* Posts by bombastic bob

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Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Google are cunts

how effective are non-google search engines? Well, 99% of the time I'm using 'duckduckgo' and only occasionally do I re-enter a query for google, and when I do, I don't log in with any kind of google login. So it's as anonymous as can be (and I assume they're watching everything I do).

Occasionally I'll pollute their metrics by making scripted requests of things that should cause red flags to appear someplace... heh heh heh

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Re: Google are cunts

"Googles gives you:" (snip details) "all of that FOR FREE"

Not "for free". When our personal data and privacy are "the commodity", that's the cost of using their services.

Far from 'FREE'. Although, they DO give that particular perception of 'free', don't they? At least, on the surface...

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Re: Google are cunts

"The truth.Switch to Firefox."

Until that, too, does the same thing. What happened in 57 is a case where plugins were deliberately broken. Once money is involved, it'll happen with FF, too.

"most websites are getting wise and are limiting access to content when you use a tool like No Script which will also block ads"

No, just certain hosters do this by putting the re-direct in a script when you first load "the thing". then you get that stupid 'Forbidden' error page instead of the content. So I'll either look at google's cached version, a web archive version, or "not at all" in response to their STUPIDITY.

If they want MY business, they need to stop PUTTING SCRIPT IN ADS, for starters. The problem is the PREVALENCE OF SCRIPTING in web pages. THAT needs to GO! AWAY! !!!

EU will have agreed a tech tax by March, says French finance minister

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that's right - consumers will end up paying the tax bill.

And all of this talk about "fair share" - if FAIRNESS were really a goal, then the tax rate would be EQUALLY APPLIED across the board, not "only them" paying...

Taxed Enough Already?

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

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Re: Will it come back again?

to kill a zombie you must destroy the brain.

(I saw that on an F.P.S. Russia video)

/me adds some Tannerite to spice things up. Heh.

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" MS is out of the mobile business, but the phone look and hopelessly ugly and functionally gimped UI for PC Windows are still here"

Right on!

(MS - FIX THIS - give us our Win7 interface back, k-thx)

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Re: Clickbait

Let's put it all into perspective here....

Micro-shaft **RUINED** the Windows UI for their "One Windows, Everywhere!" campaign.

And now, the *ONLY* reason that a 2D FLATTY McFLATFACE FLATSO "The Metro" "Start Thing" CRAP INTERFACE exists AT ALL (in Windows) in the FIRST place, is being taken out to the woodshed and SHOT!!!

And, let the abominable horror of THAT little factoid sink in for a bit...

'WIMP' interface RULES. FLATTY FEELY interface *STINKS*. Except for phones and slabs. And they all run Android and iOS. And a WIMP interface needs 3D SKEUOMORPHIC THINGS on the desktop.

MICRO-SHAFT GET A FREAKING CLUE AND FIX WIn-10-nic's INTERFACE BACK TO LOOK LIKE 7!!!

Microsoft's Master Chief calls time on Cortana as a standalone AI platform

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"It looks like you're trying to build a UI"

with respect to "a free tool that it hopes will let devs prototype UWP XAML for user interfaces"

One more CLIPPY clone and I think I'll *EXPLODE* [ok maybe it's not clippy but still... did they NOT see that one scene from Salmon Days when the BOFH started wrestling with Clippy screaming "I AM NOT! WRITING! A @#$%ING! LETTER! YOU STUPID @#$%ING PAPERCLIP!"]

The tool would HAVE to be FREE, because NO self-respecting developer would EVAR *PAY* for such an abomination!!!

UWP needs to be killed to death by burning it with FIRE.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Re: Umm... nope.

So-called 'global warming' (this cycle) stopped at around 2010. It's all cooling now, will continue for the remainder of the bottom half of the ~70 year cycle. Yeah, it's a cycle. Like most things in nature. And it's not created by humans. There's also a 500 year cycle in the northern hemisphere, and 2000 was at or near the peak of THAT one, too. You know, 1000 AD warm, 1250 AD cold, 1500AD warm, 1750 AD cold [the Thames froze, and 'Valley Forge' happened], 2000 WARM, etc. and also the 70 year cycle... 1900 cold, 1935 warm, 1970 cold, 2005 warm, 2040 cold...

That's right. No need to panic. Coffee will be around for as long as people grow it.

/me sips cappuccino and moves onto something that actually matters

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

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rude ring joke

A stegosaurus could not see the rings around Saturn with a telescope, but with a MICROscope he could see rings around Uranus!

