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11819 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

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A brave new world.

"Time for "safe spaces" and singing Kumbaya."

Devs get "time outs" instead of being yelled at. They get "do overs" when they break something. Every dev gets a trophy! No dev will be left behind, regardless of coding ability! EVERY DEV IS EQUAL!!!!1!!eleven!!11one!

Well, you'd have to be brave to trust anything a computer ever does at this rate ... Personally, I prefer a sometimes contentious meritocracy where shit actually works to a homogenized, bland mess that makes the namby-pamby set happy-happy. Soma, anyone?

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Re: Systemd

Metaphors? In that particular post? I must admit, you have me at a loss. I see no metaphors.

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AC, comparing b0rken corporate culture with a FOSS project the size and scope of the Linux Kernel is like comparing a hacksaw and a Bridgeport CNC ...

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"The problem with managing those kinds of folks is that many (most perhaps) think they are primadonnas"

No, Mark. Only a very few folks are like that. The rest are a typical cross section of the rest of humanity. You may even know a dev and not be aware of it. For example, my brother-in-law has been contributing to various flavo(u)rs of BSD for nearly as long as I have. I've known him for over two decades. It was only last year that we discovered we were both kernel devs ... The subject had quite simply never come up.

The primadonnas are the proverbial bad apples ...

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Re: Systemd

On the other hand, how many systemd lead developers are allowed to code for the kernel? Some folks can't find their own asshole with a handfull of fishhooks, not even after a good bollocking, Good fucking riddance.

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Re: Anyone wanna take bets?

Lose the "Rainbow Hair" comments. They make the collective you sound like fucking idiots.

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As a guy who has been contributing to the kernel on and off for nearly a quarter century[0], Paul has it pretty much correct. Essentially, the only folks bitching about Linus getting sweary HAVE NOT been subject to the swearing. In other words, they are upset on behalf of other folks[1]. And most of the time, the other folks have actually (finally) admitted their error, (finally) fixed it, and the rest of us mutter "about time, bone head!" and life continues. The swearing is a last resort.

And no, it has never made me feel intimidated about contributing to the kernel. Why not? Simple. Because when it is pointed out that I made a mistake, I fix it without bitching about it, that's why. It's really not a big deal. Unless the developer in question chooses to make it a big deal, that is. In other words, said developer doesn't play well with others, and insists on doing it his/her way.

Frankly I'm surprised that Linus has been as tolerant as he has been all these years ... If it was my name attached to the project, I'd have really lit into a few of the idiots ... And you commentards who haven't actually spent any time contributing to the kernel, your opinions on the subject are worthless. Come back after you've walked a few miles in my moccasins and I might find your commentardary on the subject worth listening to.

[0] Edit: I just checked my records and it's actually just a hair over a quarter century. Time flies when you're having fun!

[1] Which is a cardinal sin as far as I'm concerned ... As an adult, I don't need or want anybody else being upset on my behalf, thank you very much.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: "Credible Threat"

Bog roll works quite nicely from the look of it.

Regardless, I'll stick to goose loads. More range.

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Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Re: Unexpected load? Really?

No need to laugh at locks ... they exist to stop crimes of opportunity, and work quite nicely for that ... However, be aware that if a criminal chooses to bust into your home, a brick through the window next to your front door will work quite nicely, the lock isn't even going to slow them down.

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Re: Unexpected load? Really?

Regardless, I'll stick to keys. Fewer things to go wrong ... and a hell of a lot less expensive. Win-win.

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Re: Unexpected load? Really?

"also operable with an external 9V battery if you let the internal ones go flat"

So now, instead of keys, I carry a (hopefully working) 9V battery? No thank you. I'll stick with keys.

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Re: The "Smart Home" crashed?

Just wait, it'll get worse:

"I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave."

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Hubble 'scope gyro drama: Hey, NASA, have you tried turning it off and on again? Oh, you did. And it worked? Cool

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Re: Vacuum induced gimbal stiction ...

