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Comment: Re:Kind of disappointed in him. (Score 1) 681

by noldrin (#48692553) Attached to: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet
It's hard to know his intentions, he does tend to be a bit smug, but I might just be reading into him. As a Christian, I think it's pretty cool Newton's birthday was on Dec 25th. I'd put a Newton ornament on my Christmas tree. He was scientists, mathematician, inventor and theologian.

Comment: Re:This has been doctrine for decades. (Score 3) 669

by noldrin (#48259891) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right
Plus 60+ years ago Pope Pius XII declared no conflict with evolution, and this was built on top of earlier papal doctrines from 1909 and 1893 and that stated it had no objection to evolution and non-literal interpretation of the book of Genesis outside of human creation.

Comment: good for the ecosystem? (Score 1) 555

by noldrin (#48188969) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
I think it could be potentially good for the free/open source software ecosystem for there to be multiple developed solutions to the init system being used out there. I think at this point, a fork could potentially be a lot of work, so I hope they are able to express a more complete vision of future goals, and perhaps differentiate itself For instance, will they try and become Free Software endorsed by the FSF?

Comment: Re:Quality of Slashdot discourse in death-spiral (Score 1) 267

by noldrin (#48092261) Attached to: GNOME 3 Winning Back Users
> Look slashdot: If you don't like something stop being whiny luddite bitches and fix it. That's what open source is about.

People would rather give excuses which reveal they haven't even done a cursory review of the technical aspects involved. People confuse passion with effort, and actually working on open source takes effort.

Comment: Re:Critics should take positive action (Score 2) 993

by noldrin (#48076819) Attached to: Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"
People fork distros all the time, it's not as dramatic as you make it sound. You also have Gentoo and other distros based on it not using systemd, like Funtoo. Both Gentoo and *BSD could use development help. You could also work with uselessd, whether on the project itself or work on adapting a distro to use it. Start with smaller pieces and if people like what you do, others will join in to help.

Comment: Critics should take positive action (Score 3, Insightful) 993

by noldrin (#48076465) Attached to: Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"
I haven't like the changes he's caused in Linux, but none of those things are the way one should deal with it. If you don't like where Linux is going, fork things and make it the way you like. These types of actions you'd expect from people with no discernible skills to be able to contribute. If you have skill to contribute, put the work in, if you don't have skills, put some work in and gain them.

Comment: forcing them to enforce a flawed policy (Score 2) 305

by noldrin (#48069029) Attached to: The Single Vigilante Behind Facebook's 'Real Name' Crackdown
The best way to show a flawed policy is to force them to actually enforce the policy. Too often we enabled flawed policies and rules to flounder because we ignore them or find ways around the policy. If you want to change the policy, enforce the policy. For too long, Facebook's real name policy has been indiscriminately enforced. Many users persist for years with obviously fake names, while other people feel the full force of the policy, usually those in discriminated groups. This happens all the time in real life, where enforcing agencies will selectively enforce policies or laws on targeted groups. Selective enforcement of the law can be illegal as it runs counter to the equal protection act and 14th amendment, and corporations need to be careful that they don't run afoul those in discriminatory business practices.

Comment: Re:Systemd integration counted as a positive thing (Score 1) 403

by noldrin (#47986157) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop
I would say that there are some extremely bad and troubling design elements at play *if* indeed the initial process is now dictating the graphical desktop. Does upstart or openrc have this issue? Yes, initd was old and needed to be replaced, but it had already been satisfactorily replaced on many distros with upstart, which also provided backwards compatibility and didn't take over your entire system in onerous ways.

Comment: A brisk walk works wonder (Score 1) 291

by noldrin (#47883877) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'
I got diagnosed with high blood pressure and got the doctor pressure me into starting to use blood pressure meds. I was also cautioned against losing "too much" weight even though I was clearly 17 lbs over the recommended BMI zone. I got a blood pressure monitor and started experimenting. In the end, I found that taking a 45 minute to hour brisk walk, had the most lasting and immediate effect on my blood pressure, even more so than the medication, which I've stopped taking.

Comment: Re:Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 749

by noldrin (#47456585) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours
Quite true. For instance if I live in one state and work at a company located in another state, my home state can not compel the company to withhold income tax, unless of course that state opens a branch office in my home state, then they can legally compel my company to take withhold money in the foreign state.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan