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Comment: For better or for worse (Score 1) 94

> There's no real way to prevent it other than subsidizing them, and then how is that really better than the government running the entire thing?

It is no better for you, ordinary citizen. It is better for the company who enjoys both aspects of independence and government work.
In a perfect world no private company would want to work with government, because the government would want to get the maximum benefit for the least price possible and take precedence over whatever issues you have with that.

Private companies lining up to get work from governments means "corruption" or "deep crisis", none of which is very good.

Comment: Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 1) 324

by marcello_dl (#48204021) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

I was thinking along your lines, instead of getting rid of all the video, though, I think people would get back to the habit of downloading and sharing stuff via local networks or sneakernet, and discover ways to keep local storage in sync like with git annex. Also, online content that is DRM and stream-only would suffer.
But this would make some big interests very upset, and Hungary government is no match for them, so they will find some way to curb alternative uses of networking. This means that we won't see again the chaotic but decidedly more interesting landscape of 20 years ago (last days of BBS, usenet, internet protocols instead of web based centralized megasites).

Comment: Re:Not a very exciting name (Score 1) 150

by marcello_dl (#48197459) Attached to: 'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

And for the funny part:
Being a "sega" is slang for being inept in Italy, so when the arcade machines displayed a full screen "Sega" some time after game was over, it was an insult to the guy who just lost the game, and was taunted by his fellows with that word.

Having said that, they market everything under the Sega name and people don't care much anymore.

Comment: Re:That's all we need ... (Score 1) 549

by marcello_dl (#48197259) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Debian goals are incompatible with a systemd-only system, that's the reason.
Removing mandatory systemd dependencies is what debian has to do. The technical committee can choose systemd as default init system, but from there to only init system means they can all go home and install redhat.

Comment: Re:do one thing and do it well (Score 1) 154

by marcello_dl (#48194163) Attached to: GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

vi is pretty much the best example to push in the face of systemd apologists.

vi is default in every distribution, nobody bats an eye.
systemd tries to do the same and everybody lose their mind.
The reason is simple. You don't have to deal with vi at all if you don't choose so. And if you really really do not like it...

# aptitude search vi | grep ^i ...
i vim-common
i vim-tiny ...

# aptitude purge vim-tiny vim-common
The following packages will be REMOVED:
    vim-common{p} vim-tiny{p}
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B of archives. After unpacking 1093 kB will be freed.

vi is not cancer.

Comment: Re:They are all going down the toilet (Score 2) 369

by marcello_dl (#48182253) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Ubuntu Unity seems to be the only cool-looking UI left.

I can't say it's not cool looking. As long as all you have to do is look at it, you're set.

My 2c on the topic. Apple knows what to do, the objective is not to make the best looking hi res desktop, it is to make the lower res desktop look like sh1t. Marketing 101.

Comment: Re:Remove It (Score 1) 519

by marcello_dl (#48179637) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

In a way, Red Hat cares about linux users. You see, when linux users have a distro working perfectly out of the box, RH's business model crumbles.

A systemd based, never fully defined, never fully complete Linux, is what RH Canonical and hardware makers need to do the desktop linux transition. Devs who jump on the train will do like devs on win and osx, always work to adapt the new versions to the changes and fuck the old versions and its users.

New users are even more fucked up because they might look up howtos on the web that have worked for more than a decade, until systemd and similar projects obsoleted them for no compelling reason.

Comment: Re:are the debian support forums down? (Score 1) 285

by marcello_dl (#48177241) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Have you tried using pulseaudio just for skype? like identifying which libraries gets used, put them in (folder), starting manually the pulseaudio daemon if there is one, and invoke skype from terminal prefixing it with LD_LIBRARY_PATH=(folder)?
Failing that, I had 32 bit skype in a chroot because the rest of the system was 64 it worked. One day it keep failing authorization, and then i got an email telling me i was using an outdated skype version. That must be the microsoft way.

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