In some countries it will get you to jail. Other countries will follow the trend soon.
W7 was a mess, 8 is a nightmare. I don't want to imagine how bad 9 will be.
Imagine Clippy with Siri-like capabilities.
Really? And how did it work for you?
That is only possible if what those CEOs are doing is completely known by company owners. Otherwise, you can only do this trick once.
And if it's a country like Iceland, it could go a long way toward making them wealthy.
The US has shown that it can bend any "democratic" country to its will, even without arms. No place is safe in the world, today.
Good citizen! Fear and obey!
That's when you double the infinity!
Russia has already planned for "cyber army" of its own. Except, the only task for poor dumb 18-year olds is astoturfing. You know, making posts about glorious Putin and throwing shit at his numerous enemies (practically anyone, who is not a brain-dead redneck or a criminal) at forums, blogs and news sites. It all started in China, and now more and more political "elites" try to enlist their propaganda soldiers in order to save and prolong their wealth, power and heritage.
So, it's UK time now.
The first reason behind this "reform" is to steal and sell Academy's real property, the only Soviet legacy which has not been stolen until now. The scheme is traditional to Putins' friends:
1. Pour state money into property, paying for its repair, landscape development and luxury buildings. All paid by simple Russian citizens.
2. Name the property as "unuseful" and sell it to the pocket company for a laughable sum.
3. Resell the property for its market value. Share millions of $$$ between government officials, who let that happen.
The second reason is political. The Academy and scientific society in Russia was a pain in the ass for Putin, with his neo-religious policy and his fraudulent friends. Several dozens (!) of government officials have been caught with fake scientific works full of plagiarism. The "miraculous" water filters, which were going to be forced by one of Putin's friends in power to be installed in every Russian city, were shown to be a hoax. There were many, many other collisions between scientific society and our fraudulent government. But it is over now.
Stay tuned for new "scientific" discoveries, about how Holy Water heals cancer and a prayer lessens rocket failure rate. Assuming we will still have rockets.
there are all sorts of caveats and missing functionality
Technically, it is the next version of Gnome.
Man up, use VIM or Emacs
Programs should serve humans, not vice versa.
If Snowdon has been Russian and escaped with FSB documents, he wouldn't be alive right now.
You're wrong. Snowden chose publicity as his defence, so not NSA, nor FSB could have easily "disappeared" him without repercussions. However, the US has a long history of assassinations in foreign countries, which it doesn't even deny. And that's not even counting a fucking prison, where kidnapped people are being held and tortured without charges. Part of the "Because We Can" program.
Having said that, I'd recommend Americans, especially young ones to have second passport and be ready to leave this shithole when things go full retard (eg. your fucked up government starts some mega-war and will need as much cannon fodder as possible).
Pfffthahaha... And where would they go? Seriously, name a country which isn't a USA puppet state already or isn't run by tyrants?
Also, what World Wars have taught us, is that when the whole world burns you cannot run away.
We are ruled by criminals. Not just in the winking "crooks & liars" way, but geniune thugs no different than any other strongman government.
This is true to any country today. Hell, it feels like the humanity degraded beyond middle ages in terms of politics. At least in middle ages the power was determined by birthright (which left it to chance really), nowadays only the ugliest psychopaths get into power.
At least you have a trial. In Russia, for example, you would not get a trial. The so called judge would just copy the indictment from the cop word by word including all grammar errors and send you to prison. You would be denied in calling witnesses or questioning the cop's words, as "there is no reason not to trust a police officer".
The conviction rate in Russia is as high as about 97%, and 3% is reserved for letting free criminals from the police and KGB.