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Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 1) 575

by sjames (#48474631) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

The complaint by the anti-systemd crowd is that the systemd crowd is actively promoting things becoming dependent on systemd. It's not that they can't maintain a systemd free distro, it's just that nobody wants to spend all of their time undoing the work of the village idiot. You must have missed the articles about organizing a Debian fork. Or the whole uselessd thing. If systemd would just keep their fingers out of everyone else's pie, nobody would much care what they do or don't do.

I have fixed the btrfs/systemd problem. I gave systemd the boot and now the VM just works.

It is actually kinda funny to me after hearing all the systemd can do anything! systemd is great, all hail systemd cheerleading not to mention the excessive delight of some of the fans that people might have problems avoiding it and then a really simple problem comes up and literally the whole community is stumped. Not just a little stumped, they actually have no idea how to handle the situation even in principle. Meanwhile, going back to sysvinit fixed it right up.

Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 1) 575

by sjames (#48471585) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

I have validated a systemd-less solution that should be good for a few years at least.

I already indicated I would simply not use systemd, I don't know why you keep telling me to do what I have indicated I am already doing.

I don't suppose you could toss me one of those links you found where the problem is actually solved, could you? I do like keeping options open...

Comment: Re: Storage (Score 3, Insightful) 491

by sjames (#48467573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

That's because they don't properly trim trees, they hack off whatever might be near the lines. If they would actually trim the trees so they don't look like the crippled survivors of a war, people wouldn't gripe.

There are a couple trees near me that they 'trimmed' such that they will almost inevitably fall over onto the road sooner or later. That's what happens when you cut all the branches off of one side. It's a classic "somebody else's problem now" sort of 'solution'

+ - Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor->

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An anonymous reader writes "It's no secret that prosecutors usually throw every charge they can at an alleged criminal, but the case of Aaron Swartz brought to light how poorly-written computer abuse laws lend themselves to this practice. Now, another perfect example has resolved itself: a hacker with ties to Anonymous was recently threatened with 44 felony counts of computer fraud and cyberstalking, each with its own 10-year maximum sentence. If the charges stuck, the man was facing multiple lifetimes worth of imprisonment. But, of course, it wasn't. Prosecutors struck a deal to get him to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge, which carried only a $10,000 fine. The man's attorney, Tor Eklund, said, "The more I looked at this, the more it seemed like an archetypal example of the Department of Justice’s prosecutorial abuse when it comes to computer crime. It shows how aggressive they are, and how they seek to destroy your reputation in the press even when the charges are complete, fricking garbage.""
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Comment: Re:Go back in time 5 years (Score 1) 575

by sjames (#48463835) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

I would say a complete inability to mount a degraded btrfs (which figures heavily in future plans) is hardly some obscure bug.

As for use something else, that's my intention. I gave systemd it's shot and it failed miserably. A bug like that shows that they aren't even trying to make the thing robust.

The question I asked about a workaround is a fairly fundamental thing to not know about systemd. That is, how to get it to run something needed to meet dependencies and how to get it to not run something.

+ - "Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Jason Kane reports at PBS that emergency treatments delivered in ambulances that offer “Advanced Life Support” for cardiac arrest may be linked to more death, comas and brain damage than those providing “Basic Life Support.” "They’re taking a lot of time in the field to perform interventions that don’t seem to be as effective in that environment,” says Prachi Sanghavi. “Of course, these are treatments we know are good in the emergency room, but they’ve been pushed into the field without really being tested and the field is a much different environment.” The study suggests that high-tech equipment and sophisticated treatment techniques may distract from what’s most important during cardiac arrest — transporting a critically ill patient to the hospital quickly.

Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances stick to simpler techniques, like chest compressions, basic defibrillation and hand-pumped ventilation bags to assist with breathing with more emphasis placed on getting the patient to the hospital as soon as possible. Survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients are extremely low regardless of the ambulance type with roughly 90 percent of the 380,000 patients who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year not surviving to hospital discharge. But researchers found that 90 days after hospitalization, patients treated in BLS ambulances were 50 percent more likely to survive than their counterparts treated with ALS. Not everyone is convinced of the conclusions. “They’ve done as much as they possibly can with the existing data but I’m not sure that I’m convinced they have solved all of the selection biases,” says Judith R. Lave. “I would say that it should be taken as more of an indication that there may be some very significant problems here.”"

+ - Researchers Find The Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist->

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Beeftopia (1846720) writes "From the article: "For a real-life example of an actual worker shortage, Salzman points to the case of petroleum engineers, where the supply of workers has failed to keep up with the growth in oil exploration. The result, says Salzman, was just what economists would have predicted: Employers started offering more money, more people started becoming petroleum engineers, and the shortage was solved. In contrast, Salzman concluded in a paper released last year by the liberal Economic Policy Institute, real IT wages are about the same as they were in 1999. Further, he and his co-authors found, only half of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) college graduates each year get hired into STEM jobs. “We don’t dispute the fact at all that Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT) would like to have more, cheaper workers,” says Salzman’s co-author Daniel Kuehn, now a research associate at the Urban Institute. “But that doesn’t constitute a shortage.”"
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+ - 'Sophisticated' Android malware hits phones ..->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hundreds of thousands of Android phones have been infected with malware that uses handsets to send spam and buy event tickets in bulk ..

NotCompatible is being spread via spam and websites seeded with booby-trapped downloads, he said and urged Android users to be wary of any app that required a security update to be installed before it was run ..."

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+ - Craigslist hit with a DNS hijack

Submitted by xaotikdesigns
xaotikdesigns (2662531) writes "Hackers were able to hijack the DNS for Craigslist to redirect the traffic to and YTCracker's video for Introducing Neals on Youtube. YTCracker was interviewed on Slashgear regarding the hack, where he stated that "its some member of my site being a dingus and I'm probably going to get blamed for it." The attack happened on the 15 year anniversary of YTCracker's successful hacking of several government agency websites."

Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 1) 162

by sjames (#48444339) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

First, Abe wasn't any part of the government of the Confederacy so the obligation to openness didn't apply there.

However, no matter where you might draw the line for public disclosure, surely the executive has no right to keep Congress and the judicial branch in the dark as they have done with Stingray. I would go further and say that the existence and use of the tech should be publicly disclosed while I understand they may need to keep the operational details of a particular use secret until they either prosecute or abandon the investigation (but no longer).

Any longer than that and they have defied consent of the governed and lost all moral legitimacy.

Comment: Re:Thats science for you .... (Score 1) 249

by sjames (#48441953) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

Alas, if you DON'T ask, you'll still get the recommendations and even scolding if you ignore the unwanted advice.

Further, 'they' will continue dispensing that advice even as the evidence piles up against it. They won't stop giving that advice until they find an excuse to tell people they must not eat something else that most people enjoy.

To add to the fun, the 'science' behind all of these food and drug fads just isn't there.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.