No idea. I am not into men in latex costumes.
While I think that falls under "greed", good point.
From my experience, your guess is accurate. Fortunately, I have this experience as an outside consultant, and if they want me to work overtime to fix their screwups, I can smile friendly and tell them what my rate for overtime is. That ends the discussions pretty fast.
Not that much. And you also failed statistics 101, because that is _not_ what this graph says.
Which makes it a BSD-Unix. The alternatives would be SysV (like Solaris, for example) or Unix-Like (like Linux or QNX).
Why, oh why, do smart people act so foolishly?
Greed, arrogance, narcissism.
Would you do Fast Ring updates if you needed your machine to work because you do actual work with it? I think MS has not thought this "testing" scheme through.
MS wans to go back to the bad old days where their products were really crappy, but their revenue was king. So, since Win8, they have tried to fix the damage they did by releasing the actually reasonably good Win7, first by breaking the GUI and now by regularly breaking other things. Of course, this cargo-cult approach will not bring their revenue back, but it will remind everybody what MS really stands for quality-wise: Cheapest possible.
Very much so.
No surprise, because good managers have this issue that they do not take crap from the higher-ups either.
Very much so. Apple had a moment of sanity (or maybe they just realized their limitations) when they based OS X on BSD Unix, and Microsoft found that taking a networks stack, also from BSD, I believe, was a good idea. Other than that they are repeating mistakes made decades ago.
Matches my experience. Although coding is not my core-competency these days, I still do quite a bit of mostly pretty advanced coding at 47. Most of that I would have found much more difficult 10-15 years ago and pretty much impossible 25 years ago. And I have been coding since I was 14.
One of the most important shortcomings of young coders is that they usually have no clue what was tried in the past and did not work or did not work well. Hence they are re-inventing the wheel like crazy and mostly badly. MS is a very good example of that.
Actually, it indicates your distance from birth. Maybe you should look up the definition sometime?
That seems to be very much the core of the problem: No negative consequences for management that is bad for the company and for society as well, but huge financial benefits for the sociopaths doing it.
"I'm growing older, but not up." -- Jimmy Buffett