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Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 469

by postbigbang (#47960207) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

None of this is tough, and there is no science fiction, and the post cites oh, 10 CVEs in four years. My underwear has more than 10 CVEs in the past four years.

So maimed are these Tea Party software sweatshirt-wearing jokers that they're taking their bruised asses into BSD, and any place, anyplace but Linux.

No, they don't tell you about any of the actual features, they just cite covering their system's butts cause they can't kill -1. You can still hobby, still futz, still cobble with Linux. And you can run huge multi-core systems with very complex (o)virting, docker, ad infinitum while you learned a few new dependencies.

Those that compare all this to WIndows 9 know neither Linux or WIndows to make such an abrupt comparison. Adoption? It's not science fiction folks. It has similarities to how Solaris has evolved, and you can take a look at Solaris for some of the roots about WHY systemd. Go ahead and initd if you want. Nobody's stopping you. RH, Deb, etc, didn't pick this because it was stupid, or because they're part of a herd. All of them have strong egos, and they picked systemd because it's so NOT 1986.

Comment: Re:Dial up can still access gmail (Score 1, Insightful) 334

For other reasons, I'd recommend against.

1) why raise a red flag (sorry for the pun)

2) gmail reads all your stuff and sells the keywords to the highest/best bidder, so your privacy is zippo

3) yes, a good POP3 provider can also reel-in mail from other accounts and become a personal email center.

4) most of the spam I get desiring replies uses gmail, so training them not to respond to gmail users might be tough; they need training in general and you need to do that first and foremost before making decisions about what method you want to use.

5) two-factor authentication is likely beyond their capacity to understand. I'd make this one really simple. Use an auto-updating Linux (like Mint), then setup a menu with few choices. Nothing Windows, and if you send a Mac, be sure it can be supported in their locale.

Comment: Re:Not about ease, about authority (Score 2) 231

by postbigbang (#47903565) Attached to: School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

But there's no fingerprint, not picture, nothing to feed to big data some place. There must be control. Having a child outside of the system means an aberration. We must have no aberration. All must be tracked. There might be as much as $2.20 in theft! Imagine-- not eating those nutritious lunches, packed with carbs and "brain food"!

I've been fond of "up the system". Fingerprints. Yeesh.

Comment: Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (Score 1) 257

by postbigbang (#47732195) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

The incentive to find the boundaries of what kills your clientele and what just makes them gnash their teeth but return is becoming a science of profitable intolerance.

Bribed legislatures have trashed consumer protection laws or made them ignore updating them. It's almost like large organizations have voting rights. But nobody cards them at the polls if the campaign contributions are fat enough.

Comment: Re:The plans of mice and men (Score 1) 123

There's a sufficient amount of "shit happens" that isn't benign neglect, rather the pernicious pursuit of profits without examining consequences, and they're huge.

Jail is forensic. This poster needs solutions. Are there filtration methodologies available? Ways of mitigating the pollutants? Something learned from tech fab by products that can help solve the problem? PHBs are now after the fact. Cool heads and geek examinations are what's needed. My advice: find a recovery methodology financed by the sale of assets or Crown Lands so as to rapidly build the infrastructure necessary to stanch the flow. How? With what? Good questions.

Comment: Re:They deserve it (Score 1) 286

Should you try to take an objective view of 1080i, p, 720i, p, and rate them with a high quality source media, some eyes will notice the difference, dramatically. 1080i rarely delivers a poorer raster than 720anything, and it's usually under extreme circumstances like poor tuner re-rasterizing/conversion often inside a poorly designed tuner.

The gradients are subtle, but the differences in bandwidth utilization, when you're cramming a thousand+ channel allocations into copper cable can be obviously stark-- when compared to high quality media sources playing on decent quality ATSC-equipped TVs.

Comment: Re:They deserve it (Score 1) 286

I realize this. 720p is the lowest upgrade to NTSC. This is what Comcast shot for. Everyone must upgrade, and they get the minimum.

When you rent or buy a 1080p(or i) and player to watch a video, after having seen the same in 720, the difference makes people go crazy. They feel robbed. That's how I feel. This isn't a screed about customer service, monopolies, etc. It's about resolution, and Comcast and others are delivering the bare bottom media.

Comment: Re:But... but nucular is bad! (Score 2) 143

by postbigbang (#47619797) Attached to: Transatomic Power Receives Seed Funding From Founders Fund Science

After drilling down to the article, this one, should it work (big if) would burn down existing spent fuel rods by squeezing more energy from fission reactions. It would therefore have a huge amount of already-a-problem fuel to decontaminate even further.

It's said to use uranium or thorium as a fuel source. Indeed it could fuel the expense of your desalinizing plant and conceptually a helluva lot more in a package that's much smaller that shuts itself down safely in the event of failures. So, IN THEORY, no Chernobyls etc because no contaminated water to escape.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?