Very much so, I even reported them to Badware for including a pup installer in a piece of freeware hosted on their site, no opt out, just a silent install that took the better part of an afternoon to cleanup.
"real causes like Gun Control and Mental Health"
I realize the NRA started the rift by blaming video games, but weapons don't kill, any more than cars do. Falling rocks do kill though. I'd rather have a gun in my hand than a cop on the phone.
Same for the other "Wars on _____", The War on drugs escalated a minor infraction by a bunch of hippies to a full fledged conflict involving cartels and billions of $$, The war on poverty seems to have escalated that as well, when that started there were a damnsite fewer street people than there are now.
I'm with the school of thought that they are rewarding bad behavior. Even dim and muted cell phones have no place in a theater. The offenders should be executed, a permanent solution to a temporary problem perhaps, but repeat offenders would not exist.
The real object is to keep the annoying little farts out of the coffee shops and such, so the adults can get a table.
It won't keep them off the wifi, they will be in the park across the street with a "Pringles can" antenna.
I totally agree, I'm a child of the Cold War, and grew up listening to Bob, I couldn't wait for his latest. Now I've had time to reflect, he was a bigger part of the problem than the fat cats he mocked. He now is the establishment, and he is good at it. Just sad, that's all.
I'd say it was about 2009, & as stated in my other post, if I wanted a computer for Grandma, it would be my first choice. She'd never figure out how to screw it up.
I'd also love to put a few clients on Ubuntu, unfortunately business apps generally require windows, you're damn lucky if they work with that, and that's just the reality of life.
It really doesn't matter if it is superior in many ways, it isn't what suppliers expect to see, and that makes it a poor choice.
I suspect it might just be the tip of the iceberg. The decision to discontinue IGoogle, is pissing me off considerably. Their logic that smart phones cover that base, hardly matters to desktop computer users. It is their ball, and if they want to take it and go home, so be it, but if a new kid shows up with a new ball, don't be surprised if the kids go to play with them from now on.
I was being a little tough on it, I actually liked Kubutu, and if I was making a gift computer for Grandma, I'd likely use it. Yes, you are right again, the apps for installing apps have gotten pretty good.
This assumes you have a broadband connection, which today isn't a stretch. I was amazed how dependent it was on the "cloud" data bases, but once you had it percolating it was pretty much tag it and bag it for any reasonable application. A little churning and it downloaded it installed & made a shortcut. If all I wanted to do was surf and an occasional office task, maybe print a photo or 2 I'd consider it.