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Comment Re:Git can be seen as his more important contribut (Score 2) 141

No shit. An operating system that changed the world, being the first widely-available, free-as-in-beer-and-speech (and not under legal threat from AT&T) Unix-compatible OS.

vs. a versioned source control system that makes certain administrative tasks easier.

...and that was most definitely not the first widely-available, free-as-in-beer-and-speech version control system capable of over-the-network access (and not, as far as I know, even the first widely-available, free-as-in-beer-and-speech distributed version control system).

(And it makes some things harder if you're "holding it wrong", but I digress.)

Comment Re:Git can be seen as his more important contribut (Score 4, Insightful) 141

We should not diminish the importance of Linux. But it's clear that Git is much more important today. Linux is wonderful, but its a commodity for most people. It doesn't matter that Android is based on Linux. It's awesome but most people don't care. It's just a technicality.

It's "just a technicality" in the sense that Android might not exist if Linux hadn't existed; saying that it's less relevant because people don't know it's there is like saying that ARM isn't all that important because most people don't know they have ARM processors in their smartphones. Git is even less directly relevant to most people, as they're not developers.

What Linus did by creating GitHub is of tremendously much more importance if you look at how well it brings open source developers together.

Presumably you meant "by creating Git"; as far as I know, he no more created GitHub than he created Android, even if GitHub uses Git and Android uses Linux.

Comment Re:Git? (Score 2) 141

I would say Git is virtually indispensable in development, or at least some form of version control, at this point.

Given that many projects don't use Git, I would not even come close to saying that Git is virtually indispensable in development (unless "virtually" means "not" or otherwise renders the adjective to which it refers meaningless).

I would say that some form of version control is important, but there were plenty of free-software version control systems, supporting over-the-Internet access, available before Git came along, so you can't give credit to Git for that.

I'd love to know the reasons that lead some to believe that "In some ways Git can be seen as his more important contribution".

Comment Re:linux fail reality (Score 1) 148

I learned today why no sane company uses linux

Given that this is a desktop environment for FreeBSD, atop which PC-BSD is based, not Linux (it might also work on Linux, but I presume that's not the primary goal), that's not relevant to this article (and also involves labeling a large number of significant and successful companies "insane", but that's probably your intent).

Comment Re:Apple...Free (Score 1) 201

Unless there's a surfing spot at Yosmite that I'm not aware of, I doubt it.

Who at Apple said that the new naming convention is "California surfing sites" rather than "California locations"? We only have one data point so far, and that's insufficient to conclude that the locations will all be surfing sites (or named after dogs or located in San Mateo or Santa Clara county or...).

Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 113

With open-source software, a monoculture isn't that bad a thing, as the Heartbleed exploit has shown. When something bad is discovered, people jump on it immediately and come up with a fix, which is deployed very very quickly (and free of charge, I might add). How fast was a fix available for Heartbleed? Further, people will go to greater lengths to make sure it doesn't happen again. Look at the recent efforts to rewrite OpenSSL, and the fork that was created from it.

"It" in "it doesn't happen again" being "a monoculture"? If you have a monoculture, a fork destroys it unless a new monoculture forms from the fork (i.e., if the forked-from project loses most of its market share).

Comment Re:Generating your own electricity .. (Score 1) 504

The TLDR is I chose the 'code' option after testing the available options and finding it sucks less.

I use <code> too, if I'm posting code. Well, actually, I use <ecode>, because <code> appears not to honor line breaks and <ecode> appears not to honor indentation, and, for code, the latter sucks less than the former. Neither of them appear to provide me with any advantages if I'm just posting text.

Comment Re:Generating your own electricity .. (Score 1) 504

The grandparent's signature line suggests he or she is making some sort of point about Javascript.

(Any objections containing the letters "e", "c", "m", and "a", regardless of capitalization, in sequence must be accompanied by an indication of why Javascript is different from ECMAscript in this context.)

Comment Re:Bookstores - are you trying to change hard enou (Score 1) 83

Um, you pretty much described EXACTLY what Barnes and Noble tried to do, and it didn't really work out all that well for them(the execution may have left something to be desired but).

Other big-box book retailers haven't succeeded at that, either.

But TFA seems to be talking more about independent bookstores than the "brick-and-mortar" chain bookstores that gave the independent bookstores trouble a while ago.

Comment Re:Needs x86 emulation. (Score 2) 47

they need to build in an x86 emulation layer to make these more attractive to gp programmers ... if they had that I may be able to make them work with the drone I'm designing for i/o and avionics control but I do not feel like rewriting the whole damn code base to run on these frankenchips.

You're programming your drone in assembler language?

Comment Re:Uphill both ways! (Score 1) 169

My second computer was a 360. I began life coding Fortran IV on one of the 360's immediate predecessors, the IBM 1410. At the time, mainframes occupied two distinct categories: "business" machines like the 1410, which organized data as individual 6-bit bytes, and "scientific" mainframes like the 7090 series, which saw data as 32-bit integers and floats.

36-bit. There was also the 1620, which organized data as 4-bit decimal digits (with an extra flag bit and a parity bit); a character took two digits.

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