Well, they don't get the money yet. They'd get rich in the end, sure, but at least consumers might get something too, thanks to this judge.
Yes, a live action Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles would be cool.
Netbooks were small, weak Windows laptops costing a couple hundred dollars. That market is very healthy, although it partly moved to 2-in-1's. You can find lots of such products on Chinese stores like Gear Best.
This, on the other hand, is a palmtop. These were small PDA's (remember those) with keyboards. The Psion Series 5MX was one of the best, but there were several Windows CE ones.
This will certainly have an appeal for those (like me) who remember the 5MX fondly, so thanks for posting about it, even with the completely misleading title. I feel that there's less need for palmtops today, given netbooks and keyboard cases for tablets, but I did a lot of story editing on the 5MX, and I'm sure that some people would still find use for a small 400g device with a decent keyboard over the alternatives.
Netflix might have a lot of content is a few countries, but has little content in most countries. The choice ends up being either not to watch or to pirate. There's no real damage to the industry in such cases.
If software could run just as well on any OS, even though it's vastly different, it would mean that the magic is serious enough to negate any kernel and driver differences, which in turn would mean that algorithms and bugs don't matter, which will lead to the total collapse of the software industry as we know it. It will be replaced by something magical, with no need for software developers or researchers. In fact, the entire world will probably change as a result of such magical discovery, and send the entire technological industry into upheaval.
There have been many breakthroughs in the PC industry, incredibly clever inventions which allowed things to move forward. And that's the thing, the smartest things in the industry don't make for a huge processing leap, they enable making progress at all. Each of these developments take years. Ideas may be simple, but implementing them, especially at the level required for mass production, is hard. Each development also requires more accurate tools. Also, complexity is now so high, that, as imgod2u said, even a huge change in some part leads to an overall small change.
So as others have said, physics, but I think the above is a more nuanced answer. I remember when people said that it wouldn't be possible to make transistors under a micron in size. The very fact that we've reached so far is miraculous.
I've been working in software development for about 30 years, and I've never solved a single riddle. I'd bet that 99.99999% (and I'm being generous) of all software developers have never solved a single riddle as part of their work. I solved a lot of problems, developed algorithms, designed, analysed and optimised systems, but never encountered riddles.
Riddles are questions with simple answers which are deliberately obscure. They are rarely encountered in constructing something that requires rigorous thought and creativity, which is what software development is.
Replacing workers with robots reduces costs and increases profits, which are taxed. If governments reduced the amount of tax holes in their laws, they'd even get these taxes. If they don't, the big corporations would still manage to avoid the new tax while the little companies who want some automation will suffer.
Currency conversion and higher seller fees for selling outside the US. Getting with the Trump in crowd?
Nuclear explosions on the moon... Inherit the Stars explains it well.
Guilty as charged.
I don't remember either. Probably in the millions.
Conferences like GDC can teach you a lot about various aspects of your trade you didn't even know mattered. Other conferences are researchers telling what they're doing. Other conferences are for companies to sell you on their latest tech and dev tools. While benefits such as networking and taking time off work are true to all of them, each of these types are different in other value they provide and highly depends on what you do in your work and what you're interested in.
A lot fewer people programmed then, and a lot fewer people used what they programmed. These days by spending about $300 (less, if you make an effort to go cheap) you own a laptop and all the development tools needed to develop and distribute apps to an audience of a billion people.
When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder. -- James H. Boren