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Comment: Re:Do you Slashdoters really use Fedora? (Score 1) 170

by guacamole (#47850757) Attached to: Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

I have been using RedHat, Fedora, and CentOS as my personal desktop for a decade and CentOS is what I installed on desktop machines I managed. The meme that RedHat is no good for desktop is highly overblown. Just checked out CentOS 7 with Gnome, and thought the DE was still alright.

One of my favorite things about RHEL/CentOS is a truly stable "enterprise grade" release cycle, meaning each version is supported for many years, but they give you updated installers with new drivers and such to be able to use the latest hardware. I guess that Debian gives you a similar kind of deal, although the loong time between Debian releases is due to project's pace rather than by design. Having switched to RedHat and its derivatives at around the time of RedHat Linux 6, when they finally got a working automatic updater, I never found a reason that's compelling enough to go back to Debian since then, although Debian or its derivative would be a good choice too. I guess today Debian is becoming more compelling to the purists who are sick of RHEL breaking some of well-established conventions.

Comment: Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (Score 1) 819

The explanation is simple. Today we have a lot more competition than 40 years ago. Some of it was in part caused by de-regulation. Other part was caused by the innovative "low-cost" carriers that put real pressure on traditional airlines. Finally, the internet increased the completion even more. Today finding the lowest priced fare is a click away. As a result, all airlines compete strictly on price while saddling the customers with hidden fees, overbooked flights, flight delays, and less comfortable cabins.

And despite all the whining, this formula works for consumers too. No one wants to pay $700 of 1999 dollars for a flight that costs $400 today, even if it means putting up with small legroom, nickel and dimming, no in flight food, and TSA harassment.

Comment: Re:US policy: first arm them then bomb (Score 2) 215

by guacamole (#47845333) Attached to: New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

It's absolutely not true that all money and weapons came from USA. ISIS simply seized the weapons of the regular Iraqi military. While there were some American weapons in that cache, which the western TV networks love to display, most of the weapons they got were Soviet or Russian. And in fact, the Soviet/Russian weapons are the deadliest weapons that ISIS has. The American weapons are very high tech and very expensive to maintain (think about toys like M1 Abrams tank), while the Soviet weapons were designed to be rugged, easy to fix, and easy to operate.

Next onto the money, the Islamic State has always received covertly support from conservatives circles in the Gulf Sunni states (Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc). This is where they got most of their money and import fighters initially. And now ISIS gets a whole lot of money simply by selling oil or crudely refined oil products on the black market. So neither one of your claims is true. Sorry.

Comment: Re:What do we need systemd for? (Score 2) 613

by guacamole (#47814735) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

You bring up a very good point when you say that the boot time is irrelevant, even on most desktops and laptops. All of my personal desktops and laptops, regardless of OS, reboot only when system updates or software have to be installed. Otherwise, the machine goes to sleep or suspend to disk, often going weeks without a reboot.

"Fast boot" is now often being used as an excuse to push otherwise unpalatable technology. Not just in Linux. I have heard many times from Windows 8 apologists "but it boots faster", as if the fast boot can make up for all the other shortcomings.

Science

Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany 212

Posted by samzenpus
from the regenerating-bacon dept.
An anonymous reader writes 28 years after the Chernobyl accident, tests have found that more than one in three Saxony boars give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for consumption. In 2009 almost €425,000 ($555,000) was paid out to hunters in compensation for wild boar meat that was too contaminated to be sold. "It doesn't cover the loss from game sales, but at least it covers the cost of disposal," says Steffen Richter, the head of the Saxon State Hunters Association.

Comment: Re:Cut the Russians Off (Score 1) 848

by guacamole (#47783465) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

A lot of this is already happening. In my opinion the Western sanctions are working. The Russian economy is visibly crumbling: high inflation, high interest rates, collapsing auto market, bankrupted tour operators leave thousands of Russians stranded abroad, huge capital flight, etc, and sanctions were enabled just a couple of months ago. Given it a year, and Russian economy will be in a deep recession. It will be interesting how Putin will respond because his unspoken contract with Russian people was that they will accept an authoritarian government in exchange for economic stability.

Comment: Re:Putin: (Score 1) 848

by guacamole (#47783441) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

You are right, but Ukrainian government is ultra-nationalist. Most of them come from west Ukraine, which has always been a hot bed for Ukrainian nationalism.

Also note that since the crisis started, even before military conflict in the east, the government in Kiev has offered NOTHING to pacify the east. People in the east have been asking for a long time that they should have the right to elect their governors (right now they're appointed by Kiev) and they want a formal recognition of Russian language as an official language at least within their region. Kiev hasn't offered anything at all to them. Not even a draft new constitution. Nothing.

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