Adam Vande More wrote:
On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:18 PM, Freminlins <> wrote:

2009/10/30 Adam Vande More <>

Where's your config files, your errors logs, your stats?

I am not going to reply to you after this because you are blinkered. I'm
not going to waste my time with you. I've given you more than enough to feed
on, but you just can't smell the coffee.

Adam Vande More


Okay go play with your ISA bus, while the rest of us enjoy PCI.

Seems this is more about control than actual quality of software. One wants to keep control, one wants to release control completely to the software.

Personally I prefer to keep control, therefore I have disabled HAL. Does that mean my system is bad? I can't see that it does. Does it mean I say HAL is crap? It could, but I haven't tried enough to make such an accusation.

I'd like to draw a parallel (this will be pretty basic, but a more involved discussion will be far too much OT). I'm type 1 diabetic, and I use an insulin pump. The basic purpose of having a pump instead of several injections a day, is replacing the long-acting insulin with a constant feed of rapid-acting insulin, thus mimicking a functioning pancreas. And for the longest time, that was all they did. And the user had to tell the pump how much insulin he/she needed, both the constant feed and with meals. Nowdays, the pumps have evolved, and with most of them, one can simply tell it what a meal contains, and it calculates the proper amount of insulin. And the next generation will constantly measure the blood sugar and decide the amount of insulin automagically.

Just like those evolved pumps will be great for people who don't want to bother, HAL may be an excellent idea for people who don't want to congfigure everything themselves. And just like I prefer to decide how much insulin I want rather than having a machine decide for me, I prefer to configure my computer and all installed software rather than have software configure itself... Does that mean I am an idiot? If so, then I'm proud to be an idiot.
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