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Comment: Re:What is systemd exactly? (Score 1) 765

by nabsltd (#49199637) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

wrong, all the other processes are optional.

Here's a test: uninstall all those other "optional" processes and see what happens. Is systemd still installed, or does it get uninstalled because of dependency resolution? Does your system still boot? Can you log in?

Report your results back here, so we can all see how "optional" those extra processes are.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

Assuming that I took more than just myself, I don't think burning on a large stake would be a risk, we have automatic weapons. :)

That being said, your example proves my point, it would look like magic to those people who have no frame of reference.

BTW, firearms are a bad example of "looks like magic" to somebody 500 years ago. Those automatic weapons haven't changed much in 100 years, and single-shot firearms very similar to what we have today have existed for over 400, with gunpowder-fired projectiles around 800 years old.

The only significant firearm-specific advancement from 1600 to the late 1800s was the cartridge (which also made clips possible). Better metalworking techniques, etc., also helped, but those were general-purpose. At that point, the first self-loading firearm that didn't use human power to load the next cartridge (i.e., a semi-automatic) came along in the early 1900s. Since then, the change in firearms is almost identical to the change in rocket technology...scale is larger, and materials are stronger, but the design really hasn't changed much.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

Even once we had airplanes, you have only a lifetime from 1903 to 1969, yet people in 1903 couldn't have dreamed of what the Saturn V would look like or how it would work.

There were rockets in 1903. They weren't as powerful, but the physics of rocket flight was pretty well known at the time.

The only difference between fireworks and the Saturn V is scale...more powerful fuel, stronger materials, etc.

Comment: Re:what's the big deal? (Score 1) 591

by nabsltd (#48958823) Attached to: Texas Boy Suspended For "Threatening" Classmate With the One Ring

If a kid threatened me with the One Ring, I might feel utterly terrified if I didn't know what it was.

If you didn't know any of Tolkien, why would you feel "terrified" by a ring?

Everyone (children, too), learns through exposure to things. They learn that hot stoves hurt you when you touch them, and that ice cream tastes good. So, where, exactly, would you have "learned" that a ring has the power to turn you invisible other than fictional stories like Tolkien? If your home life has led you to believe that magic is real, then you have a lot more problems than being threatened by a magical ring.

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 534

by nabsltd (#48922551) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Company tax is not based on revenue, it is based on profits.

And yet, all personal income taxes are based on revenue.

Sure, you might have some deductions from income, but unlike a business, you can't subtract all the money you paid for food, housing, and paying your "employees" (like babysitters, taxi drivers, etc.).

Comment: Re:It's about time. (Score 1) 138

by nabsltd (#48876783) Attached to: Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

So, if Simon is at all offended by the new Star Trek as you are, he may bring this alternate Star Trek back to some semblance of the Roddenberry-inspired sagas.

How about writing his own character out of the next movie?

The problem with the "reboot" is that there are thousands of stories that can be told in the Star Trek universe without involving Kirk, Spock, McCoy,, as proved by four television series.

Comment: Re:pfsense (Score 3, Insightful) 403

by nabsltd (#48823671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Systemd is actually *really* easy to get rid of, you just have to be willing to do without Gnome and other packages that depend upon it.

Please provide a step-by-step list of the commands needed to remove systemd from CentOS 7 "minimal install", or a pointer to such a list.

I have now been told literally dozens of times that "you don't have to install systemd", but no one has yet to back that up with steps for an install without it, or how to remove it from an existing install.

Comment: Re:Translation pls. (Score 1) 159

by nabsltd (#48777521) Attached to: Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

made that range public within the country.

The word you (and others) are looking for is "route-able", not "public".

There are a lot of IANA-assigned (i.e., "public") IPs that aren't routable from all other arbitrary IP addresses, while many places have made private IPs routable for some or all of their network, just like North Korea has done.

Comment: Re:If you don't want to upgrade your box (Score 1) 100

That can significantly speed up tasks that are known to create lots of temporary files (e.g. compilation).

I set up a RAM disk on my Windows machine because of Audacity.

It creates temp files to store intermediate work (like the decode to PCM of a compressed format, or the output of a filter) instead of using RAM. Even with an SSD, this was not nearly as fast as it should have been, and a serious waste, since the total space used by the temp files is far less than the memory space available to the application. The RAM disk solved the speed problem quite nicely.

I also store things like Firefox's page cache on the RAM disk.

Comment: Re:PCIe 3.0 availability (Score 1) 100

And yes, most motherboards have a "primary" slot where it's a real x16 slot, and 1 or 2 or more SLI or Crossfire slots which are x8 or even x4.

Actually, most motherboards today have auto-switching slots, so that they have 16 lanes assigned to 3 slots, and the motherboard and card negotiate so that each card performs as fast as it can regardless of slot, up to the total maximum of 16 lanes across the three slots. This means there is no "primary" slot any more, and helps you lay out cards where clearance is an issue.

What this means is that you can install that x16 video card in any of the three x16 form factor slots, and it will get all 16 lanes. If you install a card in another of the x16 form factor slots, it will get up x8 if it asks for it, and the first card will be dropped down to x8 as well. Install a third card, and you end up with x8/x4/x4, but again, no slot is "primary".

Comment: Re:Not expensive for an audiophile device (Score 1) 391

by nabsltd (#48745897) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

I'd hope that you do in fact get higher quality DAC hardware, connectors, etc., so the actual sound quality is better. But the price is also "inflated" by the product being a niche, audiophile product.

No, it's inflated because it's Sony.

This player has a high quality DAC, etc., gets great reviews from audiophiles, and yet only costs $350. Sure, you need to spend an extra $100 for a 128GB MicroSD card, but that's still $750 less than Sony wants.

Comment: Re:Is the NSA/FBI/Local Police on that partnership (Score 1) 163

by nabsltd (#48739847) Attached to: Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

I'm not typically a paranoid libertarian, but really, there are some things I'm 100% fine with handling on a closed network or with my own two hands.

Yeah, the hardware they are talking about is interesting, and if I could set up a local server to control it, that might be useful. But handing over information and control to someplace out on the Internet sounds like about the worst idea ever.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?