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Comment Re:Soooooo... (Score 0) 377

Personally, I'm of two minds on this. On one hand, I don't like the idea of any foreign government attempting to screw with our elections. On the other, they didn't make the information up, they just shone a light into some shadows. In that sense, they did us a public service. If what we saw in those shadows cost the Dems the election, they have only themselves to blame.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 377

At this point though, now that a number of Congressmen have called for his head (not necessarily following a trial), he has no reason to believe he would get a fair trial if he returned voluntarily. I don't see Russia reversing their position anytime soon so his involuntary return isn't looking all that likely..

So, the closest approximation of justice at this point would be a pardon.

Submission + - NYC Spent $69M on Special Ed Software That Cost $75M in Labor Judgments (

BradyDale writes: One in seven students in NYC schools are in special education, each of whom has lots of individualized service goals each year to help them achieve an appropriate education. That's tough to keep track of, so in 2008 NYC schools procured services to build software to help track it.
The poorly designed software has made matters worse. So far, it has earned $75M in labor arbitration settlements over time teacher's wasted wrestling with the system outside of school.
Now, the city's public advocate has sued to find out if students get the services the law entitles them to.

Submission + - Squirrel 'Threat' to Critical Infrastructure

randomErr writes: The real threat to global critical infrastructure is not enemy states or organisations but squirrels. Cris Thomas has been tracking power cuts caused by animals since 2013. His Cyber Squirrel 1 project was set up to counteract what he called the "ludicrousness of cyber-war claims by people at high levels in government and industry", he told the audience at the Shmoocon security conference in Washington. Squirrels topped the list with 879 "attacks", followed by birds with 434 attacks and then snakes at 83 attacks.

Submission + - Superbugs now Killing more Americans than Breast Cancer

randomErr writes: Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are now slaying more patients than breast cancer, according to a new statistics by the UK Sepsis Trust. The British Department of Health say about 5,000 people die each year from drug-resistant infections The UK Sepsis Trust looked at the Department of Health’s own data to produce an estimate of 12,000 killed per year by superbugs. That’s more than twice as high as the current estimate.

Comment Re:Ha-Ha! (Score 2) 276

That goes all the way back to the telegraph where you could interrupt the sender by opening the circuit.

RS-232 maintains it in the form of the break signal which just pulls the line low for not less than one symbol's time (ass opposed to ctrl-c that just transmits character value 3).

Cut the wire is as good as any I suppose.

Comment Re:One can hope (Score 1) 123

I can tell. There's one scenario where a specific order applies, boot time.

If you can tell, one might expect ypu to make an effort to communicate more clearly. If you find you cannot, then you should clerify your own thinking first.

Boot time is also the only scenario where initializing the system is relevant. All those other systems failed to catch on, probably because non-deterministic system initialization is problematic.

By who?

By the kernel configuration, SuSE, Facebook, Tripadvisor, and a number of other operations using it in production.

Either way, systemd needs to be flexible enough to deal with this sort of thing. It isn't.

Nope the problem was udev ...

SysVinit with udev doesn't have this problem. Beyond that, the absorberthon that is systemd claims udev for itself, so it's their problem now. This was udev's behavior before there was systemd and it is still udev's behavior. It's not like it popped up as a surprise. Pure and simple, systemd neither took that into account nor changed udev to no longer behave that way. Thus, the blame falls squarely on systemd.

Initrd? You mean the thing that is supposed to assemble rootfs devices...

/home is not root. Actually, at one time systemd was supposed to aldo take care of things in the intird/initramfs. It doesn't now because it isn't capable of it due to it's inability to deal with RAID and other systems where some failures are OKish. This is just an example of something very fundamental they didn't think of, didn't build in enough flexibility to make it fixable in configuration, and didn't make it open and modular enough to allow something else to take care of this task for it.

Don't care.

So you don't care about the philosophy that made Linux superior to Windows? You are happy to degrade the usefulness of Linux so you can switch to the losing strategy born from insufficient understanding??

Now there's an appeal to authority...

Referring to one's own relevant experience is in no way an appeal to authority. Particularly after a claim that one lacks relevant knowledge or experience. In other words, you went there and got shot down. In response, for some reason you smashed an egg on your face.

Actually it means that no one was happy with the original.

Sure, it is the most disliked init system ever, other than all of the others.

Submission + - SPAM: It Can Power a Small Nation. But This Wind Farm in China Is Mostly Idle.

schnell writes: The New York Times reports on a massive wind farm in remote Gansu province that boasts more than 7,000 wind turbines but whose capacity goes more than 60% unused. The wind farm epitomizes China's struggles in its efforts to become a world renewable energy leader: the Chinese economy is slumping, leading to decreased energy demand; the country lacks the infrastructure to haul power from remote wind-producing regions to industrial centers; and government policies continue to favor the domestic coal industry. China has 92,000 wind turbines, more than double the US's capacity, but China generates only 3.3% of its electricity from wind compared to 4.7% in the United States.

Comment Re:One can hope (Score 2, Informative) 123

I'm going to assume you didn't RTFM if you're having problems with modules and when they get plugged.

Not KERNEL modules, init system modules.

The right order is stable during one scenario only, a controlled boot.

You prefer an out of control boot? Not sure what you mean there.

BTRFS hasn't been listed as experimental for some time now. It is considered usable in production now. The problem wasn't BTRFS, the problem was systemd trying to be clever when it really isn't. It would refuse to even attempt to mount btrfs until all disks showed present. It offered no timeout. I did have the degraded option set, such that when systemd inevitably dropped me to a shell, I could just type mount /home and POOF, there it was.

systemd never did solve the problem for MD RAID devices, it's just that the initrd now assembles the RAID before systemd gets a chance to screw it up.

The Unix philosophy has always been small tools that do one job well combined to do nearly anything. That's how it's SUPPOSED to be.

Systemd COULD have been designed to play well with others. It's whole process management thing could have been called by /sbin/init to take care of whatever was configured under it and leave everything else to the rc scripts (or whatever other modules might be called by init). Instead, it's a hairball. It reminds me of Robin Williams joke about God getting stoned and creating the Platypus just to fuck with us.

Since I actually wrote an init system for bproc nodes, I probably know a hell of a lot more about it than you do.

You know what it usually means when dozens of "new and improved" replacements fail to replace the original? It means the original is actually a lot better than you think it is.

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