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Comment Why am I denied choice ? (Score 2) 274

Wasn't Open/Free/whatever software about choice ?

I can understand that systemd brings some improvements.
In specific contexts.
For example, when your profession is sysadmin, when you have more than, let's say 4 or 5 servers to administrate, OK, may be systemd brings improvements over scripts. Real sysadmins are responsible of dozens, hundreds of servers.

What about other people like me ? I'm in computer programming since 1982, very well, but I'm no sysadmin.
A very kind friend told me once that, as a programmer, I'm a good sysadmin (I'm not sure I translated this properly from French), but I'm no sysadmin; first, I'm a programmer.
I mean that it's OK for me to have a Debian FW+many services at home, or to have one or two "shadow servers" at work to help me do my programmer job.
It's OK for me to install and configure services on a recent Debian, with systemd. As long as it's working. Magically.

What's not OK :
- few years ago, when Debian forced the change : it broke my system after an apt-get dist-upgrade. Before that, when a Debian had boot problems, I could handle them as long as I could dig in the scripts and trace the sequence. Suddenly, Debian replaced those scripts by systemd. At the first reboot, systemd was not pleased with something. The boot was interrupted with some cryptic error message, asking my to look at some logs, or run some new commands. What ? No ! No time, Internet connection broken, go to hell ! OK, I preferred to re-install a Debian from scratch, it was faster.
- this kind of problem still happens from time to time. Today, I'm afraid I still can not handle every situation. Most often : when a drive is missing, what will systemd do : a) timeout and continue ? b) timeout, put me in a shell that I can quit and continue ? c) timeout, put me in a shell, leaving me helpless because, with or without knowing what's wrong, I cannot (try to) correct the problem.

You could answer : RTFM.
Yes, but I have better things to do. I cannot read every man page of the world. And systemd manual is not small, and it needs practice. Reading alone is not enough.

So give me back the choice, give me back my scripts and let systemd to those who have time, or to those which profession it is to learn that monster !

And now that systemd has become a synonymous for Godwin point, let me ask : I've been told that systemd takes care of the network config by itself ? Or that it makes binary logs ? Seriously ? It cannot be, this is not the UN*X spirit, is it ?

Comment OSMC is better (Score 2) 50

OpenElec is a PITA to upgrade.
OSMC is based on Debian, thus performs upgrades through apt-*. The interface takes care of checking for available upgrade. I recently got a massive one that brought Kodi 17.x.
IR configuration is easier, although still not for the faint of heart.
And if you need something more from your box, just login and apt-get install the packages.

Comment "you should laugh, too" : are you kidding ? (Score 1) 370

I stopped reading at point 2.

We should follow the masses of people ? This can lead very far.
To keep the discussion around movies, let me tell you two little stories :

1) like millions of people, I tried to see Titanic soon after its release. I ended watching another movie because it was crowded as hell. It was supposed to be a comedy, a fun thing. It was not, it is my worst movie memory. But a lot of people, if not everybody else, was laughing. I was frightened. How the hell could they laugh at that ? So you're telling that I should have laugh because they did ? No ! Frak you !

2) the last movie I saw in a theater is Dark Knight Rises. It was 3 or 4 month after the release. There were less than 20 or 30 people then. One guy answered his phone 3 times ! What the frak ? We're here to see a movie ? Or was he there to show that he can spend 10 € NOT to watch the movie ?

I swore not to go to a theater any more.

Comment M$ Holds Android Phones Makers By the Cojones (Score 3, Insightful) 83


Including Samsung.
I've read that the S8 already includes M$ apps (Word, Excel ...), not speaking of this Customized Edition.
M$ apps on an Android phone !
Makes no sense, except when you know that M$ is making tons of cash using patents and secret deals with phones manufacturers.

Any whistle-blower to show us these stupid patents ?

Comment Re:There are employers in France? (Score 1) 234

"socialist shithole" ? Seriously ?
Did you had a look at what happened the last 5 years ?
The socialist president and governments have done more for companies, and less for people than the previous, right wing one. Socialist does not mean anything anymore. It's just a label politics chose when they get out of the ENA (National School for Administration : it's where most politics come from, they never had a real job).
Once in charge, they only do things to please their friends and sponsors

Comment French Bashing Is Easy, but ... (Score 1) 234

please note that :

- the law says 35h/week, but it is not enforced everywhere, far from that. Almost all companies have a negotiated agreement. The law say that if you work 35h/w, you get nothing, and if you work 39h/w, you get about 22 days of additional free time. The agreement usually says you get 10 to 15 days, period.
So I can work 35h/w and get 15 days ? Yes, may be. But most people work 39h/w, and often more.
So, who is the winner ? The company of course. The law and its application are different.

