The point was to show that the prevailing interpretation at the time was wrong.
It was an epic fail, then.
If you DON'T stay current, then you have as little choice as to what happens to your linux kernel and distro as any Windows user has over their OS.
Not quite true. I don't care about kernel release notes and distro package changes until they matter. That is, it either breaks something I care about, or adds something I care about. When it comes to things I care about, I have complete control over my own computer.
And that's all that matters to me. (By definition) If I can't configure one distro to suit my needs, there has always been another one available.
No one has time to go through every single fucking line of code for every driver, utility, application, etc. So you end up "trusting" the open source community.
Open source doesn't mean the code is perfect. I don't think anyone believes that. There will always be security holes, whether added maliciously or accidentally, in virtually every operating system I am aware of. But that's not the same as having the vendor introduce unwanted features, or deliberately degrade user experience, or preventing the user from modifying their own settings, or preventing them from running software that didn't come from an approved app store.
I have not seen this to the same extent in open source OSes, even including Android.
Some of us would rather skip the illusion of safety and open-ness and get on with our lives without kidding ourselves.
Safety is never guaranteed with code of any significant complexity. Openness can be.
America is the world's reserve currency.
Amen. I've got 5 moderately-sized rocks from the Grand Canyon, some pumice from Haleakala and a Ford Escort transmission in my basement. When they apocalypse comes, I'm going to be sitting pretty.
So how did she say that the robot unexpectedly activated and took her by surprise?
She scrawled it in her own blood: "I HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY SURPRISE".
Either that, or they have security cameras.
I'd rather not live in a society where they have to try and legislate good manners.
A lot of the people on that freeway have rather hellish lives. They have insane commute times, parking fees, sit in polluted gridlock, shitty jobs, not enough sleep, etc. But you want to force them to spend hours stuck in traffic every week, because their tires will eventually wear out the road by your house, which you want to remain pristine. I can only say that it seems like the lesser of two evils by far, and that courtesy and manners are a two-way street.
But as it is, considering you still need to use the terminal to do something as simple as changing the resolution when the OS doesn't support the GPU drivers, or installing an application...
How to install software. Of course, not everything is going to be in your distro's repository, so sometimes I have to go to a website and download a
How to set the resolution.
because when we think of software systems, we expected them to be infallible.
You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies?