The United States prevented Russia...
I am very skeptical of that and of the links you have posted.
Since when does Russia give a shit what the US tells them to do?
This link will clarify your doubt. This is a very respectable Indian magazines (India Today) 1993 article: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/us-blocks-critical-cryogenic-deal-forces-india-to-indigenise/1/302683.html Quote from article:
Russia caved in only because President Boris Yeltsin is desperate for Western aid to bail out his nation from the economic mess it is in. And the US had also threatened that it would stop all future space contracts with Russia including joint launches. So Yeltsin, who had pledged to uphold the deal when he visited India in January, instructed his negotiators to yield. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/us-blocks-critical-cryogenic-deal-forces-india-to-indigenise/1/302683.html
Nevermind the fact that their laptops are the least-service-friendly machines I've ever laid a screwdriver on.
Are you confusing HP with Apple?
The true reason for its demise is the lack of backwards compatibility. They decided to fix everything in one go: 64 bit, increased execution parallelism without programmer effort etc.
Years later AMD came up with x64 that was compatible with x32 and Intel quickly hoped on board as it saw the marked liked backward compatibility.
I have seen the Itaniums, if the program was slightly optimized, it would beat the daylights out of other architectures in terms of performance. Too bad that didn't count.
You are forgetting that 'urgent' critical & security patches don't wait for patch Tuesday. If a vulnerability is really needed, they will release it as soon as it passes regression testing.
This is fine. Sometimes holding back on an update means that Administrators can plan for an update and be prepared to install it as soon as it is disclosed. Unlike OSS that just plonks it out. You cannot plan for their releases.
That said, I've never had a machine set not to use Automatic Updates reboot itself for an update without my intervention.
This is +1