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Comment Re:She's Wrong. (Score 1) 150

Exactly. "Bill and Melinda Gates answer to no electorate, board, or shareholders; they are accountable mainly to themselves." first she has to establish that this is a problem and why. Possibly she did and the reviewer missed that, but it doesn't seem that way.

Hey Linsey McGoey: Sad day for you!

Comment Re:Why? why now? (Score 1) 158

If you're a developer working in a shop writing code for bethesda or valve or EA, chances are your windows site license for desktops and servers is already heavily discounted thanks to your generous interest in a visual studio license despite eclipse being right there. Chances are even better that in order to keep this generous discount your manager has started shoehorning C# into your project requirements to 'maximize the investment value' of what basically amounts to a protection racket for good customers.

This is one of the dumbest things I've read on /. for a long while.

Comment Re:He's got his talking points (Score 3, Insightful) 478

Really? I guess Windows 10 really will be the last Windows. See, I have this strange idea that I own my computers and my Internet connection.

I can't remember when I opened an Office app with intent.
W10 won't run my old favorite games.
That flat monochrome UI is a regression to Windows 2.1, and makes long-existing apps look like poop.
My LAN took a vote and they're split down the middle on processors and terabytes between Windows and Linux, and I know who the Androids will support.
My last Windows anchor was Delphi, and I've switched to Lazarus.

Apple? An Apple Pi would have no I/O ports.

Comment Set *top* box? (Score 1) 153

So... does anyone actually put a set top box on top of their TV set these days? Once upon a time, TVs were deep enough front-to-back to support this; these days, most aren't.

Or is this a term that was once accurate, but will never be accurate again, like "dialing" a phone? It's been a long time since phones had dials, unless they're being purposefully retro.

Comment Re:Hurd.. why? (Score 1) 129

He reused the MINIX filesystem layout, and initially hosted builds on MINIX, but to my knowledge he never directly incorporated code from MINIX. Some have claimed that, but no claim has ever stuck, especially given that Andrew Tanenbaum himself agrees that Linux didn't annex any MINIX code directly.

It appears Wikipedia's account jibes with my memory.

Comment Re:Timestamps (Score 1) 129

I can't tell if you're trying to be humorous.

The rationale given is: "The kernel now keeps timestamps relative to the system boot time. Among other things this fixes bogus uptime readings if the system time is altered."

Presumably, this means the internal timestamps Hurd uses are now all monotonically increasing, regardless of any changes to the system time. Obviously, there's a relationship between the internal timestamp and what POSIX calls time_t (and related such datatypes). As I read it, they've decoupled the notion of system time (ie. something that resembles what you'd read from a clock, representing time and date as humans understand it, and subject to humans or network time daemons messing with that setting) from the internal timestamps it uses for computing the relative passage of time, such as 'uptime', network timeouts, etc.

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