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Comment Worth thinking about (Score 5, Interesting) 254

Not a bad retrospective, and interesting in that it illustrates some of the reasons for Unix's success: availability of source, and the ability for the user to create and replace tools easily. One wonders how those lessons might be applied not necessarily to operating systems or even computing, but to other industries and technical endeavours.

Comment Re:Poetic justice? (Score 1, Insightful) 689

A most American sentiment, and not surprisingly endorsed by feedback. First: the rest of the world is not a sort of circle of hell into which sinners fear to be thrown. Many of us are quite happy to live here, thank you, and so presumably would be your criminals. Second: the rest of the world is not available for the free use of America. Your suggestion assumes that your exile's "country of choice" would accept him. I rather suspect they'd put him on the next flight home, with an order via diplomatic channels for America to solve her own problems in her own land.

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