If he filled up his thermos with water from the bathroom sink, would that be theft as well?
I wouldn't mind so much except that the federal government also provides between $20 and $50 billion in subsidies to oil and gas companies.
What game, just out of curiosity? I remember reading about how Ant Attack was developed that way.
Looks like it's the end of the line for OpenVMS as well.
I would pay good, American money, to have OpenVMS open-sourced instead of just languishing like other DEC OS's. Why can't RSTS/E or RSX-11 be free? What could that possibly cost HP? Same with OpenVMS at this point. It's a great system, and I would love to see it available to average joes.
Someone who isn't as lazy as I am should start an "Open Source OpenVMS!" petition.
Someone really needs to explain the appeal of Kubuntu and KDE to me. I just don't get it. It's so *busy*: everything is huge with glowing drop shadows and spinning cursors and animations everywhere. It's also the only desktop environment I've ever sat down at that I couldn't just use immediately - I tried "creating an activity" and was left with a completely blank desktop, not even any panels or anything. There may have been keyboard shortcuts to get out of that situation, but I didn't know them and shouldn't have had to. I tried creating another activity later and the session segfaulted. This was a release version, not a beta or something.
I really want to like KDE, truly. I used KDE on FreeBSD for years, but eventually moved over to CDE on Solaris and then GNOME on Linux. I tried going back to KDE with Kubuntu 13.04 and had the above experience. So someone, please explain what KDE offers that I don't get through GNOME, Unity, XFCE, or Razor...
Most state laws (I'm assuming you're in the United States) allow for a DUI conviction if you are in "actual control" of a vehicle. That means if you're asleep drunk in the car and the keys are also in the car, you can be found guilty. If you're parked on private land and drunk, you can be found guilty. If you're in the driver's seat in an automated car and the car could be switched to manual control, you could be convicted of DUI if you're drunk.
That's what worries me. The transition to fully automatic cars needs to be essentially 100%, or at least 99% with a "pull over and stop moving" for the remaining 1%. Otherwise I would've be surprised if fatalities went *up* due to drivers taking a nap/getting drunk/reading a book and failing to notice when they need to take back over.
HDTV was the best thing to ever happen to laptop manufacturers. My CRT monitor in 1997 had a roughly equivalent resolution than my laptop today (1366/768). With the advent of HDTV, computer display manufacturers went out and rebranded everything as "True HD", implying to consumers that these are really high resolution displays because, well, HDTV is so much better than SDTV, a True HD monitor must be really great too! Hiding behind those letters made it easy to mislead customers about the actual resolution of their displays.
I would love to have a QHD laptop. Hell, I wish there were more than just a few 1080p laptops out there. The QHD laptops are finally starting to arrive, but they're slow coming. I wish I could get a Chromebook Pixel without the, you know, Chromebook part.
Now that Clang/LLVM has got this finished, I'm wondering what a system would look like with:
* Linux as the kernel
* Clang/LLVM as the system C/C++ compiler
* Heirloom Toolchest as the basic userland toolchain
* Wayland as the underlying display system
* musl as the system C library
That would be Linux, but would contain almost no GNU code. Not that I have anything against GNU, but the Heirloom Toolchest, Clang, and musl are all more standards compliant, smaller, and often faster than their GNU counterparts. I wonder what a Linux distribution like that would look like. I'd use it.
(I hate how "GNU's Not Unix!" is really becoming more and more true. Unix was about minimalism, and sometimes GNU seems like it's about stuffing everything possible into every tool.)
That right there says something. Ubuntu and Arch are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of usability for new users.
Ubuntu is stuck between two communities: hardcore Linux users and everyone else. People complain about Ubuntu making user interface decisions, but you know what? Most people don't want an interface that's got a million different configuration options, they just want an interface that works. When they open up their settings, they want to see things like "Displays" not "LXRandR" which is inscruitable or "Gigolo" which is childish and uninformative.
Every "user friendly" distro I've ever looked at has been less user friendly than Ubuntu. The biggest problem I've noticed is a million different things in the configuration menu, each doing something slightly differently and with undescriptive names. A lot of users don't want to know what OpenBox is. Fedora is better in this regard by relying on GNOME heavily, but its installer isn't a polished as Ubuntu's and harder to use for new users, and its release and support cycle is too quick.
