Although aimed at the education market it seems unlikely that the stampede has been caused by wannabe programmers. It seems more likely that people have projects in mind or simply want to tinker with hardware cheap enough to be disposable.
It seems we still have a huge appetite for low cost capable hardware.
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Of course, Hollywood is run by tyrannical despots who claim to own everything anyone has ever created, so this sort of behavior is right up their alley.
The irony is, the film industry moved to Hollywood to get out of patent disputes.
But that would be the smart thing to do, so it won't happen...
I can't say about the poll tax riots (because frankly, I don't have the energy to look them up), but the students fees are about immature people rioting over being forced to be more financially responsible for themselves instead of forcing others to pay their bills, and the war has nothing to do with people's right - so I'm really not sure what your point was. Maybe your point was that they love to riot, just not over things that actually relate to a tyrannical government that constantly takes away more and more freedom?
And yet Scottish students still get free university education, at the British taxpayers' expense of course.