NO language needs a garbage collector, though an option to use one selectively would be nice.
Let's split the difference and say a language needs a garbage collector in its standard library that a programmer can choose to enable. C++ calls its reference-counting garbage collector std::shared_ptr.
well... when the sky falls, then chickenlittle should worry
In this model, I've spotted the pieces of camouflage that the aliens are assembling.
my sources in the security community get those new adserver names as the pop up easily too.
Not if they're like a328bc97.someadnetwork.example. Even eight hex digits would require four billion lines in a hosts file.
Someone with DSL is probably getting 1. slower speeds and 2. charged a line fee for not having a land line.
You come off as an entitled dick with a huge case of unwarranted self importance.
Why? Because I realize that's not how things work and, as a result, avoid putting myself in situations where I might be liable for the misdeeds of others? You see, an entitled dick would go ahead and put himself in that position, then throw a bitch fit when things didn't go his way; again, I simply avoid the situation altogether rather than making unreasonable demands. My previous post is an example of such an unreasonable demand, with the explanation that I avoid putting myself in a position to make said demand by not using the service. Furthermore, an individual with a huge case of unwarranted self importance might be inclined to reply to a post on a public forum, somewhere like Slashdot for example, without reading the entire thing first; this often leads them to take what they have read entirely out of context and say something foolish, as you're done here. Your only saving grace, in that regard, is that you posted anonymously and didn't sign your message, while someone with aforementioned huge case of unwarranted self importance would do at least one of those things.
I slowly started to install some Ubuntu (for ease of use) on my parents' computers, and that fits most of the requirements they have: internet, flash games, video, music.
After you have defenestrated a PC in this manner, how do you handle it when someone asks for help getting suspend to work again? "I closed the lid and opened it again, and now it's stuck on a black screen."
Just leave it disconnected from your network and the internet, and it stays "dumb".
I seem to remember reading somewhere that some models of "smart" TV will freeze on a "Please connect to the Internet to activate this TV" screen.
I've been off any signal provider (cable, dish, whatever) for 15 years: best $$$ ever not spent !
Your ISP is likely still charging you a "line fee" for Internet without TV, probably roughly the same price per month as its lowest TV package.
That's right, we watch them
I don't want my big TV replaced with anything which is "cleverly redistributed to smaller screens".
So do you want to make it that much easier to give away your position in a first-person shooter to your screen-peeking competitors?
Paradoxically, if you want a reasonable number of HDMI ports (so you can attach your own devices) you have to get a smart TV.
Or a dumb TV and an external HDMI switch. You need an external switch anyway if you have a lot of legacy devices with composite, S-Video, or component outputs, such as retro video game consoles or a VHS player for those movies that haven't yet been rereleased on Blu-ray.
The mouse and keyboard are far superior as controls [to what is available for a console]
I wouldn't be so sure. Though a lot of PS3 and PS4 games support a USB mouse and keyboard, an analog joystick offers finer control of movement speed and direction than WASD, which are equivalent to the 8-way directional pad that's been around since the NES. And what do players 2 through 4 use, especially in games where sharing doesn't mean splitting?
and the processor speed and graphics are superior to any console.
But at what cost? Say you want to build a gaming PC so that it can be used in the living room while someone else in the household is using the PC at the computer desk. Can you build a PS4-equivalent second PC for $400?
But one thing I'll grant to PC gaming is mods.
Now I know why grown children stay in mom's basement longer: she'd "hate to be the one who got left behind".
It's just OTA sources that will go away -- unless you count cellular video streaming to your phone followed by Chromecasting to the monitor
I'll count that once advertisers pay for all the data that such streaming uses.
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