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Comment Re:The latest fad (Score 1) 121

I'd say it is warranted to credit MS with making serious effort to maintain backward compatibility. A win32 binary (not driver) which if implemented to spec on Windows XP w/ VC++6.0 probably still runs in Windows 10, at least until they kill off win32 in favor of UWP. Win32 and COM's fanatical (and much appreciated) adherence to ABI versioning means most software packages will run for a very long time via MS's compatibility shims. How many commercial or FOSS projects can you think of which provide those kinds of version compatibility shims? The only one I can think of is glibc and very few projects appear to target versioned symbols. Microsoft's backwards-compat-OCD exceeds what is possible with static linking.

Comment Re:Linux supported Kaby Lake features in March (Score 1) 276

I would bet that 2.6.x still has a significant install base under the names RHEL5 & 6, centos 5 & 6, oracle linux 5 & 6... And aside from that middle brand, these are people who are probably paying for vendor support, which makes them more equal than other linux users.

Comment Re: Adblock (Score 1) 212

It'd be nice if this proper OS existed at the present time because I'm not going back to Amiga despite its lack of viruses. I'm reading between the lines here, but I infer you are setting up Linux or a BSD variant as this hypothetical proper OS, all of which have their fair share of vulnerabilities and are even harder for non-technical end users to configure correctly to avoid problems.

Comment Re: Unsurprising (Score 5, Insightful) 441

Sometimes you don't want to put a 450 kg warhead through somebody's window when an 8 kg warhead will do.
Sometimes you don't know how many targets there are until you're near the target.
Sometimes you need to use additional missiles if the first wasn't sufficient and can't afford the non-trivial flight time for a second launch.
Sometimes you want to go home without blowing things up and without wasting 1.6M USD.

There are advantages to having a reusable launch platform in the area, whether that be a UAV or a strike fighter.

Comment Re:Pilot still needs a UAS license? (Score 4, Interesting) 124

Nevermind, it's not clear from the summary, but all of the articles mention this. Yes there is still licensing, no the rules are not as strenuous as a full pilot's license (no medical, etc).
FPV flight is still dead without a waiver. Interestingly, you can fly above 400' as long as you are within 400' of a structure (eg, for remote visual inspection of tall buildings).

Comment Re:Still pretty crusty on laptops (Score 1) 88

I'm glad you're able to repair defects that only occur on hardware you don't own, that you can't reproduce, and can't validate as fixed for hardware/firmware with no vendor support, having no published specification, and will be obsoleted in only a few years. There are hundreds of different platforms to support when nobody follows the spec. Most people consider that somewhere between "frustratingly difficult" and "damn near impossible."

Comment Re:Yeah, whatever ARM (Score 4, Insightful) 90

[..]constantly updated, but also a limited number of hardware variants and software configurations.[..]

Are we talking about the same Android? You seem to have enumerated where android is the weakest; poor vendor update frequency, many varied hardware platforms, a plethora of vendor or user customized software configurations.

Comment Re:Yawn ... (Score 2) 228

Argument failure on my part. After reading subsequent posts you made clarifying your position, no, I don't see any advantage for the common consumer to go out and replace all their old things with new ones. Someone like me might like that I can use my phone to one-click reconfigure my tv and receiver to play video games or select a movie on netflix and have the tv switch inputs to whatever and just start playing it--heck I can do this now, but IoT should make it much easier. Granted there are a crapload of privacy concerns exactly like you and other commenters have cited that are of serious concern. That stated, given the low incremental cost of enabling IoT on a device, it's pretty damn likely to end up in all products whether you like it or not.

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