So that's the problem in a nutshell. Ubuntu is "too easy" (or, more charitably, "not configurable enough") for the hardcore Linux user and doesn't offer enough of an advantage over Windows or Mac OS X for the rest of the world. The average computer user just wants something that works, and doesn't know or care about "freedom" or "community". They see a computer for what it is - a tool to get their work done.
I personally use Linux because some flavor of Linux has been my primary operating system since I gave up my Amiga 20 years ago, and I use Ubuntu because it "just works" for the most part. I tried Fedora for a long time, but the rapid upgrades were distracting, yum isn't as good as apt for removing installed dependencies on uninstall, subjectively the available repos aren't as good, and I *hate* Evolution. I used Slackware and Arch for a long time (dwm, mailx, and Firefox were for a long time my default environment), but then I found that I was spending more time dealing with quirks or "customizing" my machine than I was doing actual work. One day, I was writing a script that I was running from
No, dissent isn't silenced - feel free to perform the necessary research, compile a paper, and, if it is well-researched, it will appear in the pages of Popular Science.
Dissent just because you disagree with something isn't science, it's just opinion. A magazine that prides itself on bringing science to the masses doesn't want people who have a misunderstanding of what science even is skewing the results. Science isn't based on opinion. There are plenty of parenting websites that ban you if you suggest vaccines cause autism, for example. If you want to discuss things that aren't supported by evidence, feel free, but do it somewhere that isn't reporting science.
Yes, but if something groundbreaking comes about that shakes the foundations of evolutionary theory, it's going to be published in Popular Science, not posted in its comments section.
You know what I find interesting - when you think about the scale of Linux and how much innovation it has spurred, how diverse and vast its install base is, Linus is more of a "job creator" than Mitt Romney or Rand Paul, but for some reason they think they should pay less in taxes than he does, percentage-wise.
A very large number of cloud servers out there are running a bunch of Java applications inside a single application server inside a single JVM. The entire Linux kernel, virtual filesystem, daemons, user commands, etc, are just along for the ride. Having a barebones operating system that is just enough to run a JVM application server would fill a need for a lot of people. It's not a panacea and it's not the right choice for most virtual servers out there, but for some it makes a whole lot of sense.
I find it funny that some people just *hate it* when new things come out that do something in ways different from how they've done them in the past. In the thread on GNOME and Wayland below, some people just can't understand why we shouldn't continue to use X11 for the rest of eternity since it works now. Some people in this thread don't understand that even though Linux works well for virtual servers, sometimes for some applications, this might work better -- and that it's okay that that's how things are!
It's not that Wayland does a whole bunch that X doesn't, it's that X has a lot more hoops to jump through to keep going. Wayland just presents what amounts of a framebuffer and a simple protocol to let the compositor and clients communicate about size changes, movement, available displays, etc.
All of the modern graphical environments and applications are using the COMPOSITE extension to X, which adds an extra step to a lot of graphical operations. Plus, to be "X", you have to support things like the old X line-drawing primitives, fonts in the server, and other things that simply aren't used anymore. Important things like changing the screen resolution are kept in protocol extensions that you have to check for before using. Large amounts of code and protocol are dedicated to working with screens of vastly different capabilities - everything from monochrome monitors to "true color" displays. Nobody has a fixed-sized monochrome X terminal anymore, but the code has to account for it still.
Plus X stores a ton of things in the server, making it big, slow, and a source of potential security/information disclosure issues. Wayland stores less and does less.
In other words, developers are hamstrung having to maintain and work around lots and lots of very old code that will never, ever be used by a new application, ever, but has to be there, even though it slows things down, takes up space, and makes things more complicated.
Personally, I would've liked to have seen something more like "make COMPOSITE a part of the core X protocol and deprecate lots of things" and see X slowly evolve into a more "modern" system, but that's just me.
As for GNOME - I realize that GNOME 3 is different from GNOME 2, but I'm at least happy that for once the Open Source community *tried something different* instead of just aping Windows or Mac OS X (though GNOME 3 is obviously inspired by the latter). Maybe it worked, maybe it didn't, but at least we can claim to attempt to lead, instead of just blindly following.