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Comment Re:This is completely awesome (Score 1) 98

A trillion dollars to power the US for patents until they run out is cheap. But stuff doesn't magically appear. Either government pays for research or private people do, and the lion's share of invention is the latter.

So better to have new stuff even if costly for a bit, than have it years later, or never.

Comment Re:Everyone's phone, DSL and copper (Score 3, Interesting) 161

I guarantee the US can, too, as it's all computers now.

My dad refused to give up his rotary (a phone company rental bakelite black, at that) because the phone company continued to want to charge extra for "premium" touch tone service, even long after it was actually a drag on them.

Last time I had a land line, around 2010, it was rotary-only, so whenever I had to use a menu, as to pay a bill, after dialing I would switch the phone to touch tone.

Comment Re:Hey ESG (Score 1) 162

Back in the day on, I would go to download well-known, legitimate antivirus stuff, and the reviews were always crammed with "this installs a virus itself".

As these were often almost identical reviews across multiple products, I got the feeling they were by competitors, but of actual scamware, or by virus writers themselves.

Legitimate reviews are already laced with the problem people are much more likely to write a review to bitch about something than praise it, leaving everything everywhere with shitty reviews. But antivurus reviews are in a class by themselves because of this additional problem.

Comment Re:Yeah, right... (Score 2) 142

What happened to equality before the law? What happened to blind justice? You know, that famous statue at the Supreme Court?

What happened to the concept of inalienable rights, inherent in you by fact of being human, not by being a US citizen. Our constitutional theory declares these rights preceed the formation of any constitution or government.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 2) 130

Docker is so hyped nowadays I'm surprised people reading Slashdot are claiming they never heard of it. Docker is an application container. It essentially creates an advanced chroot which runs ONE application (usually). Now 644MB seems a lot of overhead for running one app, so shrinking this to 29MB is a welcome improvement.

That said, Docker is not for typical users. Use LXC, LXD, or systemd-nspawn if you want containers that can run several apps with their own init.

After 12 seconds of reading the first thing that popped up on Google, this is some kind of virtual machine that runs your app. Is this extra crap standard libraries for that language?

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