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Comment: Re:The SystemD marketing rolls on... (Score 3, Interesting) 288

by mean pun (#49611685) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

I've never seen so much evangelizing about a particular subsystem change in Linux before, which makes me think that unlike other past changes, this one needs it rather than having it's own benefits do the selling...

The incessant whining about systemd in the last few years here on /. has been deafening. So if a major distribution then switches to systemd, and the world is not coming to an end, that's news for (this particular bunch of) nerds, no?

I realise that for some people here it is not welcome news, but news it is.

Comment: Re:What a fucking moron. (Score 1) 700

by mean pun (#49579227) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

All the CO2 readings are taken on top of Mt Mauna Loa in Hawaii. An Active Volcano!

If weather != Climate change then the CO2 readings from a single source != the whole climate CO2 reading.

I've seen quite a number of desperate last-ditch refutations of the obvious on /., but this one takes the biscuit.

Comment: Re:Kindness of strangers? (Score 2) 101

by mean pun (#49567913) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

This is why there are governments.

First do a study if this is really a good idea, including a scalability test. Then if so, Explain the citizens why this is such a good idea, and why this is worth the small investment. Then make it mandatory in the building code. Use some carrots and sticks to let people add sensors to existing buildings.

All boring existing government machinery, but that's how civilised countries got things line warning sirens, vaccination programs, street lights, fire departments, etc. etc.

Comment: Let's mention the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (Score 1) 39

It is worth mentioning the efforts of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team: http://hot.openstreetmap.org/u.... They don't pretend to solve the whole crisis, but they do try to make navigation in the area a little easier by providing accurate and recent mapping information. At least in earlier crises, the effort was appreciated by the people on the ground: http://www.redcross.org/news/a....

Comment: Re:Debunking a myth (Score 2) 297

Did you realize what he did when you cited him?

Of course I realise what he's doing. He's trying to teach all the blithering idiots that are spouting facile astroturfed memes that the world is not as black-and-white as they are suggesting, that Muslims are not the moustache-twirling villains of Hollywood movies that some people like them to be, and that said idiots should not believe all the lies and propaganda that is produced on an industrial scale.

In other words, he is attempting the hardest task every teacher ever has, he is trying to make people think for themselves instead of just echoing groupthink.

It's a thankless task and probably a hopeless task, but I'm glad someone is at least trying.

Comment: Re:Debunking a myth (Score 0) 297

Oooh, wow, I think I'll add a new rule then to let everyone transfer 10% of their income to my bank account.

Or perhaps we have to return from your fantasy land, and realise that your blind mullah Wosisname perhaps doesn't have the automatic authority you're claiming he has.

Comment: Re: Debunking a myth (Score 1) 297

One of his "debunking" claims is that the Qur'an prohibits aggressive warfare, which is belied by just about every Muslim army ever.

Even if your claim about Muslim armies was true, how does that refute Prof. Cole's claim that Islamic law prohibits this? That people do not always obey the laws of their religion is hardly a new revelation, and is certainly not restricted to Islamic cultures.

You're using ad hominem attack, and you're moving the goalposts. Weak.

Entropy requires no maintenance. -- Markoff Chaney