Only you can't tax Linux this way... due to the GPL, in the FSF's position it's implicit in the license that you can't distribute unless you can pass on all the same terms you have. They count patents as part of that (it's not in the GPL as written but they feel that it's implied by it's terms, GPL3 makes this explicit, but Linux is not under GPL3).
I'd link to the position but I don't remember where I saw it.
Basically it means that anyone who wants to distribute Linux would need to get a patent license that covers everyone they give it to and anyone further down the chain, in other words it would effectively cover every Linux user and distributor there is. If they can't get that they can't distribute. (Or so says the FSF, for GPL3 this is definitely the case since they made it that way on purpose)
I'm curious has Bedrock ever used Linux, if so have they ever done something that could count as distributing it? If so they may have given everyone the right to use Linux.
(Note this implicit patent thing would only cover stuff that could be a derivative work of the software in question so they could still troll proprietary companies)
That may be, but you don't need complete results to get a very very very accurate idea of which way a riding went, usually they just call it based on partial counts from some polling stations (and later announce if it went differently than it seem initially)
Yes people's opinions are that easily swayed, it's a known fact about people in general I don't think it's really necessary to do a study specifically with respect to elections.
We know people will regard things the perceive as popular more favorably that then would otherwise, and it's fairly obvious there's a strong possibility early results could influence people who are on the fence.
I don't have any specific studies to reference with respect to people's decision making so maybe someone with better research skills could go looking for one that talks about this sort of thing.