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Fast forward to 2012. Wifi is in far greater demand now than it was nine years ago, now that everyone's got tablets and other devices. Perhaps it is an idea whose time has come. However there will be stiff competition, particularly from cable companies in suburban areas where the wires are overhead. Many cable companies are now deploying thousands of devices that look like this on the wires. They're Wi-Fi hot spots with built in cable modems. Once the density gets high enough, subscribers are likely to find one in nearly every public place they find themselves in.
Windows 8 will be a trainwreck. Too many changes for most users. The issue is windows 9 (whatever that will look like).
And everyone in Microsoft land will be so delighted that Windows 9 sucks just a bit less than Windows 8, that they won't mind the fact that the "Windows 9 Certified" program will prohibit OEM's from allowing the user to disable UEFI Secure Boot.
That way, when Windows 10 comes along, you won't have a choice.
Their goal is for computers to be like smartphones, where the only operating system you are permitted to run is the one that shipped with the device.
And so it is with this article. Must be a slow news day, or perhaps the slashdot editors are desperate for a few extra clicks, and they knew all the paid Microsoft shills and OSX fanbois would dutifully come out and talk about how much teh Linux desktop sux0rs.
The Linux desktop is doing just fine, thank you. Innumerable satisfied users use it every day to get things done. So quit your whining.
If that's the case, we'll eventually start to see Debian, Mint, etc. distributions that make use of the Ubuntu boot loader to get the system up and running.
It is rumored that Apple and Google also have products in this space but they are irrelevant.
So why not just go to the "bad" DNS servers, which they now control, find out the IP addresses of the compromised modems, and use the same vulnerability to reconfigure the resolver to point back to "good" DNS servers?
The way I like to say it is: Google+ is where Facebook users go when they grow up.