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Journal Journal: Coming Home Again? 11

I've been hopping Linux distros since I decided (for reasons of my own) against intentionally using systemd-based distros. I'm not interested in systemd flame wars, so don't bother here.

At any rate, I've come across SalixOS, and so far I think I like it. It's a direct Slackware derivative, which I find quite interesting because Slackware is the first distro I ever used.

Comment Re:You're making up contradictions that don't exis (Score 1) 274

I see a lot of anonymous cowards on Slashdot being loud against systemd, but in the real world it's just another tool that people use, no different than the GNU utilities or APT.

I'm not an AC and I'm actually in agreement with most of the people against systemd for reasons that have already been discussed ad nauseum.

Does SysVinit need to be updated or replaced? Probably, depends on what you want or need. Is systemd the answer? Oh, hell no. There are plenty of other alternatives that don't risk breaking the system to the extent that systemd does.

I'm pretty sure that the only reason systemd got off the ground is because GNOME3 required it. It is the epitome of "dependency hell".

Comment Re:Perl (Score 1) 181

This was, arguably, the most cohesive and agreeable commentary in this entire thread that I've read so far. No clue why some young farts chose to down-vote it.

I write things in Python right now because I'm trying to learn it. I wrote a cool routine that makes graphs and all, and tried to share it with Management.

The people in charge of routines that are shared among teams here won't touch it because their team doesn't know Python (they seem to be the only team in the company that doesn't), so they can't maintain it. I find this disgusting, because a child could follow the blocking in Python, and if one is versed in other languages, it's really not hard to figure out what's going on... ...and yes, I have every major block documented. It's a habit I picked up from Pascal and BASIC+, because I found I would have an epiphany on how to get something to work, look at the code a couple months later and wonder what the hell i was thinking. Documentation for the win.

I've used Perl professionally, but I get irritated when people seek to obfuscate their code. It just makes it difficult for people later on, when their crap err... clever code needs to be tweaked. Python doesn't have that problem quite so often.

Comment Re:Employees are now training their replacements. (Score 1) 474

The way this reads, the replacements aren't H1B's, but actually off-shore.

Companies do this crap all the time. If I were informed that I'd be training my replacement, I wouldn't do it. Buggers want to replace me, they can figure out what's going on for themselves.

The search for cheaper labor is biting India too: they're losing jobs to nations on the African continent, because they'll do things for less than India's workers will.

Comment For the record (Score 1) 9

I can't stand Trump. I like Hillary even less. If Major Suckage has to be elected, I want the one that can be removed if it comes down to it, not someone who people are afraid to remove.

Electing someone solely because of their sex or the color of their skin is ridiculously stupid. It should be avoided at all costs.

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Journal Journal: A simple reason... 9

I'm writing this here, largely because I don't trust Facebook to not remove the post when someone gets all butt-hurt about the subject matter.

If you're going to read this, I encourage you to read through the whole thing before you decide to trigger off of one or two phrases I choose to use.

That said...

I have one simple reason why people (in the US) should vote for Donald Trump: he's a white man.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 177

Maybe the US should copy our constitution? :-)

That SOUNDS like a neat idea, but for two things:

  1. Our Constitution is a good document, and we have that already
  2. Even if we adopted yours, the problem we have is that there are too many (even, or especially, in Government) that fail to adhere to its simple principles. Instead, they try to read complicated ideas into a single sentence, then claim that unless one is a legislator, one is in no position to question their action.

I dare say that in the US, the problem isn't the document, but the so-called "leaders" in Washington. Every one of them, regardless of party affiliation, have lost sight of the fact that they work for the people, not the other way around.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 177

Okay. Here's my commentary on your JE. Bear with me. :)

I agree that there should be a distinction between "marriage" and "civil union", that being the part that is recognized by the State should be the "civil union" and the ceremony for the church being "marriage". There is a problem here, but I'll get to that in a few minutes, as I'm attempting to get through this in order.

