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Submission + - Will you be able to run a modern desktop environment in 2016 without systemd?

yeupou writes: Early this year, David Edmundson from KDE, concluded that "In many cases [systemd] allows us to throw away large amounts of code whilst at the same time providing a better user experience. Adding it [systemd] as an optional extra defeats the main benefit". A perfectly sensible explanation. But, then, one might wonder to which point KDE would remain usable without systemd?

Recently, on one Devuan box, I noticed that KDE power management (Powerdevil) no longer supported suspend and hibernate. Since pm-utils was still there, for a while, I resorted to call pm-suspend directly, hoping it would get fixed at some point. But it did not. So I wrote a report myself. I was not expecting much. But neither was I expecting it to be immediately marked as RESOLVED and DOWNSTREAM, with a comment accusing the "Debian fork" I'm using to "ripe out" systemd without "coming with any of the supported solutions Plasma provides". I searched beforehand about the issue so I knew that the problem also occurred on some other Debian-based systems and that the bug seemed entirely tied to upower, an upstream software used by Powerdevil. So if anything, at least this bug should have been marked as UPSTREAM.

While no one dares (yet) to claim to write software only for systemd based operating system, it is obvious that it is now getting quite hard to get support otherwise. At the same time, bricks that worked for years without now just get ruined, since, as pointed out by Edmunson, adding systemd as "optional extra defeats its main benefit". So, is it likely that we'll still have in 2016 a modern desktop environment, without recent regressions, running without systemd?

Submission + - ESR: Radical Feminists Are Attempting to Frame Linus, Others for Sexual Assault (

_KiTA_ writes: Open Source Pioneer Eric S. Raymond has revealed explosive allegations on his blog, claiming that he has a source with evidence that the Ada Initiative, a tech initiative designed to support women in open source, has been attempting to frame Linus Torvalds and other high profile members of the Linux and Open Source community for sexual assault. Linus has been noted for never being alone at conferences as of late, apparently this is a defensive move due to repeated attempts to "scalp" him — getting him alone and then immediately pushing a fake claim of sexual harassment or assault to either have him arrested or pulled off Linux development.

Possibily related to October's Linux Kernel Dev Sarah Sharp Quits, Citing 'Brutal' Communications Style story on how feminist Sarah Sharp took words out of context to try and suggest Linus and Greg were being aggressive monsters on the Kernel Mailing List — something she equates with physical violence on her blog.

Sarah Sharp is a member of the Ada Initiative's Advisory Board, the group that is apparently behind the attempt to frame Linus, among others, for sexual misconduct.

Comment Re:MIssing Option ? (Score 1) 164

Parents choose to have children.

Children do not choose to be born.

This means that children owe their parents nothing in exchange for taking care of them before they are capable of taking care of themselves. It was the parents' actions which are responsible for the state of the child's infirmary (relative to adult capabilities), therefore it is their responsibility to correct.

Everything that parents do to bring their child into adulthood is simply the fulfillment of a obligation they incurred when they created a helpless and dependant child.

Do you expect your bank to go out of their way to thank you for paying your mortgage on time every month?

Comment Re:MIssing Option ? (Score 4, Informative) 164

Mother's Day (and Father's Day) would be a meaningful if there was a general acceptance that parents need to accomplish a bit more than merely breed and see that a child survives to adulthood in order to earn special recognition.

I can't think of another situation where the "everybody gets a trophy, no matter what" effect is more harmful than parenting.

Comment Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 686

You know, if I had all the FICA money that went to the Feds on my account over the years, either with interest applied or inflation-adjusted with a reasonable real interest rate added, my personal savings would be even healthier than they are. The reason people like me don't want to have Social Security and Medicare stripped is that we have been forced to pay for these all of our working lives, and we think we deserve at least something of what we paid for.

Sorry, but you were robbed. You didn't "pay in" to anything - you money was taken and given to your grandparents (as well as being spent by politicians to buy votes).

You can justly complain all you want about how unfair this is, and you can try to take up the issue with the people who actually robbed you, but you have no right whatsoever to inflict the same robbery on your descendants. They aren't the ones who robbed you, so they aren't responsible for it.

You also had your entire life to prepare for retirement, and at ample warning going all the way back to the 1980s about how the system was financially unsustainable, so if you didn't heed the warnings and aren't prepared now, that's also not your descendants' fault.

Comment Re:Doublethink (Score 2) 686

The generation who doesn't vote is busy building technology which renders the politicians' mandates increasingly-impossible to enforce.

By the time that generation is done, it won't matter what the politicians say anymore because math will trump force.

That's the possibility that should really terrify the Boomers and make them clamour for increased surveillance - the possibility that their grandchildren might have both the means and the desire to avoid paying the payroll taxes which keep the Boomers' monthly checks flowing.

Comment Re:Disgusting. (Score 2) 686

and from recently released documents he was 100% correct

It's shocking exactly how easy it is to verify this fact and how little difference that has made to the narrative.

Clearly the people who continue to verbally attack McCarthy aren't attacking him for being incorrect - they're attacking him for being right.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"