If you don't think the law creates value then try doing business in a place without an effective legal system.
The police should be interested in criminal offences, not civil matters. Copyright is complicated because (in the UK at least) infringement can be both, but the two aspects get conflated. The criminal offences (broadly) are to do with dealing in infringing items for profit, and it's reasonable that the police pursue people committing such offences.
The issue of whether these things *should* be offences is a separate matter. What we don't want is the police deciding which offences they're going to try to enforce. If society doesn't want criminal copyright infringement then that should be for legislators to decide, not law enforcement.
VMs are in some ways better than dual boot - you can switch between linux and windows applications without the need to reboot.
I run an Ubuntu VM under Hyper-V on my Windows 8.1 Pro Thinkpad Yoga. The linux filesystem is made available to the host as an SMB share, so files are accessible from host and guest OS.
Cygwin is also a good thing on windows machines in any case.
You're surprised by politicians being scientifically clueless? I guess you can't be an American....
So what? Genes don't need to be the *sole* cause and predictor of behaviour in order for the theory to be a reasonable one.
You might think that, but I've been married for 23 years. That's not the situation...
I'm not sure what you're saying.
I'm not drinking alcohol at all this year (just as an experiment - I'm not a recovering alcoholic or anything like that). I don't think that this has made any difference to my socialising.
A lot of people have mention brands - like ipad, but there's surely more to it than that - not all ipads are the same.
A large high resolution display is better able to clearly display a reasonable amount of text at a higher zooms.
Is power density typically an issue?
What you "like" is entirely up to you; but, in practice, we *do* have to put up with it, for the foreseeable future at least.
If you're offgrid and storing excess power in batteries then point in the direction of most efficiency.
If you're connected to a meter and can run it backwards then point in the direction of most efficiency.
If you're only producing half your own power and pay a flat rate for electricity then point in the direction of most efficiency.
There are only a few specific situations where an individual would benefit from aligning solar panels with their usage patterns instead of maximum efficiency.
My guess is the majority of homeowners don't fall in that category.
I live in the UK and have solar panels. I get a payment from the state for the amount of energy that I generate with the panels. How the energy is used doesn't really matter - it makes a very small difference, but really the financial incentive is all around generation.
Years? Doesn't sound like an SI unit. I suppose you meant 315,360,000 seconds?
The venturebeat article links to netmarketshare as the source of the statistics. The numbers are apparently world-wide. Your own experience is unlikely to be a reliable barometer of what's happening in Munich, Shanghai or Addis Ababa
The courts are there to decide the cases that are brought before them. If someone chooses to bring an action for copyright infringement in a particular circumstance then it's the function of the courts to decide the case.
The wisdom of bringing, contesting or appealing cases is really a matter for litigants and their legal advisers; not for the court.