Fair enough :-)

Job well done anyway ... I'll get in another round when you bellow for it.

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Vacuum induced gimbal stiction ...

... is a hazard of the environment. Good to see they got it going again, at least for a while.

This round's on me ... Job well done.

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Unexpected MySQL database meltdown fingered in GitHub's 24-hour website wobble

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OH KNOES!

THEY SAID FINGERED! The politically correct crowd will be along shortly to wring their hands & whine at ElReg ... What ever shall we do!?‽‽

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Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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Re: Stink?

So, Mr/s iShit, what do you call nutmeg and mace?

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Re: Stink?

Note to my fellow Yanks: The Brits call the herb cilantro by the same name as it's seed, the spice coriander. I assume this kind of confusion is why British food has the reputation it does world-wide.

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Re: Coriander?!!

You have them in Ontario? Has Quebec started leaking?

N.B. Montréal doesn't smell nearly as bad as Paris. But they are working on it. Give 'em a couple more centuries.

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FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: Sooo, they fined him less than he spent to do it legally

"Right to be forgotten"? In New York? What colo(u)r is the sky on your planet?

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Re: Sooo, they fined him less than he spent to do it legally

A friend once asked how much water could be put through a 5/8" hose.

I answered "All of it!".

He didn't understand. Thirty years on, he still doesn't understand.

He owns a rather large law firm.

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Re: How long before the courts move into the modern world?

How long? Well, consider that I personally know many lawyers (and a couple sitting judges) that call email a "twix". Also consider that a couple of the above still have (and USE!) TELEX machines ... and I don't think I've ever stepped into a law office that didn't have a standing order for bulk FAX paper. So I'd say maybe around the turn of the next century. Note the "maybe".

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Re: Sooo, they fined him less than he spent to do it legally

Who said anything about google, Kemosabe?

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Re: Sooo, they fined him less than he spent to do it legally

Remember, anyone searching on his name will find this story from now into eternity. Would YOU purchase anything of value from him?

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

"Same reason Linux took off and BSD not so much. Because LibQT was open sourced just a bit too late."

Nah. LibQT became an important part of the equation many years after Linux blew past BSD in the number of developers and/or users column. The real reason is because AT&T's lawyers had issues with BSD. Linux was seen as being unencumbered with perceived AT&T license problems. We needed a cheap-or-free *nix for work, home, and play ... Minix wasn't it (yet ... it's a good general purpose OS now, check it out!), Coherent was about to go away (open sourced in 2005, find it at tuhs), the other commercial offerings were either brain-dead or stupid-expensive for home/student use. So Linux+GNU won by default.

That was the mid-90s; the rest, as they say, is history.

Note that I'm not anti-BSD, far from it ... I've used BSD since roughly the same time that ken got to Berkeley. It's a great OS, and IMO a better server OS than Linux ... although Linux is breathing down BSD's neck in that department.

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Re: Modern Interface, and other stupid comments

You forgot the rest of that quote, RyokuMas. Allow me to provide it:

"NOT "accomodate" nor "embrace" whatever they do"

Quite selective in your quoting, there. I wonder why ...

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Re: no, NOT wayland...

Is any important distribution[0] even fiddling about with Wayland anymore? Near as I can tell, Wayland is conspicuous by it's absence ...

[0] Other than Fedora, which I personally don't consider to be all that important, but as always YMMV.

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Nobody else has said it, so ...

... I think the extra spit is specifically aimed at systemd, but I'm sure that Gnome will deservedly pick up it's share of spray.

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Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

I wrote: "The laptop in question (HP zv5105) has low-end Intel graphics with "shared" 64megs of memory. It ran KDE 4.x quite nicely, and was my primary computer for 7 years."

Make that an ATI Radeon 9000 IGP w/64Megs of shared memory. It was my primary computer for 7 more years. I just booted it up, and it is running the video software that came with Slackware 14.0 (no ATIdriver). It works fine, I still use it on the road when I'm in a place where it might get lost, stolen or strayed (nobody is going to steal a 15 year old laptop!).

