Not like a cancer, because cancer isn't contagious. GPL is more like a virus -- consciously and intentionally so. That's one of it's primary benefits, imo.
Linux is no panacea. It is, however, a completely reasonable alternative for those who don't like Windows.
Microsoft *thought* the desktop should lean toward touch. They seem to have revised their opinion on that.
Or so they claim. I haven't seen much real evidence of that, though. Win 8.1.1 threw a couple of small bones in that direction, but those changes were pretty weak sauce. Perhaps Win 9 will show something more substantial.
Yes, I'm familiar with the statistics.
there are legions of old infected machines that are a nuisance to everyone, making botnets and spamnets and other malware infection injectors.
Yes, and there are also legions of new infected machines doing the same thing. Yet I don't see the same kind of anger about people using those operating systems.
I said "not to stick with XP", but I meant "stick with XP". Sorry.
Why are people getting so worked up over the fact that lots of people are deciding not stick with XP? Everyone has heard about the issue by now, and in the end it's their choice to make. It affects nobody else. So why do people care at all?
While I understand the social frustrations -- they aren't unique to SF and where I live there are very similar issues around gentrification -- the reactions I've been hearing about in that area are rapidly reaching the "crazy" level. Sounds like it's time to avoid San Francisco.
This is true. I've never broken a phone. But if I were prone to do so, I still wouldn't buy the insurance. I'd buy a cheaper phone.
Offline mailreaders are not the same as webmail services.
True. I suppose that I just don't see that as a meaningful distinction.
I'm guessing joke, too. However, given all the nonsense we're seeing in the beta, this seems entirely plausible as a serious thing. Poe's law may be at work here.
I think it's an April Fool's joke. I hope. Dear god, please let it be an April Fool's joke.
I sort like this frequently (I use a real mailreader, not gmail). My use case is that I find it useful to bunch together all of the emails from a certain person or with a certain subject, in chronological order. It often makes it much easier to find the exact email I'm looking for.
I know that I just said that my use case is that I find it useful. But, really, that's plenty enough justification.
(most mailreaders couldn't handle conversation threading then, and tagging is much more useful than folders)
Literally every mailreader I've used in the many years before gmail existed did conversation threading just as gmail does. What they didn't tend to do is enable it by default, which is just as reasonable as enabling it by default (some people don't like mail threading, so either way you go with the default you're going to force some people to change a setting.)
Tagging was not a common feature, but it wasn't totally unheard of. Neither of those things are exampels of gmail being innovative.
The negativity isn't about the kill switch as such. It's about having someone other than the phones owner having access to the kill switch.