The "free software community" had quite a bit to say on gtk vs qt.
The design of KDE was based on a fundamental mistake: use of the Qt library, which at the time was non-free software. Despite the good intentions of the KDE developers, and despite the fact that the code of KDE itself was free software, KDE could never be part of a completely free operating system as long as it needed a non-free program to function.
Yes, I can come up with a thousand free market answers. And yes, that pretty much answers your question.
Would you buy a vehicle from any company whatsoever if you knew that parts were difficult to acquire? A manufacturer can play a game with parts availability only if they don't plan to stay in business.
Maybe we should go back to renting our phones from ATT as well.
You'll note that the reason they're losing money is not because the water is more expensive but because people's voluntary conservation efforts have reduced the amount of water being purchased.
Water bills typically don't go up a lot in droughts. That may change, but the way they've been managed in California in the past, they don't raise the rates because of a shortage.
You can also refer to the water table as being an "aquifer" and if you read my post you'll see that I explicitly called that out as finite.
Are you talking about California? Drought doesn't hit poor people any harder than rich in California. Other areas, especially where subsistence farming is practiced, yes.
First, people like to talk about "consuming" water. Water isn't consumed because it isn't turned into something else permanently, unlike say, oil or coal, which do not replenish in a reasonable amount of time. The only time the amount of water being used is actually relevant is when it's being pulled from a finite source for irrigation, like an underground aquifer or a river. A large portion of the planet gets sufficient rainfall to support all manner of agriculture. Raising alfalfa in California is dumb. Raising rice in Japan is not.
Feeding cattle on grassland that is not irrigated is not "consuming" water. As long as the land is not over-grazed it's not really an issue. In fact, the grass needs to be eaten and fertilized to thrive - it's co-evolved with large ruminants like cattle or horses.
So, these statistics are meaningless because it depends on where you're growing the crops as to whether or not you're consuming a finite resource. They're only useful in a local context. There are other side effects of raising cattle, such as deforestation, that are relevant.
Those are x86 parts. I'd prefer a low-power ARM, as long as I get W^X, rodata, and I otherwise do not have to compromise on security.
Perhaps the recent source release from Broadcom is sufficient to make OpenBSD support easier, but I fear that the developers' perspective is now set.
I would like to run OpenBSD on the Raspberry Pi.
I understand, sympathize, and accept your decision to avoid that platform, but what would you recommend as a stable substitute?
The BeagleBone Black seems like the endorsed alternative, although there were stability warnings until recently. The current status reads: "There are generally still a fair number of things to do on each of these boards, however OpenBSD is generally considered to be usuable on them. The platform is now self hosting, however there is no SMP support."
Would you point OpenBSD users interested in this hardware class at the BeagleBone Black? Any other advice? SLC media preference?
TI has announced that it is discontinuing the OMAP line. Will Beagle move to another ARM licensee, and does that matter much for OpenBSD?
Didn't HP try this BS with inkjet carts and have the courts slap them down? What's the difference here?
Just because it's done doesn't make it a good idea.
I loaded Cyanogenmod 10.2 on my Nook last weekend, and there is now an option to "Encrypt Tablet" - supposedly it takes about a half hour, and it must be done on a full battery while connected to external power.
Will Cyanogenmod 10.2 do the same thing when running on a phone?