You might be surprised how much machine power Windows wastes.
I would not be surprised, I've seen what comparatively wimpy hardware will run the latest and most advanced Linux distributions without complaint or issue. And really really pathetically slow and outdated hardware will run something like Xubuntu. I've just never done development on Linux on a lower power machine. Maybe I should ask my boss if I can put Linux on this pathetically slow laptop...
Re: Oh patent office, when will you ever NOT screw up?
This claim is describing online shopping, the ability to purchase something online and either download it directly or have it shipped to you.
Notice the claim says the goods are in digital format suitable for downloading and other format suitable for shipping. That doesn't describe any physical goods (you can't download socks, lawn chairs, or Tylenol), so it's considerably narrower than "online shopping".
They decided that because VCRs have "substantial non-infringing uses," it was OK to make them.
I think a product or service having substantial non-infringing uses is not the same thing as finding that a particular feature is integral to the (already determined as fair use) service, and is therefore OK. It would be more like the VCR being found as fair use, and deciding that a play button is integral to its use and is OK but a pause button is not, so the pause button may or may not be OK.
To elaborate a bit - Mike's statement really boils down to an argument that businesses should not be subject to oversight by courts. Courts shouldn't get to decide which features of your service are OK? Actually that's pretty much the core of what a court is for: deciding what is and what is not OK. If a business is sued for fraudulent practices, would you complain that we don't want courts deciding what parts of their service are OK, and we should leave it to the market to decide? Assuming you would not take that position, how is this any different just because this case is about copyright?
There is no four factors test being done in any of these.