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Comment Re:Long done (Score 1) 401

Well, and FWIW, if the OS doesn't insist on calling home, you can run it in a virtual machine for as long as you want. Be sure you have updated backups, though, because the virtual machine partitions are HUGE files, and can become unreadable, or experience undesirable degradation due to actual bit rot. You may also want to forbid Internet access to the virtual machine, to allow for security issues not being fixed.

Comment Re:Handy guide to operating systems (Score 1) 401

Sorry, but the BSD license doesn't say you can't sell it. So BSD is closer to Free as in beer.

Actually the GPL doesn't say you can't sell it, either, but it makes selling it more complicated, so it's closer to free as in speech.

And for MS Windows I would have said "Free as in M.S.", but herpes is a bit clearer, even if M.S. is more immediately damaging. (Not everyone thinks of M.S. as Multiple sclerosis.)

Comment Re:C is the best (Score 2) 307

C is actually quite portable. But documenting it correctly so that someone else (or you a few years later) can understand what's going on it a beast.

C is more portable than either assembler or C++ (to bracket it with similar languages). It's not the most portable, for that you need either an interpreted language or one that runs on a virtual machine. Like Java, Python, Smalltalk, Ruby, etc., but it's probably the most portable language that compiles to native code.

Comment Re:The fix is in (Score 1) 270

Yes. It didn't work. Hillary was a bit slicker. But since them both parties have been "fixing the vote".

In a sense this is making them both true to their roots. The political ancestors of the Republicans believed that only property owning (white) males should vote. The political ancestors of the Democrats believed that the voting process was too restricted. It's too bad that decision can't be made on it's merits, and that neither party is willing to respect the current laws...laws which they, in combination, were in charge of writing.

Comment Re:The fix is in (Score 1) 270

It was already clear at the time of the Democrat candidate debates that the "fix was in". Anyone who didn't realize it was just not paying attention. It was (and is) less clear that the Democrats have done more to "fix" the election than have the Republicans, though they have both been clearly seen to be doing it.

Comment Re:Ok, so what? (Score 1) 270

It's not clear that "the network effect" is sufficient to cause them to be considered a monopoly. And that's the only grounds that I see for calling them a monopoly. Facebook is more like a "public accommodation". The laws regarding that are different from those regarding monopolies, and I don't understand them, but they *do* exist.

Comment Re:Servants (Score 2) 346

Yes... Unfortunately, not increasing the minimum wage only delays the automation by a year or so, as the cost of automation keeps falling.

Defending the status quo in minimum wages is a losing game, because the other side isn't standing still no matter what you do. Even if you cut the minimum wage automation will continue increasing, because there are some jobs that can already be done for considerably less than a person can live on that haven't yet been automated.

Comment Re:Free time (Score 1) 346

The "cheap community college" has also gone away...or at least become a lot less cheap. When I went to college the community college cost $2/semester, currently the same college costs $31/unit. That means a 12 unit load costs $62. but now the cost is per quarter rather than per semester. So that means it what was $4 is now $186. That's a bit of a steep increase, though it's not as bad as the university increase.

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