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Comment Re:I've been using Wayland and systemd for nearly (Score 3, Insightful) 202

My main issue with systemd is that it is monolithic; it violates the fundamental Unix philosophy in a most egregious way, and whenever anyone comments on this, we are (to quote the GP) "brusquely told that we shouldn't judge it we should just accept it and indeed ought to stop whining and complaining and be grateful someone is generously spending their free time on this problem, because we haven't invested the time to really learn it ourselves and don't know what we're talking about".

We used to have separate, replaceable systems for each aspect of systemd - e.g. if you didn't like syslog, there was syslog-ng, or metalog, or rsyslog; each different and meant for a different purpose. Now, it's "all or nothing" - except that it's becoming progressively more difficult to opt for "nothing" because it's integrating itself into fundamental bits like the kernel and udev.

Submission + - Dice Ruins Slashdot (slashdot.org) 12

An anonymous reader writes: In an attempt to modernize Slashdot, Dice has removed everything that made Slashdot unique and worthwhile and has turned it into a generic blog site. User feedback has been unanimously negative, but this is to no avail, and users will have to head elsewhere for insightful and entertaining commentary on tech news.

Comment Re:So now (Score 1) 656

Yeah, yeah, I know... Don't feed the trolls... but...

Were 35 years in jail an even-remotely-appropriate penalty for what essentially amounts to trespassing and/or mischief, I'd be with you. Him being "held responsible" should have amounted to something like 30 days in jail and a small fine, not a good chunk of his life in prison.

Comment Re:So now (Score 5, Insightful) 656

Stop blaming an individual, when the real problem is the adversarial system.

No. Fuck that.

I'm tired of the sentiment that the system is to blame, or "don't hate the player, hate the game". At some point, an individual made the decision to do this. They checked their morals at the door, and decided to abuse their authority for their own personal gain.

While the system is set up to reward that behaviour, it doesn't change the fact that Carmen M Ortiz chose to do this. At some point, we need to hold people who make decisions like this, whether or not the system encourages them to, responsible, and hold them up as the immoral SOBs that they are.

If we don't, the system will never change.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Informative) 622

Maybe it should cause a fatal error because the input did not meet the criteria, would that be better?

Yes, it would be. Silently failing is one of PHP's most common and egregious sins. I'd rather it fail and fail loudly, so bugs like this can get fixed during development.


H.R. Giger Returns To the Alien Franchise 144

An anonymous reader writes "Great news for Alien franchise purists, as conceptual artist H.R. Giger has been confirmed as a contributor to the prequel that Ridley Scott is set to begin shooting in February. The originator of the 'xenomorph' design, Giger was left out of James Cameron's Aliens (1986), since Cameron only needed a new 'Alien queen' design, and had come up with that himself. This article features the Swiss TV broadcast where Giger's wife broke the news, and a full gallery of Giger's conceptual work for Alien."

Submission + - U.S Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain (torrentfreak.com)

Voulnet writes: This morning, visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an ominous graphic which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain.
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the exasperated owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak this morning.

“I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN,” he explained.

Aside from the fact that domains are being seized seemingly at will, there is a very serious problem with the action against Torrent-Finder. Not only does the site not host or even link to any torrents whatsoever, it actually only returns searches through embedded iframes which display other sites that are not under the control of the Torrent-Finder owner.

Comment Re:Hrm, I wonder what they use... (Score 1) 564

Yes, they do.

I was contacted by Google solely through my website (which I hadn't updated in about 3 years). Still, they'd found it, using a pretty funky search, and then they emailed me asking if I would like to be interviewed.

As a further indictment of HR drones :-), I aced the technical interviews (including several by phone and about 4 or 5 back-to-back technical interviews onsite), but then they mysteriously "had no projects that matched my skill set" once everything got to HR.

The Internet

Submission + - Suprnova.org Is About To Return

An anonymous reader writes: The legendary BitTorrent site Suprnova.org will be back in action soon. Sloncek, the former owner of suprnova.org decided to donate the domain to The Pirate Bay lads, who will relaunch the site in a few days, staying true to its original design. The return of a Legend.

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