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Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 810

by styrotech (#47751893) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Agreed. On my laptop with an SSD, the non systemd OS boots faster than it takes to get through the BIOS stuff.

And as for servers, they can take fucking ages to get through all their BIOS/BMC/RAID controller etc bullshit. Shaving a few seconds off the OS boot time is irrelevant as it's by far the quickest part - especially if the actual services themselves take ages to start (bloody Java).

Comment: Re:Did I miss the breakthrough? (Score 1) 305

by styrotech (#47708309) Attached to: If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Did I miss the part where the human race had a miraculous breakthrough in fusion technology?

Maybe not miraculous breakthroughs, but we've been getting better at directly utilising our only currently usable fusion reactor.

Then again it is ultimately responsible for nearly all our other energy sources too.

Comment: Re:Some of us do still assemble, even now (Score 1) 294

by styrotech (#47651689) Attached to: The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Yeah, I skimmed the list and there were only a few things that were newer than 5 years old. Docker definitely, node.js is maybe 5yrs old already (but that looks like it peaked - the cool kids have already moved on). Chef is already about 5 years old and Puppet is already much older (and that's ignoring much older config management tools).

Comment: Re:obviously a NATO plot (Score 3, Insightful) 582

by styrotech (#47546541) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

This is some of the drivel being spread around by conspiracy theorists, russian shills and russian conspiracy theorist shills.

Don't forget all the ones with an Su25 being involved in shooting it down (haha).

I love how all these conspiracy nuts paint the US govt as some scheming Machiavellian mastermind, when the reality is that they keep getting caught unprepared with their pants down whenever some unanticipated international development happens.

Ahhh but the nutjobs will claim "that it is all part of the deception!"

Comment: Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (Score 1) 667

by styrotech (#47503969) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

the BUK system is equipped with a civilian transponder safety lock which has to be manually disabled before a missile can be fired at an aircraft showing a civilian IFF.

One plausible (but possibly wrong) explanation I heard was that the radar on the launcher vehicle is really just turned on for targeting after proper identification, and that the search radars normally on the other vehicles are used for identification and have the transponder detection bits.

They must spread em out like that to lessen the chances of the launcher being detected and targeted.

The rebels (and their Russian handlers?) might only have had the launcher vehicle to work with. The Ukrainian surveillance photos I've seen only seem to show the launcher. Of course that doesn't rule out the other vehicles being there too.

But if the other radars were actually present, then it really does look deliberate or at least incredibly incompetent for them to think it was a military plane.

Comment: Geez, what a load of whining. (Score 1) 415

by styrotech (#47410655) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

Sheesh with all that whining you'd think all other languages are being banned from CS departments and nobody will ever learn anything else in later classes.

Whatever you think about Python, it has to be better than Java for an intro CS course. Less bureaucracy, can also do non OO paradigms, easier to code without an IDE etc, has an interactive shell for exploring code, and you get to the CS parts quicker without having to flounder around in the programming ceremony parts.

Moving away from Pascal (or Scheme or whatever) to Java in the first place was a mistake IMO.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 564

When were the first 1280x1024? My memory places it about 20 years ago, and I had one.

They were around in 94, but they were relatively expensive and rare. That res usually required a fancier video card too to get a better DAC.

And multi monitors required non mainstream video cards too back then (not anymore).

And my most recent work computer has fewer pixels than that monitor did.

Ouch. My sympathies. Our oldest lowest specced PCs here now have dual monitors with the smallest one at 1280x1024.

But think what your small cheapo monitor costs now in real terms compared to what 1280x1024 did in 1994. Your workplaces relative budgets are very different.

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