* Posts by BitDr

137 posts • joined 3 Jun 2011

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

BitDr

Hmmmm...

>"Currently, ISPs manage the floor through a mix of pricing, scheduling, and not taking on too many customers."

If paying more gets you better performance then there are multiple floors and the ability to screw some while benefiting others is true. Not taking on too many customers is the right way to do it, but greed will win over common sense, and the pipes will be oversold, leaving many wanting.

> we made commercial steam engines without fully understanding the properties of gases, and experimented with electricity long before Maxwell developed his theories of electro magnetism.

The lack of understanding of gasses did not impede our ability to use the steam engines, and Maxwell would not have been able to formulate his theories unless experimentation was performed. Packet-switched networks are a creation of humanity, not some natural force that has been harnessed by us. As such they are theory in practice. I would posit that the understanding of their operation would need to be well in-hand from the start in order for them to exist at all.

When some are favoured and a great many are disfavoured the unfairness is prevalent and most likely intentional. To state that it is a result of emergent behaviour is all well and good, but it smells like a cop-out, something in the relationships is causing the bias; figure out what it is and squash it, unless of course it is deliberate, and they you have to invent another reason for it being the way it is.

I think network neutrality mean doing nothing special with any of the data passing through the network, (i.e. just keep it moving). Trying to give some data priority over other data is when (IMHO) "emergent behaviour" begins.

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Brussels taxi union to disrupt the disruptors over Uber service

BitDr

Re: Ridiculous

The French taxi companies (those that pressed for this law) don't understand that it prevents them from increasing their own profits by applying real-time tech to their services.

Greed & Stupidity reign.

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

BitDr

Re: Earth to Microsoft

I remember that kind of pain, it was about 2005/2006 when I was setting up dual monitors on diskless workstations that PXE Booted Fedora from a CentOS server (have your eyes crossed yet?). That was painful. Webcams were also painful... but we did it.

Today, 2015, I installed Linux Mint to replace UBUNTU 10.04 on a customers work-station. We turned it on and both monitors "just worked".

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BitDr

Re: Earth to Microsoft

Commercial/corporate won't. People tend to use at home what they use at work. Personal Computers were around long before IBM got into the game, but they never got popular until big business started adopting the IBM PC. Employees then learned MS DOS. In the early days of the Micro Computer, before large scale adoption by big business, when people bought a home PC, they bought an Apple ][, or a C=64, perhaps a Tandy CoCo, or a BBC Micro. Hardcore hobbyists bought CP/M machines.

There was a period of time (about 1982-1986/1987) when the PC market was booming as the machines penetrated big business and home users started to look at "PC Compatibles", because they wanted what they used at work. There were problems with these as they weren't 100% compatible, but that soon changed. Sales of the aforementioned 8 bitters started to wane as MS DOS was front and centre in people's minds.

Fast forward to Windows 8 and 10. Big business won't touch either and If corporate interests don't adopt 8 or 10 then they are going to move to something else. Linux is a good choice, so is Free BSD (as Apple has proven). Both are open (truly open), they can both be customized, and in the case of multinationals and banks thousands of expensive licenses or license packages are no longer required. To ease end-user adoption the GUI (for example Cinnamon) can be made to look like what they are used to. If they do this then all of those corporate employees will now no longer be using Microsoft's product. Unless they have forgotten their history this kind of scenario has GOT to be on Microsoft's radar.

If I were them I would start to try to cut them off at the pass, what's the weakest link in the chain? The hardware. Control the hardware and you control the platform that is used. But how do you control ALL of the hardware without owning it? I mean, even Microsoft doesn't have that kind of money. The answer is you use Other People's Money and some psychology.

The bit about "authorised devices" is the key here. If you can get the hardware makers to hand off control of driver distribution to you then you've got them just where you want them. Apply some psychology, use terms like "Secure" and "Authorised" and people will invariably buy in, thinking you are talking about protecting their systems and environments; even though you said no such thing. Mechanisms to authenticate device drivers and the OS against the BIOS (secure boot) drive the nail home. Firmware on the devices simply has to look to the BIOS for Secure Boot, if it is NOT enabled the device will not work. If your OS isn't secure boot enabled (even if it is Windows) then your shiny new device can be made to work if you turn on Secure Boot. Your Linux Distro might be able to use Secure Boot, but then you're paying Microsoft because they manage secure boot authorization keys. Win WIn Win (for Microsoft).

