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Submission + - Linux finally starting to see the problem with certain init systems? (

jawtheshark writes: In a latest Linux Kernel Mailing List post, Linux Torvalds, finishes his mail with a little poke towards a certain init system. It is a very faint criticism, compared to his usual style. While Linus has no direct influence on the "choices" of distro maintainers, his opinion is usually valued.

Comment Re:Nanny state socialism (Score 1) 410

Actually, in the past few years it has been discovered that nicotine uniquely relieves the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

It is notable that cigarette smoke includes a MAO inhibitor. We used to use those for depression and still do in refractory cases.

Interestingly, it is the combination of nicotine and the MAOI that makes cigarettes so addictive. The nicotine alone really isn't that hard to taper down and then off (though it might take a while). The patch might actually work if it delivered enough nicotine to help cover the loss of the MAOI initially.

Comment Re:80386 (Score 1) 107

IoT itself doesn't have a lot of legacy software that needs x86. It's all embedded stuff and it's fairly new. It's also common to have the source code and so no problem compiling for whatever architecture is convenient.

Comment Re:Agree in theory, but in practice is something e (Score 1) 397

There does need to be some reasonability there. Sure, component level repair on a PCB is probably too much to ask. But consider the most common reasons consumer electronics need repair: broken screen, dead battery, burned out backlight, worn out/broken buttons and connectors. There is no good excuse for those things not being easily fixed.

Comment Re:No problem! (Score 1) 397

Or, it turns out that the throw away culture is universally more profitable for manufacturers so that's what they do. That is, we've hit a false minimum in the process of optimizing the system using the drunkards walk.

In other words, even if the consumer would happily pay $10 more now for a phone that can be repaired, the manufacturer knows they will fork over $800 more in three years if it can't be repaired.

Comment Re:No problem! (Score 1) 397

Speaking of not knowing what one is talking about, do you REALLY think industrial screw guns have a little robot hand to pick individual screws up out of a bag or something? It's a long solved problem, and certainly no more expensive than shooting glue through a nozzle (complete with clogs, heating element failures, calibrating the exact amount of glue etc.). Whatever the price difference may be for the screw gun, amortize it over millions of units produced.

It really isn't that expensive to screw the back of an LCD TV on, nor is it expensive to use common off-the-shelf cold cathode tubes that can be easily changed out. For an example.

It's also funny how the expensive products are the ones that go with ultrasonic welding or glued together cases first while the cheap products still have screws. It's almost like they didn't save any money using glue.

Comment Re:Crap study relationship (Score 1) 397

I'll see your anecdote and call. I doubled the usable lifetime of my phone which I use as a grown-up tool for communication by replacing the battery when it crapped out.

And for people who use them as social plumage instead, wouldn't it be nice if you could put a new battery in and get some resale value out of that phone that's "so last week"? You could use that to buy an even more prestigious phone.

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