* Posts by boltar

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

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Re: Do they encrypt transmissions

"GSM is encrypted. It's a basic component of the standard."

Only problem is the encryption has been provably broken since 2006 though probably long before that. It might protect you against a casual listener but it won't protect you against a government agency.

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Microsoft says to expect AWESOME things of Windows 10 in January

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Re: Windows 10

" whereas an equivalent shift to Linux would be a one-off costly exercise."

With the LInux ABI (and in that I include the gnome & KDE libraries) seemingly in constant flux I wouldn't want to lay a large amount of money on that.

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Re: Requirements:

"I'd pay for 1, 2 and 3. Not for 4 though."

Is that what you tell the escort agency on the phone?

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Re: High school adjectives for business solutions

"Do people honestly use AWESOME,"

Americans do far to often, but then they love hyperbole. I've no idea what word they'd use when something really was "awesome" in the actual sense of the word rather than just "quite good" or "I've drunk too many expressos and I'm talking rubbish" which is what it seems to mean over the other side of the pond. They'd probably just be standing doing a goldfish impression unable to think of a word that could trump it.

Actually thinking about it they'd probably just say "super awesome" or "awesome awesome" or some other juvenile sounding phrase.

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Re: It will have a START MENU!

>Windows has had a start menu since 95. I think you mean it'll have a non full screen start menu so that

>even people with an IQ of 4 can tell it's a menu

Those people with an IQ of 4 is who Windows 8 was designed for - big fisher price tiles that even a baby with clumsy thumbs could push. It certainly wasn't designed for professionals or even competant amateurs.

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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Re: @boltar

>You may think it's "adult" to champion greed and worship self interest, but you're wrong. There's nothing

>"grown up" about it.

Self interest is the driving force behind most human motivation. You think people work 5 days a week because they love their company so much? As for greed - it might be a vice but its also a powerful driving force that indirectly can lead to a good end. If you're not smart enough to see that then thats your loss.

As for the rest of your hippy waffle - save it for the commune, I'm not interested.

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Re: @boltar

>And? Doesn't mean they aren't sociopaths. In fact, given their actions and overwhleming hubris, I'd say >that "sociopaths" is pretty likely.

So what? They're still just running an entertainment company, not a government. No one is forced to buy any of Sonys products so if you don't like them them take your money elsewhere and quit the tedious self righteous teenage BS. Its pathetic.

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Re: Sticking it to the Man is one thing

>I suggest you read up on it, greed is one of the seven deadly sins and being sin is thus classed as evil.

>Your literary ignorance knows no bounds.

If you're refering to the bible then I'm afraid I don't hold much store by fairy tales. Got anything better?

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Re: Sticking it to the Man is one thing

>I would say that the Walton family controlling more wealth than 40% of Americans is bordering on evil.

There is a big difference between greed and evil. I suggest you read up on it.

>I do not like the capitalist system.

I'm sure North Korea will welcome you with open arms. Off you go...

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Re: Sticking it to the Man is one thing

>@ballstar

How old are you, 12?

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Re: Sticking it to the Man is one thing

"Oh f0rk-off, I'd bet you are the first person who would complain when you are price gouged, screwed over a contract or a paying through the nose thanks to a cartel.. "

Oh boo hoo, poor ickle you, you've obviously had such a hard life, almost on a par with starving refugees.

As for the rest of your standard issue left wing student post, thanks for reinforcing my point.

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Re: Sticking it to the Man is one thing

"Embarrass the evil execs and pull the pants down of overpaid and pampered stars "

Oh grow the f*ck up. Those "evil" execs are just running a business. You might not like the capitalist system but too bad, it probably paid for your computer. And yes the stars might be pampered but if someone offed you millions would you turn it down? Real evil are psychopathic murderers like Isis or child killers. Get a f*cking sense of perspective.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: How convenient...

"The primary reason the costs are so high these days is that the nuclear industry is being regulated out of existence by the ecomentalist movement."

Its not even a movement any more - its a religion. Any science or technology that doesn't fit with their beliefs is dismissed out of hand and the people involved villified. Greenpeace in particular - especially after their recent Peru adventure - is a pompous bunch of scientifically uneducated self important fools. The only people who don't realise it is themselves.

