Don't forget the implicit second step after 'walk away,' which is 'find somebody else to deal with.'
In the US system, the there's no alternative. The US electorial system is a fine example of why monopolies are bad.
Heh, I remember getting a copy of Solaris, oh, 16 or 18 years ago, they were doing a giveaway sort of thing.
Anywho, I really enjoyed reading the release notes and user agreement; notes about increasing TCP windows to deal with satellite communication, stern warnings that the software was not to be used in nuclear power stations, missile guidance or other weapons systems, I think on submarines.....
Yeah, weirdly the least compatible Windows tablet was created by Microsoft themselves. The original Surface ran the more proprietary "Windows RT" which did not support the full Windows runtime.
That said, it is yet unknown what restrictions the upcoming "Cloud Edition" of Windows 10 will have. A leaked build seems to indicate this will at least optionally lock a device to the app store only, but it is unclear what types of devices this will be targeted at and whether that limitation can be disabled.
Like I said, it depends largely on what your requirements are. We live in an age where a serviceable notebook computer can be had for $200 and a $50 Fire or Nook is actually a pretty solid choice for basic tasks.
With Windows you also have a far more standardized architecture, with updates being provided directly by the software vendor rather than needing to be customized by each manufacturer. Upgrading the little Stream 7 tablet that I picked up for $49 a couple years back to Windows 10 worked fine. Hardly a speed demon, but still usable.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend going extreme budget, but I also wouldn't recommend against it for someone with modest needs.
I believe the legal counter to this which is slowly starting to emerge is 'We're not ordering you to divulge your password. We're ordering you to decrypt the drive. We quite specifically don't want, or need, your password, nor do we care if the drive is encrypted with a passphrase, biometrics, physical token, whatever. We're just ordering you to decrypt it.'
Much like your 'papers' are immune to unreasonable search and seizure, but are subject to reasonable search and seizure, i.e. with a duly sworn out warrant and all that, so are your digital papers. I think this is the correct result.
I believe that, if the cops find a file in a locked file cabinet, said file being labelled 'Plans to murder my wife' and full of, well, plans to murder your wife, you don't get to have them declared inadmissible under the fifth; you get to refuse to answer questions like 'did you create these plans' and 'did you carry out these plans.' Seems to me that a directory full of documents, said directory being labelled 'plans to kill my wife' would be treated the same.
MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer