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Comment: Re:Who are you calling "immature twats" ?? (Score 1) 546

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) 546

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...

+ - What Can I Do To "Unblock" Email From My Server, Hosted On Comcast? 2

Submitted by hawkbug
hawkbug (94280) writes "For the past 15 years, I have hosted my own email server at home and it's been pretty painless. I had always used a local Denver ISP on a single static IP. Approximately 2 years ago, I switched to a faster connection, which now is hosted on Comcast. They provide me 5 static IPs and much faster speeds. It's a business connection with no ports blocked, etc. It has been mostly fine these last 2 years, with the occasional outage due to typical Comcast issues. About 2 weeks ago, I came across a serious issue. The following email services started rejecting all email from my server:


I checked, and my IP is not on any real time blacklists for spammers, and I don't have any security issues. My mail server is not set as an open relay, and I use SPF records and pass all SPF tests. It appears that all 3 of those major email services started rejecting email from me based on a single condition: Comcast. I can understand the desire to limit spam — but here is the big problem: I have no way to combat this. With Gmail, I can instruct users to flag my emails as "not spam" because the emails actually go through, but simply end up in the spam folder. Yahoo and Hotmail on the other hand, just flat out reject the traffic at lower level. They send rejection notices back to my server that contain "tips" on how to make sure I'm not an open relay, causing spam, etc. Since I am NOT doing any of those things, I would expect some sort of option to have my IP white listed or verified. However, I can not find a single option to do so. The part that bugs me is that this happened 2 weeks ago with multiple major email services. Obviously, they are getting anti-spam policies from a central location of some kind. I don't know where. If I did, I could possibly go after the source and try to get my IP white listed. When I ask my other tech friends what they would do, they simply suggest changing ISPs. Nobody likes Comcast, but I don't have a choice here. I'm 2 years into a 3 year contract. So, moving is not an option.

Is there anything I can do to remedy this situation?"

Comment: Re:Use the money you save (Score 1) 485

by stoborrobots (#48375791) Attached to: Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Comment: Re:Senator James Inhofe (Score 1) 282

by stoborrobots (#48348303) Attached to: When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

... Those that did got more attention. Those that got more attention are the ones more people heard about... If they hear reports about something awful about to happen and it doesn't happen...

Interesting... And who chooses what gets attention? If the problem is that people are paying attention to the wrong speakers, how do we correct that? How do we make sure that people are hearing the correct predictions?

Because, as you pointed out, the majority of the predictions ARE correct, and global warming IS happening - but people are being directed to pay attention to a few irresponsible speakers, and are thus losing confidence in all the speakers...

That appears to be the main obstacle you have identified...

+ - FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced it is suing AT&T. The commission is charging the carrier for allegedly misleading millions of its smartphone customers by changing the terms while customers were still under contract for “unlimited” data plans that were, well, limited. “AT&T promised its customers ‘unlimited’ data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise,” FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement. “The issue here is simple: ‘unlimited’ means unlimited.”"

+ - A blast from the past! Disney/Lucasarts release X-Wing and Tie Fighter!

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Time for a trip down memory lane for you old school gamers, GOG has posted digital downloads at $10 a pop for the updated versions of X-Wing and Tie Fighter for Windows with hints of more to come from the vaults at Lucasarts."

+ - How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Pamela Engel writes that Americans need only look to Nigeria to calm their fears about an Ebola outbreak in the US. Nigeria is much closer to the West Africa outbreak than the US is, yet even after Ebola entered the country in the most terrifying way possible — via a visibly sick passenger on a commercial flight — officials successfully shut down the disease and prevented widespread transmission. If there are still no new cases on October 20, the World Health Organization will officially declare the country "Ebola-free." Here's how Nigeria did it.

The first person to bring Ebola to Nigeria was Patrick Sawyer, who left a hospital in Liberia against the wishes of the medical staff and flew to Nigeria. Once Sawyer arrived, it became obvious that he was ill when he passed out in the Lagos airport, and he was taken to a hospital in the densely packed city of 20 million. Once the country's first Ebola case was confirmed, Port Health Services in Nigeria started a process called contact tracing to limit the spread of the disease and created an emergency operations center to coordinate and oversee the national response. Health officials used a variety of resources, including phone records and flight manifests, to track down nearly 900 people who might have been exposed to the virus via Sawyer or the people he infected. As soon as people developed symptoms suggestive of Ebola, they were isolated in Ebola treatment facilities. Without waiting to see whether a "suspected" case tested positive, Nigeria's contact tracing team tracked down everyone who had had contact with that patient since the onset of symptoms making a staggering 18,500 face-to-face visits. The US has many of these same procedures in place for containing Ebola, making the risk of an outbreak here very low. Contact tracing is exactly what is happening in Dallas right now; if any one of Thomas Eric Duncan's contacts shows symptoms, that person will be immediately isolated and tested. “That experience shows us that even in the case in Nigeria, when we found out later in the timeline that this patient had Ebola, that Nigeria was able to identify contacts, institute strict infection control procedures and basically bring their outbreak to a close,” says Dr. Tom Inglesby. “They did a good job in and of themselves. They worked closely with the U.S. CDC. If we can succeed in Nigeria I do believe we will stop it here.”"

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