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Comment Re:why just why (Score 4, Informative) 127

"...WSL actually provides an ELF loader and handles Linux system calls; it runs Linux programs the way a Linux kernel would..."

Lots of people seem to miss this point. And a huge benefit of this is that performance is excellent. Running my ffmpeg bash scripts for x264 encoding/conversion I get identical speed in Ubuntu on Windows as I get on Debian Stretch on the same hardware. And it's great to be able to run screen or tmux locally, not just on a remote machine I ssh'd into. This is much better than using putty or running a VM.

I boot Windows 10 most days because my Steam games mostly don't run on Steam for Linux and gaming under Wine is just too unreliable in many cases. If I don't have to reboot to accomplish some regular tasks than that's a bonus for me.

Comment Re:I can't reproduce this bug on Debian (Score 1) 508

" about thinking yourself lucky ..."

thanks for the condescension, always a winning strategy and a great argument too.

I have Intel Atom 32 and 64 bit, Core-i#, and AMD64. I don't experience the bug. Systemd hasn't caused me any problems since trying daily image testing installers last year, and yes I filed the appropriate bug report and it got fixed.

I hear that systemd is a cause celebre amongst the disenchanted and is supposedly very bad and wicked and probably the product of a secret conspiracy hatched between Red Hat, Microsoft, Osama bin Laden and Cruella de Vil. But as an end user I find it useful and easy to customise to my preferences and have no particular objection to it. I also don't care if it gets replaced by something else that does the same job. Nor do I care about the personas of those who write it.

When I encounter bugs that bother me I file bug reports (if they have not already been reported). When I don't find bugs I don't.

When someone tells me the stuff I'm using is broken, and what is more it is inherently BAD, made by BAD people for BAD reasons, and I test it and it works fine on test as well as in daily use then to me that person's credibility is diminished.

Have a nice day.

Comment Re:I can't reproduce this bug on Debian (Score 1) 508

According to the linked article this bug affects Debian. I'm running both testing and stable versions on different architectures. They are all unaffected. I've compared the claims of "some person on the www who hates systemd" to what I can test in the real world on actual systems which include systemd (and run reliably without issues).

His claim is exaggerated at best. Hence I don't believe the bug exists *as it is described by the author*. The author apparently has an axe to grind. I don't.

I hope that's clear enough for you.

Comment I can't reproduce this bug on Debian (Score 0) 508

I can't reproduce this bug on Debian Stretch (testing) x86-64, up to date as of yesterday. I also can't reproduce it on Debian Stable (8.6) x86, also up to date.

The linked article starts off as an apparently informative description of a serious bug that is still current, but it soon becomes apparent that it is in fact yet another misleading and ill informed rant by one the the very tedious anti systemd hecklers/religionists/witch hunters.

Short version: the story is horse shit, click bait, a recurring cry for attention.

Comment Re:interesting experiment (Score 1) 503

When the free upgrades were made available I upgraded two machines to Win 10: Eee PC from 7 Home (OEM) to 10 Home and Dell desktop from 7 Pro (OEM) to 10 Pro. In each case, but for different reasons, I reverted to Win 7 (it just didn't work that well on a low power atom based netbook with hard disk, and on the Dell it broke some of my games). Since then I installed an SSD in the Eee PC and on the Dell I switched my games from CD/DVD based to Steam. In both cases I then did a clean install of Win 10 and found that the original Win 10 activations were still good.

Comment Re:And we criticise China? (Score 5, Interesting) 167

Here is the difference:

In China the government decides that you can or cannot view porn.

In the *Account Holder* who pays the ISP decides if he/she prefers to allow access.

It is a huge difference. The sensationalist click-bait reporting is inaccurate, disingenuous and deceptive.

I am in the UK. I am the account holder for the service I receive from my ISP at home via FTTC (Fibre To The Cabinet) and from my ISP on 4G (different company). In both cases by default, i.e. for new customers, the ISPs' filters block porn, gambling, notorious P2P sites (but *not* P2P protocols!) and so on. I *CHOSE* to disable them and I can browse any site (Ok, any site not explicitly forbidden by the High Court of a democratic, free nation with separation of state and judiciary, whose laws are enacted by a body with a democratic mandate).

Occasionally my young (below 10 years old) nephews and nieces visit and they like to use any available tablet or PC to find music, funnt videos etc. Before they arrive I open my landline ISP's page, log in and enable the filtering. After they leave I disable it.

I'm the adult, I'm the account holder and I have the choice. I choose to allow myself any and all kinds of gambling, porn, file sharing, political extremism etc. When minors visit me I choose to disallow the same things that their parents disallow.

This is not censorship. It is judgement and responsibility. Censorship is when *someone else* decides what adults may or may not see or hear. This is *NOT* the case in the UK. The ISP account holder has full control and responsibility. Nobody cares if you disable or enable filtering, it's just a checkbox you mark or not, according to your whim.

Judgement and responsibility are when *YOU, as an adult* have the choice. Minors do not get to decide these things, parents and responsible adults do.

To conflate censorship with responsible parenting (including acting in loco parentis) is inane, disingenuous, hysterical and stupid. Ultimately it discredits liberals and libertarians and does them no service.

Comment Re: company serves customers (Score 3, Insightful) 263

If I had mod points this post would get some positivity.

"Elegant!". Too often I see applications, desktop environments, Linux distributions, even languages, described as "elegant". Through experience I have learned to automatically mentally translate this into "ill conceived, badly implemented, fucking stupid, actually worse than useless".

Comment Keep it (Score 1) 166

I like and prefer the mobile site on my Galaxy Note, and prefer the desktop site on my desktop, laptop and 7" tablet. Occasionally I might switch to the mobile site on my tablet (via Firefox user agent). I think this all works really well.

The mobile site was a great improvement for small screens and slashdot became actually legible. The big mistake was trying to impose a similar design on the desktop UI such that now there is a herd of people who automatically chorus their disapproval of the mobile site, seemingly as a reflex. Maybe you can enhance the main site site with some systemd syntax config options? That should keep them busy and let those of us who don't/can't read very tiny text on very tiny screens continue to enjoy one of the better mobile website UIs.

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