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Comment Re:Too bad they pushed Love out (Score 1) 194

I was under the impression that the entire POINT of SYS V was for the major UNIX vendors to re-implement the guts of Unix as a clearly, enforceably, proprietary product (after the CONTU recommendations and the resulting copyright law changes explicitly extended copyright to software), then move to it and orphan the original development thread. (This might make opening it a hard sell to the members of the consortium.)

To which version of System V are you referring? The original one, SVR2, SVR3, or SVR4 and later?

Comment Re:12k€ not 12€ (Score 1) 208

We'll stop using the comma when you stop celebrating the bombing of the world trade centre November 9/11/2001 instead of September when it actually happened.

I think there are some folks on a small island off the coast of France who don't use the comma as a decimal separator and who label 2001-09-11 as 11/9/2001.

(But I suspect some folks in Europe might not consider the folks from that island Europeans.)

Comment Re:Gatekeeper isn't about security (Score 1) 80

Or, rather, where you have to go through an annoying procedure, involving two reboots, to write to /usr or /bin.

If you think that's annoying, you should try working with SELinux some time.

I haven't tried actually working with it, but I've certainly been annoyed when it kept VMware's hgfs from working on Linux guests - it wasn't immediately obvious how to let it work. (I think my VMs running newer versions of Fedora don't have a problem with hgfs, so maybe either VMware or the SELinux people fixed it.)

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 74

PiS admires the Russian form of a 'strong government'. While it doesn't try to implement a carbon copy of it, PiS borrows some 'bright' ideas from both the Russian and Hungarian systems (nationalism, 'strong leader' with much power, mythical 'they' who are always to blame for the failures, etc.).

Ideas that were also present, at one point, in a certain country to the west of Poland that eventually went to war with the Soviet Union (after signing a deal with the Soviet Union to carve up Poland), so it's not as if this behavior is obviously "soviet" or "pro-Russian".

Although Anonymous Howard up there might be using "soviet" and "Stasi" just to mean "authoritarian", not to mean anything necessarily having to do with Soviet-style Communism, as per

Was there anything suspicious in the billions of UK communications that GCHQ has intercepted? Yet the government hid the mass surveillance from Parliament and everyone elected has been subject to this surveillance and the manipulation that goes with it, meaning we get nothing but pro-Stasi governments in the UK.

so they could just as easily have said "Nazi" and "Gestapo".

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 1) 74

East Europe is getting undermined by old pro-Russian political factions, in Poland for example, the ruling party has appointed 2 judges and changed the laws so that the court is effectively nullified without the vote of these 2 judges. It's also changed the appointment of TV executives on the state channel to be chosen by them. I'm sure they'd love to have control of surveillance too, the soviet parties miss the STASI level of control they had.

So you're saying PiS is pro-Russian?

Comment Re:Gatekeeper isn't about security (Score 2) 80

Gatekeeper isn't for security. Gatekeeper is intended to make running non-Apple approved code just annoying enough to force most users to use the App Store rather than use non-Apple blessed code. As they've demonstrated with the latest OS X where not even root can write to /usr or /bin

Or, rather, where you have to go through an annoying procedure, involving two reboots, to write to /usr or /bin.

Comment Re:Lack of interest based security (Score 1) 80

No, you're right. But the other thing is that Gatekeeper isn't intended to keep OS X secure. It's intended to make running non-Apple code annoying and nothing more.

To do that, it would have to be combined with making getting software from the Mac App Store, most of which is "non-Apple code", annoying. Presumably, then, you're saying that getting software from the Mac App Store is annoying.

Or perhaps you meant "it's intended to make non-Apple-approved code annoying", where "Apple-approved" means "approved by Apple to go into the Mac App Store". Whether that's the intent, yes, that's definitely a side-effect.

(I run non-App Store code quite a bit; for code installed by downloading a .dmg or installer package or..., it's a minor nuisance, and for stuff installed by downloading a source tarball, unpacking it, and doing the configure/make/make install dance or whatever that tarball requires, it doesn't come into play at all. At this instance, my biggest peeves with Apple software are 1) dealing with LLDB's misguided attempt to have a "better" command language than GDB and 2) having to teach Yosemite autocorrect that "sshd" isn't a typo for "sushi", "tarball" isn't a typo for "tarsal", etc.. :-))

Comment Re:Doesn't matter. (Score 2, Insightful) 80

iOS runs UNIX and you have absolutely no control over it.

OS X is officially a UNIX but as of the latest version you can't even use root to replace some of Apple's software with newer versions.

If you're referring to System Integrity Protection, then, if you want to replace some of Apple's software, feel free to disable System Integrity Protection. A bit of a painful process, but the setting persists, so you only have to do it once, unless you want to turn it back on once you're done and then turn it off again when you want to change one of the protected files.

(Pro tip for people running OS X under VMware Fusion: if you're going to be doing this, you'll probably want to increase the boot delay on your VM so that you have enough time to do the "boot to Recovery OS" dance. The Parallels folk don't require anything like that, apparently, but I haven't tried it with Parallels.)

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 339

Listen sonny, back in my day we had punch cards.

Let's consult the TIOBE Index for December 2015. Hrm, nope. Punch cards don't figure in the top 50 languages. Too bad. Your day is done.

"Punch cards" probably isn't considered a programming language by the TIOBE folks, and, as far as I'm concerned, they're right not to do so, just it's proper for them not to consider "paper tape" and "text file" as programming languages.

Two languages that date back to the days of punched cards, and that were often input on punched cards, however, are in the top 25 languages - COBOL at 20 and Fortran at 22 - and RPG, another such language, is at 37.

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