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Comment Liability / Obligation (Score 1) 423

Interesting lawsuit potential here, since there may have been no obligation for the "service" to notify authorities when "crash detection" occurs. So does the driver then have any recourse against the service for publishing here data without consent? It seems highly suspect that the service would willy nilly report an accident after talking to the driver and being specifically told that the situation was "all clear."

In this case, the car did exactly what it was designed to do. The issue is that the service may have mishandled customer information. What safety checks are in place to ensure the service doesn't just randomly manufacture these events?

Comment Re: I'm beginning to see a pattern here. (Score 1) 305

No claiming the old way is a failure, lets try the new way allows for multiple things...

1 - Eliminating incumbents
2 - Allow a complete project reboot
3 - Time until the customer realizes your incompetent also

This is why the current government outsourcing model will fail, and continue to fail. There is no incentive to "measure twice, cut once."

Comment Re: Debian Spiral (Score 2) 220

You forgot those of us who have been around long enough to have survived major sea changes like os390 -> UNIX -> Solaris -> windows -> linux. Systemd saddens me because it makes servers act like workstations. And sadly, the distro maintainers made way too hard of a turn into systemd, forgoing 20 y/o standards. For example, on a CentOS minimal system, no ifconfig/netstat? Instantly breaks monitoring tools.

So if I need to retool my infrastructure, I am now looking at the options without a "linux first" mentality. This is the first step of slide into OS obscurity. I know RHEL/CentOS != linux, but they own the "enterprise" and have the mindshare of the check writers. So when things start randomly failing and require money to fix, there will be discussions around replacement and mitigation.

The only ingredient missing is a new upstart disrupting the OS land. It would have been awesome to see Oracle pour development into Solaris x86, because the vacuum is starting to form that they could have filled.

Comment Re:If only someone would fork systemd (Score 1) 688

Or maybe, just maybe, RHEL et al pushed systemd out the door way to early, with absolutely no interim process and it would break relatively stable systems in new and difficult to determine methods.

I know that the conversion from RHEL 6 to RHEL 7 expanded any simple sysadmin task by at least 5 to 10 times longer. Part of this is a complete lack of training on my part, and part of it is a complete lack of understanding of *NIX by the developers. What they have created has merit, and maybe as a standalone / fork it would have worked. But the wholesale sea change in 7 basically made me seriously consider abandoning my "linux first" approach to projects. It sort of reminds me of the attempt of Solaris to implement SMF, and the utter #$%@fest that would cause. Over time it got better, but by then, I abandoned a "Solaris first" policy.

My biggest quibble with systemd/RHEL 7 - on a minimal install, it requires WPA-supplicant. On a server. WTF???

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 747

He did say something about this. It was taken as a personal attack, and now linus just doesn't care. I imagine that there is a lot of internal politics that we are not privy to. After being forced to use systemd with RHEL 7.0, it is obvious that systemd did not "win" on technical merits.

Comment Re:45 million? Tha's all? (Score 3, Informative) 154

Ummm... sequestration did not work, and was not the massive deterrent that it was made out to be. Pure pork programs like the F-35 were completely untouched. The only consistent aspect of sequestration was that federal employees (common people, not the asshats in congress) took a 5-10% paycut.

Comment Re:It's all politics, all the time (Score 1, Flamebait) 347

She did nothing wrong, unless you mean violating public policy in a very obscure and debatable loophole fashion.. So yeah, technically they are the same issue, since no laws covered the private nixon recordings as well.

Sorry, but if any "normal" government employee pulled the same crap as Hillary, they would not be allowed to see daylight for years. Like or hate her, we should not reward her disregard for US law by making her the executor of those laws.

Comment Re:More info (Score 2) 403

I run gentoo for my home server so that I don't have to worry about a major upgrade every few years. That "package churn" is what happens when you want the latest code running the latest fixes.

Yeah, some of the upgrades get dicey, but I laid out my current root filesystem in 2008, and haven't reinstalled anything since. Yes, every once in a while I need to spend a weekend fixing package collisions, but that is the ticket I paid for when I chose not to use a package based distro.

So in a nutshell, Gentoo will nickle and dime you to death to keep current, where RHEL/Ubuntu will combine all of that fun into a a few days every 2-3 years.

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