Words from the Bill Gates character in the movie Pirates of Silicon valley;

"You know how you survive? You make people need you. You survive because you make them need what you have. And then they have no where else to go".

Job done. And most people didn't see it coming.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

BitDr

Re: And the carriers smile

Oh yes, secure boot can be turned off. It is not as easy as just clicking on a radio button somewhere in the UEFI settings screens. On an ASUS BIOS you are REQUIRED to enter a BIOS password in order to disable secure boot. Knowing people's propensity for forgetting/misfiling passwords, they will invariably one-day need to get into the BIOS (or someone like me will need to get into their BIOS to fix something) and they won't know or be able to locate the password.

Now the real question, Given that WPBT can load software onto a system from the BIOS without the need for Windows being present in memory, what benefit does a signed boot process bring to the consumer that would cause them to desire it?

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Re: And the carriers smile

>>Uh, what makes you think that a new system wouldn't make switching virtual SIM cards easier than switching physical SIM cards?

A SIM card is switched out in less than a minute, it enables a device to change networks with the network carrier providing card. Replace the old SIM with a new SIM and presto you are on a new network. Now, ask this question, "who benefits from taking this ability out of the end-users hands"? Certainly not the end-user, who at present simply puts a new key in their device to gain access to a different network.

The cynicism is justified.

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

BitDr

Re: Omg something happened in a window environment ...

LOL! Just yesterday I had the opposite happen. Had to install the nvidia driver to fix problems with nouveau.

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

BitDr

Re: Yes/no

Every five years? The auto manufacturers must LOVE those nations. I have a 2004 Toyota echo/yaris with 500 000 Kms on it, it still has the original shock absorbers (my mechanic was amazed that they perform like new). It passes annual emissions tests with flying colors. Regular rust protection means it is structurally sound.

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BitDr

Re: Yes/no

On the other side of the insurance question; when driverless cats are the norm, how will the insurance companies justify their high premiums? Human driver favor their bottom line.

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Why SpaceX will sort out Sunday's snafu faster than NASA ever could

BitDr

Re: No wonder

Agree with James. Musk risked it all, not just a few hundred thousand, but his entire fortune. Read Vance's book.

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

BitDr
Headmaster

Motor != Engine

Motors and engines are different beasts. Engines can be used to power a motor but not the other way around. Look at it like this. (Fuel->Engine->Generator->Motor->Load) makes sense, but this (Battery/FuelCell/Mains/(Fuel+Engine+Generator)->Motor->Engine->Load) does not.

Therefore a pargraph such as this;

"The aircraft uses its petrol and electric engines simultaneously during takeoff, which is the most power-demanding part of any flight. Once the pilot reaches cruising altitude the electric engine can be switched over to power generation and recharge the batteries, or used to augment the petrol engine to save fuel."

Should be rewritten to something more like this;

"The aircraft uses its petrol engine and electric motor simultaneously during takeoff, which is the most power-demanding part of any flight. Once the pilot reaches cruising altitude the electric motor can be driven by the engine as a generator to recharge the batteries, or used to augment the petrol engine to save fuel."

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

BitDr

Take Off Thrust vs Position of Throttles...

Instead of calling for take off thrust the system simply needs to monitor the position of the throttles. If it only knows the relationship of those to the position of the throttles in the fuel system then there is no confusion in defining what "take off thrust" means in aircraft to aircraft.

Anyway, it's all water under the bridge now, RIP.

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Fedora 22: Don't be glum about the demise of Yum – this is a welcome update

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Re: Why deprecate?

When they consign YUM to the dustbin, at a bash prompt, enter the following;

alias yum=dnf

There, you can now continue using yum.

Put it in a startup script for so it is always there for you. OOPS!! They'll probably depricate "alias" now... can't have anyone using it to keep their old habits alive now can we?

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BitDr

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

The trick is to recognize when things do not need to change, and when they do.

Nautilus under Gnome 2.x, and Caja (horrible name) under Mate use(d) Del to send selections to the trash (from which they could be recovered). Shift+Del actually deleted them in one go with no easy recovery.

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

BitDr

Hmmmm... sign a licence to use ubuntu packages... hmmmmm.... if it is all GPLd then there is no need to sign a licence is there. So the question becomes "what is this license that must be signed"? Debian had best be careful lest they become dependent on UBUNTU and not the other way around.

Lack of clarity, and using host button descriptions such as "disrespectful" to sling mud at the target, are the hallmarks of those whose intentions are not what they appear to be.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

BitDr

Re: Madness...

Agreed, not all pedestrians are stupid; nor are all cyclists or drivers, that said, it does not take a majority to have those in health and safety going off on a tangent. All of us must be more cautious, more respectful of each other, and more aware of our mortality when in an environment of large fast-moving machinery.

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BitDr

Re: Madness...

No. There is no technology that can cure stupidity (yet), be it the driver or the pedestrian that is at fault. Drivers and pedestrians must drive and walk defensively. Or, to use simple words, be careful!

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BitDr

Madness...

I dinna understand pedestrian crash safety requirements. When a big heavy fast moving object (a motor vehicle) hits a stupid meandering idiot (pedestrian with headphones on listening to music while texting or surfing the Internet on their fondle-slab) the aforementioned sensory deprived idiot is going to get severely hurt.

It's going to be mayhem when these fools start expecting vehicles to automatically stop when they step into traffic. We're all going to have to drive vehicles that look like scaled up marshmallows. Either that or we're going to have to require that every pedestrian wear an airbag suit that automatically inflates when it senses an impending impact with a motor vehicle. Perhaps some nice peril sensitive sunglasses to go with that suit?

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

BitDr

I wonder how much M$ is paying to have them focus entirely on Windows. W8 is not increfibly popular, W10 isn't out yet, even intuit doesn't support XP so that can't be the target. I csnt ser them wanting W7 to be the desired platform because they want to push people to 10. Surely this bauble is not expected to drive W10 adoption, which means they (Duck & Co) are risking failure by having their eggs in one as yet non- existant platform. Smeone had better be compensating them for taking that risk.

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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

BitDr

Re: @qtcoder (was:systemd? Do not want.)

Do they (the telecom) still charge you extra for touch tone? They do around here, if they kill pulse then they would have to give up the extra fee.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

BitDr

I think this will work out...

A 10KWh unit + inverters & charge controller and a budget of $12K should do the trick for us. We can add another later if need be.

When we built our home we were aiming at being off grid, unfortunately, like many things, there was too much project left at the end of the money. What we did manage is to get an 11KW generator (LPG fueled) installed, as well as the all-important generator/cutover controller (a GE unit). The entire home is easily run from the backup generator, including all motor start loads, of which the Air Con is the worst.

When power goes off the generator auto-starts within 30 seconds and power comes on a couple of seconds later when it and the AC stabilize. The cutoff unit 'sees' power from the generator, disconnects the grid side and connects the generator with a loud CLACK! When the grid power comes back on the controller unit slowly synchronizes the two AC signals, reconnects the mains, and shuts down the generator. The electronics in the house are never aware of the switch back to grid power.

The generator has been used for 80+ hours in the last 10 years, saving much in what would have been spoiled food during one particularly long outage, and running the central heat, stove/oven, and hot water heater. The LPG for all of these is stored in a 2000 Litre tank.

To take this system and turn it into what we want we need to mimic the utility company, putting our "mimic" in-between them and us, and electrically moving the generator so it can feed either the charging system OR replace the mimic should the need arise. The utility company OR the backup generator could be used to "top-up" the batteries, which one gets chosen for the task would depend on the time of day or if the grid is even alive at the time (it has been known to go off-line). If we then add a few solar panels to the battery maintenance mix the usage of the grid would begin to decrease.

As of this writing our electrical bills are $220/month, ten years ago they were $100/month. In one year we spend $2600+ on electricity. The house has CFC lights, LPG Hot water heater, LPG oven & stove-top, and an LPG clothes dryer. There are four desktop PCs running 24/7, 2 of which are servers, all have their own UPS so they don't go dark during the 35 seconds or so that it takes the generator to start powering the house. Electrical outlets to the entertainment stack are switched, allowing us to power off those parasitic loads when not in use.

A budget of $12K should do it. If we borrow the money @ 5% over 5 years it results in a bi-weekly payment of $104.41 (annual payment of $2714.66), replacing an existing $220 monthly payment (annual payment $2640) . We pay 74.60 more per year for the next 5 years, after that we earn $2640 a year. During the term of the loan and beyond the cost of electricity will continue to increase, so these are conservative numbers.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

BitDr

Re: Hmm...

Not nearly as reliably though.

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Re: Another nail in the coffin...

The posted maximum is generally set far too low. It should indicate the maximum safe speed at which the roadway can be traversed under ideal conditions, whereas it would be more appropriate to describe existing speed limits as the maximum safe speed the roadway can be traversed in an ox cart with wobbly wooden wheels in dire need of maintenance.