Since you brought it up, I've also been seeing that "transgender" is kinda vague. These days, there are "gender fluid", "gender queer", and any of thirty or more specific interpretations, real or imagined. To choose an example, Facebook allows users a choice of three (male, female, and custom) with a choice of masculine, feminine, or neutral pronouns to choose from. The custom option gives a blank that one can fill with whatever suits one's fancy. The sky's the limit!

The whole mess in North Carolina, in my opinion, is less about people who are genuinely in the process of "changing teams" and more about trying to make sure that people don't try to abuse the system to prey on those who are most vulnerable. Because of the confusion brought about by those who honestly think they are able to change gears on a whim, writing law to prevent predators from going into a bathroom to approach their target(s) is akin (if you'll forgive me using an idiom you've alluded to) to nailing jello to a tree: one can try, but it will not be easy, and it's almost certain that the first several attempts will fail miserably. Already there are reports of cis women getting arrested for "being men in the Ladies' bathroom", just because someone thought the accused looked masculine to the accuser. I think that's crazy; I've seen some TS people that look more feminine than natural-born women. Where does one draw the line?

The LGB community, as a whole, only cares about the "T" part when it involves men dressing in drag. They aren't interested in the people born male who actually intend to go through with the Operation because they don't understand why anyone would want to "cut off their penis". (I'm not getting into the details of the Operation here; suffice it to say to the uninitiated that it's not exactly "cut off".) The LGB crowd only care about "T" when it builds their case, real or imagined.

My world pretty much has only two genders, even though there are exceptions to the rule. Which direction an individual goes for bed partners is, in my opinion, a matter of choice for the individual: prefering a particular sex for a partner is as much a part of the person as a favored color, but the choice is there to actually indulge in it. One could choose to abstain for any number of reasons, though these days some of the reasons (like public ostracism) are becomming less and less a factor. My view is that this is not something that can be "cured", any more than one can force another to change their favorite color.

Elsewhere you mentioned that the LGB groups claim that they are not out to get churches, but I have to disagree. They are a patient lot, and when they can find a Christian church that isn't legally prepared to defend their faith, the house of cards will come crumbling down. As some have already pointed out, individuals have already been driven out of business for their Christian beliefs, and since it is commonly held (from a Government standpoint) that corporations count as "individuals" and many churches are incorporated for legal reasons, it's only a matter of time before someone gets before a judge that is willing to take the side of the plaintiff, against the church. Churches have already stood on shaky ground before the US Supreme Court for other matters critical to their faith, and have not been able to present a strong case. It is only a matter of time before the vocal minority strike and win. They will not stop until they've managed to silence what they percieve to be the "threat" and that is the Church. It isn't important to the minority that this isn't medieval Europe, run indirectly by the Pope. They aren't forced to believe in a particular system, but they percieve striking at the Church to be some sort of revenge, and they want to see the church suffer as they have.

In Canada there are already restrictions on what a church is allowed to do in public, and I suspect (though I do not know, as I am not Canadian) that there are limits to what they are allowed to preach from the pulpit. It has not gotten that far here in the US yet, but the Political Correctness Police (nudged in some ways by the vocal activists of the LGB community) are working on that, bit by bit.

Comment Re:Calm down (Score 1) 177

Of course this won't help those who are not transsexual, but that's irrelevant to this discussion. Plus, I don't want someone who doesn't identify full-time as a woman in the woman's washroom if they still have the wrong bits, and neither do other women. And many of us feel that cross-dressers don't make the cut - they should use the men's or use a private bathroom or hold it in instead of trying to ride on the coat-tails of our legitimate needs.

I think that this is the core of the issue with the bathrooms in North Carolina. They just didn't word the law properly, so people are freaking out.

Comment Well... (Score 1) 177

Barbara, I think this is well-written. Thanks for putting it out there.

I do have some thoughts about a few things, but I'm not going to write about it just yet: it's late where I am (almost 3:30am) and I can barely think straight. I'll follow up on this later.

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