Agree 100% that it is utter madness. I'm a Republican and I'm aghast that the party chose Trump. Both parties chose terrible candidates, and the ones running in the primaries weren't all that great either.
However, I don't agree that there is something that can (or should) be done from outside the parties to reform them. I have to believe that sooner or later something will give. The problem is that more and more people are leaving both parties, with independent voters reaching the highest percentages ever. What that results in is the remaining members getting more and more radical, with the parties finding less and less common ground. And it doesn't appear that things will get better as the Democrats look to get more radical after the results of this election. It's going to be harder and harder for a candidate to appeal to the remaining party members to get nominated, and then appeal to the more moderate independents.
Each party needs to come back to recognizing that they need to also appeal to the independent voters. Instead the independent voters get left with a choice of two terrible candidates. It's hard to imagine the two party system breaking down, but I feel we are on that path. If the current parties keep getting more extreme I feel that there will eventually be a movement for a new more moderate party (I doubt that any of the existing third parties will fill that void). In my opinion, perhaps the "Rational Party" would be a good name.
How about doing anything that takes a long time and you don't want to remain logged in for it to complete? For example you are running a standard program that is going to take hours or even days to process some data, so you redirect stdin to
There is already a well established mechanism for cleaning up background processes, i.e. the SIGHUP signal. And there is already a mechanism for explicitly stating that you don't want a process to die when you log out, and that is the shell's "nohup" command (which blocks the hangup signal that is sent to the process when the user exits).
And in what way does this new mechanism "enhance security"? Running something in the background after you log out doesn't give you any more privileges than if you remained logged in.
Why do the systemd folks think they need to keep reinventing the wheel? This feels like a solution in search of a problem.
Right, but the other side of the equation is not zero. Coal fired power plants, and the associated mining is responsible for the vast majority of mercury in our food chain. During normal operation, the effective radiation released from coal fired plants are ~100 times that of a nuclear plant. Combustion of fossil fuels produces air pollutants that lead to increased cancer risks and statistical increases in related deaths. Combustion of fossil fuels also are a major source of greenhouse gases.
Then note that the Fukushima accident was close to a worse case scenario, i.e. a major earthquake, followed by a tsunami. Even then, better planning could have prevented this disaster. The safety standards in place at Chernobyl were so ridiculous it's not even worth considering when it comes to accessing nuclear power risks. Lets learn from our mistakes and make improvements, rather than throwing in the towel and increasing use of fossil fuel power plants.
I applaud the view of France, who never wavered in their pursuit of nuclear energy, as opposed to Japan and Germany who overreacted to the situation. I think both countries will eventually regret the path they've taken. I'd certainly like to see the U.S. pursue nuclear energy, since it is the only practical clean energy source that addresses the issue of base load, other than hydroelectric plants, which have significant limitations in where they can be installed.
I'm all for other clean energy sources like wind and solar, but anyone who thinks we can move to them for all our energy needs is living in a fantasy world. The only way that can happen is with unrealistic breakthroughs in storage technology, not the steady increase in storage capability that we've seen over the last 100 years. Stop reading and believing all the "major breakthrough" stories posted to Slashdot regarding this. Inevitably they turn out to be false, or just another step on the same progression we've seen over the years.
I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov