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Comment: Re:Why does John shut down all systemd talk? (Score 2) 716

by duke_cheetah2003 (#49029405) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

I've been kinda sitting on the sidelines about systemd all this time.. I still run init based startups on my debian boxes (wheezy and squeeze currently in use, on 2 machines.)

I hear so much... hatred for this program... now as someone who's mostly not researched this... what is good about systemd over init scripts, besides supposedly ridding ourselves of the need for init scripts? I won't go into why I think that's probably not a good idea in general, but anyway. I hear so much hatred and so much 'it breaks this and breaks that.' I've never heard one good thing about systemd?

Based on the tone of the anti-systemd camp, I'm certainly afraid of this .. thing. Where's the big shiny beacon of 'this is cool you should use it, this is why' camp?

Comment: Can't say I'm surprised (Score 2) 262

Tech goons are tech goons, and you better believe it, if you're any of these colorful adjectives, they're going to toss it around to each other for a chuckle.

What do you expect? Employees always make fun of ***** customers. It's just a fact of life. I know Comcast in general sucks at customer support, but face it folks. I'd be willing bet most tech support call centers, regardless of the product they're supporting pass around stories with lots of colorful adjectives about you.

Sticking it in your internal support database is a little crass and over the top perhaps, but.. not surprised. When you're the worst customer support in American, all bets are off, go the extra mile to alienate the people paying you.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 468

by duke_cheetah2003 (#48917625) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Well, it sounds good on paper, but most people drive faster than the speed limit, making the slow drivers very much a serious hazard. So, frankly, you being the goodie-two-shoes driver is actually putting you at higher risk of an accident. Sorry about that. The BEST speed to choose when driving on the highway is the speed the traffic around you is going, to minimize lane changes by other drivers (the cause of many accidents.) So frankly, you are in the minority and therefore the problem, not the speeders. Drive a safe and responsible speed for the roads you're on, and it's often not the posted limits.

Goodie-two-shoes driving sounds great on paper, but in practice.. well, it's going to get you killed man. If not by an accident, then by a road-raging driver who shoots you or runs you off the road.

Comment: Re:DVD (Score 1) 251

by duke_cheetah2003 (#48916867) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

I have DVDs that I've burned as a teenager kept in a nice, high-quality soft "archival" binder for the last 18 years. Nearly all of them, of varying quality/expense, are unreadable due to degradation.

Same experience as this guy. While I do have a handful of CD's that were written 15 years ago that're still readable, I have a ton of DVD's that have degraded and caused loss of data that were written less than 5 years ago.

Optical media, at least the writables we as consumers have access to are completely inadequate for long term storage. No comment on BluRay consumer writables however, as the loss of data from using DVD's for archival really turned me off of optical media.

Magnetic tapes or sealed HDD's are probably the best bet. I am currently using a pair of 2GB external HDD's for my long term archival of data, which I mirror periodically, keep one in a safe place (usually at least) and the other is my working copy. When one fails, I will replace it with a similar HDD. This to me is the easiest solution, and resilient enough for my needs as well as portable.

Comment: Swatch (Score 1) 468

Didn't Swatch try this same ploy with Costco, trying to go after them for buying their junk from one country to resell it else where? And they're losing every court battle over it, too.

Sadly, doubt anyone will try to drag UbiSoft into court over video game key revocations.. but yeah.. what they are doing has set precedent against them having a leg to stand on in a court.

Comment: Congrats! (Score 4, Insightful) 468

Dear UbiSoft,

You've just entered the same realm as Sony as a completely assbackwards company with no respect for your customers whom I will never do business with again, no matter what.

(not that I had a very high opinion of UbiSoft as it was, but this kind of shenanigan just brought it to the bottom.)

Comment: Why marked cars then? (Score 1) 468

by duke_cheetah2003 (#48911133) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

If police feel they are under threat by being identified, then why the heck are in they in clearly marked cars, wearing recognizable uniforms? I mean, if you're going to say knowing where you guys are is a problem then lets go all the way, get into normal cars and wear normal clothes.

Or you know, you could try not treating most of the population like lesser people than yourselves and show a little respect for people occasionally. I'm getting really tired of Law Enforcement's "we're better than the civilians" attitude.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 2) 468

by duke_cheetah2003 (#48911113) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

I guarantee that your life will not be adversely affected if you were to just drive 5mph BELOW the speed limit everywhere you went, all the time. In fact, you could even save someone's life, will experience less stress, and usually save money on gas and tires.

Sorry bro, logic fail here. There are many cases where driving less than the speed limit is actually MORE of a hazard than driving the correct speed for the highway. I can't even begin to tell you how many times a slow driver has caused problems or even an accident. They are just as much a hazard as the speeders.

People just need to pay attention to what is going on and drive speeds that are appropriate to the conditions of the road, including weather and other drivers. In my opinion, speed limits (on freeways & highways, mind you, on city streets I agree everyone should be VERY close to the limit posted) are more of a 'recommendation.' Having just returned from a roadtrip into and out of the San Diego CA area, I can tell you, most people drive faster than the posted limits, but not excessively. Most drivers seem to pick a speed that is safe for the conditions. It's the idiots who have no clue how to drive and drive inappropriate speeds (faster or slower than the posted limit) that are causing problems.

What good is a ticket to the good life, if you can't find the entrance?