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Comment Have a personal Debian box in AWS. (Score 1) 755

Ran an update, a bunch of packages are now in a weird dependency loop with systemd fingered as the culprit.

I could solve it, but I'm not paid to give a shit about systemd, so when I get some time I'm just going to replace the instance with CentOS-derived (but systemd lacking) Amazon Linux -- it's the first time I've ever chosen to move a machine off Debian. A decision I'll be making... about as many times as I have Debian machines left. Failure has consequences; better luck next distro, I guess.

Comment systemd (Score 5, Insightful) 450

systemd is designed to prevent duplicated boilerplate in init scripts -- but it won't support arbitrary verbs in its init scripts so best practice is to put those functions in auxiliary scripts elsewhere. Which will mean you have to duplicate long sets of the same functionality in both places. Yay for systemd!

systemd is designed to minimize how long you spend booting. Given how often I reboot, if systemd costs me even one more minute to deal with over the course of a year, systemd has actively failed to save me time.

systemd brings binary logging to Linux, which is good because I was talking to Nobody Ever, and Mr. Ever had a lot to say about how big a help the Windows Event Viewer is in sorting out issues.

I guess Debian was a great thing to learn Unix on and I'll really miss it.

Comment Re:Have a little pity on the magazine (Score 1) 290

Additionally, if I think that *AA studies vastly overstate the effects of 'piracy' or that the awards given by some lawsuits are excessive and well beyond the damage done, it doesn't mean that I condone infringement.

I do... or rather, I don't recognize the concept of infringement. Copyright is *For Limited Times*, a balance between my interests and the interest of the creators. What we've got isn't balanced and isn't limited, and I haven't signed on to it. I could still be robbed or imprisoned if I'm caught violating it, but it doesn't merit the respect or deference a *law* does, merely the wary acknowledgement that a tool of your enemies can harm you.

If you don't like that, go come up with some real laws instead of jawing about "theft". I was guaranteed created works would enter the public domain -- what we have is theft from *me*.

(I suppose that in a country with sensible copyrights what this guy did was pretty douchey. But that isn't here.)

Comment I Could Support Cameras (Score 1) 513

Quite easily. All you need is one simple change -- decouple enforcement from revenue.

If I get a ticket because some worthless hamlet dropped the speed limit 10mph to rake in the dough? That's... that's just not acceptable. If I get a ticket because the officer feels that writing me a ticket is the best possible use of his limited time, that's sort of a different story, now innit? And if that municipality is running the cameras as an expense, I'd be more inclined to think that maybe the cameras are doing something useful if they feel that strongly about it.

I'd have a lot more respect for local governments if they just burned whatever fines they collected. Don't turn it over to the state or federal level, that still puts you in quota-land. Just erase it.

(Some people would say that this would mean higher taxes. This is of course incorrect; you would simple pay more money when your taxes are due and less money at all the other times cash is extracted from you for the municipality's profit.)

Comment Maybe I'd Be Capable... (Score 1) 511

... of doing a goddamn crossword again. My *shortcuts* have shortcuts to Google. How the hell am I supposed to resist the sum total of all human knowledge when I'm stuck with "42D: 1972 Red Sox shortstop (8 letters)" and all I've got is a tentative P crossing through the second space?

Comment Re:Devil's Advocate (Score 2, Informative) 385

I've never used AdBlock — I just use NoScript. I'm not blocking based on content, I'm just enforcing tighter security on my computer.

It cleanly kneecaps admonger arguments — static ads (I also disable animated gifs) and text ads display just fine, but you don't have my permission to run Flash, Java, or JavaScript on my system. And strangely enough, NoScript's control is finely-grained enough to give a site general permission to execute content without also granting access to and other bastions of consumer rights.

(And I'd use NoScript even if it did none of those things, because the act of *not loading a PDF by default* has saved me hours and hours of dodging lockups and crashes.)

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