So, when does government control of media become evil? When the detainment of civilians without due process gets to be so big it can't be hidden, as in China (and is getting to be in Venezuela)? Oh, I forgot m due process is a stupid American thing. Go ahead, jail your citizens without reason, and make sure your media outlets can't broadcast it to your heart's content. Obviously, other countries know best.
I get Venezuela's reaction, Chavez is a dictator so it no real surprise, but Hungary, after 40 years of cold war domination by the Soviets doesn't get what a bad idea this is? What the hell happened to them?
"I bet they understand just fine. I liken their statement more to misdirection than misunderstanding."
Sure, but in this case, as is usually the case in the technical realm, if you write regulation with enough double talk and mumbo jumbo its easily struck down by appellate courts. THAT they understand. So in this case I really do feel like they simply don't understand the technology.
Virtualbox is quite stable and usable; they're even experimenting with gfx hardware acceleration lately. The bad news is (in my case) out of like 12 or so windows-only games I have only 2 of them work at all.
As to the installation/usability situation, I'm surprised I'm still seeing comments on this. They've come a long way since the days of cmd line tools and boot disks. d/l an iso image, mount, run, easy. You don't even have to burn a cd/dvd. As for compiling a kernel, not necessary unless you want to support some device that doesn't have a lkm, which is rare, or you have some other custom need, or want to minimize the size. All elective needs.
"...they're quite willing to pay for something worth buying."
Could be, but I think folks who like and want something are willing to pay for it no matter who they are. I think the Linux community (of which I am a proud member) understands and embraces the concepts OSS, Copyleft licenses, "pay go", etc. much more readily than people who only work in a retail, fully licensed atmosphere.
A head in an FCC office is trying to come to grips with the lay of the consumer land and doesn't really grasp it. These people don't compete in the real world, so this stuff isn't second nature. He/she/they are briefly glancing though web pages and maybe a few magazines trying to understand what this technology is that they feel the need to lord over and only getting part of the picture, as anyone new to discipline would.
The FCC is desperate to justify their existence as illustrated by last 10 years of fines levied against broadcasters who let a nip slip or a "bad word" cross the radio waves. Not the most pressing issues of our time, in my opinion. They want their cut of the largess being shoveled out the back door of the white house too in the most dramatic expansion of government ever. The chickadees who don't chirp loud don't get a worm.
"and he is still a million times richer than you will ever be."
Mark Zuckerberg is at least as rich, and he did it before hitting the age of thirty. If your going to measure the size of a man's wallet at least have the decency realize who's on the way up, and who's on the slow, steady decline down.
As a result of this report of course the TSA is going to step up its groping, everyone gets a cavity search (babies too of course) and they'll still be no better at finding terrorists. You gotta hand it to 'em for single mindedness of purpose.