I was talking about a solely 40-bit address space -- something different than IPv6.
Well, stop talking about that, it's a stupid idea. If we're going to upgrade billions of devices around the world, I don't want to have to do it again in 4 years' time when 40 bits prove to be inadequate.
Well... don't write shit programs. FTP "active mode" is an example of said shit.
Active mode FTP predates widespread usage of NAT by about 20 years.
It was a perfectly good solution at the time, and saying that its developers wrote a "shit" program is like saying that the people who built ancient Rome were shit architects because the streets weren't wide enough for semi trucks.
lease times could be really short - maybe a minute or two - even if that were not handled
That would mean more spurious data charges, and lower battery life due to frequent activity that has to trickle up from the radio board to the phone's OS. Also I don't want to lose my IP every time I'm in an elevator.
Yes, we already knew that the periodic table of elements is pretty much the same all across the universe.
That wasn't his point at all, as I hope you know. He was describing how it helped us project the specific mineral makeup of the moon, which, though falling on the same periodic table, does not necessarily have to be the same as that of the earth.
I need to be able to hold my finger on a key for pressing on time. I can't imagine how to do this with a "touch"screen. While I generally use a laptop for this, I occasionally use the N900 as a remote (ssh over wlan).
All of my phones have had very erratic latency, even for wifi over LAN. Have yours been consistent enough for this to provide the split-second timing you need?
My N4 is about 3 unobstructed meters from the wifi access point. With 10 samples of each, a laptop at the same distance gets pings to the router ranging from 0.399ms to 0.418ms. The phone's range from 6.89ms to 91.27ms.
Did you miss eighth grade civics class or something?
My eighth grade civics teacher was pretty specific about how "free speech" is a construct involving the relationship between individuals and the government. Perhaps yours left that part out.
The government is obliged to let you say what you want, without putting you in jail.
I, however, am not obliged to continue to give you money if you are saying things that annoy me. I have the freedom to spend my money elsewhere.
I think they are overly sensitive about it, but I do see where they're coming from. It is in fact possible to see both sides of an issue, if you open your mind a little.
And, importantly, the straw man that you're arguing against (that RMS wants people to call the kernel GNU/Linux) is way out in left field. If you are confused about GNU's position, it's clearly laid out here: http://www.gnu.org/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html
Yeah, none of this addresses my argument.
There are also several systems in my home with large bases of installed GNU tools, that don't run Linux at all.
Linux doesn't need GNU tools. Nobody's arguing with you there.
GNU tools don't need Linux.
But the vast majority of the time, you find them together. Specifically, in all the distributions that some (admittedly persnickety) people like to call GNU/Linux.
The kernel can run without those utilities/libraries. The utilities can not run without some flavor of operating system to run them on, Linux being one example of such.
The kernel can't do anything useful without the userspace stuff, the GNU tools can't do anything without a kernel. They're both dependent on the other, and the "other" is fungible but they are most commonly found in this pairing. It's a fairly equal relationship.
you are among the few people I hate.
Because of this, I am going to stop talking.
Social and/or business consequences, yes. Legal consequences, no, as I've already made clear.
How would you envision a world in which there were no consequences for speaking?
And what would be the point of opening your mouth in such a world?
I didn't know GNU produced a Linux system.
They maintain many of the userspace tools that make it actually, you know, usable.
Linux alone is just the kernel. That's a small part of the actual system that makes the computer do things.