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Comment Re:Lesson One (Score 3, Insightful) 213

The kernel is not structurally flawed.

It's just as sound as it was, the day Dave Cutler's team built an experimental port of VMS to CMU Mach. It's just as sound a kernel, as the day Microsoft ripped-off VMS from DEC.

It is the perversion of microkernel VMS by a flawed loadable driver model, and the .DLL nightmare that really sucks, and introduces "unpredictable" behaviors.

"Hey! PDP-11? Ask me how!"

Comment Re:Good luck .. (Score 2, Interesting) 230

Microsoft evolve? Wrong metaphor! Repent and rehabilitate... maybe. I shall not hold my breath.

The Microsoft business is largely built on the corpse of DEC, who they slew on its deathbed, before the will could be attested.

Microsoft "conned" QDOS and ripped-off the creator to deal as an unscrupulous OEM to IBM. (BASIC is as BASIC does. I wonder if the source of MS BASIC can be audited for its original derivation?)

Microsoft "stole" Windows from Presentation Manager. (How many .DLLs had Microsoft written before OS/2)

Microsoft "stole" NT from VMS. (Dave Cutler, you didn't even change addresses or debug message locations!)

Microsoft "stole" AD from Banyan Vines (Hey! Why'd Banyan go out-of-business, instead of sue? Boardroom shenanigans?)

Microsoft completely ripped-off the display and windowing stack of NeXT/OSX, with their weird XML in place of PostScript/PDF.

Those are just egregious highlights. There is nothing MS ever invented and brought to market.

Comment Re:Already happening (Score 1) 867

I can change one word of your sentence, altering its meaning without changing its truthfulness:
"I think an observation of history shows that business gravitates toward the corrupt."

We can repeat the experiment with "finance" or "the church", or what have you. There will be plenty of supporting anecdote, and quite a bit of usable data that could support such statements.

So? There is likely a deeper, foundational feature - or flaw - which invites organisations of people to corruption of intent and personal reward, over commitment to mission.

Yet we need to organise toward common and mutual purpose. The establishment of an American Government prior to 1789 was intended to focus on the beneficial aspects of that mutual purpose, and hold in abeyance the opportunities for exploitation.

It worked, more or less, for a little while.

Comment Re:Already happening (Score 1) 867


Actually, the problems with management by the Federal Government appear to be features introduced to serve those who own it.

Magically proclaiming that government is inherently a flawed way to accomplish anything, bordering on the criminal and immoral? That is a fantastical proposition. The corollary is stating that the only objective around which people can operate toward shared purpose is ambition and blind, greedy profit incentive.

The people who sponsored Reagan called him "The Great Communicator", because he so effectively broadcast this type of brainwashing. This type of belief has become the principal defect of the American character.

That is if one can use the mythical beast of national-character, to make a point... :-)

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