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Comment: Re:Make kids do the work instead (Score 1) 89

by iamacat (#48021335) Attached to: Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

Well, were they different than penalties for leaving a math class? Are you dead set against mandatory education in general? Just anything hands on and useful?

I remember, with great fondness, trimming flower bushes and collecting dry grass for livestock, for 3 weeks every summer. I agree that they can be inappropriate tasks or inadequate supervision - need to make sure kids are not bullied for example - but don't see anything wrong with the concept in general.

Comment: Re:Make kids do the work instead (Score 1) 89

by iamacat (#48020303) Attached to: Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

I would say that rich people especially need to be introduced to social services, including due to more spare time and greater access to transportation, but most of all more resources to invest in a cause. As long as it's substantial work like working in soup kitchen for a year every Saturday, I don't see the problem with them getting the credit.

Comment: Make kids do the work instead (Score 1) 89

by iamacat (#48019937) Attached to: Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

Maybe not donating blood for high scroll age, but challenging and substantial social service. If you are at least familiar with a variety of ways to contribute, even if you are only doing it to get points, it's more beneficial to educate you than someone who is not. You will remember these lessons when you are in your 40s and have more free time and empathy.

Comment: Re:Seattle passes penalties for misplacing garbage (Score 1) 383

by iamacat (#47999755) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Roads, fire/police department, public parks, libraries... It would be very useful to give everyone some amount of cash so that they are able to take care of themselves and then reward beneficial activities and tax problematic ones. But in the context of a city, traditional use for publicly beneficial projects is quite straightforward.

Comment: Seattle passes penalties for misplacing garbage (Score 1) 383

by iamacat (#47987677) Attached to: Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Horrible story title. Actually, you can waste food all you want, but you have to place it in compost bin. I still think it's a dumb law. Landfill disposal rates should be set high enough to compensate for city costs and adverse environmental impact. People would then have incentive to reduce non-recyclable waste in all kind of ways, not just by sorting.

Moon

Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon 197

Posted by Soulskill
from the no-tanks-they-promise dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, has announced it intends to bring humans to the Moon by roughly 2030. Russia plans a full-scale exploration of the Moon's surface. Agency head Oleg Ostapenko said that by the end of the next decade, "based on the results of lunar surface exploration by unmanned space probes, we will designate [the] most promising places for lunar expeditions and lunar bases.

Comment: Specs without killing battery? Hell yes! (Score 1) 252

by iamacat (#47975165) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

It takes 10s of milliseconds to read and decompress one full screen jpeg. You can not even imagine what kind of rich apps would be possible if this could happen in a blink of an eye. Of course if it kills battery in an hour, you wouldn't want to imagine, so the improvement has to be specs per watt.

Comment: Before you hate systemd (Score 1) 221

by iamacat (#47970851) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

I am sure some people are interested in the topic on its own right, but obviously most just want to escape from systemd. In this case, please first read this paper. Even if you think the end result is crap, there are some very lucid ideas in there. You would do well to at least consider them as you adopt OpenRC or whatever in your thin Linux distribution. I swear that I have no relationship with systemd project and only occasional hobbyist relationship with Linux.

Comment: Makes no sense whatsoever (Score 1) 221

by iamacat (#47970229) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

Every server is different, packages and dependencies are very much relevant. Some need a fully functional framebuffer with OpenGL support to generate web images/video.

If you are asking to configure system on build master and then mass deploy to individual servers, without any unnecessary development/configuration tools, that's a reasonable idea.

Comment: Re:Is systemd more complex than it needs to be? (Score 1) 469

by iamacat (#47961785) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Parallel is trivial.. hehe. Not when it needs to work unattended every time. Monitoring TCP/UDP sockets and starting/stopping services and their dependencies on demand in /bin/sh - interesting! Managing messages from all smart light bulbs in your house in text files? Go and try it.

Comment: Is systemd more complex than it needs to be? (Score 1) 469

by iamacat (#47959395) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

Or is it complex simply because it takes complexity to do things better? Gnome is more complex than twm for example, but many people find extra functionality useful. Is traditional script-based init a good match for cell phones, watches, robotics, other new devices that Linux needs to support to remain relevant?

I fully understand that there should be server and education oriented Linux distributions where simplicity and ease of customization are more important than boot time milliseconds. Just don't think that others are doing anything wrong by catering to their own needs.

Music

U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music' 358

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-luck-with-that dept.
Squiff writes U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, "interactive format for music," due to launch in "about 18 months." (A direct interview is available at Time, but paywalled.) Bono said the new tech "can't be pirated" and will re-imagine the role of album artwork. Marco Arment has some suitably skeptical commentary: "Full albums are as interesting to most people today as magazines. Single songs and single articles killed their respective larger containers. ... This alleged new format will cost a fortune to produce: people have to take the photos, design the interactions, build the animations, and make the deals with Apple. Bono’s talking point about helping smaller bands is ridiculous ... There's nothing Apple or Bono can do to make people care enough about glorified liner notes. People care about music and convenience, period. As for “music that can’t be pirated”, I ask again, what decade is this? That ship has not only sailed long ago, but has circled the world hundreds of times, sunk, been dragged up, turned into a tourist attraction, went out of business, and been gutted and retrofitted as a more profitable oil tanker."

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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