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Comment: Re:This is the same community (Score 1) 581

by doom (#48491553) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility
The idea that the risks of nuclear power are anywhere near the scale of the problem with global warming is completely deranged-- the fact that someone who can string coherent sentences together is willing to embrace blithering idiocy on that scale is a sad comment on the state of our intellectual discourse.

Comment: Segmented SRBS (Score 1) 96

The bit I like:

Q: "Why did they use segmented SRBs?"
A: Because Morton-Thiokol is in Utah, without a sea-port, and the pieces had to fit on trains or trucks.

Q: So why didn't they go with a company that did have ocean access, like Aerojet in Sacramento? A: James Feltcher was from Utah.

Comment: Re:He's not just speculating (Score 1) 96

The way this argument goes is that the shuttle would've been able to take lighter payloads to a higher orbit, but the USAF design contraints screwed that up. So we got a shuttle-to-LEO when all the action (the satellites it was supposed to service) were up in GEO.

Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 2) 581

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.

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