Hurd did not fail, it's right on time. Someday when there is a huge lawsuit against Linux (if there is one, it's just a possibility) you might appreciate the fact that Hurd exsists.
Where "right on time" means half-baked nearly 23 years after the project started. The one and only reason to be thankful is that in 1991, a mere year into the project development was already so moribund, mired in politics and perfectionism that a student called Linus Torvalds got pissed off enough to write his own kernel. Thus demonstrating what happens when a project is motivated by pragmatism over one motivated by politics.
The war is still ongoing. And it will, as long as we still have to use closed software. You are too old to fight, that's all. Calling it GNU/Linux is simply a way to give credit to the people who started all the Free Software movement. Without GNU, there would be no Linux.
Most people recognize that a distribution is the sum of its parts (many of which have nothing to do with GNU or the FSF) and therefore don't elevate any particular group above the others and are quite content to refer to the whole lot as Linux. I suspect that the whole GNU/Linux thing is just some underlying resentment that Linux succeeded precisely for the reasons Hurd failed so miserably - because the FSF is big on ideas, not so big on actually bringing them to fruition in a timely and practical fashion.
While I am certain that it is very hard to build a fair and equitable system of taxation, particularly against multinationals, I am sure there are certain things governments could do to make it very odious to avoid tax and thereby encourage companies to pay their fair dues.
Anyway I have no problem with that. More insidious however are the constant revisions which render them worthless after a year or two, or even worse "work books". Work books are the kind where the child writes answer into the page in thereby making it impossible to reuse.
Here in Ireland almost all the primary school books are like this and the cost of books could be 100 per annum per child. The state could ban the practice in an instant and save parents a lot of money but for some reason they won't.
As for Germany, I expect their limits on particular forms of speech have a little something to do with them underpinning and justifying the systematic slaughter of millions of people. They're probably just a tad sensitive to people perpetuating the same ideas which arguably are malicious slander against an entire culture. Racist attacks and neo-Nazi movements are still a real problem for the country. Even this week a neo-Nazi "kill squad" is on trial for the murdering 10 people.
And I put up with this bullshit because the transition from fun to grind was so gradual I did not see it happen. So there I was paying subscribing to a game I didn't enjoy. Fortunately for me Verant intervened with their own ineptitude. The Shadows of Luclin expansion was bugged to high fuck which meant the server crashed, the client crashed, the content was bugged out and this went on for weeks. It gave me the time to realise I wasn't enjoying this.
So I let my subscription expire and I quit. It was a wrench to abandon the "investment" I made in the character but it just wasn't fun any more. On the plus side, it trained me to recognize grind and skinner box style gameplay that virtually all MMOs since have used to string people along - long travel distances, infrequent spawns, equipment that degrades, time sinks everywhere. I played other MMOs - Dark Age of Camelot, City of Heroes, Lord of the Rings Online, Star Wars Galaxies, A Tale in the Desert and they all suffered from them. Ultimately I quit them all because they were the same damned thing - sucking $15 out of you each month in return for anti-fun.
That said, with the change to free-to-play model has made some MMOs fun again. Lord of the Rings Online for example has been aggressively cutting the grind all over the place - adding fast travel, instant looting, less maintenance, out of combat healing, NPC radar etc. Presumably in the FTP model it pays to get people to progress more quickly rather than have them fuck around looting corpses or recoup lost xp. It's also a very beautiful game with the lore to support it. I've been playing LOTRO for 18 months in the FTP model and must have bought about $50 of points on it, most of that still remaining to be spent. If I don't feel like playing I'm not losing out by not playing so it suits me a lot better. I can play it for 30 minutes during a bout of boredom and feel like I'm getting something from it.