(sorry, U-rectum)

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

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Re: Age...

"dinosaurs who refuse to evolve"

name ONE example (fine to do it in your own head, no need to dox anyone). In any case, I call "straw man" on THAT one

But I can cite SEVERAL recent examples of projects/products gone horribly wrong because the tech allegedly "evolved" but really went into a spiral pattern that encircled the drain... because, as far as I see it, too many of the experienced people LEFT and "the children" took over.

You know, like the cluster-blanks of:

* gnome 3

* Windows 8 and then 10

* Mozilla (post-Australis)

* systemd

[just for starters, anyway]

youthful arrogance, indeed. With plenty of 'enthusiasm' I'm sure. And degrees a-plenty. But a degree is only "proof of potential". *EXPERIENCE* is proof of CAPABILITY!!!

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Re: I doubt that anything will happen

"Corporations are corrupt"

No, SOME people who RUN corporations are corrupt. The corporations themselves are just entities that exist on paper for accounting, tax, and liability purposes.

And it's highly likely that even YOU work for "a corporation", dontcha? So where would you get a job if not FOR "a corporation" ?

A small number of (apparently) evil+greedy+self-centered people slither up the power hierarchy in order to fulfill their evil goals and desires. It's been that way forever. This time it looks like they got caught engaging in age discrimination. Let's hope others will be motivated to NOT do such things in the future.

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Re: Some companies don't even pretend ....

and in that alleged 'equal opportunity' list it conspicuously didn't include AGE... because, of course, <begin snark> _SOME_ people don't recognize the benefit of having done things "like that" before, aka experience is worth more than youth, because, 'cheaper' is not necessarily better. You get what you pay for.

And, most likely, some bean counter would say "how come this 50-something is earning twice what a 30-something earns?" (without regard to actual work output or quality, of course).

Obvious Answer: he's worth every dollar/GBP of the additional salary. Bean counters don't know this of course. They're too busy counting beans.

But yeah older people know what they're worth, too, so you won't get them to work for peanuts. Bean counters hate that, but they're (thankfully) NOT the hiring managers. And HR (and the bean counters) need to get out of the way of a company's success.

But on a lighter/snarkier note...

Q: How many HR people does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Irrelevant. HR never does any REAL work, even something as simple as changing a light bulb. But they'll happily "screen" hundreds of applications, spending WEEKS on filtering out anyone who doesn't have at least a Master's degree in a "relevant field", ignoring anyone who's been a light bulb changer for 50+ years, maybe even INVENTING the light bulbs that are replacing the old ones, because the application and/or resume/CV doesn't have the right "key words and tricky phrases" in it, because in HR they're all a bunch of anal retentive pencil-pushing un-creative types that fear going outside of the lines/box for ANY reason, at ANY time, even if it's common sense to do so, the type of people who would need to read a procedure and check off all of the rules and regulations in order to take a dump...

(OK I'm done venting)

US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

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Russian hackers attempted to infiltrate the Democratic National Committee

TOO LATE!

(they've already become communists)

/me runs from the rotten veggies being tossed my way

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Shoe Phone

Shoe Phone - that was Maxwell Smart's phone, from 'Get Smart'. And that show was created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry as an obvious spoof on James Bond.

"Sorry about that, Chief!"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_Smart.

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Re: I can believe it!

cartoon face? like an emoji? [ew]

Perhaps a pair of tits instead... that'd work! (no wait people would stare at the tits and not read the trext...)

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Re: I can believe it!

"They you make the prompt: 'Type the nth letter of the previous sentence to continue'."

Hell, make it like old school copy protection on a game, where they tell you to go to page 'N' in the printed manual and type the 4th word on the 2nd line of paragraph 2 and enter it to continue.

(yeah, that'll teach those users!)

Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

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Re: Microsfot

Win-10-nic has that "cloudy" Microsoft Logon (a descendent of the old 'Passport' idea from the early noughties when they STARTED that ".Not" nonsense). The idea was "one logon to rule them all" etc. everywhere you go. It's probably tied to support requests, somehow....

Right now it's support tickets (allegedly with no identifying info) where "things" are leaking out. What's next? If everyone using a 'Microsfot' computer is being TRACKED via the "cloudy" login, are "partners" able to view that info in real time? Is that data going to be 'exposed' too? Today, support tickets. Tomorrow, ???

