I think ultimately the answer will be Hurd, Stallman and co will keep it ideologically pure and eventually it'll get bigger as more people abandon corporate Linux.
I would be outraged, except Australia really hasn't got a tech industry. Try naming a CPU developed here since 1995....Good luck. same with Applications. I can't name a single top ten application that was written in Australia and I can barely list some games that were developed here. Australia's high tech industry is essentially dead. We do some minor solar research, never fund it enough and barely make anything any more. Hell we can't even make cars after 2017. We're the tourism/mining/agriculture country. Just waiting for a giant housing crash to wipe out all the savings now. We're more over leveraged than the US was before the GFC.
By the time the government figures out what a metal printing 3d printer is, there will be an assault rifle in every home.
This is all assuming that the machine itself is easy and low cost to create.... We're yet to see any evidence of that. I'm sure a large scale factory can stamp out cars for $500/vehicle. But that doesn't mean you can buy a car factory for $500, or even a car for that much.
I worked as a network admin inside a Jewellery store last year. I can tell you the iWatch is going to fail as a jewellery piece. Jewellery is about exclusivity, crazy engineering, and status. The iWatch fails too many of these points to matter. Another problem is it's a square faced watch. It falls under the traditional Women's timepiece category. They might sell a few, but it's not going to be the giant smash they are assuming it's going to be. Most jewellery store staff I showed it to thought the moto 360 looked much more like a men's watch. However even then they thought that their core client base would choose the traditional watches over the electronic ones. At the end of the day, Apple just isn't trying to compete with a hand cut $20,000 Grand Seiko watch. They are going to be laser cutting these things on a fabrication line. Works great for cheap electronics, not so much for exclusive high end luxury items.
Quite simply, Virtual machines suck at emulating Windows Direct3D because they use wine for their emulation. If you actually look into Virtualbox/VMWare, they both use wine's DirectX to OpenGL implementation to emulate Direct3D. That implementation doesn't properly support DirectX 10/11/12 or crucially DirectX 4/5 so old games won't work properly in it, and neither will new games. This is a problem that has plagued both wine and virtual machines for years. Won't be solved until some resources are put into fixing wine's older DirectX implementations.
Frankly I'm not worried, anyone who can scrape together the metals to build a metalicarap will be able to manufacture pretty much anything. I think we'll see a massive reaping of the super rich and a redistribution of wealth amongst everyone once the need for Labor is completely eliminated.
What I suspect will happen is that this technology is so revolutionary that the first country to adopt it and not ban it will see an explosion in material wealth across the entire population. That will cause everyone in other countries to start politically agitating for access to the technology.
So what happens when this appears on the scene?: http://reprap.org/wiki/Metalic... high quality high detail 3d printing of metals and other materials. Good luck trying to enforce IP rights once this tech hits the market.
So big media is finally going to off itself, or cause an uprising, one way or the other. So either everyone who was pirating and consuming more content will stop, and their sales will plummet. Or the people who can't afford media, due to unemployment/low wages are going to have even less stuff to keep them entertained. Should be fun to watch the crime increase as these people have to leave their homes for entertainment. Personally I think it'll just cause a shift away from film/tv back to gaming. Games last longer, are replayable, and cost less than films.
Basically it's because of the lack of corruption in Europe and the Asian nations that achieved high speed broadband rollouts. The USA is a pretty corrupt place, and it's embedded in the culture from the very bottom of the food chain: Tipping for basic goods and services (where a decent minimum wage should be paid by employers rather than just ripping off customers with tips and surcharges which are still a form of corruption), to the top of the foodchain: Golden parachutes, kick backs, earmarks etc. In an environment that allows corruption to flourish, and where people expect to get something extra for just doing the job they are paid to do. Of course there is going to be gross program mismanagement and failures. The US has up until now not been completely destroyed by the internal corruption because it's been focused elsewhere, fighting WW1/2, rebuilding the world, fighting communism, stealing other countries resources etc. Now that the wars against communism in South America (1980s) have ended. The corruption has settled on he closest target: The American People. Until the USA deals with the gross corruption within it's own borders (yes that includes the two-party system, minimum wage, drug wars, war on terror (military handouts) golden handshakes etc) They will continue to decline as a nation. At the same time that America has been declining there has been a serious move in most of the world to stamp out corruption. Sure it hasn't been 100% effective, but it's more than the USA has done and it's why we're seeing other countries pull ahead. Basically when your politics aren't being bogged down with bullshit issues from corrupt people. You get things done. This is why Germany is doing so well, they have strong laws against corruption and they are the manufacturing heart of Europe. Sure countries like Greece and Italy have stuffed up (mainly due to high levels of corruption) But the Nordic/Germanic countries are pulling the whole of Europe with them.
If you think five eyes wouldn't act against a group planning to change the government in the USA/Australia/Britain etc without going through the standard election process you'd be dead wrong. I would even be willing to bet money that they would act against groups calling for new elections trying to force current governments to resign.
So all those servers that are running the internet, and the VoIP servers that require 100% uptime and can be sued for any downtime by large call centres/organisations of people are being stupid by running Linux? Linux meets SLA's, it's idiot engineers who slap systems together without proper testing/maintenance who break SLAs and Windows doesn't save them, it just buys them a bit of time until the excuse that "Microsoft did it" stops buying customer patience.
It's shit like this that actually makes me think the Second Amendment may not be as stupid, as it's tragic consequences have made it seem.
Quite simply. Nvidia is going to be available as an open source solution via Nouveau with decent performance/stability. Long before ATi will have a stable proprietary or open source driver. Just look at the mesamatrix.net charts. Nvidia cards are ahead of ATi for implementing driver features via Nouveau. Reclocking support keeps getting more patches with every kernel release. It's not too far now until we get at least OpenGL 4.2 supported under open source drivers with decent speed on Nvidia. The closed drivers already do OpenGL 4.5 with great speed. ATi is holding the platform back and causing a lot of bad press for Linux gaming. It's time the community called them out on it.