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Comment: Re:Ignore people's suffering (Score 1) 522

by walterbyrd (#48209883) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Look at the facts: every time the US gets involved, what happens?

1) Money, and weapons, always end up in the wrong hands.
Hamas is getting their money from Qatar. The US just gave Qatar $11 billion. We might as well have given the money directly to Hamas. Now the US is bombing Iraq, again. We are bombing our own guns. ISIS is using US military equipment. There are many more examples.

2) The US will be blamed, and hated, even more than it already is, by everybody in the world, especially Muslims.
Any military intervention will be called an invasion. The US will be accused of killing civilians to steal the oil of whatever mid-east nation we are "helping" this week. If we help tribe A, tribe B will hate us even more. Then tribe A will hate us as soon as we stop helping them. All casualties will be blamed on the US, even if most casualties are the result of Muslims killing other Muslims. And there is always that one-in-a-million soldier that does something completely out of line, and that is all the media will focus on.

3) The US can no longer afford the outrageous expense.
The US is drowning in debt. Our credit has been downgrading. Our economy is in the toilet. Yet we borrow more billions from China, to give to mid-eastern Muslims who hate us.

4) There are no "good guys"
Does it really matter if Syria, or Iraq, or whatever, is ran by insane Sunis, or equally insane Shites? Our friends today, are our enemies tomorrow. I believe both Saddam Hussan, and Osama bin Ladan where our buddies at one time.

5) Even if you win, you lose.
Over ten years, and I don't even know how many billions of dollars, or thousands of lives, or how much suffering, in Iraq. And now Iraq is being overrun by ISIS. Even before ISIS, it was non-stop terrorist attacks. If we stop ISIS than what? Peace for two weeks?

6) Other than buying oil, the US has no business there.

Comment: Re:Power User vs. Common User (Score 1) 519

by walterbyrd (#48178891) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

How does making Linux worse create more Linux adopters?

IMO: Linux adoption is not about ease of use, it's about entrenchment. MS is masterful at using vendor-lock-in techniques, and leveraging the network effect.

Creating a huge rift in the linux community with this systemd crap is not going to improve desktop linux adoption in the least. In fact, it will have the opposite effect.

Comment: Re:Udev, gnome kde,... - again (Score 1) 519

by walterbyrd (#48178877) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

> Never see these discussions with Microsoft. It's their way (or the highway),

Microsoft Windows is not built on open-source code that was created by the community. Microsoft owns Windows, Red Hat does not own Linux.

Linux is supposed to be the anti-MS, that is one thing that a lot of people like about Linux. Some users do not like being shoved around by an abusive monopoly: be it Microsoft or RedHat.

Comment: Are big institutions upgrading to RHEL 7 ? (Score 1) 519

by walterbyrd (#48178863) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

That is what really matters.

Nobody cares if individual users switch to Slackware, or FreeBSD, or whatever. In fact, Red Hat would probably prefer that.

But, if the big companies, and governments, stick with RedHat 6.5, I think that would be a big deal.

I doubt big institutions would switch away from RHEL, they like that corporate support. But, I can see big institutions holding off on buying RHEL 7, and that would be a big deal.

Comment: Re:Hope! (Score 1) 519

by walterbyrd (#48178813) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Until recently, when RHEL 7 was released, RHEL was running a five year old kernel.

Actually, I am using CentOS 6.5 right now. I have CentOS 7 installed on another desktop, but 6.5 with the way old 2.6 kernel just works much better. Gnome2 and init.d work just fine - why change them?

Why get in such a wad about an old system? What do you actually need your system to do?

Comment: Here is why you never chase what's "hot" in IT (Score 4, Insightful) 205

by walterbyrd (#48175717) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

1) By the time you learn it, it won't be hot anymore.

2) It's all about experience. Don't take my word for it, look at the job ads. Learn something all you want, if you don't have five years experience in it, your knowledge is useless.

3) These articles about what's "hot" are just standard corporate propaganda. IT employers always want people chasing their tails, studying everything, just so they have a larger labor pool.

4) Don't get constantly distracted trying to learn what is supposedly "hot" at the moment, just learn anything useful, and be very good at it. Being very good at anything useful is far more valuable than a superficial knowledge of the latest fad.

5) These articles don't tell you anything more than they tell everybody else in the world. Learning whatever is not going to give you any competitive advantage.

All JMHO, of course.

Disclosure: I worked in IT for over 30 years. I have held several jobs, at several companies. I have been through the hiring process a lot.

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