I see. You're an idiot.
Most distros automagically use tmpfs on
Having a separate
If I were to cook at work, lunch would take an extra 30 minutes.
Yeah, and if you programmers were half as smart as you think you are, you'd notice that if all employees were to stop and model every little repeatable task on their computers, you'd have lots of employees stopping and modelling all the time. You'd have dozens of different models and no standard for how things should be done. One employee calls in sick, and there's no one to replace her because everyone does the job slightly differently and the whole place is in total chaos. How about leaving the programming to one person who's really good at it, or a small team, and just have the rest of the workforce report their problems to them.
I swear, if you programmers were a little less infatuated with your skill set, and a bit more attentive to how your products actually work, software wouldn't suck nearly as much.
Due to the magic of capitalism, most people don't work for themselves (hence the term 'employment' at the root of this discussion), and therefore have a limited set of tasks in their jobs. For instance, a programmer doesn't need cooking skills, despite cooking being of enormous daily importance compared to churning out code. Likewise, most cafeteria personnel does not need to be able to code, as any coding job is done by someone else, preferably someone more skilled at the task. Everyone doing everything is inefficient, as is everyone doing one thing, whether that thing is cooking or coding or laundry or being a doctor or whatever.
Everyone coding in every job is simply not economically sensible. The idea is pure idiocy.
Yeah, if I had said coding is never useful in many or most occupations, you'd have a point. I didn't, so you don't. With your reasoning skills, you're certainly an utterly shit coder, imagination or not.
There are thousands of occupations with no need for programming skills. Ah, how about nursing, for instance. This is just an ad salesman trying to give off the impression of being relevant in this day and age. He's an ad salesman. An idiot.
Unless your security is fundamentally broken, you'd still have to authorise throwaway_user to access the X server. Not quite that easy, and not quite that secure. I'd rather just boot a virtual machine.
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One of the most significant patents (owned by Apple) expired just a few years ago. I remember there was some code in XFree86 or Freetype or wherever that actually infringed on it, but the default build script commented it out. I also remember seeing a patch in one of the major Free Software GNU/Linux distros that happily circumvented it, resulting in quite decent font rendering. Of course, no one would suspect Debian of doing anything that would be good for desktops...
Expensive wine takes ages to age, and it's rare. It's not necessarily fantastic compared to more reasonably priced wine. Same with whisky. Beer? Yeah, I suppose you could hand-select your grains and hops, and use your private limited supply well water
The reason why beer snobs dislike your Bud is because it doesn't taste much like all. It's designed primarily to be inoffensive. You might as well ask why music snobs prefer Arnold Schönberg to Justin Timberlake, when the latter has had contributions from market research and advanced statistics to make music that's perfectly acceptable to a much larger share of the market.
Of course, you're also full of shit when talking about craft brewers. Hardly any of them know anything about the soil their hops come from (they source them from the same farms that grow for the macros), and if you hear much hippie bullshit, you're most likely talking to their PR guy. Brewing is geeky stuff, the big guys just have bigger toys.
Anyone who cares about simplicity, reliability and stability.