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Comment: Re:The GPL (Score 1) 315

by Cramer (#49635229) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

Yes, rcS generally is just a stub to call "rc S", but not in all configurations, which is why inittab isn't: "si::sysinit:/etc/init.d/rc S"

Startup order dependency was "fixed" (for various definitions) by update-rc.d and language in the initscript header, like a thousand years ago. It's not perfect, but it does work. And for servers, a 100% predictable, repeatable, deterministic boot sequence trumps the 1.28s speed boost from the likes of upstart and systemd. For desktops, speed and flexibility are important, but troubleshooting a "random" boot order is a pain in the ass. (even moreso when upstart/systemd is eating all console output "for logging purposes")

Comment: Re:The GPL (Score 1) 315

by Cramer (#49635003) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

Only because inittab (what the traditional init does) lists rcS and rc as tasks. Change that and it can run anything you damn well please.

systemD... good luck purging that, as many other parts of the system are becoming dependent on it in increasingly complex ways. (for another really good example... plymouth in ubuntu.)

Comment: Re:The GPL (Score 1) 315

by Cramer (#49634981) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

And if you bothered to look at what's in sysv-rc, you'd understand the "dep:". It's what created all the rc.d directories, rcS script, and rc script that actually enumerates and calls the rc.d scripts, and on various systems include the helper scripts update-rc.d and invoke-rc.d. Yes, you can run a system without it. But you'll be replacing it with almost exactly the same shell loop to process rc.d scripts, so why bother? (*cough*file-rc*cough* which is historically how BSD does things)

While we're on this horse... rcS is what calls all the scripts dropped by the initscripts package. (the equiv of a redhat rc.sysinit split into a bunch of files)

Comment: Re: trickle down economics (Score 1) 223

Schools should not be funded with property taxes. That system was designed to keep the money in their own neighborhood, and jack the poorer who don't get to live there.

Poorer districts take EVERYone, including the hot messes, while the uber-schools firstly are located in districts without a lot of poor people and the mess that goes with it. So it costs more to educate EVERYone, instead of the select who live in a special neighborhood. The rich are not heroes. They made this system with the purpose of keeping out the poor - and so made inevitable the tsunami of the poor we see today. Concentrate the bad in hot zones, eliminate the jobs, shut down the factories, refuse to lend money to buy homes, and gosh, fifty years later the country is exploding with the stupid and the angry. Who knew?

Comment: Re:15 co-authors (Score 1) 198

by pla (#49632443) Attached to: 17-Year-Old Radio Astronomy Mystery Traced Back To Kitchen Microwave
"So, Dr. Flyskippy1, how many papers did you get published this year? Oh, only eight? Yeah, we need you to move out of the corner office next week to make room for a star postdoc who helped solve a radio astronomy mystery that stumped you tenured geniuses for the past 17 years. No hard feelings, right?"

Comment: Re:trickle down economics (Score 1) 223

The rich possess an all-consuming rage that people are paid too much for labor, hence their fierce concentration on destroying the teachers' unions. It's nearly impossible to discuss education in the US without talk of the bad, paid-too-much teachers, which must be replaced with corporate employees half the price who quietly have to get food stamps to survive.

The teachers in the poorly-performing schools are big damned heroes. They face the fallout of our rage against the poor and dark and any employee who uses collective bargaining to be paid enough to buy a home. They go to school and face the mess that suburban white flight caused, while being condemnded as lazy idiots who can't teach. The students are n-generation washouts, and will only get worse, because that's how America's race dynamics and school funding works. We're unique among nations in our two-level school system, and that's because slavery never really ended. We made this mess, not the teachers.

Comment: Re:trickle down economics (Score 1) 223

As with many things, the solution is obvious. As you say, fund all students equally, from general revenue, ideally Federal as the Constitution requires schools, instead of local property tax revenue. Schools would be flatly equal (other than the usual overclass bunching up in their own enclaves to keep out the poor and dark), rather than the ton spent on the students in the rich areas from local levies and the federal and state underfunding the poor schools, which of course leads to the "failure" of the average test scores we see (richer areas have high scores, poor dead flat ruined, and the "average" drops).

Schools work fine. We just concentrate wealth on some schools and let everyone else go to hell, in the name of freedom. Whose freedom is the question.

This is the fallout of slavery, and lately of quietly letting the country fill up with illegal immigrants to keep wages down. In essence, we've been screwed for over 300 years because businessmen wanted to pay zero to almost zero wages and keep the profits.

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson