The point I was trying to make is they are two completely different market bases and they require different interfaces, simple and dumb for the phone, smart, interactive and fully functional for the desktop. For myself the interface I prefer for the phone is 'voice' and the desktop the customisability of KDE.
It is not the Patent System per se it is the USPTO. They have been blatantly corrupted to accept virtually anything as a patent. This in a mad money grab by US corporations and by the lawyers that run lobbyists firms. Junk patents are the virtual equivalent of beads, just another insane plot to buy the world just the same as the junk imaginary currency. The really bad ones are designed to trigger patent fights in US courts and as such enrich the lawyer pals of lobbyists in trial, after trial, after trial. It is the US administration that is totally corrupt and their political appointees who in turn corrupt each and every US government agency.
The worst of it all, it completely utterly fucking ignores the history of the iPhone taking over when the majority of users were accustomed to and relatively content with the windows XP interface. Two completely different pieces of kit with two majority user bases and it's hardly surprising two different interfaces (one simple for the stupid) and the other complex (for the power user). You have to this day whole families with one desktop computer and that includes the children who have left home, still one desktop but they all have smart phones.
The true measure of job performance of political appointees of course being
(a) The ability to take credit for all your underlings efforts.
(b) The ability to shift blame for all mistakes to underlings.
(c) The ability to unashamedly lie in public.
(d) Never miss an opportunity to make your party look good and the opposition look bad.
(e) Routinely fuck everything up as proof private industry can do better, not necessarily proving they actually would do any better.
Basically behave in the exact same manner as corporate executives, with minor substitutions ie corporate clique for party and of course contracting out as substitute for private industry (pyramid contracting). They are not in those position because they are good at the job, they are in those positions because they are good at manipulating their way into those positions.
Sensitive to opinion polls. Seriously after the Ukraine crap and the "Fuck the EU" statement, when the truth has been exposed, the US government just stands right up and waffles the bullshit they planned regardless of the truth of a conspiracy to overthrow a foreign government already having being exposed and US mainstream media carries the exact same bullshit as if it was the truth (even when the last few remaining US politicians question it and have a government official spout more bullshit right in their faces).
The US government doesn't care about anything other than campaign dollars, the NSA keeping politicians own personal dark secrets so they can get elected and their offshore bank accounts in tax havens. Opinion polls only have meaning when you have a political landscape of truth and lies will stand out, when you have a political landscape of complete and utter bullshit lies are the norm and the truth stands out for rarity. Obama, Kerry and crew just blatantly and hypocritically standing up and shamelessly publicly lying when the truth was all out there to see, the only measure of truth in their statements being all those 'er's and 'um's in the public statements as their minds had extreme difficulty reconciling what was coming out of their mouths at the direction of totally corrupt US three letter agencies with the truth hidden in their own minds.
It has become pointless for people like Snowden and Manning to challenge their government with the truth because it is well and truly apparent everything coming out of the US government is bullshit, mass marketed corporate inspired public relations bullshit and is becoming universally accepted as such. The only saving grace is they have been such a bunch of fuckups they screw up the results of all their wild schemes, plots and conspiracies. The only real problem for the rest of the world is how to create some distance between themselves and the US, as the US slowly but inexorably self destructs under all that corporate driven bullshit, pulled in too many directions at once and torn apart, psychopathic capitalism at it's finest.
It has nothing at all to do with teaching. It is all about sucking every cent out of teachers pay and turning it into tech and publishing profits. Selling closed tech devices that will only accept corporate approved information at inflated costs and absent of keyboard to ensure students exchanging information is kept to a minimum, like idiot twitters. So no real interest in education just how much profit can be squeezed out of the system until it all collapses and then they blame the government that they bought and controlled.
