I meant as I wrote it, "old code from 16-bit Windows" that is compiled into 64-bit binaries (obviously with some modification to make it work). Some of the code has been around since the 16-bit days and just molded to make it keep working in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.
You'd be surprised to find that some old code from 16-bit Windows is still kicking around in Windows 8... things just get ported to the next OS so that they work. Code is only re-written or developed from scratch if it's for new features or the old code was so broken or impossible to port that it had to be re-written.
Plus you can right click on the bottom left corner where the start button used to be a get a pseudo-start menu that still runs some useful things. I wonder if you can customize its contents via the registry or something...
We could start by reforming the monetary systems that most countries operate on. Banks essentially get to print money out of thin air and collect interest on it. For more info, see http://www.positivemoney.org.uk/
This is very true and the reasons behind it are pretty well explained in a video on this website: http://www.positivemoney.org.uk/ The same website proposes some interesting solutions to the world's debt-fuelled economies and the ideas merit some consideration.
Polymorphic and metamorphic malware has been around for years. They're probably seeing a rise in detections simply because of the popularity of a certain malware generation tool or something. You can read about polymorphic and metamorphic malware in a book written by a guy from Symantec that was published in 2005:
Why don't they use one of the many open source social network engines like Elgg or Anahita? Rolling your own engine would require a huge amount of time and support, not to mention security concerns that are hard to avoid and catch without a full support team that you can trust.