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Comment Re:BASH (Score 1) 212

The problem with SFU was that it implemented some sort of a generic Unix system - it wasn't Linux, or BSD, or anything else specifically, just something POSIX'ish. So it only had source-level compatibility, not binaries - you had to recompile - and then compatibility only extended to those Unix and POSIX APIs that SFU implemented.

SFL, on the other hand, implements Linux kernel ABI (syscalls and device nodes). Which then allows to just put glibc on top of that, and getting full compatibility with userspace Linux APIs for free; your choice of distro (though only Ubuntu is officially supported).

Since it emulates an actual OS, and does so on binary level, this is much, much more useful than SFU ever was.

Comment Re:BASH (Score 1) 212

It's effectively a Linux syscall emulation layer + ELF loader, and Ubuntu running on top of that.

So kernelspace is entirely Windows (including drivers, filesystem support etc), but it presents Linux kernel ABI to the userspace. So userspace is just regular Linux. So there's no special "knowledge" between the two parts, aside from the ABI.

Filesystem is effectively shared, with a mapping system in place (Linux "partition" is in reality just an NTFS folder, while Windows drive letters are exposed as mount points in Linux).

Because the implementation sits directly on top of the NT kernel, side-by-side with Win32 (and not on top of it, like Cygwin does), it can efficiently provide proper semantics for things like fork().

Comment Re:No one will be ruled by Trump even if he wins (Score 1) 705

Technically speaking, Georgia didn't comply, in a sense that it admitted the decision to be valid. The people affected were pardoned, which is basically saying "you're still guilty, but we'll let you go just because". They did not repeal the law in question.

In any case, the president can push as far as they think they can get away with. In case of Trump, based on his track record and temperament, he might decide to push all the way into a genuine constitutional crisis. And what then? What happens if an executive issues an unconstitutional order, SCOTUS declares it such, but top of executive demands that it be carried out people under him anyway? In theory, that's when Congress is supposed to impeach; but will a Republican Congress actually do so? And even if it does, what if the president refuses to vacate? Push far enough, and this is something that could only be resolved by use of force. If both sides use it, we're talking about a coup, and potentially a civil war.

Comment Re:Horse Hockey (Score 1) 705

If the Russians wanted to help Trump, they would indeed do so - a week or two before the polls in November.

More likely is that they have enough materials to keep things interesting for the rest of the race by staggering the release. WL has already said they have more damaging DNC emails, for example. I wouldn't be surprised if they released them after Sanders finishes speaking today.

Comment Re:well well well (Score 1) 705

You know, I'm not a fan of Russia and Putin, to put it mildly. But this whole outrage about "OMG how dare they influence our elections!", coming from Americans of all people, is rich. USA routinely does it all over the world, much more openly at that - and on occasion, it even sponsored military coups to overthrow a popularly elected candidate that was the "wrong choice".

Also, if you're worried so much about said influence, how about you tell your party and your candidate to not do any stupid shit that they can be blackmailed with later? Or if they do, at least don't put it in writing, on a poorly secured email server?

Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 1) 705

I can assure you, based on what I've seen in the Russian government, you won't get many smart techies working there.

And while Russia doesn't have a Silicon Valley, US does, and it's not all that hard to immigrate when you're in this industry.

The reason why Wikileaks wouldn't be particularly interesting in Russia is because there's already abundance of information about corruption, excesses, and outright crime that is collected by activists from public sources. For example, the country's general prosecutor is now definitively known to have been in cahoots with a gang of criminals that terrorized an entire village into submission and paying them "protection money", and killed an entire family, including little children, to make a point to the others. Government's reaction? They called it all lies, and Putin personally made a point that the guy will stay.

Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 1) 452

Personally, I agree. But I know too many people who are willing to take the risk of Trump just to stick a finger to Clinton and DNC. I think it's foolish, but nevertheless, if there are enough of them, it may just add up.

Of course, the other side has a similar problem. Which is why I think that it's basically a contest of who can motivate more to show up to vote against the other guy. And given the potential consequences, I'd rather not take chances, even when small quantities of votes are at stake. Brexit should be a lesson to us all.

Comment Re: as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 1) 246

Libertarianism is not just any limited government. It's government limited to those functions that are necessary to maximize individual liberties (or individual negative rights, to be more specific).

Libertarians also believe that all people, not just those that happened to be born in a "right" country, have said rights.

Now, go ahead and explain how government-sponsored economic protectionism (which borders are, at least in the context of this discussion) maximizes individual rights and liberties.

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