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Got a killer Microsoft or Oracle cloud deal? Start sweating

BitDr

To get customers

The drug dealers needs addicts, so sell the drug far below cost, then when you're addicted, jack up the price. Also, does anyone ever figure in the cost of the bandwidth?

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

BitDr

It saddens me..

The "leaders" today should be ashamed of themselves. It saddens me to think of all of the young me who died fighting a war against the worst example of a socialist police state in thew 1940's. Watching historical footage of the celebration of VE day those happy people had no idea their sacrifice ane the ultimate sacrifice of their loved ones was only to delay the onset of that which they fought against.

Eternal vigilance must be maintained against those who peddle safety in lieu of liberty, it is and always will be the price of freedom.

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

BitDr

Re: Not Necessarily

Or, "Tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed"... Hmmm he (who shall not be named) was a politician too.. so same difference I guess.

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BitDr

Re: This is a very poor article.

There seems to be a slight uptick in vague articles about scary exploits in Linux; enough so that I'm beginning to wonder how (or why) they get past the editors. These kinds of "stories" smack of scare tactics that would be more at home in a FUD marketing campaign than in an IT news publication read by professionals & enthusiasts.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

BitDr

Re: Wow..... just look at all the hate.

The trouble is that it's not the fans of the WIndows OS that are doing the work, it's Microsoft.

The Windows OS can't be rebuilt by it's fans to run on new or unusual hardware because the fans don't have access to the source, making it impossible for them to perform the task. If they had the source then they would also be in violation of the EULA, which is a whole other problem for them.

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

BitDr

Re: Win 8 & Win 10 vsWin 7

"The problem is that you want to locate things by knowing where everything is - that went out with the Ark."

So the problem is people like to be organized? Imagine if every time you went to work your had to search for everything because nothing was where you left it. Doesn't that sound like fun?

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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

BitDr

I like it...

Applications abound, but I (and people like me) have to be able to develop on our platform of choice. It also has to be secure, imagine graffiti (or worse) popping into your holographic-space. I can think of loads of uses for this, but it needs independence from the Internet and any particular O/S. It has to be able to work with everything or it will fail. If a design shop runs Macs and wants to write software to display it's UI, or a part of it's UI in this device then it should be doable. Same for the *nix Operating Systems. It can't be Internet dependent, but its nature necessitates network dependence, which can be exclusive of the Internet.

I like it! Well done! Now, lets see if the business-types at MS screw it up... my gut tells me they will be greedy and try to tie it to their ecosystem to monetize the crap out of it. This will result in the Zune-effect taking hold and the product dying before it gets any real traction.

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

BitDr

Samsung...

I was looking at Samsung, nice devices, but with one niggly little design oversight that drove me crazy while I used it. The back button is on the right side of the device, which is fine for languages that read right to left, but my native toung reads from left to right, and when I turn back a page I turn back from the left side. It doesn't seem like much, but it is an oversight that keeps me from buying one of their otherwise lovely devices.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

BitDr

Re: Security / Trustworthy Computing

Trustworthy computing was never intended to benefit you, it was for them! They could trust that the version of windows was not stolen.. and you thought that it meant that you could trust the OS? Kind of like UEFI and secure boot, it's not for you really, it's for them.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

BitDr

Re: Not bad

Uh huh... so an ISP can try to force you to install software. What if you are running Linux? Will they justify kicking you off their network because they can't install their security tools?

Madness.

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BitDr
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Re: hmmm...

Yeah.. everyone EXCEPT the slime-ball criminals is affected by their misguided efforts. The goodie-goodie-nambie-pamby-left-leaning-social-engineering-think-of-the-children idiots don't understand is that criminals by definition do not obey the law. They also have a problem with scope... as in the Internet is global and good-luck applying your nation's laws to someone in a country on the other side of the planet, perhaps in the opposite hemisphere.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

BitDr

Re: If only..

I don't understand the down votes on this one. A fuel cell in conjunction with super capacitors or batteries (preferably the former) is a good solution. H2 storage is problematic but the biggest problem is the stigma created by the Hindenburg disaster. If the Titanic had that kind of power over ships there would be no cruise-ship vacations. That meme is much more difficult to overcome than anything else.

On another note, electric motors are not engines. The lump under the bonnet is not a motor it is an engine. What's the difference? A motor converts one form of energy directly into another (electrical to mechanical), an engine has one extra step. It employs a chemical process to liberate energy from a fuel and then converts that energy into another form. Or think of it this way, an engine powers a motor, a motor can not power an engine.

