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Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 60

by mcgrew (#47953295) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

The whole "needles in the eyeball" are just a stepping stone to something truly amazing.

Indeed. I was severely nearsighted all my life, after the cataract surgery I no longer need corrective lenses at all, not even reading glasses and I'm 62. My vision in that eye went from 20/400 to 20/16. Truly a miracle.

BTW, my retina surgeon said that my retinal detachment was a result of being so nearsighted; a nearsighted eyeball isn't perfectly round like a normally sighted person's eyes.

Comment: Re:Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (Score 1) 361

by drinkypoo (#47953011) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

The awesome structured and indexed log file format has a stable API and structure

Odd, so does a syslog. And you can still use tools to read it. Indexed files could be built from it if you had that much logging done. And since systemd has no option to output the ascii log in realtime, you have to use the tools. If you want to use the body of existing tools which do things with normal log files, you'll now need a FUSE filesystem to treat the binary logs like real logs, or you'll simply be out of date as you read the ascii logs from journald.

Comment: Re: Please make this thing useful for development (Score 1) 52

by drinkypoo (#47953005) Attached to: Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

android-x86 is a bit of a dog's breakfast. They only kick out a release image every now and again, everything never works, lots of crashes. The latest 4.4 image is way less stable than the last 4.0 image they put out, and they stopped building nightlies and so did everyone else. It's really quite useless and always has been, because they never actually finish a release. Google kicks out a new version, they say "Ooh, shiny!" and they move on before they actually get the system working reliably or properly. Then you get to deal with all the apps that won't work right on x86 on top of that. It makes far more sense at this point to go ahead and run the emulator.

Comment: Re:Don't buy/invest in mainland China (if you can) (Score 1) 123

by drinkypoo (#47952089) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

As Chinese economy grows, so does its middle class. As its middle class grows, it demands more democratic reforms and more government responsibility

Well, maybe. Or maybe it just demands a higher standard of living, one which cannot be supported without more oppression.

Comment: Re:The US already had this power for a long time (Score 1) 222

by rtb61 (#47952075) Attached to: Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

So this planning by Russia is a logical move. How to selectively cut off foreign regional areas from local national internet, whilst maintaining local national internet and select international connections. This is something that every country capable of doing so should do so. The internet is an essential part of modern communications infrastructure and method should be established to ensure the local national infrastructure continues to operate regardless of government or corporate machinations in foreign countries. Same with network security functions, there should be a clear distinction in managing security operations between local national operations and foreign operations and inherently foreign operations can never be trusted as proven of course by the US government and the NSA.

Management of essential national infrastructure should always be by a locally elected government and not left to foreign powers whether they be government or even worse corporate. This is just all part of the internet becoming 'essential' infrastructure and not being left to psychopathic corporate interests or foreign manipulations, quite simply all a part of ensuring local national net neutrality.

Comment: Re:Name (Score 2) 123

by TubeSteak (#47951715) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

"Alibaba -- open sesame. Alibaba -- 40 thieves," Ma said. "Alibaba is not a thief. Alibaba is a kind, smart business person, and he helped the village. So...easy to spell, and global know. Alibaba opens sesame for small- to medium-sized companies. We also registered the name AliMama, in case someone wants to marry us!"

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen