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Comment: Please remember... (Score 2) 551

by emil (#48833421) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

...that, while this part of the conversation might not have been the strongest part of the interview, systemd has won an amazing number of technical battles.

FWIW IMHO, absolutely no, a unified development approach is not the main benefit of systemd. The new functionality is absolutely worth the transition pain. Not only can you control (kill) whole classes of processes more simply than ever, but you also get lightweight containers as a door prize.

Comment: Patches for BSDs to run systemd unit files. (Score 1) 551

by emil (#48833375) Attached to: Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

OpenBSD is trying to move from rc.conf.local and inittab into per-daemon startup/shutdown init.d scripts.

It's a shame that someone didn't swoop in with bare-bones unit file functionality (no cgroups, obviously). At least, with a unit file, PID 1 can launch a non-root process, which is hard with SysVinit (I do wonder if I've written my shim correctly).

Comment: Re:Why are we still fighting with this? (Score 0) 105

by emil (#48696795) Attached to: 10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

This was known, and should have been exploited:

Although subjecting the cells to high heat could return memory, the process was problematic; the entire memory chip would need heating for hours at around 250 C.

The rover is equipped with heaters. There is some possibility that simply placing the flash closer could have extended the life of the memory.

Comment: Heat duration and intensity (Score 1) 105

by emil (#48696525) Attached to: 10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

The article you link to is dated 2012 - the MER rovers launched in 2003. You do the math.

No, the article says that you either need low-intensity, long duration heat (which has apparently long been known), or high-intensity, short-duration:

Although subjecting the cells to high heat could return memory, the process was problematic; the entire memory chip would need heating for hours at around 250 C.

We are still buying flash that we can't fix because of the packaging. We're still shipping this unfixable flash in mission-critical applications. When does it get fixed?

Comment: Why are we still fighting with this? (Score 1, Interesting) 105

by emil (#48696023) Attached to: 10 Years In, Mars Rover Opportunity Suffers From Flash Memory Degradation

If it was long-known that long-duration, low-intensity heat would revive failed flash, why did these rovers leave without the ability to do so?

And why am I not able now to buy flash memory that will heat itself to 800 degrees and heal itself?

And why isn't flash memory sold in ceramic housings that can stand me baking them in an oven for a few days to fix failed flash manually?

I'd like to buy hardware that works, or that can be repaired. That's not flash.

Comment: Comfort Women Documentary (Score -1, Offtopic) 176

by emil (#48662283) Attached to: Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

Sony, how about if you run documentaries on Korean Comfort Women at the same theaters?

While you are at it, you can make it a festival and run a few films on the Rape of Nanking.

It should have been blindingly obvious that a Japanese corporation should not have produced a film on the violent mutilation of a Korean leader. What were you thinking?

Comment: Re:North Korea is one step ahead of you. (Score 1) 388

by emil (#48619767) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

I'm not saying that I admire or approve of North Korea's internal affairs in any way, but it would hardly displease me if they turned their sights on MGM, Universal, or (dare we hope) Disney.

North Korea has never sold rootkit-equipped CDs in the US, and they have never lobbied congress to remove the right of free speech, unlike Sony.

Comment: Welcome to the Windows Airline (Score 1) 233

by emil (#48585393) Attached to: Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

I'm dating myself, but...

Windows [3.1] Airline ~ The airport terminal is nice and brashly colorful with friendly stewards, easy access to the plane, an uneventful takeoff ... then the plane blows up without any warning whatsoever.

Fly NT ~ Everyone marches out onto the runway, says the password in unison, and forms the outline of an airplane. Then they all sit down and make a whooshing sound like they're flying.

Windows Airline 95 ~ Windows Airline customers are bused to a new terminal at the far end of the airport. The plane shows up late, but everyone can watch a commercial while they wait where a sales man tells them that Windows Airline 95 is "just as good as a Mac Airways." When it arrives, most of the luggage has to be left behind, because it doesn't fit in the cargo bays. The pilot walks down the aisle, collecting an additional fee to buy fuel for the jet. Many of the passengers give up and walk back to the Windows Airline window.

DOS Airlines ~ Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again, then push again, jump on again, and so on.

Mac Airways ~ All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look the same, act the same, and talk the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are told you don't need to know, and everything will be done for you without you having to know, so just shut up

Air OS/2 ~ To board the plane, you have your ticket stamped ten different times by standing in ten different lines. Then you fill out a form showing where you want to sit and whether the plane should look and feel like an ocean liner, a passenger train, or a bus. If you succeed in getting on board the plane and the plane succeeds in getting off the ground, you have a wonderful trip ... except for the times when the rudder and flaps get frozen in position, in which case you have time to say your prayers and get in crash position.

Unix Airline ~ Everyone brings one piece of the plane with them when they come to the airport. They all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing constantly about what kind of plane they're building.

Mach Express ~ There is no airplane. The passengers gather and shout for an airplane, then wait and wait and wait and wait. A bunch of people come, each carrying one piece of the plane with them. These people all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing about which pieces really belong together. The plane finally takes off, leaving the passengers on the ground waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting. After the plane lands, the pilot telephones the passengers at the departing airport to inform that they have arrived.

Amiga Air ~ A small private airline with lots of in-flight movies, snacks, and other luxuries to keep the passengers happy. Unfortunately, after takeoff, the plane has nowhere to go and keeps flying in circles until it runs out of fuel and crashes. The few surviving passengers, unable to comprehend the magnitude of the disaster, ardently vow to keep flying the same plane once it's put back together.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. - Edmund Burke

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