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Comment LastPass's Response (Score 5, Informative) 146

Here's the response from LastPass:
(I think this link should be in the main summary for balance)

As for Google Chrome, LastPass asks that you star Issue 39511 for extension infobars outside the DOM. Specifically here's LastPass asking for improvement in Chrome January 12th, 2012:

I am NOT affiliated with LastPass.

Comment Re: Ancillary titles to TFA (Score 1) 327

No. This is what is wrong with PowerPoint. This is what makes PP dumb.

What should be presented is a cohesive narrative. Drop the stupid rules, tell a story. Make a simple annotated illustration that is information dense and comprehensible. Forget about the slide. It's obsolete.

Now this does not mean put a million things in a view at once just to create the illusion of information density. It means think like Google Maps: information rich, quantitative, and easy to understand.

If you absolutely need a rule, the better answer is 0 or 1. Zero bullet points. One narrative.

Comment Re:Time for a change? (Score 1) 234

I am not sure I would called mentoring the absolute worst act for a high achieving kid. It depends completely on who they are teaching. Tasking them with mentoring remedial students who have no interest in learning material is a waste of time. However, teaching other motivated students can have plenty of rewards. Mentees challenge the mentor with all kinds of questions forcing the mentor to have a firm grasp of the topic while also seeding new ideas.

Having advanced scholars teach less advanced scholars is essentially the framework for higher education. Ad Adstra likely has established this sort of environment at a grade school level.

I think the key is not to impose this model on everyone. Education overall should be more diverse and should span the breadth between completely vocational to the abstract. Compulsory education for everyone does not make sense either. It just creates a large pool of unwilling participants. The one-size fits all model of public education does not make any sense.

Comment Re:What is systemd exactly? (Score 2) 765

It depends how well you know Windows or Mac OS X.

systemd is roughly equivalent to Window's svchost / Services [1] or Mac OS X's launchd [2]. Maybe if you remember DOS, it's kind of like autoexec.bat / config.sys (shudder). systemd is meant to replace the init system in Linux.

Right after your computer boots and loads the hardware interface (the kernel), systemd or init is the first program that starts that is meant to start all the other programs. Traditional UNIX philosophy is to keep things extremely modular and simple. Each piece of software should do a single job and do it well. Furthermore, it should easily work with other modular programs. The controversy is that systemd has a tendency to expand in scope. While it has various subsystems and modules internally, it is trying to do "everything".

The motivation for systemd is that modern systems have many services which need to interoperate, particularly at boot time. The old init system would start each service sequentially, one right after another. Modern systems now have multiple-cores and it would be advantageous in time to start services in parallel to take advantage of multiprocessor systems. In order to do this, there is a dependency graph problem where you have figure out which processes can start in parallel and which one depends on the others. For example, before you start a web server, you probably want to make sure that that the Internet connection is up. This problem has been solved and part of the solution was retrofitted onto init. Systemd, however, also wants to supervise services as they are running and possibly respond to events. These features are more important to laptops which boot frequently and change environment. Servers, however, boot infrequently and exist in relatively static environments where the additional complexity of systemd might cause an issue.

Windows and Mac OS X have embraced solutions similar to systemd earlier to take advantage of tighter integration and also partly due to development being centralized. Linux development is more distributed and many would prefer it to be more modular and simple. The fight over systemd is a philosophical debate about whether the core services in Linux should be centralized and integrated or highly modular and simple.

The dichotomy is false, however, as what is really needed is specialized configurations for different situations. What people are squabbling over is whether generalized solutions should lean towards supporting their specialized application (stable servers vs flexible laptops). The distributions which package software have been leaning towards systemd to support both, but those interested in servers see little advantage, greater complexity, and more security issues in systemd than in the previous init system.

In summary, systemd is a replacement for the first process that starts in Linux that is supposed to provide core services. At the cost of simplicity, systemd integrates many services internally. The disagreements over this are philosophical and are about people fighting over the direction of generalized solutions rather than working towards optimal solutions for their specific needs.


Comment Emacs/SystemD (Score 1) 471

It almost seems like we are just missing the userland tools for SystemD, but I know a great selection of tools: Emacs. Once they merge Emacsd, we're set!

I cannot wait until I can go from GummiBoot to Emacs in less than a second.

Comment Scientific Proof (Score 1) 497

It is really not possible to prove hypotheses in science. We can only disprove hypotheses, and "proof" only occurs when all other current hypotheses are eliminated except for one.

We can also create models, often with mathematics, that are just another form of hypotheses. So being "settled" is only a transient state until someone else proposes a consistent model with the evidence.

As such, we must embrace "deniers" that challenge the standing hypotheses and ask them to propose their own testable hypotheses.

Religion is often another hypothesis, but it is often not one that cannot one that can be scientifically disproved. An all powerful deity can alter our reality to erase or manipulate evidence.

If we disallow standing hypotheses to be challenged, then Science becomes an institutional religion. True science must always allow hypotheses to be constantly challenged by well formed alternate hypotheses.

Comment US Hegemony (Score 2) 148

While some people complain about the geopolitical status of the United States, it has to remembered that the US emerged from isolationism outside the Western hemisphere only after the second World War. Sure there was some involvement after the Spanish-American war and the first World War, but current state of affairs was created by the actions of countries around the world. If there is anything especially exceptional about the United States, it is that it is a large political conglomerate that continuously assimilates immigrants.

Cooperation between nuclear powers can only benefit humanity as a whole. A system of friendly competition and cooperation between countries than the wanton destructiveness of general war.

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