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Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 549

by profplump (#48189229) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

What is it about a server that makes systemd inappropriate? NetworkManager I see; servers rarely change their network configuration when they do they want to do it in a controlled way, not an automatic way.

But I don't understand what similar distinction you're drawing for systemd. It doesn't take away the ability to carefully manage your configuration via text files, and doesn't do anything automatically unless you ask it to; what about running a server makes systemd undesirable?

Comment: Re:This Yeti/Area-51/LochNess story just won't die (Score -1, Troll) 200

by profplump (#48184793) Attached to: The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

If one of your required qualifications is "be part of an existing program that old admits men" then the program is sexist merely by its requirements, even if those requirements are applied equally to all candidates. Neither does discrimination require malice or intent -- unintentional discrimination has exactly the same outcomes as intentional discrimination.

You also can't claim both that there were no women up-to-snuff therefore no discrimination existed, and also that selecting women would have imposed an additional burden on NASA. One of those scenarios claims there was no discrimination while the other one claims that discrimination was present and intentional but justified. And again, if you construct one of the requirements to be "must urinate via a penis" it doesn't matter that you apply that standard to everyone who applies, it's still sexist (and assumes that "male" is the default option and the females have "extra" requirements -- even if gender was a legitimate reason to discriminate, why are females the group selected against instead of males?).

But mostly this is absurd, because if NASA wasn't discriminating against females they would have been in the extreme minority of organizations at the time. Sexism was even more ridiculous then than it is now and to presume that NASA is or was somehow exempt from that culture-wide phenomenon just because they dreamed up an arbitrary set of performance standards is insane.

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 2) 287

by profplump (#47943081) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Some people -- particularly those with 2 servers -- transfer data on paths other then WiFi endpoint Internet. Wired Ethernet is definitely faster in such cases. It's also frequently more reliable, easier to secure, allows simultaneous full-speed transfers, is full-duplex, doesn't incur a repeater penalty for transfer among local endpoints, requires less configuration and frequently avoids the need for custom driver installation.

Not that there's anything wrong with WiFi. It has lots of useful applications, its own set of benefits, and is definitely sufficient or even preferable for many installations. But to suggest that there's no use for wired Ethernet in a tech-heavy home scenario is ludicrous.

Comment: Re:Mixed units (Score 3, Insightful) 66

by profplump (#47921993) Attached to: Micron Releases 16nm-Process SSDs With Dynamic Flash Programming

It sounds like you're saying /. doesn't support Unicode. Make all the excuses you want about it being hard -- they might be true -- but Unicode support on /. does not exist. The idea that a whitelist (that doesn't even include mu) is evidence of support is like claiming that an F1 car is road-legal because you added headlights.

Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 0) 73

by profplump (#47916097) Attached to: NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Tell me about it. And don't even get me started on the Anglicans -- they do almost nothing except plot terrorism. Given the number of current and former Anglicans in Australia it's hard to believe you can walk down the street with getting blown up.

/ Or maybe reducing the entire world to the single dimension of religion is not a terribly useful way to understand "terrorism"

Comment: Re:So long as it is consential (Score 1) 363

by profplump (#47845067) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

The smaller government is the less harm it can do. But also less good. You can argue about where the point of balance should be, but to argue that smaller is always better assumes that government can do nothing worthwhile. That is not a widely held assumption, so you must support it if you want to convince anyone of theories that assume it.

Comment: Re:So long as it is consential (Score 1) 363

by profplump (#47845055) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

Exactly what makes parents more qualified to make educational decisions than other people? I know they *feel* more qualified, but it's unclear to me that feeling is justified by any observable fact. Parents have a certain perspective to offer, but no particular expertise (at least not as a group), and certainly not the only valid perspective. What you're suggesting is essentially self-regulation -- which we know from other areas creates inherent conflicts of interest and readily ignores broader societal goals. Why do you think it will work here when it clearly does not in other places?

Comment: Re: Misleading Headline (Score 2) 246

by profplump (#47844845) Attached to: Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

And the parent says "fair" as though there's only one way to evaluate that declaration. As with most things it's a more subtle question than simply declaring that some other position is morally wrong and therefore your position must by default be the only acceptable option. If you want to support a regressive tax feel free, but simply declaring that a progressive tax isn't clearly morally superior is not the same as providing rational in support of a regressive tax.

Moreover anyone who excludes payroll taxes from their definition of "income tax" is stretching credulity. Payroll taxes are paid by even the very poorest earners, are proportional to income, and are deducted from paychecks. The only people who avoid them are the very rich who either hit the upper limit -- though it's unclear why such a limit even exists -- or those who don't have earned income in the first place, like those living on investment income.

And of course most poor people pay both payroll taxes and sales taxes, even if they "pay no income taxes at all". Which is why taxation needs to be considered as a system and not as a series of independent pieces -- only they very rich have the freedom to choose which taxes apply to them.

Comment: Re:Official Vehicles (Score 5, Insightful) 261

by profplump (#47769265) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

You've got this 100% backwards. Deciding to drive slower than everyone else makes you a much bigger risk than the people driving the same speed. If the speed at which most drivers are comfortable on a road is too high for safety the road system itself (which includes signage and surroundings) has been designed incorrectly and should be corrected.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.