The real reason for linux is the freedom for me as a developer. But in a modern world where I have to edit video, make music and edit pictures, Windows or Mac is a required choice too.
Having to spend $100 on a windows desktop does not matter a bit to me. Nor to most other people I would expect.
As a software developer on the server end I am happy that there is a relatively lightweight desktop interface on my dev machine that runs virtualised in Virtualbox under Windows 7.
If open source developers are a big enough audience to keep that alive, then that is good enough for me.
I could not care less if my mother switched to linux.
If you put a high voltage through it, some conductive atoms move a little bit away from each other. That that makes it into an insulator instead. You can then reverse the voltage and move the atoms back in place. Actually a mechanical on/off switch, but at such small scales that it goes blazingly fast.
I never said they produced CP to convert it to cartoons.
Presumably they would take existing CP and "filter" it.
I believe that the cartoon clause are there because child pornographers used photoshop filters on real child pornography to make it look like cartoons To avoid prosecution.
Although we are still somewhat following Moores law, out computers have not become that much faster over the last years.
They have, however, become smaller and cheaper. So if you extrapolate from that, he is spot on.
And all we need for really small computers to become really usable is wearable screens. Perhaps even 3D screens.
The television crowd is currently working on that. When there is enough tv shows on big 3D screens, small 3D eyeglasses will become normal too.
I mean we will need glasses to watch 3D on 50" screens, so why not skip the 50" screen and just use the glasses only?
And what would you rather want right now? A faster computer notebook or a wearable one with 3D glasses?
No problem. We will just feed it to our livestock too. 30% more meat instantly.
They are a political and economic tool to advance economic growth and development of new technology.
In the software world where there are many people working on the same problem, and finding the same solutions. Patents are of no use whatsoever.
I would like to be proven wrong though. Is there any examples of software that would not have been developed without software patents?