'I wish Windows 7 had less features. All I want is the ability to write a letter'
I actually do feel like this at times. When I need to get down to work, to write something without distraction, the modern desktop can actually be an overawing place. A stark white screen with black text focuses the mind wonderfully.
eventually you have no motivation to work/create if you end up being "Unsung, Unpaid"
But this code has already been created. None of the authors had any financial incentive to release it for free, but they have done! Trying to claim that they wouldn't flies against the fact that many projects are and have been created for no other purpose than because their authors wanted to, thought it would be fun, wanted a hobby, or so on. Money is not the only reward.
I, for one, find it quite ironic that they want "full-disclosure" abandoned, yet they know about a potentially devastating vulnerability in OpenSSH and won't tell anyone. Kind of reiterates why we need full-disclosure.
Hardly ironic. If they claim to be against full disclosure of bugs, the last thing they want to do is to disclose their own pet vulnerability. It would be ironic if they were to disclose it, instead.
Apple had a monopoly on powerPC computers.
They used it to keep other OS's off PowerPc
Not true. Yellow Dog Linux will happily run on PowerPC Macs, and there are other PPC operating systems available such as AmigaOS, or even Windows NT!
Google has a monopoly on Search
Debatable. They may have a majority, but there are plenty of other search engines out there, such as Yahoo, or even a certain one from Microsoft that's been getting a lot of press lately...
BUT WHY THE SIMS?!?!?!?
Because it's one of their biggest-selling franchises. If it sells poorly than hoped, they can play the piracy card and ramp up DRM on all future titles with a smug "We told you so". If it sells well, it may encourage them to relax DRM on other games in the future. It's a game that's likely to sell well even with piracy, so relatively low-risk.
It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.