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Microsoft's dodgy new Exchange 2010 update breaks Outlook clients

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"I'm more worried they fired skilled programmers and replaced them with worse (and cheaper) ones..."

Fired them no - made their working conditions more and more miserable until they left yes. Or at least if my experience working at other companies is anything to go by. And then replace them with 3rd world offshorers at 20% of the salary and 1% of the ability.

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Re: Exchange IMAP???

"became more and more obvious that MS didn't give a stuff about IMAP and were only interested in their in-house APIs."

Thats always been the way with MS and standards. Look at internet explorers support of HTML. And even back in the day, MS couldn't even write a correct telnet client. AFAIK its still broken, not that it matters much anymore. God knows what lash up they'd come up with if they tried to do ssh.

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Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

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Re: Just goes to show

"There's one born every minute."

Thats probably what the greeks said when they flogged a load of old stones to Elgin.

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Re: hard drive players...

"Wow! You have a stereo cat!"

Plenty of people do - you never heard people say "Here puss puss!" ?

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

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Coding? HTML more like.

HTML + CSS - which are usually taught in these sorts of courses - isn't coding , its typesetting. Javascript is a bit better but its still coding in a playpen. THey should teach a proper programming language , not too hard for first timers so no C or C++ or even Java. Python or Ruby would probably be the best choice. Simple enough for beginners to get something up and running fast but powerful enough to allow access to all the machines capabilities.

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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"Oh bloody hell :( Looking to move soon and was going to go for Virgin :/"

They're all as bad as each other - VM, BT, Sky, all the same. Once they have a nice supply of your money coming in under contract they don't give a toss. Notice how the sales lines are never staffed by minimum wagers in a foreign call centre and calls to them are usually answered in seconds because those calls really ARE important to them. Unlike the support calls where they just pretend to give a damn.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

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Re: Linux future

People used to ask the same about Jobs and Apple. Something as large as linux has so much momentum that even someone as important as linus dying wouldn't stop it. Though I would image there would be slower development and a lower signal to noise ratio for a time as all the wannabes fight it out.

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Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

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Re: Security, connectivity and other important information

"I've got an LG with the webOS interface, it's SmartShare includes DLNA support.

I'm using MiniDLNA as the media server (on a FreeNAS.box).

So far I've played MP4, AVI, DivX, WMV and MKV files without issue, many at 1080p with 5.1 DTS etc. all without issue so far."

Wow, that must be one *amazing* piece of kit! High five yourself on being so tech savvy!

Oh wait, a cheap laptop can do exactly the same thing.

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Meet Jack and Jill: Google’s new Android compilers

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Perhaps if Android used native binaries rather than a VM...

... smartphone batteries might last a bit longer. Yeah I know, different CPUs etc, but it should at least be an option to compile to native-cpu-of-your-choice. You can bet Googles own apps - eg Chrome - arn't written in Java.

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

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Re: calendar check....

"Of course, it will have problems that can only be fixed with the addition of a dongle."

And slightly more seriously - a proper keyboard and Basic interpreter. Just wheeling out a spectrum clone as nothing more than a games machine completely misses the point of 80s 8 bit machines.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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BSD? No need for that yet fella...

"The siren call of BSD is getting stronger by the day."

Just go Slackware. I don't think Patrick will be switching to systemd anytime this decade.

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Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers

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Re: Sodding Pace - now permanent shitlist members

"Good news for Humax I feel, as they are the only PVR manufacturer I have used who have NOT let me down."

Humax? Seriously?

I bought a 9200T a few years back. Aside from the software constantly hanging for 10 secs for no reason or even crashing entirely and requiring a hard reset, the cheapo HD died just after the warranty expired taking all my recorded programs with it. And even if you can put up with that it'll randomly "forget" to record programs.

Mind you , Humax are bad , but Sagemcom - now there's a whole other much deeper level of shite.

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Looks like DTV is going the way of DAB

More and more channels no one wants to watch pushed into less and less available bandwidth but as soon as anyone dares suggest the image/sound quality isn't as good as the powers that be would like to pretend you get slapped with the "Well its digital , so its better". Well no, its not necessarily. Frankly I'd rather listen to FM than most DAB stations and a good quality analogue PAL signal gives a better image than a highly compressed DVB stream which might as well be broadcast from Legoland with the amount of block artifacts that occur as soon as theres any movement. HDTV isn't much better either.

