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Comment I can't wait (Score 2) 39

to be able to watch Eastenders in Ultra HD...

To the Beeb's credit though, the Sky at Night in UHD would definitely be a lot more interesting, surely. But out of thousands of mediocre shows and movies released year after year after year, is it worth buying a new tv to marvel at a dozen really good programs? Somehow this don't seem to be a good value proposition.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 189

If MS survival came down to Slashdot population it would be out of business in 30 seconds.

Whereas it will probably take 30 months. Win10 looks like a whole pallet of coffin nails to me.

Surely PC sales have shrunk cos everyone who needs one has got two, and what most people actually need is a tablet and/or phone and they have that already too.

And the people that actually USE PCs sure as hell do not want Windows - as they are rapidly learning.

Stop with the buggy whips already!

OK, I ignored he Apple users. They are on a different planet.

Disclaimer: my family have been computer users since the IBM709.

Comment Re:Microsoft is "igniting" PC sales... (Score 1) 189

If you had previously used WinCE or WinMobile, or indeed, any previous portable device with MS software anywhere near it, you should have seen this coming.

Shafting their customers is what Microsoft do!

WinPhone users can expect the same shafting any day now.

Meanwhile, MS have gone into the machines belonging to Windows users and fucked with the systems. This is a criminal act in most jurisdictions, which has been cited as the reason why MS had not previously made any serious effort to stop viruses, and why third parties cannot release "good" viruses that clean up PCs infested with bad ones.

MS is like a rogue TLA agent that is on a killing spree. Sure, the average Joe has not yet understood what is going on. The average Joe is they guy next door to me who normallysays "They are a huge company - they would not be allowed to do this/never get away with it". However, he understands what VW has done (cos he owns a VW) - and now realises that big companies can do anything in Europe and USA, and they no longer need to bribe enough people to do it (like in the old country).

Comment Re:Troll! (Score 1) 83

HIIBA is the bill that the conservatives and the Heritage Foundation wanted.

Trivially disproven by the manner of passage.

We've covered this before, I don't know why you are lying about it now. The facts are plainly displayed and they support my statement. The fact that conservatives keep trying to replace HIIBA with HIIBA further supports the existing facts.

Comment Re: Debian Spiral (Score 0) 184

I concur with the AC above me who justifies most of those, but I'll add my own opinions as well.

Mission creep. Your init system now has a logon shell, and handles DHCPD tasks. Why is init handling logons and dhcpds?

...Because it should. When the system's done initializing, I want a logon shell available. If something fails, I want a shell as a fallback. I also have a particular application where I need authentication before allowing the system to begin its automatic operations, but after certain services have started. Maybe this will help that, but I haven't explored the design enough to know.

As for DHCP, it's about time. DHCP has been a part of initrd and init scripts for many years, often with lots of implementation-specific bugs. It stems from Unix's history as an OS predating networks, and now DHCP is an add-on to most systems, where it was designed to be a central configuration mechanism (including options for pushing NTP, IRC, LDAP, and even time zone information from the server). By coincidence, a lot of my academic research and professional work involves centralized self-configuring systems, so seeing hope for DHCP is actually a very good thing, by my standards. I'd love to see computers stop duplicating configuration settings.

Binary log files (PUKE)

...which are really the first step towards a proper database holding log files, which I'd also love to see someday. Windows has its event service, which uses binary logs to fairly good effect, though it can get very slow for sorting and searching. A proper database is much better for that sort of thing, but I digress. As I understand, the binary format is trying to avoid being a full database, while still supporting filtering. It also seems to do a fairly decent job of separating user and system logs, and would allow filtering a single service or seeing the whole system's logs, without the current hassle of dealing with applications that don't properly declare who they are when logging.

Extremely poor documentation

This seems pretty subjective to me, so you'll need to do better for a complaint. When I've had to look up systemd documentation, it's been no worse (or much better) than any other GNU/Linux documentation.

