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Comment: Re:Whatever you're used to seems simple (Score 1) 716

by passionplay (#49033559) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?
It was all very simple.
/home
contained the home directories for users
/sbin
contained system special executables
/lib
contained system libraries
/bin
contained sytem executables
/usr
contained user space files
/usr/sbin
contained user space special executables
/usr/bin
contained user space executables
/usr/lib
contained user space libraries
/usr/share
contained shared user space files
/usr/local
contained add-on user space files (bin,sbin, lib)
/var
contained the most variable files (high data through put) or most often changed (which leads to /var/www /var/lib/ /var/adm /var/tmp /var/run)
/proc
contained process pseudo file system
/dev
contained device pseudo file systemIt was all very simple.
/sys
system pseudo file system - this one is new
/tmp
obvious
/etc
EVERYTHING ELSE that is not a library, user space file, or a binary in one of the other categories

Just because you were never told and never bothered to learn does not pre-suppose a lack of design.Ignorance is no excuse for claiming to be knowledgeable. It's like saying you never read the bible because it was all in Greek.

Just because you were never told and never bothered to learn does not pre-suppose a lack of design.Ignorance is no excuse for claiming to be knowledgeable. It's like saying you never read the bible because it was all in Greek. But you got the gist by looking at it long enough.

If you cut your teeth on Dec UNIX, Solaris, AIX and HP-UX, it's very easy to understand because you learn the history through comparison. This "I don't get it so there must be no rhyme or reason" is just crazy.

It's like the other old timer said - the new folks don't want to learn about how we got here - they just want to repeat our mistakes. I cut my teeth on Linux and then UNIX proper and then VAX since 1990 (TSR 80s and the like on 8086 processors and then 80386 systems before getting to real machines ). It's a proven fact that we are all social learners by nature. Maybe it's time to exercise our social learning instead of our social media which is leading to our social ignorance..

Comment: Re:Life on other plansts != No God (Score 1) 755

by passionplay (#48719087) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Not cherry picking. There many more examples in the same book. Right down to predicting the non-mixing of water in orean currents at different layers. That was what convinced Jacques Cousteau. But anyway. It's just one example. There are lots of scientific FACTS in the same book. That we've only recenlty proven. Yes, if this was taken as proof a long time ago, I would agree - cherry picking. Too many other facts have borne out as true since then.

Comment: Life on other plansts != No God (Score 1) 755

by passionplay (#48702123) Attached to: Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

How does the conclusion that there may be life on other planets disprove the existence of God?

Just because we as humans hope that God made life only on one planet does not make it so.

Just because we don't have accurate records in every religious book on possible life on other planets does not dispreove God's abilty to create life elsewhere.

Even IF ONE religious book postulated possible life on other planets is possible is grounds for DISMISSING the "There is no God if there is life on other planets" theory.

However, IF ONE religous book that DID mention possible life on other planets or even other planets from an illiterate goat herd that wouldn't know the first thing about science, the universe or planets or even that the world was round would be sufficient grounds to prove the existence of God.

Occam's Razor: In the absence of all othre explanations, the simplest explanation holds.

Chapter 1, Verse 1 of "The Opening" from the Qur'an reads: Al hamdu lillaahi rabbil ‘alameen (Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds)

Sceince postulates NOW that there may be life on other planets. They did not have the technology to know that there were worlds back then. Therefore, God exists.

Ok - let the religous wars commence. :)

Comment: Re:Sensationalism? (Score 1) 294

by passionplay (#47815337) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

I think you missed something. You CAN force the system to ignore the BIOS and use the power management feature by setting a kernel flag. How does that qualify as a horror story? I used to build computers on "screaming new hardware" and newly purchased laptops. And I had to go through the pains of figuring out what the flags were by researching. Not once did I BOTHER with attempting to get the manufacturer to FIX the problem for me. Unless I'm a developer interested in updating the BIOS, I just care that the computer I want is doing what it should be. E.g. Figuring out how to install Bumblebee so I can run Optimus.

Also, to use the newer hardware, I would simply go to a store and bring my live Linux CD with me. Either it ran or it didn't. If it ran, I bought it. If it didn't, I skipped it. Time is money. I have none to do a manufacturer's homework.

You want to stick it to them. Don't buy the thing that doesn't run what you want.

Apologies if I am oversimplifying, but I do not see "I bought hardware and the manufacturer won't let me run what I want on it" is a horror story. The real horror story to me is that you bought it without checking to see if it was a lemon. We don't have a lemon law for computers when it comes to Windows vs Linux. Caveat emptor.

Personal opinion.

