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Comment: Re:Read one, write other (Score 1) 567

by stoborrobots (#48578989) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

... sheer sales numbers tell the whole story. Desktop PC sales are pathetically low these days...

Actually, they only tell half the story. Approximately 0% of the regular PC users I know have acquired a new PC in the last 5 years - they bought a Core2Duo or i5 back in 2008 and it still does 100% of their home-based internet-using requirements. Yes, they sometimes use tablets or phones in addition, but that hasn't replaced their use of their PCs, just added to it...

Corporates, as you indicated, buy new PCs regularly, but home use (other than gaming) hasn't needed a new PC for many moons...

+ - 2014 Tutorial that 'Taught President Obama to Code' is Straight Out of 2005

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theodp (442580) writes "A decade ago, Washington University prof Caitlin Kelleher, then a student at CMU, figured out how to make introductory computer science engaging for millions of kids. Too bad nobody's giving her credit for it now. On Monday, President Obama kicked off the U.S. Hour of Code by praising for its "incredible work" before he sat down and 'learned to code' himself by using this year's flagship tutorial to make a princess from the blockbuster Disney hit Frozen ice skate forward 100 pixels. Which looks a lot like, one might argue, a dumbed-down version of a learn-to-code Alice tutorial described in Kelleher's 2006 CMU thesis, which used essentially the same paradigm employed in the tutorial to make a 3D ice skater move forward 1 meter. Hey, at least the President was spot-on when he later told girls that guys sometimes get credit for women's earlier pioneering CS work. So, perhaps someone should let the President know that some of the credit billionaire-backed and Disney are getting for 'making computing cool' should rightfully go to Kelleher, whose game-changing work earned her the highest praise in 2007 from late CMU CS prof Randy Pausch, who called it "the best 'head fake' of all time" as he described the novel Alice Project in his Last Lecture. The NY Times also took note of Kelleher's pioneering work in 2011, and Kelleher received the Innovation Award from the Academy of Science of St. Louis earlier this year."

Comment: Re:Come on people, (Score 1) 96

Hell, that one has to type "configure terminal" when you're SSHed in to a switch and obviously trying to configure it from the terminal is silly.

Umm, except by default, you're in diagnostic mode. When you remote in, the system assumes that you're trying to check something. Configuring stuff is a high risk endeavour, so you need to explicitly choose to enter that mode.

It's akin to the i command in vim to enter insert mode to type text.

Comment: Re:Deliberate (Score 1) 652

by stoborrobots (#48461825) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

... but once we start ticking off the body count of the millions dying to radiation poisoning and starvation, we might want to reconsider that path.

What makes you think that? We are already ticking off the body count for coal, and have been for years, yet we repeatedly fail to reconsider our decision to use coal...

Comment: Re:Who are you calling "immature twats" ?? (Score 1) 550

Don't know. I don't run xfce, so I don't know what it depends on. Here's how I did it, if you're comfortable with aptitude's interactive resolver:

bash# aptitude -s purge '?name(systemd)?installed' libsystemd0+

then review the list of conflicts and suggestions in simulate mode. (I started without explicitly marking libsystemd0 for install, but after I realised its list of reverse-dependencies, I relented.)

I proceeded by looking at the 800ish packages it suggested removing, picking two or three packages I use and marking them as rejected (in my case, initially kmail, kdm, xserver-xorg-video-all), cycling to the next suggested resolution. then repeat. Whenever it suggested installing a systemd package, I rejected that suggestion too.

Eventually I settled on removing about 20 packages I didn't need (networkmanager, gnome-shell, some evolution packages, etc). Then I re-ran it without the simulate option.

Afterwards, I realised that I really wanted something to manage the network for me, so I had to manually bring the wifi network up, and

bash# aptitude install wicd-gtk wicd-cli

Comment: Re:Who are you calling "immature twats" ?? (Score 4, Informative) 550

Serious question here: how avoidable is systemd currently?

For what it's worth, I managed to purge everything systemd-related from my debian testing system the other day. I had to replace NetworkManager with WICD, which is a pretty good straightforward replacement (although you need to re-create your configuration). Also, I run KDE, so that made things easier.

As I understand it (if I correctly noted the packages which got removed), you can't run a gnome system without systemd; however, you can still run debian jessie with kde without systemd.

The only packages which are coming from the systemd source package on my system any more are udev and libsystemd0 - however, given that systemd-sysv and systemd-logind are no longer installed, I consider that basically a win.

libsystemd0 is only still there because cups-daemon and kde-runtime require it; but given that it only defines the interfaces, it seems benign.

udev and libudev1, despite being packaged as part of the systemd source, do not depend on it according to the package info...

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"