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Comment: Re:So much for Debian 8, then... (Score 3, Insightful) 338 338

I'm instead amazed by Google's arrogance in stating that RHEL 6 is "too old" for Google Chrome. It's been that way since at least last summer, so my RHEL teaching cluster and workstations just don't have chrome installed.

Actually, that's not quite true - one user manged to get Chrome working, but it regularly consumes all system resources and crashes the PC. Result.

All in all, I'm happy to do without Chrome on RHEL 6. Will I try to get it working when I roll out RHEL 7 this summer? Possibly, but moves like this make me wonder if Google's a company whose products I want to install at all. Firefox ESR may have its faults, but it basically works, and I can trust it'll stay working.

Comment: Re:Why Google? Shouldn't Microsoft patch XP? (Score 2) 579 579

Are you being deliberately dense?

Okay, try this.
Windows 7 was released in 2009, and will get security fixes until 2020.
Even Windows Vista (released in 2007 for home) will get security fixes until 2017.

Let's look at phone versions instead:
Windows Phone 7 was released in October 2010 and left support in October 2014.
Windows Phone 8 was released in October 2012 and will be supported until January 2016.

Looks like Windows users are getting a little better support from their supplier.

Comment: "...or fewer" (Score 1) 268 268

"Targeting individual homes and apartment buildings of two floors or fewer"

Yes, someone actually uses "or fewer" instead of "or less" when talking about countable objects!

Yes, I really am that person who hates it when supermarkets have a "ten items or less" queue....

Comment: A Wonderful Thing! (Score 1) 71 71

This is fantastic news, and offers the beginning of a glimmer of hope across the world. Transferring these benefits to sub-Saharan Africa (for example) will require incredible changes to drug marketing/profit-making, but also cultural changes. Ultimately this would have massive positive economic benefits in this region, but the political will and strength required to make this available is immense.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_