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Tobacco company execs should be publicly flogged. Goodbye old friend.
Optionally, we can inundate everybody's daily lives with constant reminders of the health hazards of smoking, including the second hand smoke deaths, breathing through stoma and hundreds of other daily images of how horrible smoking is. Then NOBODY will ever even CONSIDER smoking./sarcasm.
Who says the OS should provide nothing useful and let app makers make their money on it?
If you set up a straw man, then it's very easy to kill it. The issue is not an OS providing something, it's that Microsoft, which had a near-monopoly in the desktop space, used the money from selling the OS to fund development in another market (browsers) and then bundled their version, undercutting the competition with cross subsidies. There was a thriving browser market before IE was introduced, but it's hard to compete when most of your customers are forced to pay to fund the development of your competitor.
Generally Fundamental Evangelical Christians teach humility and service to others and subscribe to the view that others are more important than me. That's exactly opposite to what you claim "ALL" religion is.
Really? Because that's exactly the set of values that I'd choose to indoctrinate my serfs with.
"You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Or, to summaries: 'Hey oppressed people, don't think about following a leader from amongst yourself, that kind of thing always ends badly'.
This obviously raises the question of why, when you have a serial console with working flow control, do you need laplink at all? If you have a null modem cable and a lot of patience, then you can always extract files by writing them to standard output and reading them off with a serial program - just make sure that you've correctly configured the UART first. If you're a bit paranoid, then running something like par2 first (I think there are DOS binaries and they're pretty small, though they may take a while on a 386) and you'll be able to recover small data errors.
Copying 160MB over a serial connection won't be fast, but I'm assuming that this isn't urgent if it's been sitting on a 160MB disk for years without backups...
IE itself can EASILY be removed from a system. Delete the EXE, done. Its been that way ALWAYS. Even during the court battles.
While this is technically true, it's also misleading. You could delete iexplore.exe, but don't expect a working system afterwards. Lots of other parts of Windows (and Office) invoked iexplore.exe directly, rather than providing a web view with MSHTML.dll or invoking the default browser via the URL opening APIs.
- MSHTML.dll (around which IE was a very thin wrapper) was installed by default and used by loads of things.
- Lots of things in Windows that should have used MSHTML.dll to embed a web view, or just invoked the default browser, used IE so that you couldn't uninstall IE without breaking Windows.
- MS bundled IE with Windows and used their near monopoly in the desktop OS market to gain a dominant position in the browser market and push Netscape (and a few other browser makers) out of business.
It was never part of the kernel and never ran with system-level privileges.
Biking the 18 miles, on the other hand would take maybe 1.5 hours in either direction, so it would be more than twice as fast as the bus. The disadvantage being that it would be dark for at least part of the trip most of the year. It is also mostly highway, so by bike I would have to find an alternate route. By car, it is about 20 minutes, so about 5 times faster than the bike, and about 10 times faster than the bus.