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[trinity-users] Re: systemd-homed - new thread

From: William Morder via tde-users <ml-migration-agent@...>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 05:40:58 -0700

On Monday 14 September 2020 10:44:39 BorgLabs - Kate Draven via tde-users 
> On Monday 14 September 2020, William Morder via tde-users wrote:
> > >From Nik's previous post:
> >
> > This systemd crap is already bad enough, but homed will eventually work
> > its way into other stuff beyond systemd, and then will become hard to
> > avoid.
> >
> > It *sounds* good, being able to move home directories from one machine to
> > another without so much fuss; but I already do that, pretty much, with
> > only a little fuss.
> >
> > My suspicion is that somebody's mother is now trying to impose conformity
> > on everybody, not just myself, to do our thinking for us; because, of
> > course, it is for our own good.
> >
> > They are trying to get rid of a headache by giving us nightmares instead.
> >
> > Bill
> >
> >
> > P.S. Note that I alone am sticking to the discipline of creating a
> > completely new thread.

> I don't understand why this is even needed?! I can already move home
> directories without a problem. Been doing it for years. I just make sure to
> use the same user on the same distro, same etc. Works perfectly.
> Or I save key settings (konq bookmarks, FF bms, etc) it's so easy after
> that to just retheme to spec.
> There's something suspcious about systemd, especially the way they are
> pushing it on everyone. Whatever happened to freedom on free software?
> Kate

Better not to give in to conspiracy-theory thinking here. I believe a simpler 
proportion is at work. 

The more money, property or power is involved, the greater the degree of 
corruption. Who was it that said it? Lord Acton? "Power corrupts. Absolute 
power corrupts absolutely." 

Corruption creeps in by small degrees. It starts with somebody offering 
front-row seats at some special, exclusive event, or just being given "free 
money" or other unearned bonuses and perks. 

In all this technophobic conspiracy thinking, there is a simpler principle at 
work. People who are in business want to know who are their customers. (It 
makes more sense in a small business, where we meet in person.) When we move 
into situations where the people in business never actually meet most of 
their customers, they must find other ways to get to "know" them. At first, 
I'm sure, they mean well, and only want to serve the needs and wants of 
people who buy or use their goods and services; but as the company and 
customer base grows, and as competition also increases, then comes the need 
for greater control. 

And now, we the users are not even really exactly "customers" or "clients", 
but just use what we get for free; and because it's free, of course, we are 
taught that we should not complain or make demands, but just be grateful. 

In the end, we, the customers, users, renters (whatever our situation) become 
the least important part; in fact, an obstacle to doing business. What the 
business person would prefer, really, is just to withdraw money directly from 
our accounts, without any interaction from ourselves. But this is only 
because doing business in person is becoming a rare occasion any more. 

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