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Comment Re: Good bye to Solaris (Score 1) 140

I've never seen problems booting due to systemd

Systemd is pants-on-head retarded when dealing with Network Manager and waking from sleep. It /never/ reactivates the network.

It is also pants-on-head retarded when a sound service won't start and it will just fucking /wait/ there while it won't start, instead of just failing it and moving on.

These are issues I've personally had to deal with. With Ubuntu LTS, no less.

And the whole point of systemd, so I've been told, is to make it /easier/ for workstation users. I don't see any more ease over sysvinit. Systemd is a solution looking for a problem, as far as I can tell. Unfortunately everyone is under the spell of Red Hat and Poettering these days.

This off-topic post was brought to you by the letters F, U, B, A, and R.


Comment Re:I wonder if the realize... (Score 1) 54

Politicians in the West are also typically as dumb and just as threatened by technology.

By and large, politicians still don't like the Internet, regardless of location and political ideology. They think it takes power away from them. It's a generational issue - most politicians, when they reach national power, are my age, at least, and probably never actually touched a general-purpose computer themselves.

The quicker my generation dies, the better.

I'm OK with that.


Comment Re:What is up with airlines IT structure (Score 1) 111

ACARS has several component systems; some are common to all airlines and others are unique to each particular carrier. At its simplest form it provides very basic information regarding the status of a flight (takeoff, landing, gate departures and arrivals) and in-flight weather information (making each plane in to a temporary weather station).

Some air carriers use ACARS for much more comprehensive functions like monitoring the status of equipment on aircraft in flight (maintenance scheduling), passenger information or cargo requirements. Those carriers are going to be more susceptible to periods of high demand across bandwidth limited VHF frequencies or availability to a satellite uplink.

ACARS has become so useful that it is now hitting some limits because of the high demand for the functionality.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Which, In Your Opinion, Are The BEST Tech Companies? 1

dryriver writes: Everybody knows who "the biggest tech companies" are — Sony, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Facebook, Intel and so forth. It is no big mystery who makes the most annual revenue/profits or employs the most people or files the most patents every year or has the highest stock price. But this is a different question entirely: Which tech companies, in your opinion, are the BEST at what they do? Who makes the best products in tech? Whose tech products or services would you not want to live without? Whose products would you take on a deserted island with you? If you could pick just 5 — 10 tech companies that are absolutely essential to you as a tech nerd, tech enthusiast or other, which companies would those be? And why?

Submission + - The Clinton Foundation is downsizing (

mi writes: You would think, the end of a political career would allow a genuinely charitable family to concentrate on their charity. Instead, the Clinton Foundation is closing shop (or, at least, downsizing) after their champion's electoral loss. According to the paperwork they filed with New York Department of labor, the reason is "Discontinutation [sic] of the Clinton Global Initative [sic]".

Submission + - Canonical launches Ubuntu Tutorials (

BrianFagioli writes: Linux is arguably the most successful open source project in all of history. The success of the kernel — and operating systems that use it — are not due to any one man or woman. Actually, the achievements are thanks to the Linux community. In other words, it is a team effort — developers, users, and more.

For a Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu, to continue its progress, Canonical needs developers to remain interested — this includes getting new people interested and educated. This week, the company launched Ubuntu Tutorials — based on Google's open source Codelab. No, it is not self-learning for new workstation users, but for programmers and developers.

Submission + - Humans, not climate change, wiped out Australian megafauna (

schwit1 writes: New evidence involving the ancient poop of some of the huge and astonishing creatures that once roamed Australia indicates the primary cause of their extinction around 45,000 years ago was likely a result of humans, not climate change.

Led by Monash University in Victoria, Australia and the University of Colorado Boulder, the team used information from a sediment core drilled in the Indian Ocean off the coast of southwest Australia to help reconstruct past climate and ecosystems on the continent. The core contains chronological layers of material blown and washed into the ocean, including dust, pollen, ash and spores from a fungus called Sporormiella that thrived on the dung of plant-eating mammals, said CU Boulder Professor Gifford Miller.

Miller, who participated in the study led by Sander van der Kaars of Monash University, said the sediment core allowed scientists to look back in time, in this case more than 150,000 years, spanning Earth's last full glacial cycle. Fungal spores from plant-eating mammal dung were abundant in the sediment core layers from 150,000 years ago to about 45,000 years ago, when they went into a nosedive, said Miller, a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences.

"The abundance of these spores is good evidence for a lot of large mammals on the southwestern Australian landscape up until about 45,000 years ago," he said. "Then, in a window of time lasting just a few thousand years, the megafauna population collapsed."

Submission + - France to review food whitener additive, titanium dioxide, for health risks (

Eloking writes: The French government has ordered a review of the safety of titanium dioxide as a food additive after a scientific study released on Friday found health effects in animals that consumed the substance.

Titanium dioxide is widely used in industry as a whitener, notably for paint. It is an ingredient in some foods such as sweets and known as additive E171.

France's National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and partners in a study on oral exposure to titanium dioxide had shown for the first time that E171 crosses the intestine wall in animals to reach other parts of the body, INRA said.

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