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Comment Re:And why should this be done? (Score 1) 302

Incidentally, from what my mother tells me, I was born as an engineer as well. When I was not yet two years old, I would first look at a coin-operated ride (like a car) from below before sitting on it. When she asked me why, I apparently told her that "I had to make sure it works right" first. While I have no memories of that time, there is zero chance this was given to me by some "conditioning" by "society" or even my parents, as my mother says she has no idea where this came from. At the same time, I clearly did not have the skills to actually make sure "it works right" at that age, or the awareness I did not have the skills, but somehow I had the desire to do so and understand it anyways.

My take is the people do not come into this world as "blanks" at all, but are already complex people with mostly formed personalities. Whether this is something random, or some form of reincarnation, I cannot say for sure, but "random" seems to stretch things by a lot. Memories are clearly lost if it is reincarnation. What may stay is intuition and some preferences. If that is actually what happens, certain types of people may also have a higher chance of becoming female and others of becoming male.

Of course, many people are not particularly good at anything, so they may have personalities weak enough to be formed to a degree. But these people will never find the dedication and level of fascination with coding that is an absolute pre-requisite to ever be good at it.

What we have achieved as society is that people that fall a bit besides the norm have a good chance to get to do what they want and are good at anyways. That is what matters. Coercing/tricking/convincing more girls to go into coding seems to run counter to that freedom and hence would not be a good thing to do.

Comment And why should this be done? (Score 4, Insightful) 302

Obviously, all women that want to be coders and have the aptitude to be good ones have a more than good shot at becoming coders. That is what matters. As most women do not want to be coders (just like most men, incidentally, the tiny reminder is just larger for men), "getting more women into coding" sound like trying to trick or coerce people into doing things they do not want and what they have no reasonable aptitude for. That never has a good outcome.

Comment Re:for those wondering about the deepthroating (Score 1) 530

Indeed. And if his stance is ever compromised, Linux will effectively be closed commercial trash within 5...10 years.

At the moment I can still rip out abominations like systemd and build installation without the fragile udev. I can run what I chose. This will go away if commercial and military/industrial interests get too much influence.

Comment Re:for those wondering about the deepthroating (Score 1) 530

Having read this, I agree that it is really stupid. For one thing, it is far too complicated and far too fragile. And for another it is bowing to pressure by MS to only have things work _their_ way. Not good at all. I rather have to be a bit more careful in mainboard selection in order to buy ones where _I_ can add signing keys or disable secure boot entirely.

Incidentally, "secure" boot is not all that secure. It mainly serves to lock you out of your machine and implement DRM.

Comment Re:securelevel who? (Score 1) 530

SELinux is not dependent on obscure crypto-constants. It would be very hard to place backdoors in it.

As to "complicated mess", yes, that may be true, but configuring mandatory access control right is something only for advanced levels. So the actual syntax matters not that much, what matters is what it can do. It is a bit like coding: Beginners care very much about the syntax of a language, experienced experts only care what it can do, syntax is secondary.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 2) 530

While I think Poettering has no clue about UNIX Architecture and philosophy and is doing work of negative impact, he is doing work and trying things. He is likely a pretty good coder, he is just no architect, and no UNIX person. And while I do not "hate" him, nothing of his stuff will ever make it onto my machines, unless he starts to get a clue.

Other than that, I fully agree.

Comment Re:Rookie mistake number one (Score 1) 260

While true, it is the (rare) exception, not the rule. For most real-world projects, the only way to speed them up is start with the best people you can get (and not the cheapest as is done to often these days) and then make sure they are not bothered by other things while they work. And, of course, use the smallest team that is still reasonable.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1, Insightful) 530

This actually matches what I have seen. I think this whole thing is about people with entitlement issues that think whatever great thing they do deserves unconditional respect and admiration. And when it then turns out their idea was not so smart and Linus is telling them in language that cannot be misunderstood, they look for fault with him instead of themselves. The language argument is completely bogus. In fact, when Linus rants at somebody, he is not disrespecting them, as he always gives rational reasons. Disrespecting them would be to add them silently to an ignore-list.

My take is that the SJWs and the self-proclaimed geniuses just cannot deal with running into people smarter and more experienced than them. The Linux core-team is admittedly one of the most high-powered engineering teams on the planet. And yes, there quite a few decisions they made that I do not like, but these are details in comparison to the overall achievement.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 530

Hypervisors are a really bad idea when you have high security requirements. They increase complexity and hence, attack surface. (And they have bugs.) In addition, you still have a distro in there, so in order to be somewhat secure, you still need the jails/sandboxing/chroot.

The increased complexity also makes attacks more complex, so for lower security needs, this can work.

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