Re: You want to play hardball?
Wish we could, but he's currently at the coal pile and he's carrying an oil lantern...
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More like it may be time to stop using solid wooden wheels and try something a little more modern like metal rims surrounded by pneumatic rubber tires attached to axles that are cushioned by shock absorbers. Should make for a smoother ride and make for some easier maintenance in areas, just saying.
"Do we want to continue living in the shadow of this? Or do we (here in the States) wish to continue to exercise our Constitutional rights to free and unfettered speech?"
Do we even have a choice? Digging up dirt on others seems to be simple human nature. As Don Henley once sang, "People love it when you lose; they love dirty laundry."
IOW, if not the government, then someone else will find something to hold over us.
If you read, he already said he tried switching out cables, devices, etc. without success, yet if he uses the same cables with a much-older Windows-based laptop, it becomes literally plug-and-play. That sounds to me more like a lack of support.
Furthermore, we can't deny there are whole ecosystems of both hardware and software that simply MUST use Windows, full stop. Something that requires Windows to run becomes a deal-breaker for many, and no, there usually aren't viable substitutes for many of them, especially if they're custom jobs.
I put it this way. Something must be compelling for so many businesses to use Microsoft Windows (to the point I see "Activate Windows" watermarks almost everywhere that they're willing to put up with its headaches over whatever headaches Linux may produce.
If drivers have to devote their minds to the actual motions of their hands and feet as they drive (think QWOP), there wouldn't be enough mental capacity left to perform the higher-level judgment calls needed to stay safe on the road, especially in emergent circumstances. There's nothing wrong with having tools to help deal with common problems so that you turn your attention to higher-level problems.
So when the next big thing comes along, you don't miss out. It's kind of trying to break the vicious cycle perpetuated by Windows: to decouple the OS from the software people to use and from the hardware that gets supported on them.
IMO, the OS has reached a level of maturity that perhaps it's time to put that aside, let it chug along on its own while people move on to competing in other things. But since Windows and its associated UI remains Microsoft's meal ticket, they'll be hell bent on keeping it that way. Same with Apple and it's tight integration; that's its major selling point at this point.
Therein lies the fatal problem. Freedom is its own worst enemy. What you consider the ability to make your own choices is, to most people, Too Much Information. For the Joe Stupids who want to Just Get S*** Done, they want fewer choices, not more. Apple would not still be a significant player in the electronics sphere if freedom was really all that.
But given how small the chip lithography is getting and how much we're still demanding of them, you're going to hit some physical limitations, at which point we're just gonna have to bear the costs, go without, or await some radical leap in computer technology (still waiting on photonics).
Problem is, the math's changed. One-and-dones are old hat. There's no business like repeat business, simple as that. Unless you can extract every last erg from your business, someone who can will snow you under. Governments be damned, money can buy just about anything these days: even favors. If not the carrot, then the stick: the prospect of packing up and taking your tax revenues somewhere more friendly, and there will be somewhere more friendly out there, like low-overhead countries that don't care what anyone else thinks.
Unless you can change that kind of calculus on a global scale, the big boys will know how to play the long game better than you.
But then you have to trust the package maintainers, which has issues in itself, especially if you're working on the bleeding edge or have to work on esoteric configurations. It's also a matter of trust, since it means you have to trust that the package maintainers are doing their job and doing it right. Recall all those malicious Android apps that still somehow get into the Play Store. It's a tradeoff, thus why we can never agree on a standard; to each his own.
Thing is, something like a working quantum computer could be such a strategic advantage as to render it "black" my most governments, meaning no one will acknowledge it if it really exists. Thus the perceived overabundance of caution: because there's a chance a country, even the US itself, has a working quantum computer but is keeping it under wraps while happily chugging away at all the historical encrypted data that's hanging around out there.
Can also happen if you hit a Cloudflare-backed site from anywhere strange (a VPN or TOR endpoint, someplace atypical for the site, etc.). Basically, any place that runs the risk of a DDoS, which can be more places than you think.
And even that may not work, as Putin rose to power on an anti-corruption agenda. His top-tier people are handpicked sycophants in it up to their necks; they live and die with Putin and help keep the lower oligarchs in line. That's why there's been very little back talk.
No, Doublethink. Think Ministry of Truth. Intentional corruption of good-meaning terms so they lose their effectiveness. Worse, due to shamelessness, turnabout doesn't work on them anymore. There is already a growing contingent of people who see M.A.D. as a winning scenario. The fear is either Putin or Xi joining that group.
Your car must be older, then. The oil and air filters are fair game, as they're considered expendables. But the ECU? More are increasingly locked using black-boxed keys only held by the manufacturer. Other parts of the car increasingly ping back to the (code-signed) computer in a Protected Hardware Path way (to protect against knock-offs and all).