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Comment Re:Linux is far worse than Microsoft (Score 1) 538

There are major distros that are systemd free, and not only because systemd was removed from them, but because they never had it (Slackware)... or at least only have it as a non-required option (Gentoo).

And you have just named both of the "major" systemd free distros. After that you are into niche distros which, while they may each be a decent OS, don't have the support network behind them that the major distros do.

The fun will really start when important application software starts to depend on systemd being there. Being on a systemd free distro is not much consolation if won't work without systemd.

I'm currently on Linux Mint 17 (no systemd), which is LTS until 2019. Hopefully by then, the whole systemd picture (how evil, or not, it really is) will be a lot clearer.

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 1) 315

You are certainly right about that. The nice thing about C is that the really incompetent will not get their code to run at all and weed themselves out that way. In contrast, a bad Java coder (for example) will usually get things to work, but very badly so.

Actually bad C programs do run alright. It's just that after a while they fail in mysterious (and often non-obvious) ways because the developers weren't anywhere near as good at memory management and pointer arithmetic (for example) as they thought they were. Every language with a large developer base has good and bad coders; C is no different.

Comment Re:How were crimes solved before cell phones? (Score 1) 254

Many law enforcement leaders are acting as if no crimes can be solved unless all cell phones are made more vulnerable.

What a great idea.... weaken everyone for a few rare cases.

It seems to me that encryption is increasingly being used as a smokescreen for law enforcement incompetence. There are reports that one of the killers of the French priest earlier this week was not only on a watch list but was actually wearing an electronic ankle tag.

That is eerily like the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in London in 2013. The official government report into the killing found that:

"...the two killers had been investigated seven times by different agencies and that MI5 cancelled surveillance of one of the murderers, Michael Adebolajo, just a month before the attack."

Perhaps if the law enforcement agencies focused on making better use of the information they already have, rather than trying to erode everyone's privacy, they might be more successful.

Comment Re:As little as I like Microsoft (Score 1) 70

Personally I actually disagree that this is good news. Here is a case where the rule of law was utilized, a warrant was issued by a court on the public record for data. Microsoft is a US entity and should have to follow lawful orders from a US court. When courts can't subpoena that leaves law enforcement with little recourse other than warrant free uncountable hacking that violates our Fourth Amendment or letting having to let criminals walk free no matter how much legitimate probable cause to suspect their may be.

This sets up a situation where all you have to do is setup a foreign subsidiary and stash some severs overseas and the government can't touch you? Yes I realize its a little more nuanced than that, but I still think its a serious problem. This is likely to cause more the behavior we really should oppose as citizens not less.

Did you read TFA? This case was about _customers_ data not Microsoft's; _European customers_ data over which the US government and court system has _no_ jurisdiction. As other have pointed out, there are clearly defined methods for acquiring such data as part of a serious international crime investigation. In this case, the US tried to get the data via the back door and, quite rightly, failed.

What's more, European businesses who use cloud services have been watching this case very closely. If Microsoft had lost the case it would have killed the business of every US-based cloud service provider in Europe. European companies have a legal requirement to protect their customers data in line with EU laws; so using US-based cloud providers would effectively have become illegal in Europe had Microsoft lost.

Comment Re:There's a very cool live version also (Score 1) 179

Slackware has a USB version of the "floppy" in the distro that you dd to a stick to boot from, which is just used for the install. The live version I use is not from Slackware (Slackware (Pat) itself does not produce live systems) per se, but the entire setup is drawn from official Slackware, Slackbuild, and KDE mirrors (for plasma 5, there is an unmodified Slackware iso made to run live also). I haven't tried an install from it. I'm happy running it live as is. I just back up the home directory to save my personal changes.

Thanks! I'll check it out.

Comment Re:Java and Java EE: two different things (Score 1) 115

This affects less people and it is way less dramatic than what the summary implies. Java EE it's just a bunch of "enterprise" frameworks which run on top of the Java virtual machine. Many people using the Java platform don't even bother with Java EE and use other set of frameworks instead (like Spring or Hibernate), and even for those using some of the Java EE technologies, they are most likely using some third party (IBM Websphere) or open source (lJBoss, Tomcat) implementations, since the "official" Java EE implementation by Sun (and later Oracle) never gained much traction.

This is absolutely right. Sun were so slow evolving the Java EE spec, the user community took the lead and developed less high maintenance approaches like Spring. This won't affect most Java developers, even those developing "enterprise" applications.

