a lot of the software that the NSA (or more likely, NSA subcontractors) develop are developed for a very limited and specialized audience
...and they give it to the users free of charge, with complimentary installation and tech support.
(I agree completely with your post, BTW)
Not many free options for devs on a mac or windows box. vmware isn't free
How is vmware not free? They have free products for both baremetal and desktop virtualization. vmware player has been able to create new VMs for six years now.
I think the only feature missing from Player that any significant number of people would care about is snapshots.
You are correct for Windows, but VMWare Player does not exist for OSX. They only publish Fusion.
a given OSS component typically ossifying
Clever turn of phrase! (slow golf clap)
So if(x==2) would lose you marks because it wasn't if( x==2 ) which would be considered better by that teacher than if( x == 2)
Keep those constants on the left, my friend.
What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake