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Comment Re:Impressive (Score 2) 106

It almost reads like a conspiracy. :) First the local government only allows a couple of companies to provide services. Next make upgrading services as difficult as possible with plenty of regulation. Create a huge incentive for lobbying and corruption. Then when people get upset, the government offers to take over the service themselves for the good of the people. Next up we are shocked, shocked to find that the government is misusing the information against their citizens or political opponents that try to oppose the ruling class.

Comment Just do it. (Score 2) 106

This is how it is done. Stop complaining about Internet service and build one! There is one in SoCal made by and for ham radio people that is finally getting some momentum. It will connect San Diego to Ventura and Riverside soon. This particular project doesn't connect to the Internet, but it is an example of what can be done with volunteers and without any revenue.

Comment Re:Impressive (Score 1) 106

Does it depend on the type of service that is being purchased? Some ISP's only offer a service for end users or companies (can't re-sell). That usually means you have to move up the food chain a bit to get the more open service. Of course that also means it is more costly. I would be surprised that, even in very small towns, that there is only ONE telco for long distance. Once you know which long distance telcos are available, then something can be worked out.

Comment Re:First they ignore you (Score 1) 130

Ooooooooooooooh really? RedHat has dropped million and millions of dollars acquiring software and then they open source it. Seems like they are staying *very* true to their roots.

According to wikipedia, Arch Linux, CoreOS, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mageia, openSUSE, Red Hat Enterprise Linux/CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu all have systemd. Most of those are very recognizable names. So why just pick on RedHat?

Comment Re:The Commit Message (Score 1) 572

I don't think it is doing a kill -9. I suspect it has more to do with making sure it tracks parent/orphan processes correctly by taking advantage of cgroups. So far I haven't had corruption issues. If I had, then I'd blame systemd and it using something like a kill -9 when it wasn't required. But nope, nothing of the sort. It just works. If they made a change by back-peddling, it hasn't impacted me one way or the other.

Lol about RedHat being compared to Windows! You're crazy! I take advantage of the same things with debian and systemd. I don't run into the orphan issue because I'm not running custom noob code at home on my debian boxes.

Comment Re:The Commit Message (Score 1, Interesting) 572

Unmaintainable? Really? That is a bit over the top.

So far, systemd has made my life easier. The company I work for has written custom daemons. I'm expected to get the software deployed into AWS. It is very easy to whip up a systemd script to manage the software no matter what quirks the software has about running as a daemon. I have also noticed that systemd does a much better job making sure daemons get shutdown. Java programs seemed to be the worst when it came to shutting them down. Systemd gets the job done. Some programs are not the best written daemons, but systemd seems to wrangle them in.

I keep seeing message about systemd causes strange crashes. So far I haven't experienced this. I've been upgrading a personal desktop system since Fedora Core 9. There was a difficult upgrade around Fedora 15 or so (first systemd). But I was able to get the system back into shape.

So why do some people have so many problems with systemd? I dunno. Maybe I just have a ton of experience with RedHat. I started with RedHat 3.0.3. Before that I ran Slackware. That, and maybe I just like to learn. I'm not put off by a glitch here and there. I want to learn why and how something broke. But, again, systemd hasn't broke on me.

Comment Only utility companies (PUC's) can meter (Score 2) 554

Recently I was talking to an electrician that was upgrading the charging ports at a parking structure. He was telling me that only government recognized utilities can meter the electricity (PUC's). Parking garages are getting around the issue by charging a higher flat rate for parking in a spot with a charging station. They also have NFC cards to turn on the charging stations for people that are paying extra for the spot. The thing is, in a commercial building, the employer is usually paying for the spot. This creates a bit of an issue because it incentives people to charge their cars only at work when the grid is in high demand instead of at home when the demand is lower at night. The told me there is a company called Freedom (you'll have to look it up). That is making grid aware charging stations that will turn off the stations during high demand grid. That is when the fun really begins! The charging stations will turn off the power automatically and people can't override it by grabbing the wire in the next space over.

Comment Re:Toilet paper and timber? (Score 2) 269

With paper, the tree is crushed. Why would you need a large straight tree for that? Economics re-enforces this. You're not going to pay extra for a large tree just to crush it

What? Have you even been to an active paper company forest?

Yup! My cousins used to cut trees for the paper mills.

Comment Re:Toilet paper and timber? (Score 4, Interesting) 269

It wouldn't make any sense to take a nice large, straight tree and turn it into paper of any sort. If you need a roof or wall, you have to start with a large straight tree. With paper, the tree is crushed. Why would you need a large straight tree for that? Economics re-enforces this. You're not going to pay extra for a large tree just to crush it

It amazes me that people think they are saving a tree when they don't use paper. I highly doubt they have even seen what kind of trees paper is made from. When I explain this, people usually tell me, "That makes sense." Of course it does!

This reminds me of the Mike Rowe's TED talk about how a lot of people talk about things they think they know. Until a person actually tries sheep farming, they really don't know a thing. I ask my dad (grew up on a farm) about the subject Mike Rowe covered in his talk, and sure enough, he knew about it.

Also of note, the abstract mentions that the number of trees has been too low in previous estimates. I wonder how this new estimate will change climate/CO2 modeling:

"This map reveals that the global number of trees is approximately 3.04 trillion, an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate."

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