Comment Re:There's a very cool live version also (Score 1) 179

Now with Plasma 5! You can plug the stick into any machine, and it runs perfectly right out of the box, two monitors, weird audio, doesn't matter, everything works.

Once you go Slack, you never look back!

That sounds good and I'll definitely give it a spin. One question; can you install Slackware from the live media? On the Slackware site, under Install Help, step 3 says "You need to have a diskette with a root filesystem and the setup program in order to install Slackware Linux". Really? I haven't owned a machine with a diskette drive in years. Have I missed some way of installing it from a bootable CD/DVD/USB device?

Comment Re:Don't really need an EU passport (Score 1) 693

As an American who frequently visits Europe, all you need is to enter the EU via a country which has a visa waiver treaty. They check your passport, and grant you an instant 90 day visa. Once you're in an EU country, you're free to cross the borders into other EU countries - there are no more border checks. About the only things an EU passport gets you is the right to stand in the EU line at immigration (which is sometimes faster than the visitor line), and the ability to stay more than 90 days without renewing or applying for a longer-term visa. After the UK leaves, it'll have to negotiate these waiver treaties, which might take a few years. But afterwards it'll be the same as before for 80% of travelers, except now there will be a border checkpoint at the Chunnel. The other 20% will be traveling on business, so it remains to be seen what'll happen there. I would imagine both sides will be anxious to renegotiate free trade or almost-free trade treaties ASAP to minimize the economic impact in both the UK and EU.

You don't understand how the EU works. As an EU citizen I can decide tomorrow to go and live _and_ work in any of the EU countries; no passport, no visa, no residency permit, no work permit, etc required. I can just get up and go any time I like. You can't do that, and now neither will UK citizens as a result of voting to leave.

As for the trade deal, the Leave lobby have assumed that the EU would beg Britain to come back. But it's already clear that won't happen as the other member states have made it clear a long drawn out divorce is not an option; "you've made your choice, so go now". And, contrary to the Leave campaigns claims, Britain needs the EU more than the EU needs Britain. The only deal likely to be offered is the sort that Norway and Switzerland have. To get free trade they have had to accept free movement of people and make annual contributions to the EU budget; the two very things the Leave campaign were most opposed to.

Comment Re:WTBH? (Score 3, Insightful) 693

From TFA:

"What is the EU?" and "What happens if we leave the EU?" The former was the second top UK question on the EU after the results were officially announced.

Seriously, shouldn't they have been asking this before they voted?

If you think that's bad, read this and weep; "Leave voter regrets voting Leave when he realises it means we're now Leaving"

Yes, people who voted Leave have been on British television saying how shocked and worried they are that Britain is actually leaving the EU. "I just assumed we would stay in and my vote wouldn't matter!", they said. You couldn't make it up.

Comment Re:End of Great Britain? (Score 1) 1592

There is more thorough analysis available, which basicly states, that the groups Remain and Leave have very distinct properties.

Remainers are younger than 45, live in large towns and have an university degree or are students at an university.

Leavers are older than 45, live in rural and small town regions, mainly in the East and North of England and in Central Wales, and have no university degree.

In general, Remainers are profiting or hope to profite from Globalization and free movement, because they are young, well educated and live close to the economic centers. Leavers are much older, less well educated and live in regions which are hard hit by globalization and are in a long economic downturn. They were children or young adults, when UK joined the EU, and they feel they never got anything back during their lifetime, while all the profits from the economic cooperation went somewhere else.

I think you're only partly correct. There is definitely an age divide issue, but it is being seen more as the Baby Boomers final "fsck you" to the Millenials. The Baby Boomers are mostly retired, or close to retirement, had good "jobs for life" with good pension plans during the economic boom years, own their own homes (bought when property was cheap) and often investment properties too. So they are pretty well insulated from any negative fallout from Brexit

I'd say David Cameron is now regretting blocking a move to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the referendum.

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 249

IQ scores are more or less meaningless in this context. A nation does not have an "IQ".

In this context, at best it is a measure of how well the country's culture conditions people to taking standardized tests.

Agreed. Even before I read TFA, this smelled off

It looks to me to be just a new pseudo-scientific spin on the "nice people don't pirate" meme. Remember those "you wouldn't steal a car, would you" messages on DVDs?

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