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)
Why does VLC use an orange traffic cone for its icon? It has always seemed misplaced to me.
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.
While most "free" apps are spammy or coercive, there are tons that are not.... I've written many such applications myself over the decades, and continue to do so.
Exactly. As hobbies go, it is rather cheap compared to other common first-world hobbies. I would estimate between hardware and developer membership fees it is at most $1000 per year. Contrast with annual costs of about:
Fishing on your motorboat: $1000 in fuel and $3000 in repairs and depreciation
Snowboarding: $500 in lift tickets, $1500 in travel/food/lodging
Interest Clubs (SCA, Poodle Fanciers, whatever): $300 in suppliesand $1500 in travel/food/lodging
I agree with others that there is a problem finding well-made apps that come from dilettantes, but from the creator's point of view the expenses are rather small.
Making a business out of writing apps, well, that's another issue entirely. There's a reason I've never seriously considered it!
The cluster of very blue-white pixels and wire diffraction are clearly stars. If I zoom into a fairly dark region, I see lots of red and yellow pixels as well. Are those sensor noise?