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posted by martyb on Wednesday December 06, @05:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the thorny-questions dept.

The bloom is off the rose:

It was about an hour and a half into a hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee when Sen. Dianne Feinstein laid into Facebook, Google and Twitter.

"I don't think you get it," she began. "You bear this responsibility. You've created these platforms, and now they are being misused. And you have to be the ones to do something about it. Or we will."

The tech giants were being grilled by Congress over Russian trolls abusing their services to meddle in last year's US election, and the California Democratic lawmaker had had it.

It was just one of very public tongue-lashings the Silicon Valley companies received over the course of three marathon congressional panels last month, held over a two-day span. The hearings were anticlimactic, in part because the three companies only sent their general counsels instead of their famous CEOs -- a point several lawmakers bemoaned during the public questioning.

Is it Google, Twitter, and Facebook who don't get it, or Senators like Dianne Feinstein who don't get it?


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:29PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @07:29PM (#606315)

    Linux doesn't have a single, deep-pocketed corporation in charge of the whole OS.
    This is what is necessary for it to compete as a desktop OS. Plus everybody (software producers) wants to do webapps these days instead of desktop
    software, and the OS matters little in that model, so no incentive to push a new OS. I guess Google Chromebooks is as far as you'll get with the current Linux model.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @02:08AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @02:08AM (#606553)

    Linux doesn't have a single, deep-pocketed corporation in charge of the whole OS

    Actually, if you're willing to throw money at the "problem", Red Hat or SuSE or Oracle will be glad to set you up with a service contract.

    Additionally, most Windoze support is farmed out to local operations.
    There's no reason (especially in a city of any size) that that can't be done with Linux.

    ...and your premise is nonsense.
    The vast majority of Windoze-compatible apps aren't produced or marketed by MICROS~1.

    -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @02:34AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @02:34AM (#606575)

      Parent said:
      "...and your premise is nonsense.
      The vast majority of Windoze-compatible apps aren't produced or marketed by MICROS~1."

      That was never my premise nor did it follow logically from anything I said.

      What people who develop software need is a development target that they can count on. You know, a standard. Web apps provide that with the browser. (Back end web services run on your platform, so what the user runs as his OS doesn't even matter for that part of the system.)

      Look, Linux can't even guarantee you a GUI toolkit, nor a device driver interface that stays compatible from release to release.
      Linux had about 25 years to become a general purpose desktop standard, and it never did.

      • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @11:50AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @11:50AM (#606770)

        a device driver interface that stays compatible from release to release

        Heh. Now you're just making me laugh.
        Backwards-compatibility with Windoze and hardware? Pffff.

        I like old hardware.
        Never had a problem with Linux and hardware.
        It's always worked out of the box.

        Old hardware and Windoze? Good luck with that.
        I got tired of that shit and moved on.

        Linux had about 25 years to become a general purpose desktop standard

        WFM.
        There are Linux deployments with thousands of seats. They're happy.
        There are Linux deployments with tens of thousands of seats. They're happy.
        There are Linux deployments with hundreds of thousands of seats. They're happy too.

        Linux is available, it's gratis and libre, and it works.
        Don't want it? Don't use it.

        Like dealing with the infection of the week^W day^W hour?
        Stick with Windoze.
        Like waiting until the 2nd Tuesday of next month for security patches?
        Stick with Windoze.
        Like spyware straight from your OS vendor?
        Stick with Windoze.
        Like defragging?
        Stick with Windoze.
        Like installs that take days?
        Stick with Windoze.

        I found a better way.
        So have hundreds of millions more across the globe.

        -- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]