Why do you think all those strongmen, wrestlers etc. rarely live to become very old? Answer: stroke.
they've basically decided to ignore whatever the rest of the community is doing and implement their own (buggy) stuff which is "better". Canonical's stuff makes GNOME3 look usable. That takes some doing.
They can do what they want to do, this is not communist community where people work together "or else". I'm sure you have an infinite amount of seemingly ingenious ways of how to spend someone else's money, but you don't get to do that.
Sure, you can use it as a desktop, you just need to buy a dock that you carry around, or a dock for every desk you usually use.
Or maybe you can settle for an MHL-cable, which is what it'll actually use. The "docks" you see are simply necessary replacements since they use a Nexus 4 as a testi-bed for the software.
Sure, you can use it as a phone, you just need a bluetooth headset that you have to keep charged when you're using it as a desktop. Sure, it's dual-boot, it just means that you can't phone or use the desktop when you switch modes.
OMG a phone that requires input in order to record! First of all, you don't know. It might as well use the onboard mic, even when docked; and if not, then it's no different than any other dockable phone.
Sure it can do all of the above, but you have no battery life.
You don't know. How much Silicon anode battery tech have you tested to actually know how much power it will have?
People who need to navigate and use their phone a lot tend to have TWO devices: a GPS or built-in satnav an a phone. Convergence is a great idea, but you're going to pay a lot in battery life for all those features.
GPSes don't tend to run on battery, they're hooked up to a USB or similar cable, the phone can very well accomplish the same thing.
The copyright clause in all Canonical software...
Is not a copyright clause if you'd actually care to read it: http://www.canonical.com/contributors
...is their own damn business. How would you like to have hedged your company and personal fortune on Wayland pre-Mir? You wouldn't. Again, there you go pissing away other people's money on what you think is right. Just because Canonical does open source doesn't mean you get spouse-access to their paypal-account.
forking GNOME into Unity
Dude, seriously, it's old, let it go.
doublespeak pouring out of the community spokesdrones have been in stark contrast to the early days of Debian, Slackware and open culture
Ah yes, back when getting sound out of the speakers was a noteworthy accomplishment and glxgears could be used as an analog second-timer if you opened the correct amount of windows...
I believe Ubuntu has single-handedly done more to bring down the quality of Linux on the desktop than any other distro.I believe the reason Ubuntu is so successful is because of marketing. NOT because of technical quality. This is why I believe that the human race is getting stupider every year. Ah well.
Before Ubuntu every Linux-distro was either serversoftware or Stallmanic neckbeard-distros used by the class' smelly kid. Unfortunately Ubuntu changed that, so the smelly kids were left with no haven; aimlessly these kids drifted around; no longer fed with cheetos by their friends for fixing their pc's they became skinny and pennyless. In their desperation they drifted towards OSX because it smelled like UNIX and the olden days, and now these people are known as "Hipsters".
If all else fails, lower your standards.