Comment: How is this possible: "It took me hours" (Score 1, Redundant) 101

by passionplay (#47693165) Attached to: ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

I have not clue how it could take someone HOURS to figure out the name was resolving incorrectly. It take SECONDS to run nslookup, with different nameservers on the TARGET MAACHINE. How is this even newsworthy? A network administrator that doesn't know what he is doing, takes hours to figure out that the name is resolving differently and we write an article on that?

How is this newsworthy?

Secondly, these other TLD's are the right of ICANN to implement. If we didn't want it, we didn't scream loud enough. What is the point of all this chatter on this topic now?

Just curious why we don't have better stories to talk about. ICANN is old news. They're a broken organization that is trying to maintain order in a system that was never designed for centralized control.

Just my two cents.

Comment: Re:Why do CS grads become lowly programmers? (Score 5, Insightful) 637

by passionplay (#47616291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

You study ENGINEERING (a discipline) to become a LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER.
You study MEDICINE (a discipline) to become a LICENSED MEDICAL DOCTOR.
You would have to agree an automotive engineer is not the same as a mechanic which is not the same as a scientist in combustible fuels.

Software development is an art form. Software engineering is a discipline. Computer Science is a science.

Studying computer science by itself enables you to become:
1. A computer scientist
2. A computer programmer
3. A computer technician

Even becoming a computer science teacher would require you to study EDUCATION as a discipline.

There are no shortcuts. While life experience may teach you SOME things to become an engineer, there is no substitute for a Computer Science degree that focuses on software engineering. You could become an engineer after years of experience. or you could simply learn the discipline and stand on the shoulders of giants and open yourself up to learning from and teaching others in the discipline for a lifetime.

The next time you ask yourself, "Where on God's green earth would I use this knowledge", stop yourself. And think: "Why on earth would I want to work harder and solve problems already solved by others."

An engineer solves problems a new way because the outcomes of all the known methods are not satisfactory. An engineer can predict reliably how long something should take from his body of knowledge.
A developer solves problems a new way because it's fun, it's cool and it's artistic. A developer, like an artist, works until he's done.

There is nothing wrong with being a developer or an artist. But just as we should never confuse industrial art with fine art, we should never confuse software development with software engineering.

If you can only solve the problem at hand, you will not have fun doing engineering. If you are happier solving higher order problems of how things are put together and how to do things efficiently or discovering how to things MORE efficiently by building on the knowledge of others or collaborating, you will have fun doing engineering.

Comment: We are now all ##AA-Stooges (Score 5, Insightful) 490

by passionplay (#46586109) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
The content companies have won. The brainwashing in the schools over the past 20 years has succeeded.

We have a 1770 word essay why ownership of media is clunky and why it is ok to keep paying to watch shows for entertainment. Have we really come so far from the concept of sharing and owning media that we now have to subscribe to "physical media" = bad -> We should always just stream?.

Streaming inherently disavows your right to own media and to make it your own. The end is at hand..

Streaming should be an OPTION. DVD's should be an OPTION..

##AA Stooges should not be allowed to post such rubbish. And those that are now brainwashed should submit to de-programming..

Otherwise we are destined to give away our right to creativity

Comment: ownCloud Community edition will do nicely (Score 5, Interesting) 168

by passionplay (#46197615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Clients for every platform. Server distributions for every platform. Mobile clients too. Runs on HTTPS.

  1. 1. Download the community edition from any of the repositories found on https://owncloud.org/
  2. 2. Install using wizard - if you pick SQLite as the database, there is nothing to install for the database - configure to force SSL connections
  3. 3. Setup your router to forward 443 to the box you've set up
  4. 4. Setup a dyndns or similar IP address (or your own domain name) to said IP address.
  5. 5. Install client (desktop or mobile) and start accessing using https://yourserver-or-ip-addre... as the URL

I've set up something similar for my family - love it. I've also set up something simliar for our enterprise. No complaints about the regular feature set. Just some of the enterprise level things could do with a little more work.

+ - Online fax system, faxitnice is down - honeypots reported? So now what?->

Submitted by passionplay
passionplay writes: Faxitnice.com provides online faxing capability and is actually very reasonable and even provides registered users with an 800 numbered fax. I have used them for years. However, today when I went to fax a document, I couldn't access the page. So I did a DNS lookup and attempted the IP address directly. In response, I received a RoadRunner DNS error page in response — containing a search entry that reported, of all things, A HONEYPOT at the same IP address. On further research at http://www.downblocked.com/faxitnice.com and http://is.faxitnice.com.downorblocked.net/, it would appear that FaxItNice is down — possibly due to hacking. So now the real question is — is the system down? Or did something happen? Any news would be welcome.
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