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Comment Sorry, no (Score 2) 304

The first movie rightfully deserves to be preserved in the Library of Congress. It is part of the American culture, and history. But, having said that, I have a confession to make:

The movie simply has not aged well. The last time I watched it on DVD, a few years ago, I decided never to watch it again. Now, that I'm much older, the movie looks rather simplistic and rough; and I would rather remember the movie the way I saw it, with much younger eyes and a less crtitical brain. These days, Darth Vader's initial entrance makes him look like a cartoonish villain. Luke playing with a starfighter, in one of his first scenes, is cringe-worthy. Ditto for the scene where he drools over the hologram Leia. C3PO's stumbling around ...just doesn't work for me the way it used to.

To state the obvious: the 4K version is nothing more than a pathetic, utterly pathetic money grab. And nothing more. That should be fairly obvious to anyone. I can't think of any possible value that four thousand pixels will bring to that movie. I just have a bad feeling about this...

Comment Re: I'm still waiting for Horse Buggy beta 2 (Score 1) 338

Debian never gave guarantees for anything but their default init. That has always been like that, it is just the init that changed. How could a responsible distribution make claims that init systems it never made am effort to test is supported?

I think users are mostly happy (or blissfully ignorant about init systems) with systemd. If they were not, then users would storm devuan. That distribution has seen lots of press when it started, so people did know about what is happening there, yet interest does seem slow.

I also think that maintainers would not have gone for systemd if they did not think it had benefits for their users. Contrary to what you think maintainers do care for having people use their distribution. The fact that systemd had convinced developers did also factor into the maintainers decisions. So did advantages for the packagers: Getting rid of init scripts was a big part of that. There were lots of factors considered at Debian, check the CTTE discussion you liked to earlier for more.

I do not think it matters whether software depends on an init system. Software depends on other software all the time and will adapt once some better option comes along.

Actually I find it reassuring that things start to depend on systemd: It means that it is reasonably simple to interact with the system and that it provides something worth the effort to talk to it. Never seen that before on Linux.

Comment Re: Init alternatives (Score 1) 338

Let's rephrase that: Linux finally has an init system that does something devleopers find useful enough to make their software use that functionality.

How dare systemd be useful? It should stay as useless as all the rest, so that we can have more useless init systems and switch back and forth between those.

Comment Re:So much for public charging locations (Score 2) 243

Get one of those "USB powerbank"s.

They're dirt cheap. If you don't know what they are, they are one or two 16850 LI-ion cells, a mini-USB port, and a USB-A port. The mini-USB port is used to charge the cells in the powerbank, and then you can plug your gadgets into the USB-A port, to charge them later.

Use the powerbank to suck the power from a public port first, then plug in your devices. The downside is that the whole process takes longer. The upside is that all you're risking is blowing up your powerbank. That sucks, but as I said, they're dirt cheap, and you just get another one.

Comment Desperate users (Score 2) 141

Many years ago I wrote a simple webmail server. My email address wasn't even on the login screen, just my company name. There have been more than one occasion over the years when some customer of an internet provider that used my webmail server needed technical support, and apparently managed to Google the company name, find my email address, and ask me for a password reset, or something along those lines...

Comment Re:Google is being dumb (Score 1) 90

No. USB-PD is not a "firehose". That is not how electricity works. USB-PD specifies certain discrete voltage levels, but you can draw as much or as little current as you want. Devices are supposed to have a buck converter to adapt the voltage of the input to the voltage of the battery, and they can do so at a wide range of input voltages.

The only reason to raise the voltage at the USB connector is to reduce resistive losses in the cable by reducing the required current. Once the electricity arrives at the device it can be converted to whatever voltage is appropriate for the battery, and it can deliver exactly as much current as it should. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why USB-PD would cause more damage to a battery than Qualcomm QC, in a correctly designed device.

Comment Re:I don't hate on systemd but this is really bad (Score 1) 508

#define _XOPEN_SOURCE 700
#include <signal.h>
#include <unistd.h>
int main() {
        sigset_t set; int status; if (getpid() != 1) return 1;
        sigfillset(&set); sigprocmask(SIG_BLOCK, &set, 0);
        if (fork()) for (;;) wait(&status);
        sigprocmask(SIG_UNBLOCK, &set, 0); setsid(); setpgid(0, 0);
        return execve("/etc/rc", (char *[]){ "rc", 0 }, (char *[]){ 0 });

Comment Re:It's not that bad. (Score 1) 111

It's not a year-long suspension. It's a permanent suspension of trust in their current roots. They can, however, re-apply after one year - with extra auditing over what is normally required - and if and when they pass that they may be let in again. If they do nothing, they don't get back in for free after a year.

Comment Re:Fabrice Bellard is awesome. (Score 4, Informative) 92

Too bad this isn't his.

Fabian Hemmer (,

I have no idea where the submitter got Fabrice Bellard from. This is hosted on a completely different site and authored by a completely different person. Yes, more than one person is capable of implementing an x86 emulator in Javascript. Bellard wrote his and never released the (editable) source; this guy, OTOH, wrote a more compatible emulator of his own (runs more than Linux) and open sourced it.

This is also old news, I remember seeing it quite some time ago. The site has been up since 2014. Slow news day much?

Comment Google (Score 1) 149

Dunno if that could ever possibly happen, but consider the following scenario

1. A poorly administered ISP ignores the fact that it's infested with zombie DDOS proxies.

2. Google starts returning a static web page stating "Your internet provider is unable to reach Google, please contact your Internet provider for support." message, instead of their home page, for queries from that ISP's IP address ranges.

Probably just a pipe dream for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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