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Comment Re:Systemd (Score 1) 124

It always has.

All of my machines are running debian, and the only ones running systemd are those where I've deliberately installed it. All the others are running sysvinit - and that includes machines that were built years ago, and machines built since systemd became the default.

If you're going to whinge about systemd, whinge about a real problem.

Hint: that means one that actually exists - which should be no great difficulty, there are many systemd problems to choose from.

Comment "did also deny" - WTF? (Score 1) 173

Is this an americanism? i.e. the use of 'did' to clumsily change a present-tense verb into past-tense, instead of just using the past-tense form of the verb (e.g. 'denied' rather than 'did deny' or 'also denied' rather than 'did also deny').

At first i thought it was just bad writing, but I've been seeing it a lot lately.

Comment this is just a bogus scial engineering stunt (Score 1) 503

microsoft are trying to get win10 refuseniks to panic at the "loss" of their free "upgrade" option and voluntarily upgrade while they still have the chance.

In a few weeks, they'll "have a change of heart" and decide to continue offering it for free after all, and continue with their increasingly aggressive attempts to force people to install their spyware whether they want it or not.

expect them to go way beyond just trying to sneak win10 in to unrelated updates, if they haven't already, they'll soon start issuing win7 updates that introduce subtle instabilties. of course, this will partially flop because it'll be hard to distinguish from normal operation.


disclaimer: i use win7 solely for gaming and nothing else (and i don't allow my banking or credit card details to go anywhere near windows* - all steam etc purchases are done from my linux macine). There are some features from win10 that I wouldn't mind having, but not at the price of advertising, spyware, and other malware built in to the OS, and the inability to disable useless features like cortana (which is partly spyware and partly useless-i-have-no-fucking-need-or-desire-for-voice-control), or the inevitable transition to a walled-garden app-store (with other vendors increasingly locked out).

steam on linux is becoming an increasingly viable alternative to win7. by the time win7 is completely unusable, there's a reasonable chance I can convert my gaming machine to steam on linux (or steam on linux plus wine - i used to use wine exclusively for games until i built a win7 gaming box, most games worked fine).

* or android, either. there's no way i'm trusting either google or an insecure and easily lost or stolen device like my phone or tablet with my credit card, financial or other private/confidential information. I'm not missing anything, ignoring the uninstallable google apps, almost every android app i use is GPL or MIT/BSD or other free software anyway.....and 90% of everything is crap. In the case of app stores, it's 99.999999%.

Comment Re: Oh okay.. (Score 0) 186

Asmiov's Laws of Robotics tapped into the 1950s American paranoia about African-American uprisings. The American middle class wanted servants but were terrified of politicised African-Americans.

Asimov's Laws were wish-fulfilment fantasy about slaves who could not rise up against their masters.

I always thought Asimov was seriously over-rated, anyway, even taking into account the era of his writing. I suspect the "safety slaves" concept was a big part of his popularity. Asimov himself, as is obvious from his books, had a more nuanced view of the issue - but his readers lapped it up uncritically.

Comment Re:Biased (Score 1) 157

this is not anger. this is appropriate use of correct english language for emphasis. this is contempt for a worthless specimen, allegedly of humanity.

and no, what makes you less credible is bringing up fuckwitted right-wing talking points as if they are in any way sane, rational, or reasonable. they mark you out as a cretin.

again, go fuck yourself you miserable cunt.

Comment Re:Biased (Score 0) 157

> I'm not really a friend of that false "left-right" dichotomy. "You're
> left? So you're a commie!" No. For the same reason that someone
> who's right leaning isn't a Fascist. [....]


"I'm not a right-wing arsehole but I like to spout exactly the same kind of odious bullshit that only right-wing arseholes ever say."

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