Did you even RTFA? This is for the 'internet of things' - Imagine you want to move the anti-theft system in your motorcycle from carrier A to B. Or a city wants to move their digital parking meters to a cheaper carrier. Instead of needing to move a physical SIM you could do is online. Or an online watch, where there are advantages to having it sealed up, with no SIM slot. Heck even with a 'phone' it's useful. Imagine you arrive in Hong Kong at midnight and you want to move your phone to Vodaphone. You don't have to seek out some store and buy a SIM - Just happens presto.
Imagine all of those scenarios except the person/entity making the changes isn't the owner.
That pretty much sums up how people feel about DRM. They also feel like that about security, btw.
BINGO! How many people wake up to go to the airport thinking "OH Goody! I get to go through the TSA checkpoints on my way to grandma's." but they do it because it's the only way to get on the plane. There are plenty of people who will not fly because of the hassle flying has become since the TSA was enacted but they are still a minority. Same thing with 2Factor authentication. It is a PITA but the threat of a security breach has made it a reality for most of us. Steam has made DRM as unobtrusive as I believe is possible with current technology. I still don't like having the DRM there but at least it gets out of my way.
Yes, but eventually XP will not support new hardware so upgrading will not be an option anymore. By then, your software will probably not work in the latest OS so you will be stuck with software that requires an ancient OS, which in turn requires ancient hardware. And it wouldn't be the first time it has happened. You just have to look at all those computers still running DOS or Windows 3.x.
Except virtual machines are now mainstream and easy to set up and maintain. My next rig will be a VM only affair so reinstalling my OS will consist of pulling the backup of my already configured VM. Hardware has gotten to the point even 3D games set to lower settings run quite well in a VM. So XP in its current form could potentially continue on in perpetuity.
I think this is true, however how do you get one? Most dictators are not benevolent. Lots of times they start out benevolent and end up not.
Have you ever seen the image of a woman who is past the point of pulling her hair out from her children's incessant "mommy I want that", "mommy he touched me!", "mommy that's not fair", etc. etc. etc.?
Now imagine you are that benevolent dictator (Mommy) and you have several million subjects (children). Kinda makes your skin crawl...
Add to that the adage Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and it's not so hard to see why good men go bad.