If it cost $5B in expenses, that means somebody enjoyed $5B in revenues.
Oh, the message? Copyright is dead.
Shucks, really? I never knew, copyright is dead?!
Well, bye-bye GPL then. No copyright, no GPL. I suppose this means the MIT (sic!) license side won, since that's the closest thing to having no copyright at all.
...based in California - cannot trust the security...
You have some fine words there, now you just need to put them in order to form a sentence
They're actually Australian-based, according to this press release. Not that it helps much - with a strong US presence they are still vulnerable to national security letters.
Oh yes, they are completely infatuated with web apps.
The problem is, if you want to read mail on more than one platform - phone, tablet and PC - you need one or more of them to use a remote message store. Otherwise you can't see and search the mails received on one platform when you're on the other. Unless you sync all mails between devices, which is going to cost you in battery lifetime and possibly in mobile data bills.
Also, you don't really want to search email on a phone: That would be slow and run down your battery. It's more convenient to do on the server, using the phone as a thin client, but then the server needs access to the cleartext data.
That's all the answers I have. I can't tell you why people want to read email on phones, it seems crazy to stress yourself like that when you don't really have to, but apparently they do.
I had a manual that described doing a track alignment on a floppy drive. Basically loosen the lock screw, adjust, tighten the screw. But...the author's english was from another continent...
"...when adjustment is complete, screw it up."
Anybody here who comments his/her code in his native language?
I do. 100% variable names and comments in my native language. Unless I have concrete plans to share the code with the world, in that case I go for 100% English.
How do you deal with the jargon and what are the benefits of using your native language, apart from being able to type TL;DR-size comments with ease?
It's a big advantage that third-party libraries and my own code use different languages. It means my code and other code stands apart, without any conscious effort needed, which is valuable because what I do with it is so very different: my own code is mallable and subject to refactorings, whereas the names in third-party libraries are fixed externalities. Say for example I have a method name "afslut" - I can search/replace that to "luk" in an instant, because I know that "afslut" means what I've chosen it to mean and nothing else. If I had called it "close" instead, I would have had to worry about all the libraries I use that also use the name "close". And I can use names such as "hvis" and "indtil" freely, because they're not keywords, unlike "if" and "while".
And now that you mention it, the ease of writing comments is another advantage. I write long comments and maintain them. You know how people say that all comments are lies? Well, they're not. Maybe theirs are. Mine aren't.
I'm always getting flack for my choice, from people who have never tried using their own language for programming. Thank you for asking before judging. You have no idea how rare that is.
"Design patterns gained popularity in computer science after the book Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software was published in 1994" (my emphasis.)
1994 > 1980s
The word pattern has had the meaning the GP used for a very long time. It's not new lingo.
The meaning has changed, at least with the way it's used in software today. A GoF pattern includes the solution to apply - the algorithm, you might say - when the pattern is encountered. Sid Meier memorised solution techniques, a.k.a. algorithms. If he had used the word 'pattern', it would have said nothing about how he solved the situations he recognised by a pattern.
CONGRATULATIONS, sir, you have picked door #2, marked "Bitcoin mining will eventually stop." Behind that door we have
How very fortunate you did not pick door #1, the door marked "Bitcoin mining will pay for itself in perpetuity." Behind that door you would have found a colossal waste of resources. For every unit of value a bitcoin represents, the same value would be wasted by the mining machines, leading to economic loss and global warming escalation.
Bitcoin is a cool technology experiment - but in the end, it's just a bad idea.
By my count from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_in_the_United_States#2000s there were about 23 terrorism related deaths from 2000-2009, excluding 9/11 (which can be safely considered an outlier).
Don't dismiss a black swan as an outlier
Even so, your point still stands, of course.