Protestors beg Google not to build censored Project Dragonfly search engine

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in some ways I can't blame Google for doing business

Truly Google wants to "make a buck" and their CUSTOMER (China) wants something specific. Can you blame them for wanting to do business?

Ethical questions regarding business choices aside, SOME businesses are ostracized and criticized and even SUED for sticking to THEIR "morality" (at least in the USA).

So which is it for Google - do the 'Dragonfly' for their customer, because they're NOT putting morality in front of business? Or do NOT do the 'special' search engine, thus "discriminating" against them?

Rock meet hard place. Damned [whether you do or do not].

Watch an AI robot program itself to, er, pick things up and push them around

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Re: AI is one thing

"three laws safe" - that'll fix it!

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Re: Sounds like...

the 'desire' paradigm is a good one. I was thinking about a way to have it mimic the behavior of something that's alive, whether human or pet or creature in nature... 'desire' covers that, I think.

It's a good idea, though, having a set of high level "instructions" that a 'desire' compiler can initiate to satisfy that 'desire'.

I haven't built a bot yet, but I envisioned one having a master control with lots of local controllers handling the load of peripheral control. So the master controller would tell the arm to "move to this spot" and the arm controller would work out the best way to do that. I suspect that a 'desire' compiler would be similar.

FCC: Oh no, deary me. What a shame. Too bad, so sad we can't do net neutrality appeal during the US govt shutdown

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Please explain: why do we NEED this so-called "net neutrality" again?

because I don't see it being anything OTHER than a gummint takeover of private industry, to "solve" a non-existent problem

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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2nd? 3rd? 4th? n'th? time around

like a dog eating its own vomit

"It'll taste better and stay down, THIS time! For sure!"

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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Re: "we could not simulate the lunar environment"

How to simulate microgravity in a practical way:

a) low earth orbit

b) centrifugal force to generate desired artificial gravity

You'll get the cosmic rays and temperature extremes, too. Not a problem, really, as an ISS module.

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Re: Puzzled

"What can you do on the moon that the facebook generation would give a tweet about"

video games and pr0n ? Or, anything that's self-serving and/or hedonistic, as long as it fits on a 4-inch screen...

Bipartisan Kumbaya: President Trump turns Obama's open govt data policy into law

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Let's see if the policy is widely supported at NASA

see icon

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Re: Here, have a cheese burger...

I like cheeseburger!

Rimini and Oracle's legal eagles return to the ring in front of Supreme Court

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Re: Please, can't the both lose?

ack, it seems (to me anyway) that they've both inflated "costs" way beyond reasonable... I suppose the massage parlors and after-trial drinking binges are in the invoice lists, someplace...

Oh, and thumbs up for the "both lose"

Spektr-R goes quiet, Dragon splashes down and SpaceX lays off

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Re: Spektr-R was only supposed to last 5 years

I think NASA has set the standard for "exceeds expectations" with Pathfinder/Sojourner and other more recent Mars-bots. But I agree, 'exceeded its lifespan' should be celebrated.

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Re: UK method is nicer

I expect that ANY kind of 'guarantee' of severance pay is going to be a hiring 'hurdle' and affects the bottom line, so it ALSO affects your pay level. I'd rather take the risky path, work as a contractor, and get paid better for it, with the occasional unpaid vacations that you can generally plan for.

keep in mind - taxing businesses, putting employment requirements on businesses (from requiring they pay for benefits, give certain levels of vacation, or pay you for severance) is ONLY going to increase the costs to employers, which affects the bottom line, and ALSO causes them to limit their hires accordingly [and then WORK YOU HARDER to compensate]. This same argument can be used to explain why a minimum wage is ALSO bad, because it fixes the cost of hiring at something HIGHER than what a job might be worth...

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Re: isnt making

'lean' isn't necessarily a precursor to sell-off. It's more likely just standard operations.

a) you hire a boatload of people [usually as contractors] to perform a specific task, like product bring-up.

b) once their task is complete they're "let go" [unless you have some other task to do]

c) you enter 'maintenance mode' on this newly brought up "thing", which has a smaller staff focused on different *kinds* of things.

d) sometimes you bring back or laterally transfer laid off "development" engineers to do the "maintenance" phase but it's going to be a smaller number of people, regardless.

It's the way engineering works. I've dealt with this as a contractor for a very, very, long time. You have to plan for it and work with it, not against it. Sometimes a successful project looks SO good you're snagged up by the next guy very quickly.

