That being said, I think this is fantastic idea by Microsoft. They don't want to get Windows tablets the feel and image that Android has with all its shitty low quality tablets. Sure, there are maybe one or two good ones (and still they aren't as good as iPad), but rest of Android tablets are pure crap.
Microsoft wants to associate its tablets with quality, and that is what they are.
I would LOVE to have stories like this on Slashdot, but all we get is some pro-piracy, anti-microsoft circlejerking. The same goes for the comments, obviously. I remember when the John Carmack used to post here - he does not anymore, and you wonder why?
Now, internet access and such is another point because that could be used to communicate with other criminals outside.. but having a library of programming books and personal computers for prisoners would be a good way to change those people. Programming books being just example, there could be other things too. The main point being; yes, it is much better to try to get those prisoners life back on track instead of just punishing them.
There's a reason why StarForce (the notorious almost impossible to crack DRM), sophisticated malware, one of the best antivirus software (Kaspersky), cracking of software and games and other highly technical stuff and algorithms originate from Russia and other CIS countries. The fall of Soviet Union led to tons of highly capable programmers without work and income, so some went to dark side while others spend time on good things. Nevertheless, both sides are filled with highly capable people, all thanks to Soviet Union's appreciation to computer technology.
Yes, let's all be sure to thank him for operating Microsoft anticompetitively and taking a giant shit on all of us for so many years.
Yeah, what were they thinking when they dared to include web browser in their OS so that people could actually get online (and maybe get their favorite browsers' install files). How dare they!
I was just discussing this on G+
Nice astroturfing there again, drinkypoo. Everyone knows that nobody actually uses Google+.
It's nice you have given it a nickname of G+ too. We have a real shill here, people.