Try telling T-Mobile that the updates come from Microsoft. My T-Mobile Nokia has a Windows 8.1 release but T-Mobile has been sitting on it, claiming it is still in testing, since this past Spring.
It's based on Mach, which is neither Linux nor BSD.
Apple didn't develop it. They bought NeXT, which had adapted it from Mach.
iOS is POSIX compliant? Don't be silly. There are whole chunks of the API not implemented. Sure, there are add-ons to make MacOS POSIX compliant. Just like there are add-ons for Windows NT.
It still needs to run a real OS, not gussied-up music player firmware.
The term for it is 'Publicly Traded' and it has to do with a certain kind of person who scurries into an organization once it becomes a certain sort of organization. Happens to every company, always.
It brings to mind Visual Basic, or *shudder* LabView.
Back when Barnes and Noble had a lot more retail locations than they do now, there was always a table somewhere in the store with 'visionary' type books at remnant prices. It usually featured the kind of speculative fancy that these days plays on the 'Discover' channel (or has Discover gone off the air? I see such little television...) Anyhow, there are usually big coffee-table books about Alestair Crowley, Blavatsky, and of course a few books with public domain drawings by Tesla.
Tesla was a rigorous scientist in his younger years but a nerd not a businessman. He went slowly insane because of how he was treated. That doesn't mean his later ideas were 'repressed.' Reality has a way of repressing unfounded fancy.
There are long range DC powerlines in use. They are effective in their implementation. There are also a lot of rabid rural types who rant about them and 'strange effects' that come from being near the lines. Almost batshit like Tesla in his later years.
It is easier to electrocute animals using AC. AC penetrates complex impedances much deeper than DC. There's a thing called reactance. DC shocks are still nasty and can be nastier actually since they ionize, but AC penetrates deeper.
Probably Edison's greatest invention was the modern Research and Development Lab. Before him, inventions were made by individuals working out of barns or the back room in existing factories. Edison pioneered the idea of having a staff of scientists and engineers working for one organization.
Parrots caught on tape speaking 'doorbell.'
Because the doorbell was near the parrot's cage and it 'learned' to make that sound.
This is similar. Why do people treat it as so remarkable?
because big gov't == BAD
Why did you use a test, and not an assignment operator?
There's this problem, you may have heard of, regarding people getting in the US without proper clearance.
You just described how many of us feel about iTunes today. My iPods are essentially offline now because I don't want Apple software on my PC.
It isn't an Apple product, so it wasn't designed by a team that fetishizes thinness (thin is the ' one button mouse' of the present day)
The reason it's rhetoric is you seem to be describing Vista and older oses. Also it sounds like you have zero experience with current Windows on a tablet.