I do believe the internet turns the average person into a mouth breathing douche so I'm not surprised this is becoming more common.
still, I don't like the idea of having my books disappear if I don't pay a continuing subscription.
Sort of how the netflix streaming library goes poof if you stop paying a subscription? I could see your ambivalence if you paid for a book on your kindle only to see it go away if you stopped subscribing to amazon prime, but this isn't the case.
In my town, Sacramento, our single drive in theater has 6 screens and play two double features on a nightly basis. They have tuesday specials, and the projector complex sells inexpensive popcorn and sodas. Whenever I pass the theater on the freeway, it's packed with cars. When we go, we'll show up an hour early to get a good viewing spot.
The mode in which these theaters operate may seem outdated, but they still draw massive crowds. On reflection, I can't think of a single time where my viewing was distracted by loud plastic candy wrappers, cellphones, and talking viewers.
Sure it is. You just pick the right parts. You include "works well with Linux" as one of the business requirements when designing the thing.
THAT is not worth $50 per laptop.
I agree. But it's actually more than $50 if you account for the m$ tax that goes with the windows machines. If you assume the win license is $50 (not sure what it irons out to be), then it's actually $100 a box. On top of all that, it's the same spec as the windows version. I bet the machine screams without all the bloatware.