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Comment: Re:It's job security (Score 2) 805

by vanyel (#47750931) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Nonsense. systemd doesn't make anything easier or threaten anyone's livelihood, it's just change for the sake of change (at the UI level), as are the changes to network configuration. Whatever benefits there may be to whatever changes under the covers doesn't require replacing the init.d structure, the service command or the network config file formats. System administrators have enough to do without dealing with gratuitous changes that don't buy anyone anything.

Comment: Should be much simpler.... (Score 1) 130

by vanyel (#47607859) Attached to: Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

If it's a post by a friend or group I've joined (main news feed) or list member (when I have a list selected), show it. Period. That's the whole point of facebook. It's *extremely* annoying to find out some time later I missed something important because facebook decided it wasn't interesting for some obscure reason.

Comment: Surprised? (Score 2) 579

by vanyel (#47370891) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

When I first saw them appearing, the "unintended consequence" of drivers using them was immediately obvious and appreciated ;-) Such use is no excuse for an accident though - only an idiot doesn't make sure some other idiot isn't on a collision course before going into an intersection. It's as bad as the people suing the state of Oregon because an expansion joint on a curved overpass in the Portland area is a little uneven - cars hop a little going over it, but if you're not going way over the speed limit, it's not a problem and thousands of cars handle it every day. But a few idiots couldn't and now that it's made the news, here they come out of the woodwork.

Comment: User Interface (Score 1) 427

by vanyel (#47319519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

Phones are barely big enough to be usable for apps as it is - while I would like to move to a smartwatch to avoid hauling a phone or tablet around, it needs a way to have a large display on demand and simple user interface that isn't audible (for privacy and security reasons). Until we get a neural or perhaps google glass style interface, I don't think it's possible to solve that problem. And all that with a 24hr battery life.

Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth

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