So you want websites to double their development costs and keep two parallel sites up to day? That will work for about a month, and they the bosses will say "Just make one site that works (badly) on everything."
No, they make one well done responsive site, with the same codebase.
I can't tell you how often I have to tell my browser on my tablet to give me the real desktop site
Links don't work, you don't have the same information, the layout is terrible, and you can't find anything.
In my experience and opinion, most mobile websites are written by morons, to satisfy a checkbox defined by marketing, and are generally pretty much useless.
Which sounds like a badly done site, not because it's mobile. I'm all for feature parity.
Since most phones run at the same resolution as a desktop
While my ~5" phone has the same 1080p resolution as the ~23" monitor I'm typing this on, having it exactly on my phone like that would make copy too small and buttons incredibly difficult to press. Yes you could zoom in/out the desktop site, but that's not a good experience either. You're right to question the purpose to a badly written mobile site.
...I think website authors & designers are ignoring what users want or need and instead make something that keeps them involved.
Or they are doing what their users want or need and it turns out people with your wants or needs are the minority.
If it's anything like software music and books, you won't be able to "buy" it, you will rent it or pay a usage license.
Car companies are not dumb, they'll soon see that having a regular income from captive users is much better than selling good products that last decades and can be sold used to someone else.
And self driving cars will give them the opportunity to make this switch.
That's software, digital goods. Is there anything out there right now that is physical that people only rent with no option to buy?
And I imagine the first really magnificent high-speed umpty-hojillion-fatality incident involving one of these coordinated car trains putting a quick stop to the practice, assuming anyone is stupid enough to try it in the real world to begin with.
and the moment we had a magnificent high-speed fatality car accident it stopped the practice of human drivers....
and the moment we had a magnificent high-speed fatality train accident it stopped the practice of trains....
and the moment we had a magnificent high-speed fatality airplane accident it stopped the practice of airplanes....
Also, the new BBC News design looks truly awful on Firefox+NoScript on desktop. Not an improvement, BBC.
Yeah, right "do this or you can't sell machines with our stuff".
According to the image in the Ars Technica article that started the whole conversation:
Win10 Desktop: It's OEM option whether to allow end user to turn off Secure Boot