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Comment Re:Hang on a minute... (Score 1) 560

As much as I dislike what Poettering does, many things with Unix and Linux are built the way they are because either it was something supposed to be a temporary hack but stayed this way by the sheer force of inertia or because it made sense decades ago, doesn't make sense anymore, but is considered a holy cow because "we've always done it this way".

Comment The summary is misleading (Score 4, Informative) 280

I have read TFA (and no, I am most certainly not new here) and it is full of hypothetical blah blah. Basically, some lawyer thinks that when the food has been artistically arranged, one has to ask the chef first before making photos, or one possibly might receive a cease-and-desist letter if the chef sees the photo and is in the mood for writing one. Never happened so far but maybe possibly might happen some day. Also can happen if the eating place owner generally doesn't allow taking photos.

Comment Re:basic income? (Score 1) 751

No, I mean without the intervention into the civil war, without Hitler invading, without Curtis LeMay constantly trying to get a permission to start the bombing, without U2 spying in the skies, without sabotage by Western intelligence agencies, without being surrounded by nuclear missiles.

Could have been a whole different country and Stalin probably would have been just some middle management functionary.

Comment Re:Uh... "Saved it" by flip-flopping (Score 2) 50

Deciding differently after being presented more data is not flip-flopping, it is reasonable.
On the other hand, stubbornly holding on an opinion, no matter what the facts are, is stupid.

Flip-flopping is changing the opinion based on polls, aka being a weathervane - which is an inherently opportunistic behavior.

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