I'd never heard of it before this article. I think that's a large, possibly the largest, part of the problem...
I have always eventually installed Linux on every computer I had so far. Sadly, no one distro has ever worked with all hardware, and I've often had to try several different distros to find one that properly supports the video card, network card, and usually the sound card. To me, this is my biggest frustration with Linux, I don't want to choose based on my hardware, I don't even understand people who claim to be partial to one distro, none of them work right on every computer. If one distro can somehow support my sound card, all of them should, that is not usually the case.
Part of the problem with DRM is that different forms of art have different revenue models.
Music has had a split touring/record sales/sheet music model for a long time. Concert tickets are substantially more expensive post-internet. Some say most of the money is in sheet music, there are a lot of pop artists that don't write their own songs, and seem to be doing quite well on their lip synced live performances and the merchandise sales at those.
Movies have always been DRM in a way, new releases are usually only available in theaters unless it's some movie even the producers think is so bad that it goes straight to video, They have always went to expensive theaters first, later cheaper theaters, and then to home and TV usage. No one ever complained much at this model, as it has always existed this way. Some people complain about the DRM on DVD's, you don't have to buy them though, I very rarely do. I either wait for it to come to cable or rent it for less than the price that it was as a new release at the theater.
Software has numerous different models, some more profitable, and some more annoying than others.
The author of an e-book can only really "tour" by selling the movie rights, but that really only works for fiction, and only a small subset of fiction books are ever made into a movie. The ones that are already famous can do a book signing tour, but that only works for those that are already famous. I am a little concerned that some good even great would-be writers pursue careers in other fields because there's no money in writing anymore.
So many resources, let alone trees, are used in sending all this junk mail that almost no one wants. How about getting rid of current resident as an acceptable addressee? And how about a do not accept junk mail list with serious fines? How many planes, trucks, warehouses could be eliminated(as well as the employees) if all mail had to be in an envelope and with a valid addressee, and maybe even a valid stamp and not some bulk mail print? Eliminate junk mail and the problem is solved. Yes, it will mean less revenues, but also far less expenses.
Those are the ones who really get screwed if somehow Android ends up not existing in it's present form with Dalvik because of this. Although I personally did not learn J++, if I had spent a lot of time and effort learning it, I'd be really mad. I have spent a lot of time and effort learning the Android API, and if it ceases to exist, like J++ did, because of some court case, can I sue both Oracle and Google for my time and hardship?
I hope they don't, I like their email because of their spam filter, but the way they seem to do things lately, they'll probably just drop them entirely and just link to Hotmail and Google Images like the Dating and Jobs now just link to Match and Monster.
Windows is now installing updates.
Please do not unplug or turn off computer.
1 of 78 Updates completed.
Oops! Sorry boss, I'll probably get to work after lunch.
I live in a hurricane prone area with reactors near the coast and was comforted by the fact that they said they shut them down when there was a big one forecasted to make landfall nearby. With hurricane season coming soon, I'm going to be a lot more concerned. If a tsunami can damage the cooling system to the point of failure, why couldn't a category 5 hurricane, with a strong enough storm surge?
Why is all anyone talks about is what kind of energy to use, and not why do we have to continue to use so much?
Started immediately, press any key and then 2 and your game starts immediately. Solid state cartridges were so fast. I'd love to see them make a comeback more than TI BASIC itself though. Windows and CD-ROM games, it might take 5 minutes before I'm playing. Consoles are not much better at this either.
With only a group of good looking women:
We make a 90% chance of making it there and a 1% chance of lasting more than 10 days
With just one good looking woman:
We make a 90% chance of making it there and a 1% chance of lasting more than 10 years
With a mixed group:
We make a 90% chance of making it there and a 1% chance of lasting more than 25 years
No way, I'm sure I'd go hopelessly insane if I did survive the trip, let alone living on a planet by myself.
With a bunch of guys:
I have less than 90% chance of making it there because I'm already dying of some incurable disease or very old and well past my life expectancy...
I used to have a Nokia 6 years ago or so. Was a really nice phone. Did the actual phone thing way better than any phone I've had since. Just about everyone who had a cell phone back then had a Nokia, mainly because that was the cheapest one you could get when you went to a cell phone store. These days, it's some other brand. You can still get a Nokia, but it's some expensive smartphone Nokia that no one wants. If someone wants a smartphone they'll buy a Blackberry or an iPhone. If they actually want a phone, they would buy a Nokia, but they don't seem to offer cheap Nokia's anymore...that was their market, they should have embraced it, rather than go after Blackberry and iPhone's....
I think an iPad is an iPod Touch that won't fit in my pocket. I like my iPod Touch but wish it were a little bigger. I understand why it is exactly the same size as an iPhone, but I'd like something in between. Maybe they could call the iPad Mini, or maybe maxiPod?
Maybe if the penalty was the death penalty and a billion dollar fine to the company responsible, or the country and all it's citizens harboring the SPAMMER...
A Mars colony would seem to me that it would be more likely to work if it was tried first on the Moon. With supply lines being so much shorter, eventually a fairly decent size colony could be built, in a much shorter time frame. It really seems far less complicated than building the ISS. Supply ships wouldn't have to dock and all that, just land somewhere fairly close.
All the supplies to build it either place could be sent beforehand. I can see support for a one way trip to Mars being a lot higher if there was already plenty of food, water, and oxygen there. We already have sent a bunch of other crap there. Why not send a ship or two with some bottled water, and food just in case? Or maybe some fine wine? Or some whiskey or vodka or something?
Then what happens when one needs to reformat and start from scratch? Most people reading this here would use IE6 to download Firefox, or at least IE7 or IE8, but the general public would probably get the SuperCoolUnsupportedBrowserVirus from that site they went to that made them have to reformat in the first place.