Chances are very few people on Slashdot would be using the Metro side of Windows 8 on their desktop. Metro is designed for mobile devices and uncle Edie who can't figure out how to use e-mail and Facebook on 'standard' UIs.
Comparing Bonnaroo to Burning Man like this is like saying "I've never had sex, but I watched soft porn on a movie channel so I win". If you had ever gone (you obviously haven't) you may honestly have hated it, but you wouldn't even consider making that kind of comparison.
"There are areas in the BART system that are designated free-speech areas. We support that," BART spokesman Jim Allison said.
The zones in which the Constitution is "officially" in effect are shrinking more and more. I don't seem to recall anything being in there about selective application of Constitutional protections at all (It's "officially" in effect 100% of the time in 100% of the country - it's not like a smoking zone), but ever since the idea started at political events - forcing those who want to express their views (even if it is just a t-shirt a candidate/office holder doesn't like) into a confined and invisible 'free speech zone' - the idea that people can declare where and how the Constitution can be applied has really taken root.
This may not be a case covered by Constitutional protections, but the fact that the spokesman framed it as 'we decide for your own good where your Constitution is in effect' shows how widespread and accepted this invalid idea has become.
Don't request reason here, there is no room when it comes to religion. Same as creationists. There is fundamentally no difference when it comes to fundamentalism of this sort.
"In terms of core features, maybe, and even then I'd probably disagree (where's my tethering? where's the ability for apps to communicate other than through the 'cloud'?)."
The Mango update will support sockets. Currently Windows Phone 7 supports http, and does not need to go through any cloud services to communicate to the web or any generic web service. Tethering is another issue, probably won't be part of the Mango update, and is driven more by carriers than anything. Even android's tethering is under pressure from the carriers:
"In terms of apps, it's still very lackluster. This is largely thanks to the inability to port existing C/C++ code from other platforms"
Apps for smartphones are usually written from scratch in their own native environments. No porting occurs from non-smartphone c/c++ environments for almost all smartphone apps.
"Then, of course, it's not like Android (and iOS) are static. While WP7 is catching up, they move ahead even further."
There is a certain subset of features which provide most of what most people want from a smartphone. Mango will provide most of that, and it's unlikely that anything revolutionary will be thrown into the ring on other smartphone environments any time soon. Some would say that the development environment for Windows Phone 7 is a feature which gives it an edge in the long run. It's surprisingly elegant compared to it's competitors.
"What's in it for them?"
Smart phones eat bandwidth, phone carriers sell bandwidth.