She started on Slack 9.1 and was updated as Slack was updated. The old gal got wiped&re-installed for a couple releases of Slack, after major architecture changes. She's now running Slack 14.0 -stable ... I'm tempted to update to Slack 14.2 -stable, just to see how it goes. KDE has never even stumbled in all that time (aside from issues that everybody was having, of course).

They say the memory is the first to go ... or maybe I forgot it was ATI video because I never thought about it again after the initial installation. Still, not too bad for a 15 year old machine :-)

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Re: "the system has a more modern and no-reboot look"

Does a flat file server handle flat file databases?

But seriously, uptimes of months are easy and common in every world but the one with Redmond in it. There are several machines around here that only get rebooted when kernel security updates demand it. They always come back up gracefully.

With that said, anybody who maintains personal uptimes[0] just for the sake of bragging probably deserves what they get. If your system's security/performance/whatever would benefit from a reboot, then reboot the fucking thing already! That particular DSW was over a couple decades ago, and BSD clearly won by a nose, with a properly setup Linux machine coming in a close second, followed by Apple trailing by a couple lengths. Redmond, sadly, DNFed and needed to be put down ... but for some reason was spared by the fanbois. Perhaps it'll be put out to pasture soon, it certainly won't be offered up for stud ...

[0] Corporate uptimes are a whole 'nuther kettle of worms.

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Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

"I used to really love KDE, but it sadly lost its way from version 4 onwards, requiring a graphics chipset with quite some oomph at a time when many computers still didn't have one, making it (for the time) bloated and slow."

I keep hearing this, but my reality doesn't match the griping. I installed Slackware 13.0 on a (then) 6 year old laptop in 2009. It came with KDE 4.x. The laptop in question (HP zv5105) has low-end Intel graphics with "shared" 64megs of memory. It ran KDE 4.x quite nicely, and was my primary computer for 7 years.

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Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

"Is this change simply for change's sake?"

Essentially, yes. It's another example of what happens when Marketing makes Engineering decisions. Sad, isn't it?

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Re: "the system has a more modern and 'flatter' look"

"why does anyone use Gnome?"

They don't know any better would be my guess.

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Re: Nah.

Everybody? Thank heavens for that. I must be doing something right if I have managed to convince all y'all agree on something :-)

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Re: Nah.

Why? SImple. Genetics. The strong survive.

Humans have been on this muddy rock for a couple million years. We've only been "civilized" for a couple thousand. Some would say we aren't civilized yet. Couple that short time with the number of years that a generation takes in our species, and is it any wonder that our basic tendencies are what they are? Give it another few thousand years and we may become a species you'd take home to meet YerDearOldMum ... but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Re: Nah.

One wonders if my 10 downvoters realize they are trying to "bully" me into conforming to their world view with their votes? Hypocrisy? They may have heard of it ...

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Re: Ah i miss the old Polytechnics.*

"There's a huge difference between a BMI of 25.5 and 30+."

No difference at all, really, when you consider that BMI is pretty much meaningless. I am about 5'11", and weigh 212 pounds (15 stone to you Brits, 96 kilos to the more enlightened world). According to the BMI, I am obese with a BMI of just over 30 ... In reality, I am quite fit & healthy. My body fat percentage hovers around 4%. Another example: Da Governator in his Terminator body would be considered "morbidly obese" according to BMI.

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Re: It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

"Is that a parody of "

Kinda. More of a cover, with a twist. See here. Or, rather, hear there. No piano riff needed. Possibly NSFW (in which case you need a new job, you poor bastard).

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Nah.

All kids will always get ridiculed over one thing or another. It's part of growing up. It was considered normal up until the last couple of years, maybe a couple decades, when the namby-pambys decided to rename it "bullying".

