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Comment: Re:Simple set of pipelined utilties! (Score 1) 347

by strikethree (#47935907) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

You remind me of a guy I was arguing on IRC with about 15 years ago.

He said I was wrong for returning when there was an error with fopen(). He insisted that I should just keep looping and looping around fopen() until it stopped having an error.

This is what was taught in colleges at the time, to loop around fopen().

However, if you have ever used such a program, you would know that if you made a typo, the file was NEVER going to open (to save) and the only way out was to kill the program. Well, if it was a text editor, you just lost all of your work...

SystemD may seem like a good idea. It may implement what was taught in class. I can guarantee you that it will bring more than one person to tears when they get screwed over by it... and let there be no mistake, people WILL get screwed over by it.

Please tell me how you will fix your system when SystemD aborts because one aspect of everything it touches is not what it expects? You will not and you can not fix it. Reinstalling is the only option at that point because you can not even get to a recovery console. Sure, you could boot off of a "repair" disk but how will you view the logfiles? Oh, right, you will need a specialized executable to view anything at all. Ah, but the file did not close properly... what fucking good is a torn up binary log file?! At least with a torn up text file, you can get something out of it.

Mark my words, someone somewhere will be laughing their asses off at the fact that they got people like you to push SystemD... and there will be someone somewhere else cursing people like you who pushed SystemD (out of ignorance or malice?).

It is not just because people love the old way. No, it is cursed at. But cursed at less violently than "the new hotness" is cursed at.

Comment: Re:A non-UNIX OS in a UNIX world? (Score 1) 528

by squiggleslash (#47935767) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I wish Microsoft wasn't the only one.

Part of the reason geeks love *ix is because right now the alternative is Windows, and *ix matured rather better than the odd combination of technologies (an API and application model with its roots in Windows 1.0 coupled with a nice-ish kernel with inspiration from the unholy combination of VMS and the 1980s microkernel movement) that's called Windows today.

Throughout my life I've used a variety of different platforms, though the ability to choose something different dried up in the mid-nineties as one by one the alternatives either went bankrupt or became obsolete. Some - at the time I was using them, not now - felt more comfortable, flexible, and ultimately more usable, than *ix. AmigaOS 2.04+ (especially augmented with the GCC tools) would be an example (again, NOT NOW, THEN.) Others, like VMS, were ugly, and horrendous to use or program, but they were still valuable in terms of providing wonderful ideas that, alas, we've ignored since - VMS itself had generic job queues, indexed files right in the file system, a shell that didn't blindly execute files with the same name a command you'd typed, security passed upon roles and permissions, networking built into the file system (think if you could type "cat header.html scp://otherhost/home/squiggleslash/main.html footer.html > blah.html" - that's roughly what I'm talking about), all unfortunately crippled by some clumsy design decisions and a reliance on proprietary hardware.

*ix is great, but for those who've experienced more than Unix and Windows, it's... well, it's kind of like we settled. You know that couple who knew each other at high school, and then after a 20 year absence got married at 40? And they seem OK, but you realize both are bored, and both married because they felt like they were running out of options?

That's us and *ix.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 2) 43

by mcgrew (#47935755) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

You can get your old account back if you can remember what your email address was. Send a note to

I'd lost my account and they were very helpful about it.

As to your surgery, LISTEN TO THE DOCTOR!!! Helping that one person could prevent you from helping others in the future. Oh, and I empathize; I had a vitrectomy in 2008. Not the least bit fun.

Comment: Re:Assault? (Score 1) 214

by Seumas (#47934829) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Yeah, it's not like Americans spent some $15,000,000,000.00 during Bush's second term to help fight AIDs in Africa, dropping the death rate by some ten percent and saving millions of lives or anything with the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (although, it seems like the funding may have been cut by the following presidency).

Or... any of the countless foundations that spend billions of dollars conducting charitable work in Africa, such as some of those sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Comment: Re:Grim (Score 1) 214

by Seumas (#47934821) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

Burundi, Lesotho, and Malawi, Togo
The Spanish Sahara is gone,
Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Liberia
Egypt, Benin, and Gabon.
Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya, and Mali
Sierra Leone, and Algiers,
Dahomey, Namibia, Senegal, Libya
Cameroon, Congo, Zaire.
Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar
Rwanda, Mahore, and Cayman,
Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Yugoslavia...
Crete, Mauritania
Then Transylvania,
Monaco, Liechtenstein
Malta, and Palestine,
Fiji, Australia, Sudan

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 318

by squiggleslash (#47925799) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Wait, iPhones autoplay music? As in, not only did Apple push the unwanted album to phones, but they then set up the iPhone to play it at full blast whenever you were nearby, forcing you to listen to it?

If that's the case, then that has been left out of the widespread news coverage of the story, which has just concentrated on the "Being uploaded to phones that were set up to automatically download new purchases", which most of us consider a minor inconvenience, if that.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 318

by strikethree (#47925345) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Also known as the days when you were most likely a teenager or young adult.

Believe that if you will, but music from the late 60s to early 2000s was pretty good. The poison pill was introduced in the 80s. It took a while to kill, but it surely did. On the bright side, that pill caused pressure to build and some of the best thrash metal came out then (late 80s).

However; Ozzy was wrong... apparently you CAN kill Rock 'n Roll. I would say that today, it is dead; not even on life support any more. It may be underground, but it seems like it is 6 feet underground.

Comment: Re:Lucky them (Score 1) 156

by squiggleslash (#47925323) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

The results I get seem to be mostly people trying to come up with clever blog titles, not actually cases where someone innocently said "Well, I googled what you asked for, and Bing gave me over a gajillion results."

Indeed, I suspect there are multiple levels here. If someone tells me to "Go google something", I may use Bing in my quest to research whatever it is I've been asked to look up. OTOH, if I say "Well, I googled it, and found...", it'll generally be the case that I'm saying I actually used Google.

Comment: Re:If there was only one viable choice ... (Score 1) 156

by squiggleslash (#47925305) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Pro-tip, which I learned recently: Google has actually a hidden (well, obscure, it's there but there's no reason you'd think it does what it does) option that means "Just give me the results using the algorithms you used back when Google was useful." Search Tools -> (All Results) : Verbatim.

No, you can't make it a default. They track that you're probably male, probably interested in tech, and that you'd be a good person to present ads for spiked leather underpants to, but they don't track that you actually want useful search engine results. Sigh.

Comment: Re:Well, if you're going to push... (Score 1) 156

by squiggleslash (#47925247) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

I'm in my forties, and I don't recall anyone ever using the term "Xerox". I've heard it used as an example of someone using a trademark generically, but not actually seen that occur in practice.

Same, BTW, goes for Kleenex. Everyone I know, since the dawn of time, has said "tissue".

Coke and Tylenol, yeah. But not Xerox or Kleenex.

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. -- Albert Einstein