"it does not have any status as anything else." -- not quite true. Perhaps not any *legitimate* status, or *deserved* status, but the IRS granted it tax-exempt status as a religion after a relentless harassment campaign.
You don't. I didn't claim it was, although I admit the title could be less specific. ("...perfectly satisfied with Linux performance on...") I'm looking at the larger issue of mainstream Linux gaming.
Although I don't have the careful performance charts of the link in the OP, I've been perfectly satisfied for years with Linux performance on the large-budget games I've played recently: Lord of the Rings Online, EVE-Online and Minecraft. My frame rate has been very smooth on the desktop and fat laptop, and quite playable on my 2GB RAM Acer C720 Chromebook running Crouton... around 20-40 fps on the latter for LotRO and EVE. For LotRO it seems to crash less than running it natively on Windows. Although I don't play it myself, I installed WoW on the Chromebook as a proof of concept for an interested Croutoner, and again it was quite playable... at least through the "kill 10 rats" style intro.
So from my viewpoint there's more to main-line game life on Linux than these reported ports or Steam.
My Amazon Acer C720 purchase was legit in the sense you're talking about. I saw a cheap box that could stream my Amazon Prime video to my TV's HDMI port and serve as a backup mail and browser system when it wasn't doing that; but the expectation was that it would sit on that pile of boxes next to the TV and live there. I bought it as a ChromeOS machine and it worked great for that.
Only after I got it did I discover I could put Crouton on it and have a full-fledged Linux system just like I'm using on my main machines, and that it really did get 10 hours on the battery. Now it's the one that goes with me on trips instead of my monster ASUS laptop whose power brick weighs as much as the Chromebook, and I can still do my C development and testing on it with no problem.
I exchange the Keepass password file by superencrypting it with a (presumably) strong encryption algorithm before stuffing it up into the cloud. That should make it easier to break into my house physically than ripping my keys.
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Goethe's comment is relevant here:
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language, and it immediately becomes something entirely different.
Jon Huntsman has plenty of good qualities. For example, his willingness to become ambassador to China when asked by President Obama, because both he and the President recognized that he was the best man available for the job. Working with the other side when it's the right thing to do makes good sense, but of course does not allow you to win the Republican nomination when the whole party has fallen off the conservative side of the scale.
A number of potentially strong candidates chose not to run, saving their energy for when they have a better chance. There are other very competent candidates who weren't interested, but might be persuaded to come out and try it in 2016, like Condi Rice.
Until they move back toward traditional Republican values and away from the nutballs currently controlling the party, I doubt that they'll get anybody elected. Step one: disavow their Grover Norquist "never vote yes on a tax" pledge and embrace realistic solutions to real problems.
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It’s not the cleanest comparison, but to give you an idea of how much $621 billion actually is, only 23 countries had a GDP higher than that in 2011. So, basically, Apple alone is worth more than what 200+ countries in the world could produce in an entire year."
You indicate your reading decline started from feeling you had to finish a book once you'd started it, even if you hated it. This is easily addressed: you need to recognize that life is too short to read bad books. There are many more books out there that you will enjoy than you have time to read. In fact, there are more good ones published every year than you can handle in a lifetime. The day of the Renaissance Man has passed - no-one nowadays can know everything important.
Samuel Johnson said "A man ought to read just as inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good." (Boswell, Life of Johnson, 14 July 1763)
There's no guarantee that getting an electronic tool will make reading more interesting or fun for you. The main advantage of an ebook reader like Kindle is that you can read it outside in the sunlight, if that fits better with your lifestyle. A tablet provide its own light, so you can read in the dark and not bother roommates. I personally prefer the tablet (Nexus 7 for me), since I can do a great deal of other stuff on it when I'm not reading. I spend probably half my tablet time reading, and the other half web-surfing or writing. I plan to watch movies and read books on it the next time I fly. It's handy because I can copy and paste from what I'm reading into what I'm writing.
My wife has a Kindle and a Nexus 7 -- she no longer uses the Kindle. It'll be gifted to a niece, probably.