Canonical is not an US-company and (supposedly) has no agreement with the NSA - Microsoft was the first company that made a deal with the NSA and is one of the most willing providers for the NSA.
So while some search on Windows 8 probably won't land you in Guantanamo, it may very well lead to some "extra" IRS audit or some other harrassment if the Obama-administration doesn't like it.
For example we here regularly do documentation. Which includes putting screenshots in, because often that's the only way to make things clear in GUIs. If we would upgrade every 90 days, we would either have to check the whole documentation and rework a substancial part of it every 90 days or just adopt the Googlesque sloppy "it's not accurate but close enough" attitude.
And of course while the new buzzword-features may be distributed in an email (which nobody will read every 90 days), the new bugs and incompatible changes will not because those will either be unknown or embarassing (or both).
In some cases, when we talk about some new software (for example when we talk about Smartphone-stuff where some improvements are desperately needed) a fast release cycle can be worth it, but for Desktop software? No.
If corporations are using complex macros and any real "programming" inside of an Office document, then they're doing it wrong.
If they are using non-connected proprietary apps that will crash just because Microsoft Office is also running at the same time, they're doing it wrong.
If they are NOT using complex macros and any real "programming" inside of an Office document, they don't need MS Office and can use any free alternative.
Wow, so you think that "normal users" only work for companies that "support Microsoft's Home Use Program"?
Let me introduce you to the real world:
- - More than half of all people don't have an "employer" (self-employed, unemployed, retired, students, etc.)
- - Most people that have an employer don't use a computer (most jobs are still non-office jobs, so even if 100% of office jobs use MS Office: No office, no MS Office)
- - Most people in office-jobs don't have any homework where "Home Use" would make sense.
- - Even when a company depends on homework from employees, it may not need the latest/greatest version and just standardize on Office 2003 which is good enough and not pay for "Microsoft's Home Use Program".
- - And even when the "Microsoft's Home Use Program" would make perfect sense, there is no guarantee that the company agrees. In fact I would guess that even in the perfect use case, where everything is exactly as Microsoft-marketing thinks it is, most companies rather not join the program.
We are talking about a tiny minority here, not "normal people".
Marx let three of his children starve (while he himself enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle) and drove two more into suicide. In his letters to Engels he expresses hatred for pretty much every ethnic group he has ever known and was described be everybody who knew him as posessing a deep hatred for all humans.
I guess it is not an accident that the left has chosen him as their moral guide.
No, it's only racist if you say something good about white people.
At that time, the GPs post would have been modded as flamebait.
But now, very politically incorrect posts get modded up.
The whole system seems to be on the ropes and is crumbling. Nobody believes in it anymore, it's like the Soviet-Union in the mid-80s. Let's wait and see what comes afterwards.
Hmmm, then why was the brutally colonized Korea (the Southern part, anyway) able to do it? Why were Germany and Japan, which were almost literally bombed back to the stone age able to do it?
But even more importantly:
Why do black nations which were free forever or for a long time (Libera, Haiti, Ethiopia (no, the 6 years of Italian occupation don't count) or were barely touched by colonialism (most landlocked areas barely had any real contact with Europeans, Chad, Mali, etc.) actually do MUCH WORSE than those nations which were much more intensively colonized (South Africa, Botswana, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya)?
How do you explain that?
And how is it that now the average African has less income, less food and less freedom than at the end of colonialism?
Hmm, built roads, railroads, brought medicine, electricity, spend huge sums of the White taxpayer's money for aid...
Does that mean I get some aid-money from Africa? Will they bring me some advanced technology?
One reason for that is also overcomplicated and numerous laws, which were created mostly by - lawyers.