Damn right. I spent a decade in various cube farm environments, they are horrible, productivity-killing and soul-killing places. Never Again.
My place has switched from "open plan" to "open plan with hotdesking".
The same cube every day, where you can leave stuff?
I'd take that!
'Consider the Kindle Fire example: Just like Amazon picked the Android lock, Samsung could grab the Android Open Source code and create its own unlicensed but fully legal smartphone OS and still benefit from a portion of Android apps, or it could build its own app store the way Amazon did,'
I wouldn't call forking an Open Source project "picking the lock".
The Kindle Fire has no camera, GPS, or core Google apps (Maps, Gmail, Talk, Voice, Google+, etc)
Samsung's success has been through shipping flagship devices, not crippled ones at rock bottom prices.
Just looked at the Motorola site. They have 24,500 patents granted and pending in 2G, 3G, 4G, H.264, MPEG-4, 802.11, NFC.
With the codec ones, there could be some benefit for WebM too....
We want to jump on the NoSQL ship
These comparisons might be of interest...
It's worth noting that companies like VMware are working on virtualization technology for Android. This would allow handsets to switch between work and home OS images, allowing consumer handsets to be used during work time as secure corporate handsets.
It's possible this could become attractive to the enterprise... no BES, and you can repurpose equipment the employee already owns.
As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.