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Comment: Re:Cuz Minix Dude Was A Old Guy (Score 1) 290

by squiggleslash (#49635057) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

I would counter it was that, and your history doesn't conflict with mine - it explains it.

It's true that MINIX was held back by the fact it had to be distributed as "Core system (from book) plus third party ports as patchsets", but that doesn't pertain as to why Torvalds wrote Linux, except in explaining why there was no ix386 version of MINIX to begin with.

The MINIX community maintained standard ports of MINIX to each architecture. To install MINIX you'd get the book, combine it with the port, and you'd have your system. Your WANG drive patch would have belonged in one of the ports, not in the core system (frustrating if the patch needed architectural changes as that meant there was no practical way to distribute it.)

It wasn't a particularly effective way of maintaining an operating system, and MINIX suffered as a result. And one way it suffered was in not having a standard ix386 kernel. Why Torvalds didn't port the MINIX kernel himself is something only he can answer - I'm sure there are valid technical reasons, and he may also have been frustrated with the community core+ports model, but I like to think he also wanted to scratch an itch, to figure out how a kernel worked and write one himself. And I'm glad he did.

Comment: Re:Libertarians are to the right of Republicans (Score 1) 227

Authoritarians, of both the "left" and "right" wings, love to use government force

Agreed, look no farther than reactions to the war on drugs. A local government banning Big Gulps because it's bad for you is government overreach into areas of your life and people should have the personal responsibility not to overuse, but we need to spend billions of dollars at the federal level to prevent people with no personal responsibility from smoking a plant they grew in their own backyard because it's bad for you.

Comment: Re:Cuz Minix Dude Was A Old Guy (Score 3, Informative) 290

by squiggleslash (#49633041) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

I think the AC was just confused as Linux's origins are related to MINIX, even if it isn't a clone or shares any code.

From memory, Linux was Torvald's response to the fact MINIX remained a 16 bit operating system. Impatient, Torvald's created the Linux kernel presumably in part because he wanted to create a kernel, but in part to solve the missing 386 Minix issue.

The two were related, but no code from MINIX was present in Linux. As an example, the original Linux file system was a re-implementation of the MINIX file system. Linux's ext family of file systems came later. Early Linux based systems ran the MINIX userland, but this was replaced early on with GNU. It was the replacement with GNU that meant Linux could legally leave the MINIX community and become the kernel of a standalone operating system.

IIRC Linus's original announcement was on the MINIX mailing lists too.

Comment: Re:No single payer (Score 1) 456

by Qzukk (#49630661) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

I know I do.

Yeah, I can imagine you sitting there after a car wreck, horribly mangled, holding onto consciousness just so you can make sure that they take you to the best hospital. Wait! Is this ambulance fully accredited and received at least an A rating from Consumer Reports? No? Well, I'll just wait here for one that is.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 1) 104

by Qzukk (#49625157) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Actually my suggestion was to let people decide whether or not to let GOG try to change it since not all users trust apps to change the firewall, not all firewalls allow apps to change it, and so on. Maybe for maximum paranoia there could be a setting that hides the uPNP option completely so nobody accidentally checks it.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 4, Insightful) 104

by Qzukk (#49624921) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Invitations are absolutely an awesome feature, but you know what would blow my socks off? If the GOG launcher handled all the bullshit firewall crap.

I still get games where the authors have failed to bother to document the port(s) their server uses or where they think it's awesome to have the server start up on a random port from 1024 to 65534. Usually 30 pages deep in the game forum there's a thread where you find posts like "i forwarded UDP 19228 and the server showed up on the browser for 30 seconds but nobody could connect and I couldn't get it to show up again after a restart". If, along with all the other brilliant work GOG has done to get the games working in current versions of windows, GOG's launcher popped up a window like steams cdkey window that said

Hosting a multiplayer game requires these ports:
    TCP 12421, TCP 12422, UDP 20000-20400
  [x] Use uPNP to request forwarding these ports on my firewall
  [x] Do not show this again
    [ OK ] [ Cancel ]

I think my socks loosened a bit just thinking about it.

Comment: Remember that Windows XP virus? (Score 3, Interesting) 137

by squiggleslash (#49623323) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

...the one that seemed to be impossible to get rid of, that at least once PC in every office had, that would suddenly, several times a day, put up a pop-up announcing the PC was going to reboot in 30 seconds? (Was it Blaster, or was Blaster the easy-to-remove version?)

Yeah. Welcome to the new update regime for Windows 10 Home Edition...

Comment: Re:Systemd and Gnome3 == no thanks (Score 1) 296

by squiggleslash (#49611223) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

Personally I wish no distro was set up to want you to use root... I have...less than fond... memories of torching everything in my Slackware systems by accident back when I used it in the late nineties.

After a temporary switch to Mac OS X in the early 2000s, I realized sudo was the way to go, and was very glad when I found modern distros reflected that.

Ubuntu isn't targeting people who need to feel like "teh lunix exparts".

Agree. It's actually aimed at a combination of newbies, and experienced *ix users. One should be protected from root at all costs. The other is experienced enough to know they should be too...

Comment: Re:I WISH he was a candidate (Score 1) 393

by squiggleslash (#49603597) Attached to: Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate and H-1B Skeptic

Registered Democrats in many areas of Florida in 2000 (and to a certain extent today) are Dixiecrats, not people to the left of the editorial columns in the Washington Post. They tend to vote Republican for everything except local politics. They may vote for a Democratic Senator, Congressman, or State Governor, but only if the candidate is a Dixiecrat too.

Comment: I found it works on Slashdot (Score 4, Funny) 34

by squiggleslash (#49602121) Attached to: Researcher Bypasses Google Password Alert For Second Time

Surprisingly, with Chrome, if you enter your Google password in the Subject box of a new comment and then press the "Submit" button, the warning dialog comes up and your post won't get sent until you confirm it. Only discovered that because my Google password is (well, was) "systemd?".

Comment: Re:Motive (Score 4, Insightful) 202

Yeah I thought the summary's equation of "Protestors" and "Rioters" (headline uses the latter, main text the former, apparently referring to the same people - for the record, the number of protestors in Baltimore last week was some figure conservatively estimated in the tens of thousands; the number of rioters was less than 2,000 - probably much less, being made up largely of local gangs) was rather reflective of the kneejerk reaction against any politicial activity by "the masses" in this country.

The other day I mentioned the (thankfully debunked) neo-urban-legend about a nearby Florida sheriff saying it was OK to run over protestors if they get in your way to some people in the office. At least one was fully in favor, giving a whoop when he heard it.

I was brought up in the UK, moving to the US when I was 25. The idea of treating political protests as something horrific astounds me, it's normal activity over there, you'd expect it to be accepted and supported in the country that invented the first amendment. But apparently not.

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. -- Donald Knuth