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Comment: Re:Short story: See to what Linus responds (Score 2) 641

by robsku (#46667985) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

It's a *kernel parameter* to enable debug log printing, not "some legacy cruft" that's been deprecated or supported for whatever (er, what backwards compatibility would it preserve? Kernel developers would change it if they would think there were any good reasons for *debug* *kernel* *parameter* to enable debug printing).

systemd is outside kernel, but it is launched by kernel and as such the developers can pass parameters to it only via kernel command line - However there is specifically a method meant for this: Linux kernel passes parameters it doesn't understand to other programs and ignores them. To enable systemd debug log you should use something like systemd.debug instead. There's no fricking way that outside kernel code, that is *user space application* should ever be able to dictate over standardized kernel design. That's just stupid, and any system started by kernel could potentially start using known parameters for their own purposes that differ from the kernel's, and it would be right for the kernel developers to deprecate that parameter - which would be really confusing to users anyway, kernel documentation saying one thing and some non-kernel stuff saying other...

Comment: Re:informal poll (Score 1) 641

by robsku (#46667443) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

\o. It's the best system available for my preferences AFAIK. I have several systems, ranging from netbook to servers and I've used linux as internet server (HTTP,SSH), LAN (samba,vnc,X,etc.), gaming (though mostly via wine, dosbox or some console/oldtech emulator), multimedia/entertainment system, etc... you name it.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (Score 1) 512

by robsku (#46614851) Attached to: Why <em>Darmok</em> Is a Good <em>Star Trek: TNG</em> Episode

Of course, the universal translator deals with simpler versions of this every week. The premise is that the translator can deal with simpler symbolic translation of words from direct context, but can't deal with the deeper metaphore-based communications. For a popular mass media show, that's a pretty subtle idea. If you're going to quibble about that, you shouldn't bother watching anything on TV - none of it stands up to really deep digging, because they're trying to tell entertaining stories to normal people in 44 minutes (or 22 minutes), not publish defensible scientific thesis. :-)

This... It's always fun to ponder and speculate on how something could be possible in a world of TV show X, or even criticize them, but sometimes I think people take these things way too seriously - like letting relatively minor issues (really, they are minor now matter how big they feel to some - it is just entertainment after all) spoil the whole episode for them.

Comment: Re:Okay (Score 1) 517

I recall a study where it was found that people who were optimistic and believed that they will overcome cancer were significantly more likely to do so than those who had given up and at most believed that the treatment might give them some more time.

Now this wasn't about placebo effect and I'm certainly not suggesting placebo as cancer treatment or giving up proper treatment if you feel positive enough that you'll "get over it anyway" ;) Just wanted to point this out after seeing so many posts where placebo is attributed having effect only for "sickness of mind" (like depression, etc.) or how good/bad you feel (ie. making you feel better even though your still just as close to death). It feels obvious to me (yes, I know this should not be a substitute for scientific facts) that your mind is connected to your immune system and can effects on it. I guess I'm only saying that this should be taken into account when considering placebo effect also - and most certainly in actual treatment for serious illness (ie. insisting that you're most likely gonna die can be detrimental to your chances of getting better).


Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election 282

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the single-issue-electorate dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Marcus Wohlsen writes that the most recent ban against Tesla selling cars directly from the company instead of through third-party dealers was enacted in New Jersey with the support of Gov. Chris Christie, a possible contender for the GOP nomination. That prompted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Christie rival, to heartily defend Tesla's direct sales model. 'Customers should be allowed to buy products that fit their need,' says Rubio, 'especially a product that we know is safe and has consumer confidence beneath it.' Perhaps even more surprising is the love shown by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the once and possibly future presidential hopeful whose oil-rich state bars employees in Tesla's two showrooms from even telling potential customers how much the Model S costs. 'I think it's time for Texans to have an open conversation about this,' says Perry, 'the pros and the cons. I'm gonna think the pros of allowing this to happen outweigh the cons.' The sudden GOP embrace of an electric car company once reviled as a symbol of Northern California enivro-weenies might seem ironic says Wohlsen, but the real irony is that conservative politicians ever opposed Tesla at all.

'The widespread franchise rules giving car dealers virtual monopolies in their territories epitomize the government-controlled marketplace Republicans purportedly despise,' writes Wohlsen adding that possible presidential contenders realize there may be political capital to be gained in supporting Tesla. But the real winner is Tesla. If the company can manage to associate its brand with all the positive qualities Rubio and Perry hope rub off on them, few politicians will want to take the risk to stand against them. Mitt Romney called Tesla Motors a 'loser' company during his 2012 run for president. In 2016 running against Tesla might seem about as smart as running against Apple."