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Comment: Re:lets pump the brakes here and analyze. (Score 2) 129

The problem with ISIS is that it rejects the political divisions

The problem with ISIS is that they are a brutal regime and no one likes them except themselves. Furthermore, one of their stated goals is that they want to destroy the US. Note that this is also the primary problem with Iran as well: I don't want anyone who has a holiday for "death to America" to get nuclear weapons (even if it's the fault of the US they have a holiday for that).

The reason Obama sent us to war in Iraq is because the Kurds have spent decades building up government lobbying programs around the world. The US didn't get involved in Syria, even when Assad used WMD. The Kurds have built up a stable country and are easy to work with, and as already mentioned, are good at lobbying. So they get the air support.

Osama Bin Laden had some, not all but some, reasonable requests of the US government in response to the terrorist event on 9/11 that we could have implemented along with domestic security measures that would provide a reasonable, but not perfect assurance, of our security. Instead, we chose to dump 3 trillion dollars into a 15 year campaign of scorched earth across afghanistan, and in the process created more terrorists. we dumped a portion of that cash into Iraq,

It's not controversial to say Afghanistan was a poorly executed mess, and that Iraq was a mistake, but there is a reason we don't negotiate with terrorists: doing so encourages more terrorist acts. If Bush/Obama accomplished anything, it was to ensure that no one will think of attacking the US mainland as a tool scare the US out of the middle east.

Comment: The real study (Score 5, Informative) 157

by phantomfive (#47936593) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists
Here's a link to the real study, instead of some poorly written article (and hey! the summary is poorly written too!)

Essentially their methodology was to look at two open source encryption tools (pics in the study). Releases of the encryption tools didn't become more frequent after the Snowden document release.

This is obviously a narrow view, it doesn't mean Snowden had little effect, just that in one small area, Snowden had little effect. Terrorists could have stopped using Skype after the document release, and this study wouldn't have detected it. Furthermore, if Snowden did cause Russia to invade Ukraine, then this study wouldn't have detected it: it's not related to, and doesn't even pretend to look at Russia. That's where the poor summary comes in.

Now, I don't think Snowden had anything to do with Ukraine, but let's at least keep our minds straight.

Comment: Re:I LOVE READING PROPAGANDA (Score 1) 922

by phantomfive (#47934071) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

For decades, we have moved away from producing goods to a service providing nation.

This isn't as bad as it seems. At one time we were a farming nation, and we moved away from that. Hardly anyone works in farming anymore. A similar thing has happened with manufacturing, manufacturing output has increased in the US as more and more becomes automated.

Comment: Re:So what's wrong with systemd, really? (Score 1) 348

by phantomfive (#47933953) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

I'm getting sick of using 1000 different utilities to do one task or manage one system. Hate me, down mod me, argue with me, but I for one am a big fan of big software with multiple functions approach.

You mean, like the Windows Registry? Nothing ever went wrong with the kitchen-sink approach to design, right?

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 348

by phantomfive (#47933453) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd
Your claims that systemD is well engineered are a little eye-raising. We're talking about a replacement for the init system here, and you say the main feature is logind. That's not really part of what I expect Init to do.....

In any case, in a few months, I'll have time to read the systemD source code, and I will have a better idea if it's well designed or not.

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 348

by phantomfive (#47931637) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Personally, I think the systemd opponents are too concerned with negative campaigns against systemd, that they entirely forget to code any alternatives, so I predict ever more distros like Slackware abandoning script based init systems; they simply don't have an alternative.

What will happen is other distress will add a compatibility layer so they can handle all the kludge that has added systemD as a requirement.

The problem is systemD is bad design. The systemD guys like to say, "but look at all the features!", which is cool, but features aren't an excuse for bad design. "Those who do not understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it, poorly" etc etc

Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 348

by phantomfive (#47931531) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

However, I observe Linux is not a microkernel but it has a reputation for both reliability and being relatively secure.

It has a reputation for security compared to Windows, which is not saying much. Look through a database of security vulnerabilities sometime, it's depressing.

Also worth mentioning that the kernel guys keep as much stuff out of the kernel as possible. There's even a way to segregate drivers into userland. Doing so comes with a performance hit, but if that is relatively unimportant, then it's worth keeping out. Drivers for scanners are part of the kernel, but kept in userland (as one example).

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.

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