Many thanks for that.
Now that you mention Sirius, I remember having seen something about it, but had forgotten. It sounds well worth digging into, and perhaps contributing to.
Android already features a voice-operated assistant, invoked by speaking the words, "Okay, Google...". Offhand I don't know of an open-source alternative. I did a little work myself many years ago toward an open-source voice synthesis program; by now there sare several. Voice analysis is a harder problem, but arguably can be simplified by treating it as the inverse of the same problem, much as grammar-driven parsing of high-level languages in compilers is the inverse of software synthesis. A program is grammatically correct if there is is a sequence of production rules in a generative grammar that will generate the given code.
Communist? Oh, please, you're living in the past. Chairman Mao died a long time ago, and Maoism died with him. China still has a government as authoritarian as those it has had for the past 2000 years or so, but to its credit it is doing its best to come to terms with the ways capitalist institutions work.
I haven't kept up with everything going on in China recently, but I gather it may be going through its own mobile revolution, like the rest of the world. XiaoMi, in partcular, is developing a line of Android-based phones.
"It's not 15 versions of Windows, dumbsas. It's 15 versions of Linux."
Do you have a source for that statement, stupid? I thought not.
The Chinese are not stupid. Until about 500 years ago, China was the world center of technological advancement, ahead of Europe in some ways by as much as 1000 years. Then, for political reasons I don't fully understand, China turned inward and stagnated, allowing "the West" to catch up and surpass them.
Now, and for perhaps the better part of the past century, China has been trying one way and another to catch up again. It's a huge undertaking, but after some false starts, they seem to be succeeding. They were in doubt, for a time, about which ideas to borrow from the West, but by now the capitalist model seems to be winning out.
China has 4.6 times the population of the US, last I checked. That cuts both ways. It means they have 4.6 times as many people to be taught new ways, but it also means their top 2% by IQ is 4.6 times the size of ours, so once they get going they can easily outstrip us in technical and scientific innovation.
Right, it's only logical.
As I understand it, they aren't waiting until 2020, they plan to convert 15% of systems, plus or minus 10%, per year, starting this year.
Apparently earlier post didn't get deleted after all, just was slow to be auto-moderated.
Gotta wonder which 15 operating systems he was referring to. Probably 15 versions of Windows.
Previous post on this topic got deleted. Wonder how many posts the shills can kill per day...
"CHINA HAS DISCLOSED plans to move its systems to a state-endorsed version of Linux by 2020.
"The Red State, which earlier this year denounced Microsoft Windows 8 as a spyware tool on the lunchtime news, has been developing its own flavour of Linux, based in part on an earlier attempt based on Ubuntu, called Kylin.
"'NeoKylin', as the OS is understood to be called, is already due to appear on a range of Dell machines manufactured for the Chinese market.
"It has now been confirmed that Professor Ni Guangnan, of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, has designed a rollout programme that has been passed by the government and will see all government servers, mainframes and individual machines being replaced."
"The plan is to replace Windows-powered machines at a rate of 15 percent per year, give or take 10 percent, over five years.
""We call this a de-Windowsifying movement," Ni told Chinese site Ecns.cn."
Windows is indeed thrust on people. It's all they can find in retail outlets, for example, and that is not an accident. Get real.
But that is changing. In a later post, I'll review what is really going on in China.
And Microsoft's new-found OPENmindedness in making MS Office available on operating systems other than Windows, while it likely favors the survival of Microsoft, works against the survival of Windows. If thine eye offend thee....
No doubt the client was duped into switching by the Microsoft-funded study. If the client were in a position to commission its own study, the result might well have been different.
"Two complementary market analyst reports are showing that the PC market is still shrinking like crazy, and Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system isn't doing much to change that.
"According to IDC, the PC market is down another 8.7 percent in 2015, with a projected total of 281.6 million desktop and laptop computers shipped to retailers this year."
[In typical Linux fecktard fashion, wottard enumerates several (fairly) substandard pieces of software for Munich to accomplish anywhere from 30 to 35% of what they need to accomplish.]
I listed alternatives to the few examples given as excuses for objecting to Linux.
[Linux, like communism, won't lead to lasting peace & happiness. It's forcefully thrust upon people.]
LOL quite the contrary, it is Windows that used to be forcibly thrust upon people. Nowadays increasingly the rule is BYOD, i.e. Bring Your Own Device. In a field where Microsoft used to hold a near-monopoly, Microsoft can only lose by the increasing prevalence of CHOICE.
This is just sad.
Microsoft lost that argument big time over a decade ago, and it's lost for good. That doesn't stop softie shills mouthing off about it. Tsk tsk.
No programs for text editing? No Skype? No Office? Get real.
Try gedit. I was a satisfied Skype user on Linux for years before Microsoft bought it out and ruined it. There's Libre Office, and if you don't like that, Microsoft has made MS Office available on Android already, so no doubt MS Office for mainstream Linux is waiting in the wings.
Security vulnerabilities are like cockroaches. Where you discover one, you can bet there are ten or a hundred more that you haven't discovered...
"According to a study commissioned by the government body - and Microsoft - the costs of using an open source suite far outweigh those of using Office 365."
LOL Beware studies commissioned by Microsoft. Amazing anyone is still naive enough to fall for a scam like that.
"Stallman famously said it's OK to steal proprietary code because that would be equal to 'liberating' it."
Given the often demonstrated propensity to lie, on the part of those of your persuasion, perhaps you can understand why I am unwilling to take your word for that.
There is indeed something often called the free software movement, which has spread into other areas, such as open-source hardware. Stallman is, I believe, a founder and perhaps still head of something with a similar name -- the Free Software Foundation (FSF}.