Batteries and fuel cells are engines, a super capacitor is a storage vessel, like a high-pressure gas-cylinder or a tightly wound spring.

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Dotcom 'saved' Xmas for Xbox – but no one can save Sony's titsup PlayStation Network

BitDr

Connecting the dots...

All three thousand of them. Lizard squad gets 3000 vouchers from Kim Dot com to stop their attack on the game networks, and three thousand tor relays then spin up to try to take down tor.

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IBM and Red Hat power up for virtualisation on Power systems

BitDr

Unused CPU cycle myth

"un-used CPU cycles are just asking for mean glances from financial types who've read airline magazines about cheap cloud servers"

The financial types need a swift kick in the arse. My servers idling in my business cost me only the electricity to run them and occasional hardware maintenance (replace a drive in a RAID, etc.). For a 4GHZ Multi-core/Multi-CPU server (be creative) costing 100,000.00 [insert your currency here] the first minute of up-time sees each second cost .0000004 [insert your currency here] per cycle. As time passes that number gets lower!

<sarcasm>Oh yes.. VERY expensive. </sarcasm>

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

BitDr

Re: Why?

Starting THOUSANDS of VMs? For who? If you're talking computing as a service then forget about it. Why the heck would rely on someone else and get in the blame-throwing game when problems inevitably arise? My servers, my VMs, My Data, My Business. When you work for me your VM it is spun up 24/7/365 with backup servers at the ready should things go south.

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BitDr

Re: Hasn't this happened already with Upstart?

Now John this

"So just use syslog, like the default Debian install of systemd does."

is condescending, and ill-deserved. It's like telling a pilot who wants to go to the moon to "just build a rocket and go like NASA did". Sys admins and businesses are looking at spending time and money figuring out how to undo Mr. Pottering's good intentions, why is that? If systemd was truly a drop-in (transparent) replacement it would cause no angst (although I'm sure SOMEONE would complain).

However, now that the deed is done it's all going to come down to money, the question is whose going to get that money? Will I absorb the cost to change everything and allow systemd to infiltrate my servers going forward, or should I freeze everything where it is and put resources into an alternative distro like Devuan. I have to ask: "Does systemd brings any tangible or financial benefit to my server environment and business operation"? So far the answer is "no".

Perhaps systemd can improve desktop PC boot-time, but so can using an SSD, which truly IS a drop-in replacement; but even THAT no longer matters as many desktops here are virtual and up 24/7/365 (except the Windows VMs, they seem to need rebooting to remain stable).

Keeping on track with who gets the money, GNOME 3 is out, as is Windows 8 and the future Windows 10. Our users liked Gnome 2.x and it worked well, so Mate gets our support (yes financially) as does Windows 7 (but far less-so). We don't encourage Windows because with the exception of a certain nameless accounting package (that we're working to replace), it really is irrelevant and just increases costs.

We were set to start sending funds to CentOS but their implementation of BIOSDEVNAME and subsequent gushing about now being officially aligned with RH caused us to re-evaluate their strategic direction. It's not looking good for CentOS in our shop, although that too is subject to change.

In real-estate it's all about location, in system administration & business I.T. it's all about stability. We are always looking to improve things, but we need to do it in a sane manner. It's evolution vs revolution. If you change something critical, no matter how well-intentioned the change, you must QA & regression test it before releasing it. It has GOT to be ROCK solid, well documented, and transparent in it's use & maintenance. Miss ANY of these and you had best go back to the drawing-board.

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Uptime and the false need for a quicker boot...

My desktop runs 24/7/365, as do my servers. The desktop is a Fedora 14 box which does everything except NetFlix. As of late (the last 6 months or so) I've been using a VM more and more. Eventually, my desktop will be a VM hosted on the more powerful of the two servers. The beast-under-the-desk will get replaced by a SFF thin-client terminal device.

The laptop gets no use, but the netbook (an Aspire One) runs Fedora 14 and boots from an SSD in under 30 seconds, no need for anything faster. A tablet is the computer-on-the-road, and it's boot time is abysmal compared to everything else in the stable.

So, for faster boots, use an SSD and keep your home partition on spinning rust (preferably a RAID).

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Re: Off to a bad start

@ John Sanders

I think the question being asked is "why". Why are binary logs a requirement? What's the driver? Logs are for people to read and understand so they can work with the data. Binary is not user friendly, text is. If the need is for machine readable logs then use XML (and no sneaking in binary objects while we're not looking!).

