Follow in the footsteps of the Mahatma
If homespun cloth is good for India, then perhaps it will also reduce its dependency on foreign semiconductors. Perhaps it's time for Europe to withdraw from Tata Steel.
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The punch card is getting obsolete, it's the printer that does it. Line printers used to print 136 characters wide, but today we mostly use laser printers and to get that many characters you have to print in landscape orientation, while portrait remains the default.
So many things fly through my mind like the Blue Screen Brothers or Little Blue or the Windowcleaners or even The Quilt for its many patches. No more Citizen Gates or Big Balmer, perhaps Satyayoga or Little Cortana is listening on you. To me, they remain The Monopoly. But then the name is enough in itself: TinyDuctile (American English), NietigZacht (Dutch), WinzigSanft (German).
Parts of Windows are Open Source, such as Berkeley Sockets a.k.a. Winsock2 and Kerberos, a.k.a. Active Directory. Microsoft does not own the entire source code of Windows nor all the patents, so it would be a huge Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time.
The benefits of open sourcing would be minor, but the threat to Windows 10 significant. Please, Free Software Foundation, Get the HURD done (and leave Brexit to Boris).
So we have families of incompatible programming languages called BASIC, Algol, C++, Java, C#, Perl, Ruby, and Python. What to do about it?
"Pathological Eclectic Rubbish Lister" arouses negative feelings, so you would want to rename it to the much nicer 'Pearl' (like Ruby, it could be a gemstone or a lady's name), rather than 'Prul' (Dutch word), Peril, or Leper.
"Li-Fi is not susceptible to electromagnetic interference"
....except maybe the light of our old sun. Our eyes would notice when a LED starts transmitting... A spy could tap of LiFi signal through a window.
Why not use IrDA or something that works better under water.
People have been developing on Unix for five decades - people have tried to develop on Windows, but that is chasing a moving target. According to El Reg you need some kind of framework if you want to develop in C#, but you can create web applications on Unix and Linux in C and other languages without frameworks.
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