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Comment: Re:Redhat needs packages (Score 2) 182

by xaoslaad (#44578935) Attached to: Red Hat CEO: Bring On the Clones
I have no idea whatsoever why this is modded insightful. Maybe you can shed some light on what newer packages does centos have that rhel doesn't? Looking at http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/ and http://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalResources/Repositories centosplus, contrib, and extras barely have more than a handful of packages together. Even testing is mostly just autocorr and libreoffice...

Comment: so be less restrictive (Score 1) 270

by xaoslaad (#44355735) Attached to: US Air Force Reporting Pilot Shortage
Hell, I'll do it. Especially if I can fly A-10's. Pay to fix my eyes, give me a decent paycheck, commission me, and I'm onboard. I'm prior service and now college educated, so you're getting a deal the way I see it. But then I'm probably too old (if only a little) and they'll probably make a big stink out of me having Crohn's disease, despite enlisting and serving 4 years with it in the USMC no problem. But that's the problem. They're beggars and choosers, so people like me who would practically pay to fly fighter jets instead do something else.

Comment: Re:As Always (Score 3, Interesting) 81

by xaoslaad (#44095253) Attached to: Book Review: Puppet 3 Beginner's Guide
reports can be sent via http. Use foreman if you want a pretty interface, run passenger, choose any port you want.

For that matter do the same with puppet. You can run it on port 80 or 443 using passenger. You'll just have to customize your client config to use the same... so I don't really know why this is any sort of big deal for you.

Anyway, with foreman you can easily see if systems are out of sync, if they're erroring, etc. Might be a little unusual to do it running the way described in the previous post, but should be manageable if you really really really can't get it to work through the existing firewall configs. I've heard of people doing it when they've hit walls scaling as well. And foreman can do a lot more, though it doesn't have to. We started out using it just for the reports portion and facts searching...

Comment: Uh (Score 1) 656

by xaoslaad (#43875505) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?
Maybe you should take some writing courses. That paragraph sounds like a 16 year old venting.

I was terrible at Calculus. I got a D in Calculus the first time I took the class. I had to drop out of Calculus II because I couldn't understand a damn thing. It ultimately led to me dropping out because I couldn't get the degree I wanted without going through those classes all over again. But, I finally grew the hell up and decided that just like everyone else who got a CS degree before me, I was going to pass Calculus I and II.

After a long break I finally, perhaps somewhat insanely, decided to take two accelerated evening courses over the summer at UMass Boston. 12 weeks for Calculus I & II. An entire calculus book. It was pure hell. When I wasn't working I was either in class or doing homework. I literally got 1 hour of sleep some nights. Literally sleeping standing up on the train going into the city for work the next morning. Having fun on the weekends? Forget it. Friday night to Monday morning was homework time. I was deficient on Trig and Algebra knowledge, so I had to teach all that to myself as well as I went. I shall forever refer to that as the summer of calculus.

I ended up joining the Marine Corps after that summer. But I learned a simple lesson from that as well. They give you every chance to succeed. It's up to you if you want to take it. I also got the G.I. Bill, which in the end allowed me to afford my courses more easily and accelerate the pace at which I took them. But it's the same thing. They give you every chance to succeed and it's up to you to take them up on it.

And for whatever reason Linear Algebra had the Calc classes as prerequisites for it, and I ended up absolutely loving that class. I also got serious and got my degree. Calc I, Calc II, Linear Algrebra, and Discrete Math, all under my belt.

You're not special. Do what everyone else did. Someday if you're the dean or run the CS/Math department at some university you can alter the requirements if you think they're so unjust.

Comment: Re:Except we don't have a unitary government (Score 1) 642

by xaoslaad (#42961437) Attached to: The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States
Just to own. I'm not 100% certain on how New Hampshire works, but here in MA the whole thing is terrible. I think license to carry is just an endorsement on a class a, but in some towns, good luck just getting the license to start... as I said they can deny you because you look funny...

Comment: Re:Except we don't have a unitary government (Score 2) 642

by xaoslaad (#42928259) Attached to: The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States
I forgot to add my example for illustration. Imagine being in New Hampshire now where the gun laws are fairly liberal and getting licensed to own firearms is generally a non-issue, to now being a member of my state, Massachusetts, where the local sheriff can deny your license for just any old reason, up to including he doesn't like your haircut. I'm sure there wouldn't be riots, protests, demonstrations, and just a general displeasure over that one issue in one area alone. Now multiple that buy thousands of areas and thousands of issues. Want a few more: income tax, property tax, and sales tax.

Comment: Except we don't have a unitary government (Score 1) 642

by xaoslaad (#42928213) Attached to: The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States

It's pointless to argue for this. We don't have a unitary system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unitary_state) of government like say the United Kingdom. Oh, how I wish we did. My kingdom for everything from speed limits, and rules on turning right on red, on up to more important things like firearms licensing and ownership to be the same no matter where you travelled or lived in the country.

Instead we have Federalism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalism) where the states share sovereignty. And if you think they're going to just dissolve themselves, it's just not going to happen. And if you believe they would, please I have multiple bridges around the world to sell you. The only up side to this model in my book is what some people would argue about different states trying different things, and those that are found to work tend to get adopted by others as well. I simply don't buy the argument that the Federal government is out to get us all. But that is a discussion/argument/flame war for another day.

Comment: Re:Err ... (Score 1) 230

by xaoslaad (#42895127) Attached to: New Medal Designed To Honor Cyber Soldiers

Not just.

They have medals for good conduct:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Conduct_Medal_(United_States)

Serving during time of war:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Service_Medal

Doing your job well inside or outside of combat:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achievement_Medal

Wounded or killed while serving:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Heart

Serving in various Campaigns, wars, etc:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Service_Medal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea_Defense_Service_Medal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_Service_Medal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_War_on_Terrorism_Service_Medal

Not to mention a plethora of ribbons for sea and other service:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Service_Ribbon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recruiting_Service_Ribbon

You can tell a lot about what a person has done inside and outside of combat by the ribbons they wear. Obviously some medals are a lot more prestigious than others. That is why the order of wear is ranked.

Comment: Re:Alan Cox rants on G+! Film at 11! (Score 1) 380

by xaoslaad (#42676981) Attached to: Alan Cox: Fedora 18 "The Worst Red Hat Distro," Switches To Ubuntu

I think the grub2 password protect thing is fixable - need to add --unrestricted to allow anyone to boot the entry, so it doesn't ask for a password every time. There is a bug for it with the details. Granted it should just work, but it's being tracked and should see the light of day someday... I gather from the trail of comments it is not as trivial as would be liked to fix.

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=840204 https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=853430

On the updated packages, use cobbler (or whatever) to create a kickstart that adds the updates repo - during the install the latest version should get installed, unless there is some reason that now doesn't work now, but I can't imagine why.

I do use kickstarts to do automated installs and they do work. Without more detail I can't help you more, except to say that I know some of the kickstart options, especially around disk configuration, have changed.

Why doesn't GDM run? Do you just need to run a post install script to ln -sf to set /etc/systemd/system/default.target -> /lib/systemd/system/runlevel5.target? Would need more details to even say why it won't work..."

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