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Comment Re:I only want an operating system (Score 1) 107

Yes, I've been using Linux as my primary OS for over 20 years (really!). But Linux is not equivalent to Microsoft Windows.

I can get chicken sandwiches from Wendy's, McDonalds, etc. and I tend to frequent those establishments instead of Chick-Fil-A. But of course there is a huge amount of choice for fast food, and they are generally equivalent to each other ignoring basic taste preferences.

If I want to run a Windows application should I use anything except Microsoft Windows to run it? Could I use Wine? Perhaps in some cases, but I'd argue it's not production ready and it's not supported by the application vendor and the Wine team does not offer a support contract.

Microsoft is free to not offer the things I want, but at the same time they should not be permitted to use their dominate position in the market to exclude customer choice.

Comment I only want an operating system (Score 3, Insightful) 107

Is that too much to ask? I'd like to pay some money in exchange for software to abstract my hardware into a platform and allow application to run. That is of course the kernel and drivers as well as the libraries and services necessary for applications.

I don't want advertisements, data mining, or even a bundled web browser. I do want security updates and timezone updates, please don't stop updating timezones with the excuse that an older operating system version is "unsupported".

If this were a free market, we could pay money in exchange for the goods and services we want. Assuming we can agree on a price, but I doubt even a million dollars would could get Microsoft's attention.

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 3, Informative) 83

Most folks drink stale coffee. Try roasting your own (I use Sweet Maria's for supplies) or going somewhere with a roaster on site who is honest enough to tell you the roast date. It should be from 2 to 10 days ago. Flavor development in coffee is a rancidification process. Like cheese, you want to catch it when it is a little, but not too, rancid.

Comment Re:...Or Just Take Aspirin. (Score 2) 83

Let's not forget the effect of helicobacter pylori bacteria on ulcers, they are in general held to be the main cause these days.

I have another theory about the beneficial effect of aspirin, caffine, etc. We evolved with them. Our diet was rich in salycilates and chemicals similar to theobromine or caffine. They came from the plants we ate, some of which were mildly toxic and which we evolved to process to the point that we became dependent on some of their effects. There are a lot of things in the primitive diet that modern people don't eat much at all, like acorns which had to be soaked to remove alkalai and tannin.

If this is the case, taking aspirin and drinking coffee or tea replace substances found in a more primitive diet.

Comment Re: Not really needed for drones (Score 1) 22

Modulation designators that state the payload type don't make much sense with digital data transports. You can do digital TV or anything else with 4 MHz bandwidth. Cellular doesn't make much sense unless they have a really long hover time and drone life, in which case it could be a pop-up base station.

Comment It's only been 7 years (Score 1) 452

7 years of time passing shouldn't exclude something from being part of the modern era.

Perhaps we, as consumers, should put our weight behind a platform that is designed from the ground up to be flexible, extensible and maintained. If Microsoft would provide that, then great, if not then we may want to consider alternatives.

Forcing a switch or operating systems every 5-10 years is pretty disruptive to developers, industry and IT.

PS - as a Linux developer I can say that Linux isn't a great choice as a long term platform either. The kernel changes based on pet projects of whichever person is most active on LKML. And binaries tend to break between distros and between distro versions as binary compatibility is rarely considered a desirable features among open source advocates.

PPS - I realize nobody will stop using Windows. Microsoft will have us under their thumb for the rest of our lives.

Comment Re:Shudder. (Score 4, Insightful) 183

Sounds horrible to me. Why bother?

Not sure what MS' motivation is, but it's good news for a lot of scientific software developers. Small teams or single researchers rarely have enough time to even keep the main development going, never mind keeping up with multiple OS targets. With this everybody can simply focus on Linux, and tell Windows users to just run it under the Linux layer and stop asking about a native port.

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