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Comment Re:Linux the OS vs. the Kernel (Score 1) 291

It's MORE than Semantics.

Linux is not an OS. It never was. You can't download and install "Linux". You download an OS that uses the Linux Kernel (sometimes modified). BIG difference. There can be HUGE differences between OS distributions that use Linux as a Kernel.

Microsoft writes the Kernel to Windows AND the surrounding software that supports the Windows operating system. That's VERY different from the OS community that uses the Linux Kernel, or the OS community that uses the BSD userspace tools and libraries that they want (MacOS, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD)

There is a reason Stallman refers to it as GNU/Linux, he is pointing out that Linus and crew are NOT responsible for the stuff surrounding the Kernel, and shouldn't get the praise or be damned for security vulnerabilities in things like standard C libraries, command line shells like BASH, etc.

Comment Space is NOT a destination (Score 1) 684

Space is just the quasi-emptiness you have to pass through to get somewhere.

Space exploration is NOT about the exploration of space. It's about the exploration of the stuff IN it.

Mars may not be the GREATEST place to go, but it's what is within our reach. Until something better comes along I say go.

Comment Apple IOS Developers & tvOS will kill Roku (Score 5, Insightful) 89

What this announcement shows, is that players like Roku need to be VERY afraid.

Say all you want about the fact that the new Apple TV specs wise is ho hum (and I'd agree with you), but the fact of the matter is that all those people who are familiar with Xcode development and the IOS APIs now can develop for tvOS.

What that means is that in a VERY short amount of time the number of apps will go from zero to crazy in no time at all. Roku has struggled for a LONG time to get a good set of apps for people to use. There are hardly that many games for Roku (the major ones though like Angry Birds are there) and everything else are screensavers, streaming channels or Church apps (for the most part).

Say what you want about how the Apple TV sucks, the fact that millions of Xcode developers for IOS can develop for it means it will pretty much sink companies like Roku.

Comment Human Nature (Score 1) 379

Both A) And B) are populated by human beings.

Being in one or the other does not change basic human nature. Option A would only be the lesser of two evils if it were not also run by people.

If a Republican wins the White House with Republican Majorities what's to stop a newly appointed FCC chairman from using Title II to the advantage of Verizon and AT&T?

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