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Comment Re:Coren22's "APKolypse"... apk (Score 1) 283

Oh, it's classic AlecStaar, all right--always evoking violent imagery--"smashed", "totalled", "beat", "destroyed". And always coming back an hour or two later pretending to be a different AC who just happens to agree with him, and just happens to use the same kind of phrasing. He's been following the exact same pattern for at least ten years. In part he's still trying to get even with Ars Technica and numerous other forums for banning him and his sockpuppet accounts.

Now you know why, whenever anybody else happens to voice agreement with anyone critical of him, he immediately accuses them of using sockpuppets. And why he goes to such great pains to make real sure everyone knows it's him, while posting AC (unless, of course, he's following up by trying to pretend to be some random helpful AC who just happens to... well, you get the idea).

Comment Re:Wrong way around (Score 2) 542

The systemd team didn't create those dependencies, the DE maintainers did. All of these DEs ran just fine without systemd and they still could if someone was interested in doing so.

The systemd developers have been active in the DE mailing lists, encouraging them to make systemd a dependency. See here for an example.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 542

And I've personally compiled and installed non-init parts of systemd.

Which parts? Do tell.

LOL no amount of trolling the links will get me interesting in reading your slashdot journal, and no, writing an essay does not replace discussion. Nobody is going to go read that shit. You're generally expected to type in new comments as part of a discussion, and to formulate them for the current context.

Are you capable of discussing things without insulting? So far the answer is no.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 542

Is it not possible to just write a standard interface that would have it working with any init system?

That's the right idea, because the interfaces are more important than the code. It's more complex than just an "init interface," but clearly there needs to be a division between the init system and the "system manager demon."

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 542

For the average user, don't worry about the difference. ;)

The average user is happy with Windows, let's be honest.

Also, if you read the article, you absolutely do not need the systemd init system to use the new features.

I don't know what article you're talking about specifically, but it looks like to get it to work, you need to use an older version of uPower. And it isn't a new feature, it's a feature that's been there for a while a long time, but now depends on systemd.

using non-init parts of systemd to allow the desktop environment to monitor the user inputs

The non-init parts of systemd aren't separable from the init parts. I discussed part of the issue here.

As many skilled people as possible need to start thinking about the init problem, so we end up with something good.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 542

You're right. KDE is not depending on an init system.

You're wrong......the "system management" portions don't work without the init system. For example, logind depends on systemd quite clearly, look at the function execute_shutdown_or_sleep().

People have tried to separate the system management portions from the init portions of systemd, but it was rather more difficult than you'd expect and they gave up.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 542

It's not clear what you mean by "tight integration."

But it's not necessary to have a monolithic system in order to make something avoid it you need to make clear interfaces.

As mentioned, the kernel has to deal with much more integral and disparate pieces than systemd does, and yet it is still relatively simple to swap one kernel for another. If the kernels can do it, then there is no excuse for systemd.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 542

I guess the point is: KDE isn't a "window manager" - instead it's a desktop environment, which includes functionality for power management

Yes, I think you are right.

And it's reasonable architecture for power management controls to depend upon power managing daemons.

But it's not reasonable for it to depend on a particular init system.

Comment ...or the difference may be totally insignificant. (Score 1) 454

The marginal increase in the probability of an someone being a terrorist given that you know he's an engineer may be startling in relative terms, but in absolute terms it's insignificant.

Estimates of total active membership in terror groups worldwide is under 200,000, but let's assume there's even million active terrorists just for the sake of having round numbers and not having to quibble over where to put the decimal point. There are seven billion people in the world, so the rate of terrorist participation in the general population is 14 thousandths of a percent; let's call that p(T), and call the probability that someone is a terrorist given that they're an engineer p(T|E). Let's look at the absolute marginal difference being an engineer makes, i.e.:P(T|E) - P(T)

i. p(T) = 0.0001428
i. p(T|E) = 9 * P(T) = 0.001286
iii. P(T|E) - P(T) = 0.001143

So being an engineer increases your chance of being a terrorist by at most about 1/10 of 1% under wildly pessimistic assumptions. In fact the marginal difference is really more like 1/50 of 1%. Now it's interesting that the rates of terrorism are so much larger among engineers than other people, but it has little practical significance and being an engineer myself that's what I'm most concerned with. If you were designing a surveillance program and were picking out groups that need keeping tabs on, 1/10 % is a grasping-at-straws number

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 542

If any other init system + provided the features necessary for the modern desktop environments, then I'm sure they would not hesitate to support it

The init system should not be providing those features. That is entirely the problem.

and no one other then systemd has bothered to create a viable solution to the destkop environments problems.

What was wrong with Powerdevil and pm-utils?

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