...except it isn't quite the same beast.
Seeing MacOS boot without the GUI is rather interesting (and somewhat Linux like).
The law that he broke was a section CA Penal Code 502, specifically that he disrupted or denied computer service to an authorized user and he did so without permission.
Refusing to provide a password is absolutely not a denial of service. That's like claiming losing keys to a rack in a data center is a denial of service.
However, he made one of the biggest mistakes then that he could have. While under police surveillance, he decided then to leave the state and make cash withdrawals of over $10,000. He was arrested, and that's where it became a criminal matter instead of simply an employment matter.
How this is a criminal act? Was he under court order to stay within the state of California and not touch his money?
This whole case was never a criminal matter.
Please re-read all the replies before that post. The problem wasn't the refusal of providing a password, but the refusal of providing ANY access at all. Combine that with the attempt to leave the state and it looks likely that he was going for a Denial Of Service in the most literal sense of the word. That's what got him convicted, not a refusal to hand over a password.
To rephase the issue, the city accused him of Denial of Service. His actions support that accusation. There are penalties for DOS-attacks and he got hit with 'em. Now, the DOS-attack would never have taken place if the city management had not been completely incompetent - that is very clear. But if I had been a juror on this, and with the explanations given above, I would have considered him guilty too.
That said, I might still have hesitated to actually vote that way, given the circumstances. But it looks like he did a Denial of Service on the city and yes, that carries a stiff penalty.
Because Sierra was considered pretty hackish, by the general public anyway, in 1984.
If consumed = calories burned and the typical human will burn 800 calories per day just keeping our body temperatures at normal levels, I would suspect that most slashdotters would be voting in the first three bullet range.
It's quite surprising that calorie is used in non-SI countries, as it's defined in terms of two SI units. It's the amount of energy needed to heat one gram of water by one degree centigrade.
If you're doing any calculations involving heating water then it's often easier to work in calories and then convert into Joules at the final step (multiply by 4.2).
 Or kilogram for a kilogram calorie, which is what this poll appears to be using.
Gates is well known for stuff like that. He is (or was, since he's semi retired now) passionate about a good product. He is driven in almost the same way as Steve Jobs - they just went about it in different ways. The fact that so many people had just cause to call Windows "annoying and convoluted" would have been very troubling to him - especially since he faced the same issues when using it himself.
Not to mention the added value to GNP by having us all purchase a console or two for gaming and a PC for work (not to mention a few televisions) instead of just one PC.
Just one PC? Ordinarily, if you want more than one player, you have to buy a separate PC and a separate copy of each game for each person in the house.
If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.