And if only MS had a similar "never break userspace" rule that applied to even the most unbelievably "casual" of software too.
They used to. Scroll down and check out the part about Sim City.
. If you want to talk about gender issues maybe we can talk about the actual epidemic of female teachers raping male and female students in high schools
Well yeah, actually, you should submit that story to Slashdot. I'd love to see the comments we get from it. Pull out the popcorn.
What do you think it means?
It obviously won't really be Star Wars; it won't be the story Lucas wants to tell, and will instead be some sort of mass Hollywood shoveled shit designed to appeal to the modal average and draw in dollars.
Indeed, it's hard to see how this will be different than Star Trek, or Transformers.....
The dialog in the three prequels was not the best, but from a story perspective, can you imagine JJ Abrams even attempting to write the story of a nice kid becoming an evil dictator? Then turning it around to show he wasn't pure evil?
Hopefully Lucas will release his proposed scripts.
It's fair to consider the high end, though. Once again, a meter won't have people snorkeling in their houses. As mentioned, continental drift and rebound from the last ice age account for more change to the coastline than global warming (continents move around 2cm per year with continental drift). Add to that natural erosion, sediment, etc, and AGW is not the most important effect on most coastlines.
In any case, the fact that there is a hiatus, and that the models are all wrong shows that there is something in the environment that is at least as strong as greenhouse gases, that the models (and scientists) are unaware of.
Also note that to get the high amount of warming predicted, CO2 wasn't enough (which will add ~1 degree of warming by itself). It was required that there also be positive feedbacks that amplify the warming, in some cases dramatically. The scientific case supporting the feedbacks is not anywhere near as strong as that supporting the initial CO2 impulse, and the initial CO2 impulse is not nearly as dangerous as the feedbacks. CO2 by itself is unlikely to cause any serious harm.
Unfortunately most of the research has gone into looking for positive feedbacks. It's not surprising that scientists have a bias in one direction or the other; the scientific method is a way to counteract that. We predict, we measure, and the measurements tell us if our biases were correct or not. The measurements are crucial.
Incidentally, Trenberth is fairly well-respected as a climate scientist.... he was twice a lead author of the IPCC report, and has won awards and honors in his field. So you can't discount him that easily.
As for systemD itself, it's patterned off of launchD, which I find interesting. You can see an explanation here. The part I find interesting is how it manages dependencies: you don't have to explicitly list every dependency of a server, but rather when something connects to a service, launchD starts it right then. LaunchD takes advantage of the excellent inter-process message passing abilities of the OSX/Mach kernel.
There are red flags also. For example, Poettering started by converting the build scripts to C, explicitly because it was slow. He said, "grep must get called 70 times in my script. Think how long that must take, accessing disk, loading libraries, etc." This is an example of "the root of all evil is premature optimization." If he'd measured before starting, he would have found that calling grep 70 times takes a fraction of a second (on my laptop, anyway). And indeed, when he was done rewriting everything in C, he was disappointed to find it didn't go much faster.
Also, I think binary logging is moronic, but that's been hashed out in many places and you probably already know about it. Apparently some people like it.
I'm kind of reticent of writing posts as I go along because I may change my mind once I understand the purpose of something, or why something is written in a certain way, but maybe I can put a disclaimer on top that it's a work in progress and don't take anything I say seriously?
You can see scientists are looking for explanations, rather than denying that the hiatus exists. Also, it's an honor to have a conversation with Bruce Perens.
Just curious, since I know some high-paid devs in Kansas.
If they're not getting paid $120k, they're not high-paid. Even calling $120k 'high-paid' is a bit of a stretch.