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Comment Re:BSD is looking better all the time (Score 1) 745

``No competent Linux SysAdmin will ever voluntarily run Windows.''

Sure they do. That keeps the Powers That Be from coming down on them like a ton of bricks for not running Windows. The competent Linux admin does, though, install Cygwin/Cygwin-X as soon as s/he possibly can and minimize the amount of screen real estate they allow Windows to use so they can get some actual work done. (I was fortunate enough, several years ago, to work for a company that mandated Linux on the desktop. Users "needing" Windows had to run it in under KVM.)

Comment Re:What path have we chosen? (Score 1) 745

``rather than startup becoming faster and more deterministic as claimed, it's actually slower and randomly fails due to what looks like some race condition''

My first experience with the full systemd-flavored openSUSE (as opposed to earlier systemd-lite 12.x) was the weird error I got after upgrading where the startup was failing (I think) because of an arbitrary 90s time limit on fscks. I have a 2TB backup disk attached to the system via an external, swappable USB drive bay and, apparently, Lennart and crew saw fit to establish an upper limit on how long an fsck should take and tossing you into single user mode on reboot when the fsck takes a long time. I'm still trying to figure out how to alter that time limit. Luckily, I still have time before the next mount-count-mandated fsck occurs.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 3, Insightful) 745

``They try to Apple-ize linux but it's half-baked and neither more user-friendly or more reliable than the stuff they replace.

I've had the same complaint about CUPS -- Apple's screwball replacement for simple lpd -- for years. (And it's not just the Linux version that, IMHO, sucks. I recently had to live through using CUPS in an Apple shop and getting hard copy of anything was a real time sink.) I have a hard time figuring out what problem CUPS was intended to solve. All I can come up with was that it was shiny and new whereas lpd was old (but reliable). For my trusty, rock-solid HP LaserJet, I keep an old Linux distribution running so I can set it up using LPRng. A couple of lines in a text file and -- Voila! -- I have a print queue. Time spent^Wwasted in CUPS' GUI never seemed to make anything work.

Systemd and well, just about anything Poettering touches is more obtuse than what it replaces, has commands that are difficult to remember, require more typing (making them prone to typos), and don't make much sense. Am I looking for the status of "servicename" or am I looking for the status of "servicename.target"? What's the difference? The guy's pushing me back to Slackware. Or, as someone above mentioned, BSD.

Comment Be careful (Score 1) 220

Taking the advice from someone from the GWB administration is something you might want to think long and hard about. You remember the folks that wangled a legal opinion to support their insane idea that waterboarding and the like was not torture? He's from that bunch.

Comment It'll never work in the U.S. (Score 1) 183

The way roads are done in the U.S.:

1.) Award contract to the lowest bidder.

2.) Lowest bidder was the lowest bidder because they plan on using substandard materials.

3.) Resulting road falls apart in 4-5 years (or less).

4.) Go to 1.

There is no desire or advantage to build roads that don't need to be rebuilt very few years. The Free Market(TM) and your (and my) tax dollars at work. Everybody wins (road contractors, car dealers, repair shops, etc.) but the people who have to drive on the crappy roads.

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 674

Arcane? I was thinking along the lines of archaic. I was shaking my head and reaching for a dictionary to look up whether "abstracting" had any definitions even remotely related to "stealing" but, sure enough, there is one. It's number 13 in my Random House Unabridged Dictionary, though. Working that into the wording of an ordinance was the work of a dedicated bureaucrat with way too much time on their hands.

I'm right there with you on what transferring police power to uneducated bozos has done to airports. I used to like to fly -- well, "tolerated" is probably more accurate; I liked the flying part but never really liked the experience of dealing with airports -- but the complete and maddening waste of time that airport security has turned into makes me think twice (or more) about traveling anywhere that I can't reach by car.

Comment Re:Don't worry, they'll try again (Score 1) 229

Well, seeing as how the soon-to-be-former Disney IT folks were being forced to train their replacements, Disney had to know they were in a bad situation. Imagine the fix Disney would have been in had everyone told them to stuff their 2-3 month's salary bribes^Wseverance and boxed up their personal items after that initial meeting and there'd had been no knowledge transfer? One can only hope that someday, somewhere an IT team will band together and tell their employers to keep their paltry severance and walk out the door. (And, hopefully, straight to the press.)

Comment Re:Such a nice, sugary story.... (Score 3, Interesting) 614

I've trained my replacement before. Or I should say I trained my replacements before. My sysadmin job was sliced and diced to be done by multiple "teams". User account management? Separate team. Storage? Separate team. Backups? Separate team. You get the picture. Another admin and I conducted more than one online training session for each of these teams and those were followed up by two (count 'em!) in-person visits by several members of each of the teams. After my end date came around, the outsourcing company hired me on as a contractor (at about the same as I was making but I actually made out pretty well since the contract work was entirely remote and I had zero transporation costs). For the better part of four years I was still doing most of the work that was supposed to have been farmed out to these teams. Everything these teams were supposed to be doing was taking 2-3 times longer as tasks would sit and sit and sit in the queue until some manager got me involved. It was rather pathetic. Cost savings? Where? Well, I guess my previous employer didn't have to pay out my bonus anymore and I wasn't taking paid vacation time.

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