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Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command

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Re: So... this is PuTTY?

"Now, how's WinSock & POSIX coming along?"

Hold on, give them a chance - they've only just figured out how to do virtual desktops which apparently will be a Big Thing in Windows 10. Thats only about 25 years after they first appeared in an X Windows window manager.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Re: You can f****** keep them

"can't tell you how shit it is to go back to a 1 inch screen, no internet, 4 apps, 1 game"

So in other words you want a toy, not a phone. That sums up most smartphone users IMO.

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"the Razr sold 100,000,000 units."

Probably the majority now dumped in landfill when though no doubt most of them still worked. What a wasteful and frivolous society we live in. All this tech tossed out just so we can have new shiny inconsequential toys to play with.

(No, I don't own a smartphone).

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DAY ZERO, and COUNTING: EVIL 'UNICORN' all-Windows vuln - are YOU patched?

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Re: Hopeless...

"Essentially you are saying Dennis Ritchie was more intelligent than Einstein or Oppenheimer. Ritchie would laugh, but at least Oppenheimer would agree :-/"

I would certainly put Babbage and Alan Turing on a level with Oppenheimer and plenty of other physicists, even Steven Hawking. Einstein, like Newton was a once in a couple of centuries genius.

However you're conveniently conflating the difficulty of coming up with ultimately fairly simple equations with that of creating a highly complicated system. Apples and oranges.

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Re: Hopeless...

"No bugs are not an inevitable reality, even in team dev where they just cost money to remove."

In any suitably complex system written by humans bugs will occur. I'm afraid the engineering-a-bridge equivalence argument that people like to cite doesn't apply because the software logic in a large system can be exponentially more complex than the maths involved in making a bridge stay up plus a bridge doesn't reconfigure its parameters every nanosecond.

If you think bugs should not occur then I challenge you to write a million lines of code with ZERO bugs in it from day one.

"In my day an OS was written in assembler or CPL both of which would allow you to make real errors unless you knew what you were doing. So why are there more coding errors now than there were then?"

Perhaps because the programs do more than they did in your day. A microwave ovens microcontroller probably has more code on a per instruction basis than the largest batch programs of the 60s or 70s, never mind the multi million lines of code running a typical financial organisation.

"the vast majority of buggy code is in simple things that were broken from day one."

Except your conveniently forgetting that there may be literally thousands of these "simple things" in a complex system. Someone has to check them ALL in ALL scenarios to be 100% sure there are no bugs. Are you volunteering?

"More importantly should bad coders and businesses be held accountable for their business decisions? personally I think it is high time they were"

Thats right, nail the coders, not the management who insisted they got the code out the door by the end of the month regardless. But if you want to see the IT industry in the UK decimated and all the work head off abroad to countries with far laxer regulations, then sure, go for it.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: Cheap dig

"We lock up paedos because you cannot have consensual sex with someone unable to legally give that consent. "

In the UK. In the 21st century. Wasn't always so just as homosexuality wasn't always legal.

Sorry, what was the point you're trying to make because as far as I can see you failed miserably since you can't seem to differentiate between human sexuality and legal statutes.

"But it's been with us for pretty much all of recorded history,"

So has paedophilia. So has tuberculosis. And?

"Normal" is whatever the majority of people in a society consider to be so, not what a small minority wish it to be.

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Re: Cheap dig

"Judo is a sport, not a martial art. "

Boxing is just a "sport" , but I still wouldn't want to pick a fight with Mike Tyson.

Judo might not be as hardcore as some other martial arts but it is a martial art nonetheless whether you like it or not.

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Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

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Re: RB's real interest isn't space, that's just a bonus.

"It's worrying that there's an error in there at all given the strict standards that such software is supposed to be written to"

Don't automatically assume its a software failure. Hardware failures or errors can cause similar problems.

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Re: Not Necessarily the Engine

If you look at the photos just after the malfunction the aircraft is clearly facing backwards. My guess is an airframe or control issue - nothing to do with the rocket. Though of course that won't stop all the I-told-you-so types making hay.