Rushed to market with little objective testing

What, exactly, is "objective" testing for a completely different software architecture? The software managers I work with have been debating the essence of that question for the past few decades. That said, it's been out for five years. It is in active use, and working well enough for all normal purposes.

Bugs pile up with no resolution in sight, they just keep going for another dameon.

...So it's like any other software project? New development is usually the priority once something works well enough. I'll also note that within the last month, 60 bug reports have been closed on systemd's github tracker, and only 44 opened. The oldest bug is from June.

And then when you ask a fan of it why they like it, the response is "My system boots faster."

How about instead you tell me why systemd is so much better then everything we had before? And no cheating you dont reboot servers typically so boot time is meaningless.

No, you don't reboot servers, so your boot time is meaningless, but you have no justification to project that onto me. I actually work on a system with a requirement to cold-start the entire site in 15 minutes, from turning on the circuit breaker to being 100% ready for operation. My boot time is very meaningful.

Comment Re:Teensy 3.1 (Score 1) 58

You just put the whole teensy on your breadboard, just like the way you would normally get an Arduino on a breadboard; you get an Arduino Nano. You can get them from China for less than $4, if you don't mind getting a knockoff.

Submission + - EFF: The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared (

An anonymous reader writes: Wikileaks has released the finalized Intellectual Property text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which international negotiators agreed upon a few days ago. Unfortunately, it contains many of the consumer-hostile provisions that so many organizations spoke out against beforehand. This includes the extension of the copyright term to life plus 70 years, and a ban on the circumvention of DRM. The EFF says, "If you dig deeper, you'll notice that all of the provisions that recognize the rights of the public are non-binding, whereas almost everything that benefits rightsholders is binding. That paragraph on the public domain, for example, used to be much stronger in the first leaked draft, with specific obligations to identify, preserve and promote access to public domain material. All of that has now been lost in favor of a feeble, feel-good platitude that imposes no concrete obligations on the TPP parties whatsoever." The EFF walks us through all the other awful provisions as well — it's quite a lengthy analysis.

Comment Re:That's one way to do it (Score 3, Insightful) 189

> Gaming has moved from the desktop to the laptop or game console.

Uh, no. One might temped to think so with Best Selling Video Games, but the PC Market is holding its own.

Some genres are significantly superior on PC.

i.e. Let me know when I can play Starcraft 2 on a console.

> The PC simply has no future.

Content creation isn't dead.

Comment Re: Debian Spiral (Score 1) 184

As a sysadmin, I think it's to make my life miserable. As a user, I think it's because nobody gives a damn about logs for a system that's working.

After a quick search for the relevant document, it seems the default for stderr is to inherit settings, presumably from some kind of hierarchy that I don't know enough about to comment on. By default, then, I'd guess the top level discards logs.

From an architecture standpoint, that makes sense. On my work-related systems, I could just configure the top level, and get logs everywhere, or configure it for only the services that my system actually cares about. On the nearly-a-kiosk preconfigured laptop I gave to my mother, I don't need it to waste time or disk space recording logs that nobody will ever read. If I have to troubleshoot the machine, I'll turn on logging then.

Comment Re:Not surprising and can you blame them? (Score 1) 366

The automakers have reached the limits of technology in cleaning the diesel emissions, at least with the diesel fuel available in the USA.

I think you have made the wrong conclusion.

There *is* existing technology out there that allows diesels to burn cleaner, by using catalytic conversion in the exhaust with DEF. Unfortunately, this specific technology it has a cost and a hassle factor (DEF is a consumable, much more so than the platinum in a gasoline catalytic converter), so it is rarely deployed in consumer light-duty vehicles. Maybe someday, someone will come up a more economical technology that has less hassle factor for catalyzing exhaust from diesel engines, but to assume we have reached the limits of technology is an unwarranted conclusion.

You are likely to have been confused by the high-sulfur problem which has historically plagued diesel emissions in the US. This particular scandal was related to NOx emissions which is fixable (albeit inconveniently) by using DEF technology.

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