You might save some money but if you factor in the cost of a Windows 7 Professional license then the small (and I mean small) savings doesn't offset the amount of time you spent spec'ing, purchasing, stocking, and building your workstations. This is because Redmond won't give you the same deal they give Michael Dell.
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You would save some money but if you factor in the cost of a Windows 7 Pro license then I doubt that the small savings would offset the amount of time you spent spec'ing, purchasing, stocking parts and building your workstations. This is because you pay Redmond a lot more than Michael Dell pays.
They use applications (word processor, spreadsheet, web browser).
Programmers use operating systems (module_init(), atomic_read_and_sub(), kmem_cache_shrink()).
I wonder how "most people" launch and switch between their word processor, spreadsheet and web browser without using the OS?
A direct "upgrade" from Windows XP to Windows 7 requires the user to backup their data, reload the OS and reinstall all of their apps. I can understand why a typical XP user wouldn't find the process at all appealing. It was and still is a mistake for Microsoft to not provide a one-step upgrade path from XP to W7 that maintains the user environment. Since it's not impossible but requires a costly two-step upgrade from XP->Vista->W7, Microsoft could have offered a one-step XP->W7 process but apparently chose not to.
I guess you no longer have any reason to ask the guy sitting in the window seat to pull down the shade so you can sleep.
Yes, you still need a pilot. Somebody has to push the "autoland" button.
Yes it can. An autopilot/autothrottle/autoland system can fly an ILS approach, flare and touchdown. It's called CAT III ILS and isn't new technology. It has been around for a few decades. Both JFK and Heathrow have CAT III ILS approaches.