Well guess what, namby-pamby? It's still normal, kids still do it, and there is precisely NOTHING that you can do to prevent it. It's a part of growing up human. Deal with it. The rest of us survived just fine, what's your problem?

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Re: It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

At least that damned boogie woogie[0] got us up off our asses!

That said, it IS bad parenting. When was the last time you heard a parent yell at their kids "GO AND PLAY OUTSIDE!!!"? And obviously, there is a lot of peer pressure to keep up with the meme o't'day.

[0] Personally, i dig that goddamn rock n roll, the kinda stuff that don't save souls; Ain't nuthin' good about it that i know, yea i dig that goddamn rock 'n' roll. (Thanks, Ivy. RIP Lux & Nick.)

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It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

More likely is that the sprog of humanity is sitting on their fat asses staring at the screen for hours on end, praying to Google that they don't miss whatever it is that the kids will be talking about at school on Monday morning.

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: Request?

Have you seen this page? It does kind of what you are looking for.

The only icon worth using is Beer. It is Friday, after all. This round's on me.

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Good news: Largest, most ancient known galaxy supercluster is spotted. Bad news: It's collapsing on itself

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Re: We have a problem

It's not a matter of "should" or "should not" ... it's a matter of "does" or "does not". Clearly it does. Now to figure out why.

Science Ain't it grand?

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Spotted?

I was hoping for a nice, fetching tartan!

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Tech hub blames tech: San Francisco fingers Uber, Lyft rides for its growing traffic headache

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Re: Humans are stupid...

Last time I looked, the pedestrial was obsolete.

Aerial Tramways cost too much in maintenance and visual blight, to say nothing of right-of-way concerns. Otherwise, they are probably a good idea.

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Re: 30 years SF driver here..

Shame you posted AC, your message is spot on. Saved me from typing it.

SF's biggest problem is that it caters to the very vocal minorities who are either politically correct, or green, or "downtrodden" ... if you can manage the trifecta, you can get away with almost anything.

Consider that SF is spending ~43K/yr EACH on the homeless population. And if a certain ballot measure passes (Prop C), they plan to double that. That's ~86K/yr for each and every homeless person in SF! And you wonder why they are flocking to TheCity?

San Francisco's administration has been totally and utterly fucked for a LONG time. Somehow they have managed to loose track of priorities. Hopefully what's going on in Washington will get the sane voters off their fat asses and into the voting booth in November ...

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Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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Re: @amanfromMars 1 .... and Heavenly Manna Mamas and Papas

Hold my beer, I'm going in ...

amfM, you can assign meaning to any grouping of words you chose. However, it doesn't necessarily follow that your assigned meaning has any bearing on reality, n'est-ce pas?

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. —Lao Tzu

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Re: Catch 45

"Rouge killers"

He was polished to death? Gives a whole new meaning to rubbed out ...

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Re: There are Futuristic AI Forks in Roads to be Travelled though, ...

They've been saying that about AI/ML/buzzwords o't'day since long before I got to SAIL. Near as I can tell, we're no closer than we were in the 1960s. Me, I'm not going to lose any sleep over machines taking over ... for the simple reason that they cannot. 'tis impossible. Unless they control their own batteries and spare parts, that is. Machines are info-rich and entropy poor.

As for politicians, it's been the same at least since man invented writing. So same ol' same ol, and again nothing to lose any sleep over. If you're really worried, at least most people in the so-called "Western" world have the option of getting off their fat asses and voting ... and even when they get it dreadfully wrong, they have the option of rectifying the mistake every couple of years.

So the answer to your angst, amfM, is to vote. And then vote some more, until you get it right. And then keep voting to KEEP it right.

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Re: Lets face facts

"Ruthless, no-nonsense" is a tautology, at least in this context. Somehow I suspect the OP thanks his (her?) lucky stars that he (she?) doesn't live under such a regime. Either that, or it didn't think it's comment through ... which would be my guess, given past posting history.

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I think that bed started getting soiled when Reagan was in the White House, and most presidents since have contributed to the pile.

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