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    Communications providers pay money to buy...

    Communications providers pay money to buy spectrum, deploy infrastructure, etc. then charge for its use, aiming to profit whilst trying to retain a monopoly. If you like, we could all keep paying...
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    I stand corrected, they'd seem to have 1000 of...

    I stand corrected, they'd seem to have 1000 of those servers (OpenConnect appliances), not 50. They're not EC2 instances. They do have 10GbE interfaces (or multiple). And they do run FreeBSD ;)
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    Oh wow my recollection was a little bit off. I...

    Oh wow my recollection was a little bit off. I was thinking of an article similar to those posted above. The 'video streaming group' dominated by Netflix and Youtube accounts for half the peak...
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    Another, much simpler explanation is that most...

    Another, much simpler explanation is that most people on their staff right now are users/fans of Ubuntu rather than Debian. And despite the reasonings given to management, this was just the personal...
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    I believe they are, I suppose systemd won't be...

    I believe they are, I suppose systemd won't be officially (long-term) supported in an Ubuntu LTS release until 16.04, and switching to that won't happen overnight either.

    If Debian squeeze LTS had...
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    Virtualisation abstracts most of this though. ...

    Virtualisation abstracts most of this though. The deployment inside a guest could remain the same for the entire life of an LTS. If hardware changes, maybe only the dom0/host OS needs to be...
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    http://www.kde.org/announcements/plasma5.0/screens...

    http://www.kde.org/announcements/plasma5.0/screenshots/desktop.png
    It looks really pretty, but I have to ponder some of the fine details: why I should feel a mental connection between a picture of...
  8. Went ahead and tried building the portable...

    Went ahead and tried building the portable release on NetBSD 6.1. Is almost perfect except needed CFLAGS+="-Wno-error=array-bounds" for a couple of source files.



    checking for strlcpy... yes...
  9. I stopped skimreading at this remarkable gem: ...

    I stopped skimreading at this remarkable gem:


    What does that literally mean?

    Sometimes - maybe not so often - this could be more than $150/hr.
    But much of the time - it will be up to...
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    That is actually a pretty good point against...

    That is actually a pretty good point against systemd I think you made by accident. If it is really so good, the change would have been voluntary. It's a pain to have to keep up with obnoxious...
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    You lost me at : It is 'integrated' into...

    You lost me at :




    It is 'integrated' into your system by way of being an executable file in /usr/sbin, and being able to spawn it as a process on a multi-user system that can run lots of...
  12. You're not allowed to make such modifications. A...

    You're not allowed to make such modifications. A user has no business doing this. systemd knows best.
  13. If the squeeze LTS effort can be maintained for 2...

    If the squeeze LTS effort can be maintained for 2 years, Jessie should have been released by then but be still be early in its regular support lifecycle. Wheezy would be reaching its regular support...
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    How is a blob running on graphics card hardware...

    How is a blob running on graphics card hardware going to phone home?

    OTOH a binary driver runs *in* the kernel on the host system's CPU. I'd happily accept a free driver using non-free microcode...
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    That article talks about features not yet...

    That article talks about features not yet implemented and suggests helping to contribute a missing feature.

    Taking *away* firmware-loading capability is an antifeature, work was done to...
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    I'd suggest an older ATI Radeon card using the...

    I'd suggest an older ATI Radeon card using the free driver, with the non-free microcode running on it. I think that's still as 'free' as the Noveau driver that still has whole chunks of obfuscated...
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    With something customisable, like a traditional...

    With something customisable, like a traditional desktop PC, you can probably put together hardware that does everything you want without any non-free drivers or firmware. And then your system is...
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    If that's true, why don't certified professionals...

    If that's true, why don't certified professionals of the buggy, incumbent OS get fired every day?

    Because if anything I'd say the reverse is true: the buggy OS causes endless problems requiring...
  19. Debian packages are available already in the main...

    Debian packages are available already in the main archive for Debian jessie - apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

    As an Xfce4 user I didn't notice all that much difference.
  20. Mine still serves me well after 4 years. How...

    Mine still serves me well after 4 years. How many normal smartphones do normal people throw away in that period of time?
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