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Comment Re:Not only am I bothred by the phone-home, (Score 1) 162

No what this specific user was complaining about was his own lack of knowledge. He dropped all requests to Microsoft IPs. ALL of them and logged them.

I'm pretty sure if I boot up a Windows XP machine and did the same thing I'd get the same log results he did. That's expected behaviour for a system which has an unknown fault to retry. I just booted up. Let me check if updates are available. Hmmm can't get to the server. But my eth0 link is up and I can see the internet. Retry server. Nope? Try next pool IP. Nope? Try next pool IP, rinse repeat until either the internet is confirmed as down or till I eventually reach my server.

NTP is much the same, I'm sure he blocked blocked the windows time servers too which would have resulted in endless requests to check the time.

Comment Re:Good for consumers? (Score 1) 53

Want proof? Look at your maps app- it still uses GPS. And it eats through battery- you can feel your phone heat up when using it, and you can see the battery drop like a rock when navigation is on.

Now for a trick, turn the navigation on and TURN OFF THE SCREEN. Just use voice based navigation.

GPS uses a lot of juice compared to many things on a phone but it is far from the biggest consumer in a navigation session which is easily 75% the fact that the screen is on permanently.

Comment Re:Good for consumers? (Score 1) 53

Cell tower based navigation is correct to the rough position based on relative signal strengths of the connected tower. In dense areas this could put you within a city block. In sparsely populated areas ... well lets just say when I go camping on Moreton Island and climb the hill Google maps tells me I'm 25km away on the mainland where the nearest tower is.

Wifi puts you roughly within 30-50m.

Neither is anywhere near as accurate as GPS.

Comment Re:Doomed to Failure.. (Score 1) 205

These people are doomed to failure from the beginning. After learning how to operate a vehicle safely

Given that we're talking about a person who drove 2 days to a destination 2 hours away and crossed 4 countries in the process, or another person who went to a hotel "nearby" and spent 4 hours getting to the opposite side of Iceland (it's only about 250miles wide), what on earth makes you think they learnt how to operate a vehicle safety rather then getting a drivers license in a cereal box?

Comment Re:User interface flaw (Score 1) 205

Some of the GPS units I've used

ALL of the GPS units I've used give you a time to destination. If the time is 4 hours for a local "nearby" hotel in a country you can cross in 4 hours, or the time is 2 days instead of 2 hours it's not longer a user interface problem, it's a remove the user from the gene pool problem and hope they haven't infected anyone with their DNA.

Comment Re:The problem is user error. (Score 1) 205

If the driver had looked at the route overview which is presented by every GPS he should have realised something was wrong when his "nearby" hotel was described on a map which showed:
a) the entire country
b) a 250mile trip.
c) a 4 hour drive in good traffic.

This isn't user error, because user would imply someone using the device rather than just mashing random buttons and going for wherever it suggested.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 205

Following word-by-word directions as seems to be so popular today--you're better off without that.

You don't follow word by word directions without looking at the estimated time to destination and thinking maybe 2 days is more than 2 hours. This isn't even about switching off your brain as much as it is just plain stupid. GPS devices give you plenty of redundant information to determine where you will be taken:
- Route overview
- Time to destination
- Distance to destination
- Often warnings that routes will cross country borders.

Most people can follow blindly and be perfectly fine. But this article is talking about supreme idiots. Not just the Belgian woman, but the tourist in Iceland is quite similar. If you type Siglufjörður into a GPS and you're at KEF you will be presented with a map of the entire bloody country (an island so it's not like you can miss the borders) and a route drawn around it in a big arc. Also after driving 4 hours you have to wonder if your hotel is really so "nearby"

I think we should just permanently ban these people from driving as they lack the situational awareness to be behind a motor vehicle.

Comment Errr short? (Score 1) 58

My replacement cable is the same length as the original. I ordered a European replacement for an Australian original.
My partner's replacement cable is also the same length as the original. She ordered an Australian replacement for an Australian original. That was we have both basis covered.

I don't give a crap what brand the cable is. It looks fine, well built, has stress relief in the proper places, and if it doesn't burn my house down then that's a bonus. It also comes with proper markings, certifications and material traceability and quite frankly is better built than some other cables I have lying around the house.

But don't let that get in the way of a Microsoft bashing session.

Comment Re:systemd has done more harm to Linux than SCO di (Score 1) 197

The concern is that when it doesn't work, you're helpless as it's near impossible to fix/work around.

Yes I've heard this repeated often but somehow the world didn't end. Seems strange to me.

If a line in a init script causes you trouble you can just comment it out.

It's almost like you can disable a unit file from the "safe mode" that systemd boots in just as easily. But that's not an issue since unit files mean that a dodgy line of code in the thousands that are used to get a typical system up and running don't ungracefully hold up the system during boot.

Unfortunately every single time I tried it that it just hanged afterwards.

Do you reach target reboot? If so you have a power management issue. I had a similar bug in Ubuntu that got fixed recently by an update. Anyway once you reach that target you don't need some sysrq magic. Just hit the reset button.

And like me, a lot of people believe at least SystemD developers, but probably any human, incapable of that for such a complex system.

Funny you mention this since actual completely broken systems are few and far between in the grand scheme of things. Right now I'm had more unbootable systems due to misconfigured sysvinit systems. But then many complaints about systemd breaking are due to dodgy configurations in the first place.

Comment Re:systemd has done more harm to Linux than SCO di (Score 1) 197

The only criticism of systemd that I agree with, is that plaintext log files are a good thing. I think I understand the reason for having binary logs (making it easier to parse for programs and scripts without a making a regex-hell), but in that case it would be much saner if journald automatically transcribed the logs it generated to plaintext files as well. Apparently it is not too difficult to set this up yourself, but I still think human-readable logs should be default.

Not too difficult?

rsyslog and syslog-ng are able to natively get the logs directly from the journal via /dev/log. You literally only need to install a syslog daemon to get your classic logging back.

But if you're using a logging daemon that can't read from /dev/log you can have journald output the logs to a socket for syslog to read with by changing one line in journald.conf : ForwardToSyslog=no to yes.

This is about the easiest change you can make on a Linux system which is why it angers me that people bitch about it.

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