- there are many countries which have work hours less than the French 35h/week. what not talking about these ones ?

- what about productivity ? Many studies show that French are much more productive than many other countries.

Cliché ?

Alright, my turn : stop bashing France, you Americans who will kill themselves working like crazy 50, 60, 70h/w or more. Your productivity is less than French.

Submission + - Trash Your Pictures Because Nikon Not Able To Provide Mac Capture NX2 Support

AncalagonTotof writes: Call it information or rant against a brand by an angry customer. Depending on your choice, this post may be moderated. But I'll give a try.

I'll try to make it short, exposing my chronology :
— 2004 : first DSLR, a Nikon D70; I shoot RAW almost immediately
— I began to use Capture NX
— 2006 : second DSLR, still shooting in RAW
— 2008 : bought a Capture NX2 license
— 2013 : third DSLR, still shooting in RAW
— 2013 too : first Macintosh, running OS X 10.8 or 10.9. Of course, I began to use Capture NX2 on this machine
— 2014 : Nikon stopped Capture NX2, and released the free Capture NX-D (free as free beer. Wonderful ? Careful, there are traps;

From 2013 to now :
— OS X : updated to Yosemite (10.10), then El Capitan (10.11), and recently to Sierra (10.12) (
— one or two years ago, I had to reinstall OS X from scratch, and that's when problems began

It was OK so far, because Capture NX2 was installed under OS X 10.8 or 10.9.
But on a fresh install >= 10.10, Capture NX2 refuses to install correctly. Even when using backups instead of the installer, it refuses my license number.

Do the programmers among you feel where may be the problem ?
My guess is that the lazy Nikon programmer compared the current OS X version to 10.6 (I guess it is the minimum requirement).
But, they did it using strings !
Thus, 10.10, 10.11 and 10.12 < 10.6, because it's like 10.1 < 10.6, so go away, I won't install !

Some would say : just upgrade to Capture NX-D, stupid, it's free !

No, that's not as simple as that.

Differences between NX2 and NX-D :
— NX2 stores your work in the RAW file itself; NX-D uses a "sidecar" file. This means that all the work you do in NX-D is lost if you switch back to NX2. Which is what you're likely to do after few minutes trying the free version (because it brings nothing, except poor performances)
— NX2 has a very useful set of tools based on Nik software U-Points; NX-D has not. This means that all the work you did with NX2 is lost at once when you load a file in NX-D, not only because of the missing sidecar, but mainly because NX-D has lost the U-Point functionality

When Google bought Nik software, Nikon was not smart enough to make a deal that would preserve the work of its customers.

So Nikon is basically saying "thank you, you cannot edit your work any more with our software you bought a license for, we don't care, GFY now".

Yes, I did try under Windows. Yes, Capture NX2 works, even under Windows 10. So what ? I should trash my Mac for a Windows machine then ?

I'd rather post this story first. It may be good for others to know about, in addition to the problems that occurred on almost ALL recent Nikon DSLRs :
— D600, quickly replaced by D610. Finally, angry customers got support for their D600, but it was hard to get
— D810, D750 had problems
— event the D500, which was heading toward stores was recalled before the first unit was sold ...

They also decided to raise the prices of their lenses a year ago. The only explanation I can imagine is : shareholders.

And next time I'll feel the need for new gear, may be I'll consider a switch to Canon or Pentax.

Comment Re:Bluetooth delay (Score 1) 141

You're right, it's part of the process and I shouldn't have neglected it. But I think it's not the main reason for the delay.
Just keep in mind that there is more than that, especially in the case of a car (that I don't know everything about), but also in a BT speaker (which I know much more because it's part of my job).

Comment Re:Bluetooth delay (Score 1) 141

There are many potential causes for the delay. And they can add a second here, few ms there. I guess that :
- there is the button on your wheel that goes through the car wiring and base embedded system : can (and CAN !) take time.
- the button event is communicated to the infotainment system : should be fast, but who knows ?
- the infotainment system sends an AVRCP (play, stop, pause, next/previous track) command through its Bluetooth module : some of these can also take time. I had the case where play was immediate, but pause (same play/pause command in fact) took 3 seconds. By the way, next/previous may be used in two way : short press (for track change) or long press (for fast forward/backward). May be your car system waits a bit to know of its a short or a long press.
- your phone receives the command and propagates it to the music player : depending on the music player, there may be some fading delay. Check your player settings !

By the way, may I ask how this topic is related to the initial post (cURL) ? Oh, yes, the mail example ... A bit light may be ...

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