Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. Unfortunately, on slashdot, the second statement is usually
(sometimes unfairly) tagged as the extraordinary one.
Which is EXACTLY why you don't let device drivers run in the same ring/priviledge space as the OS kernel.
Microkernels (in the early days) didn't have device drivers build in - they just provided a message passing layer
that ran in the priviledged space, while other systems services (file systems, the BSD operating system services, etc)
ran in user space.
Nice try, though.
You mean "the mass transit I have access to".
My children have two methods of getting to school:
* walk to school (neighborhood schools for elementary kids, they live
* ride the taxpayer-funded school bus. These can also take children to after-school day care.
My blender runs Linux and its knob goes to '12' - should I be worried about creating a singularity in my kitchen?
A number without Units is meaningless, people
He's worked hard and he's added a lot to society. If we tried to cut him down so things were more fair, then it would be a loss to all of us.
Yeah, but all I want is to be able to replace the battery in my iPod myself.
It's not liking am asking to do my own liver surgery....
>>You like OS X and Cocoa?
>>That was the kind of platform that Xerox PARC had developed in the 1970's,
>>only what PARC had was even easier to develop for and better integrated.
>Troll please. I'm not even reading the rest of this comment.
That's a shame, because the new generations keep repeating the mistakes of the old. If re-use was really happening, how many versions of Unix would we need?
As Santyana said: "'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
In addition to the 'locked firmware' problem, "Telephone" implies that there is a centralized "telephone network" that can be
surveilled and/or attacked, making for a short revolution.
Wireless device have an interesting property. They can communicate with ANY compatible device within range, as long as it is programmed correctly. Why depend on "the man" (who is typically government regulated, or depends on 'retroactive immunity' in the US), if you don't have to.
Just be more decentralized in your thinking. 10 years ago there was a great gadget called a 'Cybiko', which ran on unlicensed
900 Mhz frequencies, but you could program on your own. The device went through several hardware generations, but doesn't exist any more. It even had an interesting 'walking talkie' application, which converted your voice to a digital signal and sent it to other Cybikos within RF range.
No cell network required.
>If we were all just as productive
I don't know about you, but I was kind of expecting the fusion guys in the 1980s to have developed
workable fusion power plants by now.
I guess 'Back to the Future' wasn't inspirational enough.
Thankfully, fast food and television don't have sustainable business models, long term.
The problem will correct itself, as the fast-food-eating TV watchers die off, to be replaced
by quick-thinking vegetarians who will outlive them.
Nobody said computers were going to be polite.