 275

by doom (#47975633) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

It's bad I suppose when conspiracy theorists are flat out wrong, but would a repressive government try to silence them or do repressive governments only bother suppressing people who are telling the Truth?

At last, someone with an interesting question concerning "The Theory of Conspiracy".

I think the answer is that only a very stupid repressive government would bother suppressing conspiranoids, a slicker operation would like having conspiranoids around because no one takes them seriously and they can easily be used to discredit belief in the actual conspiracies that the powers-that-be are engaged in.

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