However, in Cali-fornicate-you at this time, things aren't so good (I'm avoiding the explanation as to why, though it involves the 2018 election results, among other things). So it might mean "re-locate to Texas" for those guys. I'm actually looking at that possibility myself...

In any case, if you want the 'big bucks' being on the cutting edge of engineering (in this case, rocket science), it comes with short-term and long-term contracts and occasional layoffs.

/me points out, most specifically for the millenials, that a job is *NOT* an entitlement. It is an agreed upon fair exchange of work for money, and is NOT a guarantee. Competition determines who gets hired and who gets fired, like a form of 'natural selection'. You can call this 'social Darwinism' if you want to. Because it _IS_. And, it is as things SHOULD be.

While Windows 7 wobbled, AI continued its relentless march at Microsoft

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Re: Azure not Linux

looks like support of the oldie-but-goodie Python 2.7 breaks their usual "new, shiny only" paradigm.

Let's hope similar kinds of thinking will leak out into the OS section, such as SUPPORTING WINDOWS 7 BETTER. AND LONGER. Because CUSTOMERS WANT IT. And maybe let us BUY IT LEGALLY pre-installed on NEW computers with NEW architecture (in lieu of Win-10-nic). And so on.

Oh, SSH, IT please see this: Malicious servers can fsck with your PC's files during scp slurps

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Re: Is SCP still a thing?

I've used scp many times from "the outside world" into my local LAN, as well as conveniently moving files from one machine to another. sometimes it's faster to use scp than rsync, sometimes not. but yeah they both work.

I DL'd the 'manual patch' and did a test-apply to FreeBSD -CURRENT (which has 7.8) and it seems to apply without TOO much griping, but I didn't try to actually build it. However, I submitted a bug report with the article's URL (and the patch's) to get the devs' attention since it's apparenlty NOT patched in FBSD's version of openssh... (that and mentioned it a whole lot in a dev-related IRC channel, but everyone's apparently asleep right now so it'll be there when they wake up in the AM I guess)

Icon because, well, FreeBSD. And I would assume OS/X is affected as well, since it's based on the FBSD userland from a while back...

Poland may consider Huawei ban amid 'spy' arrests – reports

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Re: Huawei distanced itself by sacking the employee ... [etc.]

sounds to me like they're damned if they do [tolerant/supportive of spying] or damned if they don't [betraying the employee].

So what would YOU do, AC, in this case? Can you see ANY 'right' action in this case?

(my guess is 'no')

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they got caught

yeah, that's something that China's government needs to re-consider, whether "communistic practices" like trying to police and spy on everyone is actually 'a good thing'.

Perhaps they'd do so much better by providing quality goods and services at low, low prices? OK that's capitalistic, but still...

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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Re: "Quest"? Really?

what is the average wing velocity of an unladened sparrow?

African or European?

I don't know... AAAAAAAAH!

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Microsoft dropped a fresh Windows 10 Insider Build last night

I hoped they flushed afterwards, with a generous spraying of some kind of air freshener. And a thorough hand washing.

/me thinks the terms "Hot steaming" and "pile" need to be in there someplace

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Re: Kill Windows 10 version of Start Menu

@lesession

"Presumably you're also still using a 14 inch CRT television, your telephone has a rotary dialler on it and a wire attaching it to the house, and your car has none of those new-fangled parking sensors and seatbelts and airbags"

This is PRECISELY the kind of ARROGANT attitude that WAY TOO MANY fanbois of Win-10-nic have...

Incidentally, those of us who REFUSE to EMBRACE the Win-10-nic are NOT luddites. We're actually SMARTER than the average Win-10-nic user.

/me withholds comment about Win-10-nic fanbois being "sheeple" and having no will of their own...

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Re: Kill Windows 10 version of Start Menu

interesting, at this point in time the up-to-down-vote ratio of 'TheGriz's post is approximately 2:1 in favor of 'TheGriz's opinion [which I also agree with - see icon].

My unofficial estimates of the disapproval:approval ratio of various Win-10-nic "features" also shows about a 2:1 ratio of people who HATE them vs people who (apparently) LOVE them [and are also ARROGANTLY insisting that everybody ELSE love them, too, or just shut the hell up about them because, "modern"].

Unfortunately, it seems too many people are just willing to TOLERATE these features, anyway, because, effective MONOPOLY.

