Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 22:55 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "Whenever there is a conversation about the future of computing, is discussion inevitably turns to the notion of a 'File'. After all, most tablets and phones don't show the user anything that resembles a file, only Apps that contain their own content, tucked away inside their own opaque storage structure. This is wrong. Files are abstraction layers around content that are necessary for interoperability. Without the notion of a File or other similar shared content abstraction, the ability to use different applications with the same information grinds to a halt, which hampers innovation and user experience." Aside from the fact that a file manager for Android is just a click away, and aside from the fact that Android's share menu addresses many of these concerns, his point still stands: files are not an outdated, archaic concept. One of my biggest gripes with iOS is just how user-hostile the operating system it when it comes to getting stuff - whatever stuff - to and from the device.
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RE[7]: Comment by tupp
by lucas_maximus on Sat 30th Jun 2012 14:06 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by tupp"
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No. File systems primarily exist to allow both humans and computers to safely and effectively deal with large, complex groups of data and code.

You are correct, that storing data does not require a file system. Most hand calculators store computation data between each entry.

However, it wouldn't be wise to try storing a large amount of complex data without files, such as one needs when (for instance) digitally editing a feature film. One static electrical discharge (or other data corruption) and ZAPP! -- there goes your entire project and all the hours you worked down the drain. Plus, without files, how would you store (and transfer from the camera) all of the gigabytes of the many takes of footage?

You are falling into a mental trap.

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