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Programming Office 365: Hands On with Microsoft's new APIs

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Re: Ah, the old MS Solution

" can only agree with the "JSON is for confused freshman who think everything needs to look like a JavaScript structure and have never had to deal with 'enterprisey' problems". Avoid like the plague."

Actually its more a case of using C-family langauge style blocks which is a lot more intuitive, neater and more compact than XML which frankly is a dogs dinner lashup made up from cast offs off HTML and is virtually unreadable.

I speak as someone with 25 years professional coding (C/C++, assembler) experience , not as a freshman. XML is a hideous joke - I'll take JSON any day thanks.

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CDSL?

"OData has its own XML schema definition language, called Common Schema Definition Language (CSDL), "

Oh god, yet another bloody config language. Just what the world needs.

Not.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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"has there ever been an arcade title quite as brutal?"

Yes - Williams Defender. Probably still the hardest and fastest shoot-em-up ever created.

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Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is

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Re: It's not that difficult..

"I always take the approach that anything is possible, given enough time and money. Sometimes the timescales or budget limit what can be achieved."

Ok Mr Amazing - go figure out how to write a low level device driver in javascript then let us know how you did it so we can all genuflect at your awesomeness.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Re: Resupply

"But how long can they hold out re-reading old copys of the Daily Mail?"

Don't worry - they gave them a paper that prints the same old biased naive lefty rubbish every single day so they'll only ever require 1 copy and can just insert different names for people or corporations that the Guardian staff think are this weeks enemies of the revolution and so get the latest stories!

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Re: Russian conspiracy?

"r is Vladimir having some fun at Orbitals expense "

Nah , just some indian engineers deciding to celibrate Diwali in a spectacular fashion.

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Kip Thorne explains how he created the black hole for Interstellar

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"Finally something that looks worth a visit to a big screen cinema."

Don't get too excited - a film needs more than just flashy special effects - no matter how physically accurate - to make it half decent. The track record of hollyword sci fi films scripts isn't exactly outstanding.

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Re: That reminds me...

"I had a screensaver a bit like that on Windows 95...It simulated a system where all information was lost without the possibility to transmit that information back into the universe"

Screensaver? I think you'll find that was the operating system itself!

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: you can barely turn the undriven wheels by hand

"There are a couple of designs for electrical generation using turbocharger housings - and spinning at 15-25,000 RPM means the entire alternator can be a heck of a lot lighter/simpler."

Nice idea - if your car spends most of its life on the highway. In traffic jams with the engine idling you'll soon find the battery going flat however as the turbo/alternator pack sits there doing virtually nothing.

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Re: A light foot and wheel geometry works wonders

>Also ensure that the wheels are running in a straight line on the straight and that the geometry is >equal on the curves, correct tyre pressures also.

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>I get 25mpg from my 5litre V10 Touareg at 130kph and that weighs 2.85 tonnes!

I would suggest a better way to get better mpg is not drive around in a pointless 2.85 ton tank with the aerodynamics of a barn door and buy a normal car instead. An added bonus is people then won't think you're trying to compensate for a problem in the trouser department.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: William Donelson

"PS: If you're upset about these latest revelations of his private life,"

Replace "upset" with "couldn't give a rats arse" and you'd be spot on.

No one cares about this self important narcissistic prick other than the US security services and standard issue anti-establishment teenage blowhards. Everyone else just gets on with their lives.

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Beardie Branson backs Blockchain's Bitcoin bandwagon

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I wonder...

... if when all the bitcoins are "created" in however many decades that will be, whether the value will collapse because its now almost useless as a currency, or , whether it will acrue in value because it will be seen as a rare resource like gold.

Of course that all depends on something even more cryptic and sophisticated that catches the eye of millenials, paranoids and criminals not coming along in the meantime.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Tired old racial angle

"He's disgruntled because he's repeatedly wrote shoddy code and he was called out on it."

Yup. And the only way he can see to get a good shot in is to wheel in the old racial angle as what, a trump card? It just makes him look like an idiot. So what if most core devs are white and middle class, its not like there's some racist exclusion policy. What does he want - affirmative fucking action?? Does he think non white non middle class people might like his POS systemd more? What a dick.

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