(To those who will bleat "Vote!": I do vote but the only choices likely to be elected are those thoroughly venal politicians who will continue the irresponsible spending. It is built into the election process that those who are committed to significantly and actually cutting the government spending will never get the big donations necessary to win. The big donors give the big bucks to politicians who will turn the federal faucet in their direction -- not turn it off. )
Maybe they should be bleating "Get involved!" - it's not enough to show up at the polls every four years, democracy only functions if folks are involved with it year round. Corporations can donate big bucks, but it takes people to turn that money into action. Donate your time to a political party and have a say in how it works. It's easy to be a critic, much harder to work for what you believe in.
The "no" is that Firewire was pretty much the last hardware standard that Apple had a major hand in.
How about ARM?
I believe that all generally useful information should be free. By 'free' I am not referring to price, but rather to the freedom to copy the information and to adapt it to one's own uses... When information is generally useful, redistributing it makes humanity wealthier no matter who is distributing and no matter who is receiving.