Look whose talking. You obviously dont know how to spell youre.
"Some people still like to own their media rather than just streaming or renting DRM laden downloads."
LOL. You mean some people still like to own their own DRM laden media rather than just streaming or renting DRM laden downloads. If you're going to rip your *future* AD collection, why bother? I'm sure there'll always be the usual pirate sources ready to download without the need for some DRM crack or whatnot.
Given Microsoft's name recognition among the masses this has the potential to wipe out Android and other free beer operating systems or at least seriously reduce their footprint. Are there any anti-trust implications here, given that Google is doing the same with Android? This would probably have little to zero impact on Apple or the users of "fringe" Linux distros (read: non-Ubuntu).
"The same question could be asked today, not in some vague future "when it becomes cheap." Why do people by Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola cans, when the generic brand fizzy brown stuff (that performs equally well in blind tests) costs half as much? "
Not quite the comparison to make. The question should rather be phrased: Which would you rather drink, Coca-Cola or a beverage you juiced yourself from the fruits in your back yard?
You'd probably pick Coca-cola or some other store-bought drink if you don't have the time (you're to busy to operate and wash the blender). This besides the fact that it's really more expensive (even if more nutritious) to blend your own juice, rather than pop a bottle or can.
However, most people I suspect would trust the home-grown juice than Coca-cola. So when the time comes that home users can cheaply and realiably print their own generic copies of famous/expensive 3D object, I expect people to choose the stuff they themselves made. Convenience will trump brand loyalty.
"Manufacturing for public sale to make a profit is easy to track, but tracking private use is nearly impossible."
For now. When it becomes possible to actually print a Ferrari from your desktop, the "nearly impossible" tracking of everything we do would also become possible, with literally dirt cheap sensors installed everywhere.
That's unless we pass stringent privacy laws to protect against NSA/Big Data-style surveillance of random individuals. Or maybe it'll be a losing battle, and whether you're an exhibitionist or not you'll have your naked photos/sex videos archived somewhere in the 'Net.
But there are other bodily pleasures you can enjoy besides Food, and it also begins with the letter F. So I'm alll for a "post-food" diet if that would really make me feel younger and, uhm, sexier. As for this particular man's claims, I'm sticking to my fish and veggies.
Throw away copyright laws
"Labelling your opponents "trolls" will be the new corporate propaganda term, just like labeling copyright infringement "pirates"
Nice try, but wrong comparison. Let me tabulate the terms you're comparing for clarity:
copyright infringement (alleged crime) : pirate (accused)
patent infringement (alleged crime) : patent troll (accuser)
See? A "pirate" is the person or party accused of copyright infringment. A "patent troll" on the other hand is the person or party that accuses (somebody else) of patent infringement.
So a "pirate" is the alleged perpetrator of the copyright infringment, while the patent troll is the alleged "victim" of the patent infringement. You can't be called a patent troll if you don't use or abuse the legal system. A pirate on the other hand is presumed to be operating outside the legal system until he or she is brought to court.
"The NSA used to be very discrete, effective and restrained."
I think you mean discreet... more to the point, the NSA mass surveillance isn't an isolated development. It's part of the general movement to automate or at least remote-control everything, from the way we do research (Google) or send messages (spam) to the way we wage wars (drones) right down to way we compile "friends" or "followers" (Facebook/Twitter). "Liking" something used to be a matter of taste. Now it's a matter of clicking an icon. So, no, I don't think the NSA is entirely to blame.
Please don't underestimate the power of gradual propaganda. Let's say you want to damage Snowden's reputation. You won't begin by saying that he's a paranoid schizophrenic who's taking drugs 24/7 and has a Swiss bank account funded by North Korea and Cuba or membership in some fringe anarchist or survivalist group. No you'd begin by enumerating a list of his quirks, preferably stuff that can't be verified independently, trivial things like being in an unstable relationship with his partner, "frequent" bouts of insomnia, or maybe just being a practicing non-believer who likes to listen to Richard Dawkins speeches in his sleep. The first step would thus be to paint him as a bit right or left of the norm. Once that's established, that our supposed patriot isn't that all-American boy next door, you can proceed to tar him with more serious allegations, say, that because of his emotional problems he acquired a drug habit that he could fund by selling out to foreign states or that maybe he was being blackmailed by foreign agents who have threatened to expose one of his own personal secrets.
" Or making money using Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, Inventor, Autocad, Altium, VS, Vegas, etc..."
This looks like the Mac market, unless Apple decides to go down the Microsoft way and fuck over Mac users with a desktop version of iOS.
Besides, the number of people using such specialized software is much, much smaller and is probably not the sort of crowd you'd find in CES, a Consumer Electronics Show. So it's really just the lack of games that's holding back the exodus away from Windows.
Not saying Android for the desktop is a good idea. But there are already non-mobile Android systems that can easily be repurposed as a mom-and-pop desktop (i.e. a Chrome OS-like system primarily for web browsing). Google or search Amazon, Ebay, etc for Android media players (Apple TV sized kit) or Android HDMI dongles (thumb-drive sized kit).
You can't run x86 programs on those ARM puppies, but with some pain you can install or chroot a full Linux desktop on them. Lighter distros like Debian or Arch are advisable over fancier distros like Ubuntu or Fedora.
Remind mom/wife you really need to buy that solar panel kit you've been drooling over. [Candles are so last century.]
"In general, considering the usability, user interface, and functionality of 7, it is an upgrade from XP."
In terms of security and stability, yes, I'd consider Win 7 to be a significant upgrade for XP. But as far as usability and UI are concerned, there's not much to recommend 7 over XP, unless you think the graphical bling greatly improves usability. For all its faults, MS practically pefected the desktop WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointing Device) environment with Windows XP. That's why many users are rebelling against the mutant Win 8 tablet interface.
See? That's the big difference (that little hook at the end). Posing the article as a question, you get the benefit of having a scoop (OMFG!!! Bruce the Schneier got fired by the NSA) as far as Slashdot's second-hand stories go, while not getting burned if the story turns out to be false (duh, Bruce isn't leaving).