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Comment Re:How does Debian justify using this?! (Score 1, Insightful) 436

Not using systemd would have made them irrelevant.

Not that this isn't going to happen anyway, as RedHat absorbs more and more of the Linux-world and it will be increasingly difficult to do anything on Linux "un-RedHat-edly" in the coming years.

As such it has to be seen how much of a differentiation-factor an installer and some default-settings are - together with the complete lack of any kind of enterprise-features that RedHat offers. Because that's what I think Debian et.al are going to end-up being. Because I believe they're even going to adopt the package-format (RPM) and the installer.

If I need something without systemd, I just use FreeBSD. It doesn't do some things, but what it does, it does it very, very well.

Comment Re:Dare I say it? (Score 1) 159

I'm not saying that systemd is the answer, but... the old init system worked great if all you ever needed was an init system. That is to say your machine got everything plugged in on boot, always on a wired network and always on AC. The only thing you need the init system for was to get you from cold hardware to a running state, then it could declare "my work here is done" and go into retirement until it was time for shutdown. For some people that's all they need, good for you. Anything dynamic has been a mess. Suspend/resume/hibernate, hot-plugging/unplugging, wired/wireless, connected/not connected to network, AC/battery, power management, docked/undocked, switchable graphics, the list goes on and on.

I don't need all of that.

When I want a working implementation of that, I just buy a MacBook and run macOS.

Or run Windows, which also exists.

I just need a server that doesn't shit itself between patch-runs, reboots and that doesn't f' up things that worked quite well for a decade (and continue to work quite well on OSs that didn't let an amateur design such a thing (which incidentally is also how Mac OS X got it right: they got people from NeXT and the guy who co-founded the FreeBSD project to head their Unix-y base for a decade)).

Comment 0 to 60? (Score 1) 483

I always laugh when I see these YT-videos.
It's so pointless.

At least, in Germany you can max out these cars on the road (not always, but there are still parts of the Autobahn that are unrestricted).
And with an autonomous cruise control system, you can actually sustain 200 km/h for as long as traffic permits.

0-60 for an 800 HP car - that's just for drag-racing.

With a 60 mph speed-limit, the US might as well import Dacia Dusters en-masse.

Comment Re: Isn't it obvious? (Score 1) 255

Maybe the time has come to stop obsessing about whether our politicians are pure as the driven snow.

I've been thinking about this for a while, and while I don't like the idea of wantonly electing crooks, it strikes me that seeing as the general populace has no lack of shady people, I can't sort out why it is exactly we expect the political class to be paragons of virtue.

It's an interesting question, for sure.

But the thing is: people like idols, they like to idealize their politicians - and then relish the demolition of the very same idol.
At least, here in Europe.

Comment Re: Isn't it obvious? (Score 1) 255

Thank god I'm not French or I'd have to dig through all that and decide if it's actually all legit.

While it could all be cooked up by Putin's finest, it could also be a CIA operation to de-stabilize Europe (which would be sort-of good for the US).

It could also be a Chinese thing. They smile all day and do as if they can't do wrong but I don't trust 'em. ;-)

Or it could be S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is trying to create turmoil so they can run their heist-of-the-century.

The fact is we don't really know who is behind this. We think we know - but it could all be completely different.

Comment Isn't it obvious? (Score 2, Insightful) 255

Quite likely, some parts of the US government have in the past and probably wish to in the future used these bots themselves.

The only thing worse than Twitter not shutting them down this time would be them being found partisan.

Also, Trump uses Twitter, so the US government will probably bail them out.

Comment Re:Low fat whole grain? (Score 1) 788

It's available here (Switzerland) in organic shops.

It's even available unpasteurized - it's the closest thing to raw cow-milk fresh from the source you can get.

I've reduced my milk-consumption semi-recently (I eat yoghurt, butter, cheese and I'm not a calf, so I don't need to consume a combined half a liter every day) and the non-pasteurized milk goes bad in about three days.
So, I don't buy it anymore because I don't drink enough of it before it goes bad. But it's delicious.

For infants, I'd boil it.

But when I was a kid, we used to get the raw milk directly from a farmer and I often consumed it raw, unboiled.

Comment Re:Flying under the radar? (Score 1) 50

To the contrary: go big or go home.

As the post from Solandri above points out: small scammers ask for 200 dollars.
Those are easily caught because The Big G probably don't buy small quantities of anything.

But send an invoice for 3 million and... "Hey, I'm not supposed to tell you this but manager X needs this gear for this super-secret, super-important project. You know, he's reporting directly to Sergej and Larry on this one. No red tape, no fuzz. Now do the needful and approve the payment so we both don't get into trouble for delaying this thing any further. I'll tell Eric you saved the day the next time we go golfing."

Etc.

This man obviously knew how to press the right buttons with people. Hall of fame indeed.

Of course, as long as it was working, he couldn't quit.

Comment Re:On-site service; cargo (Score 1) 233

I used to bike to work (~30 minutes, about 100m of altitude gain) in my normal clothes.

Not any more. First, it wears out normal clothes at a much faster pace and they become smelly faster.

Bike wear makes for a more relaxed ride.

I don't give a shit what others think. Especially if they are easily offended.

But then, 30% of the inhabitants in the city I work have no car at all.

Comment Not too bad, all things considered. (Score 1) 224

I remember buying wireless cards from a seller on ebay (10-15 years ago). Those were Netgear cards (PCMCIA mostly) and they would work most of the time but fail regularly (the longer the more often...).

Turns out that the guy had sources in Asia who literally pulled these out of trash-bins at some recycler.

Netgear refused to honor any kind of warranty or responsibility for those cards.

I believe, the best way to reduce waste is to carefully consider if you actually need the product in question - and start from the assumption that you don't.

Comment Hard to say (Score 1) 857

The first "thing" was a C64.

Then came an Acorn A 5000 - which, together with the RISC-PC 600 (later upgraded to StrongARM and then equipped with a daughter-board that housed an actual 486-SX to run Windoze) - actually taught me useful lessons that helped me understand computing from a more general point of view, without the narrow focus (and obsession) on DOS- (and Windows 3.1 / 95) idiosyncrasies that most of my fellow CS students had.

It also helped that almost no computer games were available for the that platform - you actually had to do something useful with it :-)

Comment The problem is really (Score 1) 606

all those people having voice-activated "somethings" in their living room that aren't somehow trained to listen only to their voice - and not seeing a problem in it.
They get what they deserve.

Everything else is just a dichotomy between Google and BK, where each profits from the actions of the other.

Comment Re:Sentences (Score 1) 129

Not a single bank executive has seen jailtime for causing the 2008 crisis, even though the extent of damages makes scams like this seem like pickpocketing and it's quite clear that the banks knew exactly what they were doing.when they started creating collateralized debt obligations from the subprime loans to circumvent the credit rating system.

I think at least one of the CEOs of the three nationalized Icelandic banks is in prison.

It's an Icelandic prison, of course, so it's not quite the same as a US prison...

https://www.bloomberg.com/news...

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