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Here's a different take on how to solve the untrustworthy-OS problem. Simply forget about the OS. Assume that it's buggy, inconvenient, always changing, insecure, and steals your private data. That said, write a software framework that ensures that not only are security and privacy protected, but also ownership of each and any data component you deem as being your virtual property. Put this framework code in all or any app you want (of course I am ignoring for discussions sake all the problems of how you do this). That way, you have the same app interfaces you are used to and you have never given your data away to clouds or OSes. You will always own your virtual stuff even though TCP/IP can take them anywhere.
I'm going to have to join the "Windows 10 ain't all that bad" brigade despite my inherent dislike for it.
I look after quite a few family & friends computers (at least 20 at a rough count), all Win 10 now except for 1 Mac. The only ones where Win 10 has borked, slowed down etc., have been the laptops with mechanical drives. Replacing with an SSD seems to have cured all of them.
My 3 home PCs are all home built with decent hardware (Asus, Crucial, Samsung/Intel SSD, WD etc.) - none of them have ever gone wrong (from an OS point of view); over the last 5 years I have had 1 PSU burn out (it had previously been used for a bitcoin hashing rig, so no surprise there) and 1 4TB SATA disk fail (part of a RAID 6 array) - never have I lost any data nor had a computer fail to start.
I also have linux running on 7 Raspberry Pis and in a remote VM that runs my web site. I think that they have all fallen over at some point, usually during an update. The VM one failed miserably doing that and I had to wipe it and restart from scratch. Even worse VMWare ESXi on the remote server later fell over too during an update (from 5 to 6 IIRC) - that was fun.
Finally, as for trying to use VMs for anything other than simple workstation tasks is a hiding to nowt (as they say up North), all the VM editors maintain that you can get seamless direct access to hardware.. it's a lie! You might be lucky and get USB3 working for slightly faster data transfers than USB2 but forget about DACs, video capture etc. Similarly my DVB-S2 card has remained steadfastly unrecognised by 33 different products. I also have some audio software that won't run on Win10 - I ended up putting it on an old Win 7 laptop rather than struggling with a VM.
OK, so where does that get us? Grin a bear it with Win10, strip out all the excess crud and run it on good hardware.
Sorry for going on so much.
Have you looked at FreeBSD? It's much more 'designed' than Linux. When Windows 10 came out I decided that I needed to look for some alternatives. I played with FreeBSD for about a year and really liked it. The problem is that they're behind Linux when it comes to newer hardware.
I currently dual boot Windows 10 and Devuan Linux but have been looking at replacing Linux with FreeBSD. The main reason I didn't use FreeBSD to start was the hassle of trying to get dual boot to work properly. Was never able to get it to work well back then. Hopefully, things are a little easier these days.
For me, 85%-90% of the software I use is available under Linux, Windows 10 and FreeBSD (jEdit, Firefox, Thunderbird, Libre Office, g++, etc). It's really only Games and photo editing (Affinity Photo) that keep Windows 10 on my machine.
I don't think so either but it isn't for lack of trying. James Woods (who I normally avoid but had a point this time) posted an image on twitter (i can't find it now) of a reporter in a hazmat suit being filmed by their cameraman - who was in plainclothes. They sure made sure they suited up for the camera though. It's ridiculous. BE AFRAID. ANYTHING AS LONG AS YOU PAY ATTENTION TO ME. They'll cause lasting social damage they'll never have to answer for. All because the industry is dying. It's sad.
Media companies have gained a 15% boost in pageviews due to this media frenzy.
However: regardless of the hype, the misinformation, the scare mongering and everything else that's going on, there is a real, on-the-ground issue with our hospital systems being overloaded. I have friends and family working in hospitals and they're very, very stressed and overworked already (and that 'overwork' is at this point often dealing with freaked out, uncooperative and sometimes angry patients. Crazy.)
The % of cases that require treatment may turn out to be really, really low. The absolute numbers, though, are proving to be enough that some hospitals, already over capacity, are now simply unable to cope.
That's what we need to be careful with. If I get hit by a car, or my Dad has a heart attack, or a new baby is in trouble, we need the hospitals to still be able to care for them.
Once we have herd immunity this will be (it seems) a total non-issue.
But yeah: a little less crazy and a little more "shrug OK, let's give it a few weeks then move on" would be much appreciated out there. I wonder, though, how you actually get a calm sensible message to a generation brought up on instant gratification and screamy reality TV. If it's not more shocking than the episode that's just aired then who will pay attention? If the headline is not as alarming as the news item next to it who will click it?
I wish people were more logical. Unfortunately that would make them far less interesting.
So we should just make sure that the virus is spread to everybody as soon as possible, and those who survive will be immune, right?
Not sure how you got from "Once we have herd immunity this will be (it seems) a total non-issue" to "we should make sure we get everyone sick as fast as possible".
No, not even close.
The issue is we can't overload the hospitals. We either need herd immunity to naturally slow infections, quarantine to slow the spread, or treatment that means people avoid a hospital trip. We don't have option A, we're trying option B, and we're working our collective pharmaceutical bottoms off on option C.
The problem is: How do you build that "herd immunity"? Currently, we know of one way: To catch the corona virus.
The problem is that I frequently encounter arguments about "herd immunity" as a pancea to handling corona. If we only had herd immunity, corona wouldn't be any danger at all, see? So, let's solve the problem as fast as we can!
There was a strong element of sarcasm in my post. I certainly do not want to make everybody sick and let the survivors take over. Actually, I am afraid that the ditty might get that idea, and start makin people believe in it. After all, most of those that would die are elderly people who do not contribute significantly to the US econonomy, so once we get through and the strong, young survivors come back, we have cut a lot of non-profitable expenses!
Maybe we will not see that kind of arguments. Still, I am scared that he migth pick up this "herd immunity" as something that he migth build some speech on. Even if he doesn't explicitly line out the socially negative consequences, he might focus on how it would strengthen US economy to have population with a "herd immunity", without saying a word about the sacrifices in human life. Ignoring that he is certainly in the risk groups himself.
At this point let's focus on keeping working to keep the economy going. Many, many things can still (and have to) continue even when we're 6 feet apart. Many of us (especially developers) can keep working just as well as before (in fact, even better for some of us!).
Stay sane, keep busy, carry on.
Everything else is outside of our control and will sort itself out one way or another.
there is a real, on-the-ground issue with our hospital systems being overloaded
We reached that point in my region. A guy died last week of a (normaly) non-fatal car crash because there was no bed left in the ER to take care of him.
Do not make the same mistake than we did (in France) of underestimating the impact of the virus, in our full arrogance of thinking we are much "better" than Italians or Chinese in facing the crisis.
Honestly, I was fooled by the media, but not in the way you think : since they keep insisting on making a non-stop-4-week-top-story out of every single event that would not have been noticed by anybody in usual times, and this in increasing rates in the last decade, it has become hard to believe anything that is spread by the news. I underestimated the danger of the virus, and I should have stayed at home even earlier. You are always smarter after it happened, once you know all the real facts.
since they keep insisting on making a non-stop-4-week-top-story out of every single event that would not have been noticed by anybody in usual times, and this in increasing rates in the last decade, it has become hard to believe anything that is spread by the news