uploading photos to the internet IS publishing. that's not even legal grey-area.
Pardon? I store (encrypted) backups online. I'm sure as hell not publishing them to the world.
If that's not the case, please cite sources.
Obviously there are a bunch of down-sides: low info density, highly GPU intensive, etc.
Actually, it's not very GPU intensive at all. They removed all the transparency, effects, graduations and shadows. This was done to give more battery life on mobile devices where GPU effects can have a tangible impact on battery life.
I'm with you on the information density though. I really wish desktop apps could benefit from the Live Tile features, but that seems to be one area in which the two environments don't overlap. At least 8.1 has the smaller quarter tile App size icon though, which should prove useful.
Honestly, I do not really see the advantage of things like upstart and systemd. They haven't significantly altered the boot time of systems (well written init based system booted fast anyway) and they've just added layers of complexity.
Please respond to the post I wrote, not the one you think I wrote. I didn't espouse upstart or systemd, both of which are far, far more complex than runit or daemontools (the DJB tool on which it's based).
Also, regarding pidfile based locking: open(..., O_EXCL | O_CREAT) is atomic, which is what you need for a lock.
Sure, it's atomic, but it's not fit-to-purpose.
Okay: You can create a file atomically. Now, what good does that do you if you want to clear the lock when the process holding the lock is dead?
If you're using POSIX advisory locking, you don't do anything: Lock is released the moment the process closes its file handles. Reboot? No locks are held on the way back up. kill -9? No locks held. You don't have to deal with stale locks, because they can't ever happen.
Never mind the concoction that could likely be made with video editing software to help take things out of context!
I'm all for a surveillance society, so long as it's equal-opportunity. If only the powerful have access to the footage, that's 1984; if everyone has their own (read: under their ownership, to be released or withheld as they see fit barring court order) record of everything that happens whenever they're in a public space -- ideally a non-repudiable, tamper-evident one (something cryptography makes possible), I'd call that a step towards a utopia.
Yet magic and hierarchy arise from the same source, and this source has a null pointer.