The whole EOL thing is laughed at by us out in the real world building things. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and if it is broken, it still won't get fixed until it costs the company less money than the amount they're losing.
I agree with you so long as a device is not connected to the Internet. I still run a game console made in the late 1980s, for instance. Devices connected to the Internet, on the other hand, are subject to attacks that were not foreseen prior to EOL.
But why should I get Win8 when I have to get it and then jump a few hoops to get what I already had with Win7?
Because Windows operating systems have a finite life cycle. Mainstream support will end three years earlier for Windows 7 than for Windows 8, as will extended support.
Why should Apple care?
Apple should care about the misuse of its own trademarks because of the threat that they'll become no longer distinctive.
Some "software" (Like Nook for example) requires this method. Barnes and Noble no longer makes a proper desktop version
Google barnes noble nook windows 7 led me to this app that works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. What do you mean by "proper"?
Get a job with a company and develop software
Who starts such companies?
We don't bring up Clinton on every DMCA article even though he was the one that signed the damn thing into law
Actually, blaming Clinton for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Copyright Term Extension Act happens fairly often here on Slashdot, and it's bullcrap. Both bills were bipartisan and passed both houses through voice vote. Under the US Constitution, a voice vote needs greater than four-fifths assent, which is well over the two-thirds needed to override a presidential veto. So instead, I blame MPAA members' ownership of the news media.
But that's neither here nor there. I brought up the United States v. Microsoft wrist slap only as a contrast between antitrust penalties against Microsoft in the United States and those in the European Union. So long as there's at least one major market willing to prosecute Microsoft for anticompetitive conduct, Microsoft has to avoid the appearance of anticompetitive conduct.
If I remember correctly, the issue with VLC on the Apple store was that the GPL allows charging for the software but does not allow charging for the license.
I thought it involved ensuring that anybody possessing a usable copy can make and distribute usable and modifiable copies to other users, and Apple doesn't let app developers ensure this.
Use of the Wii SDK forbids Open Source
There's plenty of non-copylefted open source software in the Wii Menu, Internet Channel, and Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo's SDK license appears to just forbid use of copylefted software. If you want, I can hook up my Wii console and find exactly how to open the list of copyright notices for the non-copylefted open source libraries used in the Wii system software.
"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."