The USA tried banning alcohol once, but it didn't work out too well.
At least we got cool bar names like "The 21st Amendment" out of it.
it's unlikely they'll ever release the death grip and let the world play with OS X.
The real question is: do they even need to in order to maintain their ridiculous profit margins?
Ever heard of bloom filters? Sharding? Indexes? They are clearly not doing a table scan on 50gb of data every time you open your Facebook inbox.
You know, there's a certain point where people need to stop and actually think about the implimentation.
Um, they do. They regularly blog about their solutions to their problems and open source their solutions and contributions to existing projects. They come up with amazing solutions to their large scale problems. They're running over five million Erlang processes for their chat system!
Also, when was the last time you tried to visit Facebook and it was down? They're doing quite well for people who need to stop and actually think about their "implimentation".
The plural form of "anecdote" is not "data".
That said, the poll stating that less than 40% of people were successfully able to upgrade isn't totally accurate either. It's a self-selected sample.
Serious problems with the most widely-used Linux distribution isn't "news for nerds"?
"It ain't over until it's over." -- Casey Stengel