Re: The cattle
In capitalism people exploit people. In communism it's the other way round.
1810 posts • joined 9 Sep 2014
> It seems the current crop of new computing graduates are being taught nothing more than...
At least where I live (and teach) this is not entirely true. However, students tend to switch off when it comes big-O and some finer points of computing/programming. Telling them stat stuff *is* important turned out to be fruitless. Nowadays I say something along then lines off "If you ignore this you will not get a good job, and you will totally deserve it.". Funny enough this seems to work.
But yeah, I have seen the content of courses that are not even a joke.
Very unlikely any data will be recoverable. While it is quite difficult to flatten a hard disk, a steam roller(*) will have no problems. Just note how flat the rigs are afterwards. A hard disk may still be one piece, but the platters will be very much non-flat. For SSDs, a single chip (of several) might survive if it is very lucky, not sure what one would get out of that.
(*) weight up to 30 tons for not really huge ones.
> For one i don't beleive that this pauses a threat at all to privacy. What's the problem ? I don't see any.
One reason for and usage of telemetry they list goes like this: "Why we collect: For legal enforcement; Personal Data we collect: Data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and authorities' requests (if any); Legal grounds for processing: Legitimate interests of WSM Group to defend its legal rights and interests."
Not a problem, really?
Vendors of commercial software used to fight against FOSS because they did fear what you seem to fear. The last three decades showed that they did worry with no good reason. Commercial software will never go away and even more money will be made selling or renting it.
You can give software away for free and still make good money, by selling support contracts. See Suse, Redhat, and probably a lot of other firms.
In https://www.audacityteam.org/about/desktop-privacy-notice/ I find the following.
"Why we collect: For legal enforcement; Personal Data we collect: Data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and authorities' requests (if any); Legal grounds for processing: Legitimate interests of WSM Group to defend its legal rights and interests."
This is not acceptable at all. Funny I had to type the text above, it is an image on the web site.
Because before systemd nothing and nobody could handle passwords, no one every managed to log into any machine. Systemd fixed this problem once and for all.
In other news Poettering once had a problem logging into his laptop and thought "We could just gently stroke this subsystem with a big fucking chainsaw. Hmmm... MOAR CODE. BRILLIANT!"
> No-one would question being a member of the "I can run fast" club but as soon as any cognitive ability is mentioned hugely defensive behaviour ensues.
I feel being addressed. My unpleasant experiences were/are with people rubbing the MENSA thing in my face, unquestioned. Imagine reading a CV for some IT job containing half a page with each and every achievement in some running fast hobby.
My experiences along those lines are actually not job related but with a project I volunteer for.
Anyway, have an up-vote and a virtual pint.
> Vaccinating the young has absolutely no medical or scientific justification.
Just in case you are really just uninformed: vaccinating also people to whom the disease is not life threatening (say, kids) does stop transmission to those to whom the disease is life threatening (say, old folks). Some people *cannot* be vaccinated, among them some old folks.
Still with me? The justification you demand is: saving lives.
Is that so fucking hard to understand? Hint: no, it is fucking not.
> They normally take that kind of things very seriously.
The population in general, yes. But we do have a few politicians that are in favor of all the insane crap like forbidding (or at least back-dooring) encryption. Those, without exception, don't have the slightest idea about how cryptography works, to absolutely nobody's surprise.
Wanting to put spyware on computers is a bit low even for those arsewipes.
> most installers fell back to a text installer or generic VGA driver.
Not if an *undetected* problem occurs. Source: yesterday, latest Debian with an old-ish AMD graphics card on the machine of SWMBO.
Ubuntu was installed. However that ^%&^* distro seems to have no text consoles at all (at last none reachable with ctrl-alt-F1).
I suggest to always boot a "live system" to check that thing can work at all. Because if the live system doesn't work, it may be wise to give up. When it does work, looking at the output of lsmod can be instructive regarding what divers are used, especially for graphics.
When you get a black screen without *anything* on it, hit ctrl-alt-F1. This should give you a text console, showing the "login:" prompt. If not, it may again be wise give up.
Seems like Oracle sprung to action only when stuff was sold in the US, well knowing they'd get laughed out of court when trying to pull that shit in Europe.
I am waiting for an article reporting on something Oracle is doing that is not complete and utter asshattery. Not holding my breath.
My two-month brake was mid year. Having month-year is expected hereabouts, and I stick to that.
Btw. if one applies for a state-job (civil servant), they want that *exact* date when you started and ended school, every one of them. Turns out there is no way for me to find out. I did select a plausible date just making sure it was neither Saturday nor Sunday. How could *they* ever verify?
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