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Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 1) 641

by grcumb (#48283561) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Thanks for at least being honest.

"Because I, personally, was not consulted about this change, I'm outraged on the internet and will wage a holy war of FUD."

You do get that the FOSS community is in its very essence about consultation? That consultation and cooperation are the only fucking way this whole fucking open source thing is going to work?

Yes, people get shirty when their input is ignored. No, it is not fucking FUD when we say, 'You have no right to ignore the complaints of roughly half of everyone who actually gives a shit about this topic.' It is not FUD when people highlight at length and in detail the many, many ways that systemd's design sucks.

Maybe systemd will get better. Most software does. But until its developers grow up enough to actually argue the thing on its merits and not simply to dismiss every criticism as aversion to change, it's going to face strident opposition.

Comment: Re:Huge setback (Score 1) 272

by PopeRatzo (#48282271) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

This is a setback, but crashes happen.

If everyone had given up on airplanes in the early days because of a few deaths, then we'd all be taking the train today.

Right, you've gotta break some eggs if you want to see the big return on investment.

A few lives here and there aren't going to stop the quest for profits.

Comment: Re:Not a good week... (Score -1, Troll) 272

by PopeRatzo (#48282193) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Some of them become martyrs for the knowledge needed to achieve the goal.

No offense, but "the goal" was achieved decades ago. These people died for the profit of shareholders, not some "goal" of space flight which has been going on for half a century.

The guys (and woman) who died in Challenger were heroes. The casualties from this crash were like the people who died building the Empire State Building.

+ - US Millennials: The Cheapest Generation->

Submitted by Paul Fernhout
Paul Fernhout (109597) writes "Just noticed this two-year old Atlantic article on how US Millennials (aka Generation Y) are not buying houses or cars as much as previous generations, but are buying smartphones instead and using those phones to get on-demand access to things like Zipcars or other "sharing economy" services. It says: "In 2010, adults between the ages of 21 and 34 bought just 27 percent of all new vehicles sold in America, down from the peak of 38 percent in 1985. Miles driven are down, too. Even the proportion of teenagers with a license fell, by 28 percent, between 1998 and 2008. ... Just as car sales have plummeted among their age cohort, the share of young people getting their first mortgage between 2009 and 2011 is half what it was just 10 years ago, according to a Federal Reserve study. ... Smartphones compete against cars for young people's big-ticket dollars, since the cost of a good phone and data plan can exceed $1,000 a year. But they also provide some of the same psychic benefits — opening new vistas and carrying us far from the physical space in which we reside. ... If the Millennials are not quite a post-driving and post-owning generation, they'll almost certainly be a less-driving and less-owning generation. That could mean some tough adjustments for the economy over the next several years. ... Education is the "obvious outlet for the money Millennials can spend," Perry Wong, the director of research at the Milken Institute, told us, noting that if young people invest less in physical things like houses, they'll have more to invest in themselves. "In the past, housing was the main vehicle for investment, but education is also a vehicle." In an ideas economy, up-to-date knowledge could be a more nimble and valuable asset than a house."

Of course, education via the internet or through FOSS educational simulations may not cost that much either. Also, we are also seeing the bubble on student loan borrowing nearing the bursting point, where more and more young people are deciding to bow out of the entire academic credentialing arms race given the uncertainty of a financial return on such an investment (as much as education via schools or other venues may have other non-financial benefits)."

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+ - 10 things that scare the bejeezus out of IT pros->

Submitted by Paul Fernhout
Paul Fernhout (109597) writes "ITWorld has a slideshow that begins with: "As Halloween approaches, some may be creeped out by vampires and zombies and other minor evils. But IT workers know that just a few words can carry more horror than most ordinary souls can imagine — with nightmarish results ranging from wasted IT resources to botched rollouts to failed projects. Presented for your approval: 10 short sentences that will truly make your blood run cold this Halloween.""
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Comment: WTF (Score 2) 117

by Dr. Evil (#48278411) Attached to: Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

This looks like it might actually be a good product. I clicked "buy" and it actually has a caution about the sizing... and recommends I go to a "Microsoft Store", whatever that is. I guess I should look for one.

Could Ballmer have been so bad for MS that we forgot they could produce good products?

I'm going to check it out, but I simply can't believe it will be acceptable until version 3.

Comment: Re:so how did they form? (Score 2) 188

by mrchaotica (#48277987) Attached to: Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

Planets are a gravity source to pull all the dust and shit together. The dust and shit is a gravity source too, for that matter.

If you have enough dust to make a big enough clump, you get a star (and maybe orbiting planets, as sub-clumps). If you don't have enough, you get a planet by itself. If you have a whole fuckton-plex more, you get a galaxy. The same process happens at all scales.

Comment: Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (Score 1) 595

by drinkypoo (#48276755) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Are republicans so stupid that they can not see it's a Republican system?

Their memories are simply that short. That's how they forget that none of their interests have been served by their elected politicians, and proceed to re-elect them.

Here in California, however, we re-relected Jerry Brown. That's very like re-electing Marion Berry. Heh heh heh.

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself. -- A.H. Weiler