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Comment: Re:Missing (Score 2) 394

by mrex (#48904789) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Don't forget what they did to Q!!

All the rest I can overlook, because we can all just put it out of our minds and pretend like the USS Voyager never existed. Barclay, Riker... even fucking up the Borg, OK whatever. Hive mind cyborgs are a cool concept and it sucks to see them ruined, but no huge damage to the legacy and meaning of the work.

But they retconned Roddenberry's single greatest character creation, the lynchpin of the whole damn TNG series and all that came after, into some weird sitcom character for Janeway to teach "humorous" life and child-rearing lessons to. Yes, there's nothing Janeway can't do, including educating the (formerly?) ageless, immortal, omnipotent, omniscient being that mentored Jean Luc Picard.

Comment: Re:Right .... (Score 1) 523

by mrex (#48425891) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

If it was nuclear powered, then it would have been much heavier

The Curiosity RTG weighed 3 times as much as the power source on Philae, but generated four times as much energy. IANANP, but absent some scaling factor that I'm missing, it would seem like a scaled-down RTG would have *saved* weight, not costed more.

Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 4, Funny) 928

by mrex (#48277897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

I used it in its first versions, and it handled my 5.1 setup perfectly, switched to headphones when I plugged them. And it had per-application volume working out of the box.

AKA the "I like PulseAudio because I coincidentally owned the hardware it actually supported well" comment.

Comment: Re:Boy toy (Score 1) 786

by mrex (#48251669) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

There are cognitive differences between any two men you might select too. To what grouping will you attribute those?

This is intellectually dishonest. A gender-based deviation in cognition exists, regardless of individual deviations that also do exist. You're not rebutting his argument, you're confusing the issue with an irrelevancy that attempts to pass as a rebuttal.

There are also many cognitive tasks where the range of difference within a gender is greater than the range of difference between genders.

Your use of "many" here betrays an understanding that you wish to deny: that some other cognitive tasks display the opposite results, which consitutes evidence in support of the claim you wish to rebut.

Comment: Re:benefits vs risks (Score 1) 863

by mrex (#48250883) Attached to: Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Binary logfiles: You're not supposed to keep important log files on the local machine.

Seriously? What? This is the most dishonest response to a legitimate gripe ever. You're not "supposed to" "KEEP" important log files on the local machine - because they're important data and should be backed up and secured. NOT because text log files are a bad idea or useless! Name one operating system that doesn't keep local human-readable logs! They are *that* useful!

Send them to your central logging facility

Why is a fucking init daemon dictating my business processes to me? Is that the UNIX philosophy... "one size fits all"? Fuck no it's not!

If the machine is still running, you can use the appropriate tools to look at the binary log files for debug.

Assuming that those tools work, and that corruption hasn't fucked up parsing, and...

Doesn't feel unixy: Get with the times. It's scriptable and tweakable more than ever.

I don't think you understand what the UNIX philosophy is about, so you're not evaluating this complaint in a legitimate way.

Dependency in services
long startup times
Location/circumstances specific profiles

All of these are feature gaps. None of these require a solution that completely departs from the UNIX philosophy and application structure. None require binary logging. None require one daemon to rule them all. There are simple, elegant, UNIX-y solutions to all of these problems. Lennart & company just haven't bothered to find them.

Comment: Re:How about we hackers? (Score 1) 863

by mrex (#48250695) Attached to: Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

Career admin who is guilty of not wading into the debate at all until now, here. That is my view of systemd. It uses, and forces the user into, a "one service to rule them all" model that is exactly contrary to the UNIX philosophy of small, interoperable programs that do one thing and do it well. If 'ls' was designed with the systemd philosophy, 'chmod' and 'rm' would be arguments to 'ls' and everything would quickly become stupid and un-UNIXy.

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