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Comment: Re:A rather empty threat (Score 1) 259

by sjames (#48191215) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Even SysVinit isn't in such a hot state, it haven't made a release in five years, and the defacto upstream maintainers have been SUSE/Reed Hat for years. At some point they will drop maintaining it anymore.

So it hasn't actually needed a change in years (meaning it is fully matured) but you're worried that there isn't enough manpower to churn the code (that needs no churning)?!?

Why in the world would Xorg need systemd? It doesn't need it now.

Comment: Re:UNIX Philosophy (Score 1) 259

by sjames (#48190969) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

SysV init (known as init for the rest of this post) is quite simple. It has just a few things that it is instructed to restart if it exit (the gettys for the system console and optionally serial console), and a display manager such as GDM. Then there's a line that makes it call rc.S with the runlevel whenever that changes. Beyond that, init just reaps any child processes that end up parented to it.

rc.S is a script that just looks at /etc/tc?.d where ? is the selected runlevel and runs the scripts that start with S in the order natural order (fixed by adding two digits so that S80foo starts before S81bar. It passes 'start' as the parameter to the script.

In addition, rc scripts starting with K are called with 'stop' as the parameter.

Done.

Should you want/need a parallel startup, modify rc.S (Debian Wheezy does that).

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 259

by sjames (#48190161) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

In the past, I have resorted to booting with init=/bin/bash and then running the rc scripts by hand to see the problem. Systemd won't even try to work if it isn't pid1, and it can't be if I booted init=/bin/bash.

In other cases, I have booted to shell, mounted up the filesystems and then did /etc/init/d/ssh start so I could get a second opinion. Try that with systemd.

In any number of cases, I have had to set something up that the system scripts and configs didn't (and couldn't have) anticipated. It was a simple matter of editing a few init scripts...

Imagine the 'fun' if you need to boot to a rescue disk, chroot into the server filesystem and bring up services while you fix a problem.

These 'heroic' measures come up when a server is in a lights out environment hours away. Sometimes the best approach is to get it to limp along until regular hours.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 259

by sjames (#48189883) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Debian can already do parallel starts without systemd. That could be improved upon, but I see no reason systemd's approach is required for that.

Honest question, Can anyone out there name a single reason everything systemd does can't be done as well or better using a simple helper app to start the daemon (and optionally stick around to monitor/control it)?

Any clue why systemd should even have an interest in replacing the well tested nntpd?

Comment: Re:biocompatibility (Score 1) 64

by sjames (#48187435) Attached to: 3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

And I can tell you that nerve damage (especially around the fingertips) is important to glove manufacturers, especially concerning sporting gloves, where the risk of such damage is high with or without gloves.

And yet, they manage to make functional sporting gloves without a 100,000% mark-up over the cost of a DIY version. The people working with the affordable prosthetics are also interested in not causing harm. They (and sporting glove manufacturers) just have a proper sense of proportion about it and a better understanding of the actual risks.

As for watchbands, I actually do know a few people who've had allergic reactions to watchbands of various kinds, starting with myself.

OMG, terminal wrist irritation. How long do you have? Oh, just changed watchbands and all's well? That sounds much smarter than getting a $10,000 FDA approved watchband.

That's what insurance is for.

That's a good one! You do know there's a lot of people with existing amputations who have no insurance, right?

By that time, the damage may already be permanent. That's one of the things that research would study before handing it off to an unsuspecting patient.

So, constriction bands around the viscera and the neck can be unregulated but a velcro strap around the wrist is likely to cause a permanent injury? B_U_L_L_S_H_I_T.

And I must say, one of us certainly doesn't get risk analysis but it isn't me. Risk analysis does not mean freaking out at even the barest hint of the possibility that someone may get a rash.

As for the FDA and risk analysis, they haven't a clue. They're the organization that doesn't get that short term terminal patients have already lost what they have to lose. At the same time, they approve drugs that can cause homicidal rage (which has resulted in deaths) as a barely effective aid to quitting cigarettes. I fully agree that for controlled poisons (drugs) and implantable devices some sort of regulation is required but frankly the FDA isn't it. The whole agency needs to be chopped up for parts and replaced.

Comment: Re:Snark Bait. (Score 1) 64

by sjames (#48184303) Attached to: 3-D Printed "Iron Man" Prosthetic Hands Now Available For Kids

In this case, he must be really bad at milking since it was given free of charge.

I really have no idea what your quote has to do with anything, that tech is pure unobtanium, even at $40,000. The $40,000 model is nothing like that.

It's good that the work is being done, but it's not ready yet.

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