Not so much a lie as leaving out a bit of the truth, "Google data now protected from 'FREE' government spying", see just one word accidental left out and really even when the word is left out it is accurate, as it is only 'SPYING' when they don't pay for access. When Google sell you data, the means by which they make their profit, the government is just buying like any other marketing agency. The government just wants to send government marketing representatives to your door to provide you with offers if you are the right targeted group. Something to hide and willing to spy on your fiends and neighbours or just perhaps that you need some friendly advice to know how to speak right or to vote right. Just looking after you and your families interests, wouldn't want to them or yourself to come to any harm.
Now that is exactly what mass spying has always been about, control.
So your argument is M$ is going for the computer dummies and quite basically fuck the power users. Why be fucking asshats, why not a second interface, seriously fuck M$ and their desire to force a 'PHONE' interface on the desktop in some crazy fuckarse scheme to force people to become accustomed to windows phones and the buy them like mindless idiots.
Robots to replace troops. Two big problems with people as soldiers, most of them don't want to kill people and avoid it even when commanded to do so, especially unarmed people. Those all to happy to pull the trigger quite often end up pulling the trigger when they aren't order to do so or at inappropriate targets. Training can exacerbate the problem especially when you fail to promote honour and integrity, then killing becomes all too much fun especially when you start enrolling all to inappropriate narcissists and psychopaths.
Robots eliminate the emotion on the battlefield, problem is it now takes much fewer personal and selecting those most willing to send those robots out to slaughter human beings means you are far more likely to end up with narcissists and psychopaths at the controls. Who when they start seeking to feed their ego and lusts, will cause a hell of a lot more carnage, especially when they are safe from the battlefield and believe they can blame everything on the robot.
Then of course that might be exactly what those who are willing to deploy robots to slaughter people are after, massive population reduction in targeted zones with no witnesses, either those idiots who want to brag about their slaughter activities or those soldiers with honour and integrity who oppose. I would never ever trust a country willing to deploy robots in the battlefield to slaughter people, whether it be airborne drones that fire at mobile phones with missiles or ground based killing devices. Their measure of contempt for human life pretty much equals my contempt for them as individuals, not as human beings of course, I would never ever condone their and their families random execution.
Give popular science a big miss, they are weird ass copyright freaks, articles not available in other countries, articles deleted at random intervals etc. Just give them a big miss and go somewhere else and never ever link to them, really rather pointless to attempt to do so.
So realistically, it is never really about operating system for Grandma it is all about, graphical user interface and configured layout as well as applications for Grandma. So how to do all of that reliably, cost efficiently and quietly. Not be hounded by demands for upgrades, in your face security fixes and be secure and protected from limited knowledge user errors. So more of a complete package, Gradma's computer software suite. Things people forget like a good simple photo album and editor for a start.
Still it is a charity as such the judge should take that into account. It is not fining the charity it is fining those who get assisted by the charity by denying them services and it is fining those who contribute to the charity by asking them to handover money to the government instead of the charity and the people that charity assists.
So the judge needs to step back and consider what he is doing in reality. Hmm, this really does stink of an anti-abortion judge doing their bit.
Perhaps you are referring to this http://www.wikihow.com/Find-th.... So problem is already largely solved it just requires full implementation, the fine system seems like the logical route.
The odd thing of course that the thieves forget, the more bitcoins that are stolen the more devalued the pseudo pretend currency becomes (as it has no government backing, backing it with the assets of whole countries). Bitcoin is truly dangerous to hold as your username and password give 'TOTAL' access unlike bank accounts where access it be reversed or withdrawn a whole trail is created with access, allowing investigation and prosecution.
How about if phones once reported where not allowed to be connected to a phone network. You could do neat stuff like say, you want to connect that phone (stolen), we can only connect used phones to the network with a personal visit, how about you drop by the nearest network store and we will arrange (the police to meet you) for that. Bricking the phone is stupid setting up a system to return it to it's owner is smarter. Want the easy fix, fine telephone network companies when the connect a stolen phone to their network, you'll see that stolen phone problem pretty much solved overnight.
After that report about the NSA illegally psychologically targeting people, giving the ability to brick peoples main means of communication doesn't seem very reasonable at all.