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Comment Damn... 20 years has gone by fast (Score 5, Interesting) 277

20 years ago I was a teenager. My family wasn't rich growing up. By that point I'd owned a second hand Commodore 64 I bought for $75 through the classified ads, an IBM PC XT I bought from a consignment shop, and a 386 I built from pieces I bought second hand from a friend who was upgrading to a Pentium system. Around this time 20 years ago I was finishing up an internship I had in between my junior and senior years of high school that I had because I spent some time on BBSes and the guy thought I would enjoy learning to develop software with them. During the summer I used a 486 DX2 system with Windows 3.1. That was my fist real exposure to Windows.

There was a local trade mag for computers that they gave away free every month at news stands. I always enjoyed reading them and there were a lot of articles on Win 95. No one I knew had it or got it over the next year.

The following year when I was getting ready for college, one of the thing we had to buy was a modern computer to meet the requirements for my engineering program. It was built by a local shop and they offered DOS 6.22 / Win 3.1 or Windows 95. I remember being hesitant about 95, but decided to go for it since it was newer and I knew newer aoftware was designed for it.

That design really opened up computing to a lot of people. Having a single place to go to Start any program was a great idea. Before you had to know what directory to look in or where in Program Manager an icon was. All my non technical friends in college had no problem with it. With Windows 3.1 they would struggle and if they had to drop to DOS they were mostly lost. If you want to know what's running, it's right there on the task bar.

I've used various versions of Windows and Linux over the years, but I think the biggest legacy is the start button and task bar. They pretty much define how most people interact with the desktop. The Windows 8 UI debacle and the shift back to a start menu / having Modern apps on the task bar shows that it's how users have come to expect to interact with a desktop system.

Comment Re:Systemd can be removed completely from Debian 8 (Score 1) 442

Jessie installs systemd by default on new installs. Should one desire to install without systemd, i.e use sysvinit-core instead (old sysV5 init), it is possible to use preseed to replace systemd with sysvinit at the end of the install (This probably won't work if selecting one of the desktop environments that require systemd specific features however).

It's good information, but the last line from the link is the real problem.

Comment Re:A tough road to revoke this (Score 2) 700

I myself agree, I read L. Ron Hubbard book years ago, and came away with no hint of a religious kind on organization

That's like saying you've read the Bible and now understand any given Christian denomination or the Quran and now understand Islam. The actual religions are often quite different from the book that sprang from. In the case of Scientology, if you happen to catch the recent HBO documentary, they mention that Scientology is a repackaging of Dianetics as a religion that came about after sales of the book died down. So to say Scientology is not a religion because you once read Dianetics....that's a big leap.

Comment Re:simple (Score 1) 159

From the Windows 10 Privacy Policy

“If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spell check features,”

Comment Re:Pedantic, but... (Score 1) 169

because they licensed it in a way that would allow them to continue using it in Xcode.

As the copyright holder, Apple isn't bound by the license agreement. They own it and can do whatever. The license is what gives others the right to use it. I'm not saying they should go one way or another, but they could certainly license it as GPL and not impact their own usage of it in any way.

Comment Re:er, Netscape? (Score 3, Insightful) 327

Netscape was dead in 2004. IE was closing in on 90% market share by the end of 2000.

I remember finally making the switch to IE from the Netscape 4.76 series that summer after my friend asked why I didn't use IE and showed me it was better. To be fair, IE had surpassed Netscape at that point. I believe that was IE 5 or 5.5. Prior to that Netscape was better hands down but it stagnated after Netscape 4.

Comment Re:hahaha (Score 3, Informative) 155

It actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it in historical context.

The car manufacturers originally offered a franchise model. Only after the franchisees had successfully set up the market did the manufacturers try to come in and eat their lunch with corporate stores. The anti-competition laws were put in place to prevent the car manufacturers from undercutting those who had built their client base for them. In the case of Tesla this issue doesn't exist because Tesla has never franchised.

A more modern example is companies like RoadRunner and @Home. They built out most of the cable modem infrastructure under contract to companies like Comcast and Time Warner who thought there was too much risk involved. Once the cable companies saw how easy it was, they refused to renew the licenses to use their lines and set up their own cable modem service. The laws in the automotive space are designed to prevent this kind of scenario.

Comment Re:1024-fold (Score 1) 210

Almost all modern operating systems report hard drive space in Kilobytes (2^10), Megabytes (2^20), Gigabytes (2^30), and Terabytes (2^40). This has been standard as long as I've been using computers, which is over 30 years. Gibibytes are what you get when a third party who has no stake in something tries to impose a definition on someone. Hard Drive manufacturers only use the redefinition of Gigabytes/Terabytes because they can claim their drives are bigger and they're relying on the confusion caused by the redefinition.

Comment Re:1024-fold (Score 1) 210

File systems are always organized with sector and cluster sizes that are a power of 2. It's true that modern hard drives use the power of 10 definition for a Gigabyte, but this is mostly for marketing reasons. You'll notice your operating system reports the drive space as a power of two regardless of whether it uses GB or GiB as the unit. Most current OSes use GB for 2^30 instead of 10^9.

Comment Re:My understanding of the issue (Score 1) 354

That's not how the LGPL works. It's perfectly fine to mix LGPL derived binaries with binaries derived from proprietary code. In fact that use case is in the entire reason the LGPL exists.

You're thinking of the GPL if you're talking about "viral licensing." And even in that case, it's a fallacy. Linking GPL code with non-GPL code is a copyright violation. That violation doesn't necessarily have to be remedied by releasing the non-GPL code as GPL. Other remedies are possible including withdrawing the combined project and potentially paying a fine. Ultimately you can't force someone to license their own work under the GPL, as much as that gets passed around as fact.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.