And this is different from NSA, et al
I'm kind of astonished that the author of the Fortune article could be that stupid.
Why? What in what passes for modern journalism would cause you to be astonished?
You're thinking of 'deus ex machina', which is a plot device along the lines of "and suddenly a god-like being appeared and fixed everything". It's the fate of all lazy fiction and, sadly, it's not restricted to sci-fi
You mean like BSG's "ending"?
You could strip out the 25th century tech in Star Trek and replace it with 18th century tech -- make the Enterprise a man o'war (with a particularly eccentric crew) at large upon the seven seas during the age of sail -- without changing the scripts significantly.
But geeks ultimately represent a loss of control. Geeks love to tinker...
Which is why only one Steve is still at the top of the Apple org chart
Don't forget Kubuntu [kubuntu.org]! It's got KDE 4.2 now!
Really? I was all excited when 8.10 came out, installed it
Sure, KDE 4 is all new, super-duper coding, but if I can't get my desktop to behave the way it has for years it's useless to me. I can't afford to spend a day or three learning a totally new desktop environment and customizing it to my needs. And when I say years, I mean back to the first release SuSE under the then-not-evil Novell bought it.
I don't care what the devs do behind the scenes as long as I can work.
There's no future in time travel.