Everything old is new again.
This is a serious drag, especially for contractors/consultants, small shops, and MS developers of all kinds
This. I set up an entire lab where I used to work using TechNet, mirroring the production environment so we could test MS Updates and other software updates before we let them loose on the corporate desktops. We even used it to test the changes the developers would port from their dev systems before we put them on the production systems.
When I left that company, I used my own TechNet subscription to test deployments before I would go to a client site. I kept up on my skills and learned new ones using the subscription, even doing an entire MS Dynamics deployment on my network at home before installing it for a client. My TecnNet subscription added value to my work. I will be looking for some sort of replacement, because I know I the value it gave me. I just think Microsoft doesn't realize the value of letting a consultant learn their products in depth at their own pace.
But one day I took some time and looked at the pieces. They were covered with graffiti. I distinctly remember a "Kilroy-was-here" and a lot of so-and-so loves so-and-so bullshit on the wall. Almost drowned out was the name of a young man on the top of one of the pieces, with his date of birth and the date of his death written below. And right below that was the phrase "Endlich frei" (Finally free). This young man was seventeen years old when he was shot for trying to leave East Berlin and travel to West Berlin.
There was a quantifiable difference in the ways the US and the USSR treated their citizens. And while that gap may be narrowing the fact that we are reading about this in the newspapers and debating this is a good thing. I remember a saying that was said during the aftermath of WWII - "If you want to know what atrocities the Russians committed, look in the graves. If you want to know what atrocities the Nazis committed, look at the receipts. If you want to know what atrocities the Americans committed, look in the newspapers."
Let's hope that always stays true.
But there will be laws preventing you from installing any software developed by those "Communistic" Open Source loonies. After all, that "Open Source" software is so insecure - ANYONE can see the source code. They could be putting ANYTHING in there. Some strange guy from Finland could be controlling your computer and how would ever know, Grandma? Trust us, don't install that software - and anyone that does is endangering us all!
And after the alternative to the two or three companies that develop an OS are made illegal, who are you going to get an Operating System from? What will be running on your computer when the alternatives are illegal? THAT is how you mandate a monopoly.
It's just astounding how many times the very same insight can get repackaged and sold as new.
And that my son is why you will never work for the patent office.
I am a normal ( well not too normal, I'm on Slashdot! ) rational guy
If I had Mod Points today, that would have been insightful.
We need a series of browser plugin virii that will screw up apostrophes, change all plurals to pseudo-latin form and randomly leave out the harvard comma. It should also transpose all instances of loose and lose.
I think the vast majority of computer users in this world already have that plugin.