Just because something CAN be done doesn't mean that it SHOULD be done. My instinct tells me to run in the opposite direction of any distro using systemd, the more I learn about it the more I see it as a single point of failure, and a huge mass of spaghetti. The siren call of BSD is getting stronger by the day.

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Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

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Re: Finally!

The people who make the fake anti-malware are indeed lower than whale feces. A customer called me about this very kind of manipulative bovine excrement just yesterday.

Systemd is an insidious evil that needs to be put out of our misery, as does BIOSDEVNAME for named devices (though that could be fixed by remapping them to the original naming scheme), but I digress.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

BitDr

Re: Whatever.

The way things are going in the LINUX world I'm probably going to migrate my servers to BSD.

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BitDr

Re: Pottering just doesn't get it.

Insane? No. Dumb like a fox? Perhaps.

We can pretty much all agree that server environments really don't benefit from a quicker boot time simply because they are rarely rebooted.

Given that the above is true, and given that systemd is being pushed by server vendor we can say that the actual purpose systemd is NOT because we need faster boot times.

Given that systemd is beginning to control almost everything, and holds forward that it makes life easier to tweak when it comes to services. I postulate that the real purpose of systemd is to grab GNU/LINUX by the throat and dictate terms to any and all who use it.

All good is hard. All evil is easy.

Dying, losing, cheating and mediocrity are easy.

Stay away from easy.

--Scott Alexander

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You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

BitDr

Re: Still don't get it...

OK, someone who does not want to have their device controlled by the manufacturer NEEDS to root it. But you're talking about preference, so you prefer to be controlled and in the walled garden. Fine. However to your point of defining need as opposed to preference, lets say you have a nexus one, it's getting low on RAM, everything you have installed on it are tools you use daily. Wait a minute, there's YouTube sucking up a few MB, and FaceBook standing guard over another few MB. They can't be moved to the SD memory and you can use the websites... no app needed... but they also can't be uninstalled! Hmmm, you can't afford a new phone, but you heard a buddy talking about how he rooted his phone and installed some neat apps; he also said something about "freeing up memory". So you get in touch with him and root your phone to eliminate the craplettes. Now you have more memory and don't need to find a few hundred [insert your currency here] for a new device, or get locked into a contract by getting a "free" upgrade.

There.. a case where someone could NEED to root their phone. That their privacy is enhanced is a side benefit.

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BitDr

Loads of Permissions

Agreed, too many apps want access to everything on your device, those do not get installed on mine. A really good example is my bank's app. It wants access to everything but I can use their web-site without that kind of privacy invasion.

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BitDr

Rooting != Intelligent_User

The average user, having seen some neat things that can be done with a rooted device, only needs to know someone who can root their device for them. They were probably cautioned at the time it was done, but all they heard was "blah-blah-blah be careful yadda yadda" .

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

BitDr

Interesting thing...

Laws change (albeit slowly), therefore "the rule of law" of any given nation is subject to the culture of the nation's government at any given point in time.

Rights trump the law, governments and law-enforcement ignore this at their peril because history shows that it will eventually bite them on the behind.

Many atrocities have been comitted within the rule of law.

Unlike a law, a right can not be taken-away, oddly enough IMHO neither can they be granted (although they can be taken for granted). Priviliges are granted, rights are not. For example no one has the right to subjugate another, but everyone has the right to place themselves in subjugation. This brings up the interesting question of how to maintain subjugation of someone once they have placed themselves in that position, because there is no right to do this. That would be a contract.

I used subjugate in the above example because of the image it conjures up, We're not talking enslavement, that is the extreme; we're talking about turning over control, piecemeal-like, of your daily existence-activities into the hands of others. The treatise-length (which this post is in danger of becoming) EULAs are good examples.

Encryption of personal information is keeping that information under your control, that's why it is called "personal" information. If it was written down on paper and stored in a safe in your house the law-enforcement agencies would not be able to go to the mortgage holder (which might be you), demand a key to your home, contact the maker of the safe, demand a master-combination/key, drive to your domicile, and search the premises at any time they pleased, for any reason they can think of.

Law enforcement is the immune-system of civilization, if it becomes cancerous it can kill both itself and the body in which it lives.

Rule of law, yes; but not to the detriment of civilization.

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

BitDr

Re: Might this be the DAP of networking?

What is needed is better infrastructure, reducing the amount of data flying about it will buy some time but ultimately more capacity is required.

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BitDr

I would think that by its very nature (targeted entity) there are no proxies.. your device is the targeted "entity".

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