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Comment Re:Init alternatives (Score 1) 232

I have Linux servers that I rarely reboot (and they usually spend more time booting the BIOS than booting Linux with SysV or Systemd).

My main PC is a Windows PC and I reboot it less frequently than the servers, because I cannot back up the "state" (that is, open programs, open files, window positions, open connections), while the servers reboot and autostart all that I need, I just have to ssh to them again when I need to.

I have a HTPC that I shut down when not in use, and I installed an SSD after its hard drive started acting up, but it doe not really speed up the boot process (that is, that PC is already at the login prompt when my TV "bots" and my amplifier warms up), but it makes it a bit faster after that.

I have UPS power for about an hour (more if I shut down a couple of the server in an effort to preserve the main PC running), but even if I need to reboot my main PC, I really do not care that it takes 5 minutes to boot as opposed to 1 minute, because I then spend 30 minutes restoring the "state".

For a laptop, the boot time is a bit more important, but I usually hibernate it and as such do not particularly care how long it takes to reboot (as long as it is under, say, 5 minutes).

Comment Re:Init alternatives (Score 1) 232

While I did not have a lot of problems with SysV or Systemd, I wish I could make Systemd boot sequentially. Once I spent quite a bit of time troubleshooting a problem where a zpool would not mount at boot time. It turned out that the controller for the zfs hard drives was initialized too late for the boot process (system drives were on a different controller). This never happened with SysV and I wish I could set Systemd to mimic this as well, even if it adds some seconds to the boot time of a server I reboot once a year.

Debian jessie does well to hide Systemd. The usual commands work and I usually forget Systemd is even there, unless there is a race condition or I forget to do a "systemd daemon-reload" after editing some files in /etc/default/

Comment Re:Dear politicians (Score 1) 45

If he's being shot down left and right by everyone from the "established" media as well as bloggers, and ridiculed on Twitter and Facebook, they'll at best become the next Cameron, who had an SI unit named after himself: 1 Cameron being the minimum distance between two blunders.

Comment Dear politicians (Score 4, Insightful) 45

If you plan to propose a law concerning the internet and telecommunication:

1) Find out how the internet and telecommunication infrastructure works.
2) Ponder how to enforce the law.
3) Ponder who gets to set the required rules and regulations to enforce the law.
4) Propose it.

Jumping straight to 4, as you usually do, leads to ridicule and only accomplishes that you're showing off your ignorance to a more and more computer- and internet-savvy population. In other words: Don't do it if you value your career.

Comment Re:Copy machine at stores (Score 1) 176

The main use I can see for such a machine is printing replacement parts for the cheap bit of plastic that breaks in a load of consumer equipment, but where the replacements are too difficult or expensive to buy. Unfortunately, doing that well will also need some kind of 3D scanner so that you can put in the broken bit and modify it (e.g. put in two parts and then drag them around until you have a single object).

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