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Submission + - Drones and driverless tractors – is this the future of farming?-> 1

walterbyrd writes: Ian Beecher-Jones, a precision farming consultant, recently told Farmers Weekly magazine that about 60% of Britain’s farmland is now being managed by precision methods, which include sensor systems, cameras, drones, microphones, virtual field maps, analytics and GPS-guided tractors. These technologies – examples of the so-called internet of things – are fuelling what is being called the “new agricultural revolution”.
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Submission + - Academia determined to make English language more PC

walterbyrd writes: Washington State students risk a failing grade for saying ‘illegal alien,’ ‘male,’ ‘female’. White students in Professor John Streamas—who previously generated controversy by calling a student a “white shitbag” and declared that WSU should stand for “White Supremacist University”—also demands that students “understand and consider the rage of people who are victims of systematic injustice.” University of Tennessee tells staff and students to stop using 'he' and 'she' — and switch to 'xe', 'zir' and 'xyr' instead. Gay rights official at Knoxville campus wrote new language instructions. Tells students and staff to use unusual, gender-neutral pronouns like 'xe'. Donna Braquet said that the new regime would make campus 'inclusive'.

Comment Are you trying to imply that systemd is faster? (Score 1) 742

1) The only thing that systemd might do faster is boot. Since Linux servers are not booted that often, that is a trifling advantage, at best. Certainly not worth breaking everything that works.

2) Systemd does not always boot faster. Only under certain circumstances.

3) More resource intensive generally means slower on the same hardware. Systemd may boot faster, but it runs slower.

4) There are ways to improve boot speeds without breaking everything that works.

Comment Ever stop and ask why? (Score 5, Insightful) 742

This has been going on for years, and has years more to go. This is a long term strategy.

But why?

Why has Red Hat been replacing standard Linux components with Red Hat components, when the Red Hat stuff is worse?

Why isn't systemd optional? It is just an init replacement, right? Why does Red Hat care which init you use?

Why is systemd being tied to so many other components?

Why binary logging? Who asked for that?

Why throw away POSIX, and the entire UNIX philosophy? Clearly you do not have to do that just to replace init.

Why does Red Hat instantly berate anybody who does not like systemd? Why the barrage of ad hominem attacks systemd critics?

I think there is only one logical answer to all of those questions, and it's glaringly obvious.

Comment Re:And the systemd shills emerge (Score 1) 742

> "Systemd is only an init replacement, nothing more. Nothing to worry about. It's not as if Red Hat is trying to take over Linux or anything. It's not as if this were an embrace-extend-extinguish strategy right out of Microsoft's playbook. It's not as if Red Hat were making Linux less functional and less reliable. Not as if Red Hat is forcing 'standards' that nobody wants (except Red Hat)." Not as if Red Hat is throwing away POSIX, and the UNIX philosophy for no good reason."


Submission + - Have The Robots Broken The Stock Market?->

walterbyrd writes: The markets were sloppy last week, and we went out on a bad note. Sentiment was very negative. And when Chinese stocks continued to crash on Sunday, it looked like we might be on the verge of something nasty. Uncertainty was everywhere. And then the robots took control. I watched the futures market almost all night on Sunday, and we were seeing 100-point moves in the Dow Futures contract within a few minutes. This was not human controlled. And it was not rational.
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Submission + - Oracle: Google is a willful infringer->

walterbyrd writes: Florian Mueller: Google is a willful infringer. Google copied and distributed without authorizationSun/Oracle’s 37 Java API Packages (and RangeCheck and the eight decompiled files, for that matter). Google knew full well that this was copyrighted material, that it needed to take a license,and that its failure to do so subjected it to legal liability. Indeed, Google’s employees were instructed to conceal the scope of the infringement for as long as possible as they “scrubbed the js” from Android. At no point did anyone inside Google ever suggest that its unauthorized copying was “fair use”—nor does it have an opinion of counsel justifying its actions.
Google simply didn’t care that it was willfully infringing Sun’s (and later Oracle’s) copyrights. Sun was weak and Google needed to get to market with a mobile solution. When Oracle acquired Sun, Google again had the chance to do the right thing—and this time it faced an opponent that was not hemorrhaging revenue and watching its market capitalization drop throughthe floor. At that point, Google’s executives candidly acknowledged that they needed the Java API Packages, because “the alternatives all suck.” Google believed it would be “out of business in 10 years” if it did not succeed in mobile. Still, Google did not do the right thing and take a license. Google stands alone among large companies who commercially exploit the JavaPlatform without complying with the license terms.

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Submission + - USPTO finds Apple iPhone design patent invalid->

walterbyrd writes: The USPTO is also not allowing Apple to claim benefit of filing date related to two previous patent applications covering the same design, which are thus cited as prior art. As seen in the image above, taken from the USPTO's decision, D'677 shows different design attributes from Apple's own prior art and therefore does not meet requirements of patentability laid out in Title 35 of the U.S. Code. A pair of non-Apple patents, one from LG and another from Japan, are the basis of the USPTO's other two rejections for obviousness.
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Comment Re:FreeBSD on the Desktop. (Score 0) 103

I think Red Hat has been working to monopolize Linux. I think it's been going on for years. Systemd was a huge step towards such monopolization.

Red Hat wants to be Microsoft. Who could blame them? Red Hat is imitating Microsoft in many ways. Systemd is open just like OOXML is open. Red Hat is using it's dominate position to push technologies on people who don't want those technologies.

Pottering has made no secret of being a huge fan of the Microsoft way of doing things, and a hater of the traditional UNIX/Linux way of doing things.

  It seems to me that, if you are a fan of the way that Linux is going, you would be happier with MS-Windows, or maybe OSX.

We want to create puppets that pull their own strings. - Ann Marion