Re: I have been on about this since I was a teenager
> You think Greenpeace might actually admit they could be wrong?
They don't even understand what they're saying, how could they?
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> LibreOffice is not as good as MS Office
Years ago, OpenOffice (the precursor of LibreOffice) was already better that MSOffice in several important respects.
> Gimp GUI appears to be designed by a greybeard Perl programmer.
No UI is perfeact, AFAICT, but the Gimp GUI was designed by a UI consultant.
> Not so very long ago, it was normal to choose a computer based on exactly that criteria
That's hasn't been the case for several decades. The people who choose computers might use that method in a tiny proportion of cases. But mostly they get what's pushed at them by PC World or by the purchasing dept. (who knows what behid the scenes benefits they get, but that's a seperate issue). End result, they usually get a computer that does'nt do what they need, but what Microsoft needs.
Except under extreme (i.e. rarely encountered in everyday human perception), it gives essentially the same answer as Newton's laws. In otherwords, relativity offers backwards compatibility (at least within the domain of applicability of Newton's laws).
> Basically everything that is created is an object, and persists until it is explicitly removed.
So, a file then, in exactly the same sense that Unix says "everything is a file". By which they mean "there is a uniform, consistent way of accessing it, whatever it is."
There was another problem, also rather serious. Namely, that the speed of Optane dropped significantly as it neared production qunatities. It seemed to turn from a wonderful new invention full of promise to a new thing full only of wonderful promises.
Maybe not an emperor without clothes, but perhaps one with only a posing pouch.
> ... so most people wanted that and are still stuck in the 1970s ...
Having used both VMS and Unix in the 1980s, my overriding recollection is that most VMS features that distinguished it from Unix were arbitrary and quite complex restrictions, imposed only because DEC software designers were stuck in the 1970s.
> 1. If you have, say, a terabyte of non-volatile RAM, why do you need disks or paging at all?
You don't, but you still have to organise non-volatile memory somehow.
Just saying "I don't need files, because ... RAM!" doesn't achieve that.
The disk management model works. Optane didn't bring an alternative, better or worse.
> No current OS organizes its RAM as a filesystem.
ZFS kind of does (or perhaps, vice versa).
> Why do you want to bring over one of the clunkiest bits of 1960s tech to this hypothetical new system?
Unfortunately, your example. of systems without filesystems aren't a particular good adverisement for the benefits of doing away with them.
> The interesting thing to ask is, with a strict disciplinarian compiler like Rust that won't let you make any mistakes of certain sorts, will that do the trick?
Absolutely not. Of course.
And apropos Perl, the worst "line noise" I encounter is comments from people who criticise it for using a notation thy're unfamiliar with. At least it's not as bad as the abomination that is Python: "Yea! Let's make white space semantically significant! That worked so well in Makefiles!"
...confidential information security guidelines...
How on earth is any of the advice in this dcoucument confidential? It seems to be mostly well-known and widely-used good practice.
OTOH, mustn't give the proles advice about security, they might use it to secure themselves against the govt., I suppose.
> "well regulated militia" effectively means what has since come to be know as the United States' army*. What it doesn't mean is random individuals with indeterminate grudges.
* Whether that is a well-regulated organisation is a completely separate question.
> it is more efficient to allow the transmission to decide when to shift.
Maybe nowadays it just about is, but for decades automatic transmission added tens of percent to the vehicle's fuel consumption. Or soaked up the equvalent in the engine's power output. Not a problem in the land of 7 Litre V8s, I suppose.
Just thought I'd mention it.
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