No plain sailing for Anon hacktivist picked up by Disney cruise ship: 10 years in the cooler for hospital DDoS caper

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Re: What a hero

ack, he could've lit flaming dog poo on the doorstep of the doctors who DARED to overstep the civil rights of the teenager and her parents, or organize an irritating demonstration, or something similar [with cameras rolling, etc.] and had more effect without going to jail for it.

It was wrong what EVERYONE did. DDOSing a hospital isn't a "cure".

Alphabet board smacked with sueball for paying off Google execs accused of sexual harassment

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Re: This is why Google is so PC

good observation. You may very well be right.

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Comparison

"Americans are being put out of work"

NO. They'll all get their back pay. It happens every time there's a 'shutdown'. There have been many such things over the years. It's just THIS time, Republicans aren't caving in to Demo[n,c][R,r]at BULLYING. So it'll last until Demo[n,c][R,r]ats _SURRENDER_.

Yeah 'the left' isn't used to NOT getting its way. Well, THIS is what 'push back' looks like.

There was a similar shutdown in the 1980's while I was in the military. We were concerned about getting paid. Just before payday Con-Grab produced a budget that Reagan was willing to sign. All was good.

To put it in terms 'the left' would understand, think of this as Trump "on strike" and won't sign until the legislation is worth signing. It's kinda like that. If the Trump Administration were a LABOR UNION, you guys would be CHEERING HIM ON!

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Re: Comparison

@The Original Steve

NO. Just NO. Too many things to enumerate. Just assume 'full quote' everything you said. NO.

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Re: Oh God

no need to worry. the sun came up this morning, the birds were chirping, and pretty much everything else worked as expected. Gummint shutdown not having much of an effect [although I couldn't report a robocaller on 'donotcall.gov' earlier this week, which is a mild irritation, but would it have done any good anyway?]

the only REAL crisis is law enforcement along the U.S./Mexico border. We need a WALL.

It WASN'T the update, says Microsoft: Windows 7 suffers identity crisis as users hit by activation errors

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"PC sales are down a lot (mostly due to Win 10..."

ack. I've been saying things consistent with this for a while. 'El Reg' articles from a few years ago even pointed this out when Win 7 and Win 'Ape' (8) laptops sat next to each other on the same shelf, the 7 laptops would sell, and 8 laptops would remain unsold [by comparison].

Intel and AMD and Dell and HP and Lenovo and other PC makers and CPU makers need to STOP hitching their wagons to Micro-shaft's "star", because it's NOT a star, it's a boar with lipstick on the non-oinky end.

And since I still use Windows 7 for a couple of things, purchased pre-installed on a re-worked Lenovo box from e-bay a couple o' years ago [while I still could], having possible activation problems is a _BIG_ problem for me. That's like a BREECH OF CONTRACT as far as I am concerned.

I've got an old Lenovo box with XP on it that I use for 3D printing (and occasionally, old games) and it BETTER continue to work until the hardware fails. Same with the Win 7 box.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: I use FreeBSD, and for good reason.

I don't by the 'newcomers' arguments. I was a 'newcomer' once. I spent a bit of time learning to use the tools like 'grep' and 'man' and soon became very good at doing things.

I expect that others are more LIKE *ME* than are like 'st00pid windoze 1uzer$"

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Re: Never trusted SystemD

"If I wanted error messages like that, I would run Windows"

Shhh... you're not supposed to talk about 'Fight Club'. Nor "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish".

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Re: Never trusted SystemD

"Systemd started as a noble project to revise what is, I'm afraid, the utter shambles that is Linux system startup. And for that, it should be praised."

There was _ABSOLUTELY_ _NOTHING_ _WRONG_ with the System V startup method as implemented by the Debian-based systems... well maybe ubu did something bad, but that was THEM, not System V

/etc/init.d/rc* - easy to use. easy to 'grep' for things. "how do I XX with YY" - find /etc/init.d | grep "YY"

I could make comments about millenials (and those few oldsters that 'enable' them) "feeling" that old ways+things are always BAD, and _INSISTING_ things be done *THEIR* (new, shiny) way, and arrogantly FORCING THE WORLD into "that" "solution", but I digress...

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Re: what?

ACK on 'Jack', if you need some universal 'layer' that has some additional [and somewhat interesting] features, Jack seems to do the job. On my FreeBSD boxen, both Pulse and Jack are installed, because ports/packages seem to want them. No problems noted, though. And no Alsa (since FBSD is OSS).

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