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Comment: Re:Parallel booting of services (Score 1) 539

by msobkow (#48279303) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

You damned straight I trust the issues admins are reporting experiencing with their systems over documentation that describes what should be happening. Especially when I've read dozens of people reporting that they can't put a systemd based system into production because the network initialization is unreliable, leaving them without a way to even ssh into the problematic system to fix it.

Comment: Parallel booting of services (Score 2, Informative) 539

by msobkow (#48277249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

The idea of booting services in parallel is nice, but the problem is that apparently it doesn't have a way to specify that you need to wait for a dependant service to hold off until the initialization of the dependancy is complete. Systemd considers it "booted" as soon as it launches, which causes people problems with unreliable network initializations and such that have been resolved for Sys-V style init scripts for years (if not decades.)

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 380

Getting over-the-air TV isn't as easy as it used/ought to be.

When all the stations went digital they also reduced their transmission power, so I went from being able to receive in my basement to getting no signal for the local PBS affiliate.

Had to run a cable from the basement to the living room and build a special-purpose digital TV antenna in order to be able to receive a signal again:

(I'm pretty sure PBS had the plans originally, but I can't find the link)

Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 258

by msobkow (#48266449) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

Errr, that's why I have no cell phone at all. That and the cost of supporting one just so people can call me anytime, anywhere.

Leave a freakin' message! That's why I have an answering machine built into my home phone. Remember those? From back when it wasn't considered rude to not answer the phone when you left the house?

Comment: It's already here (Score 1) 582

by msobkow (#48242515) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Artificial intelligence is already here in the limited form of expert systems and interpretational engines like Watson. It's been here for a number of years; we just keep moving the bar as to what it takes to be called "artificial intelligence" every time we achieve the previous bar, because people are disappointed that it's not the panacea of a conversational companion robot yet.

The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude.