As an employee, there is strict time enforcement, there are rules on paperwork, and even behavior. As a contract worker, I was never micromanaged. No one every bugged my computer, or demanded detailed records. If I was not getting work done then the contract was terminated. It was that simple. If I am a contract worker being treated as an employee would not seem to be very fair and counterproductive.
For phones it is often a matter of insuring that the airwaves are used in accordance to regulations. In the case of large machinery and the like,it is safety. Now, the safety argument is going to be overused by the manufacturers who want to maximize profits, but that does not mean they become irrelevant.
What is clear is that copyright and the DMCA are a very clumsy way to make sure that machinery remains in compliance with safety codes. We need another way. But I will add this. If I have a job working on a tractor trying to earn money to feed my family, I want that tractor to be safe, and if it is not, I don't want the reason for my death to be the farmer who thought he could muck around the source code.
Two, look at the Push Pop press technology which published Al Gore's Incontinent Truth, now called Our Choice. Aside from the politics, the technology in the book is everything the post asked for. I am pretty sure it publishes the book as an APP, but as mentioned an ebook is an extremely limited format, especially on a kindle.
Like any MS Windows based product, it is really hard to say if it is a better value. It is cheaper, but that is because it has a screen with less resolution, it is heavier, and has a cheaper processor. So no one would expect to pay more for it. Given it's defects, it may be less of a value than a Surface. Unless you are in love with MS Windows, I don't even know if it is a better value than an iPad pro, since the iPad is lighter, run MS Office, has a cell connection so you are always connected, and the top of the line machine is the same price as the top of the line X2, if you add a third party keyboard to the iPad.
I will say that if the tablet market is to really take off, we need more machines like the X2. What makes the MS Windows market function is that there are a lot of different machines at different price points. We will have to see if Ms Windows can take over all price points for tablets, or if MS is going to be relegated to mid price machines, as it largely is for laptops and PCs. I thinarket it already dominated by Android, and I don't see anyone challenging that. Ms is in a pickle because they just $1 billion for surface, and the iPad pro is projected to be twice that.
Make headway at work. Continue to let things deteriorate at home.