your location can be anywhere in the world that is connected to the Internet.
I'm not sure that's true. There is some restriction to only those people who live within the antenna's broadcast area (New York). I'm not sure how it's done though, do you have to sign up with a physical address and then you can access it from anywhere, or do they attempt to make sure you are currently located somewhere appropriate when receiving the stream?
It also includes the controversial "red flag" sections that were recently (and solely) used to find the MP3Tunes guy personally liable for millions. There is absolutely no way a company is going to risk that sort of liability for cloud services, especially if their officers must operate under the threat of personal liability.
Which I'm sure is exactly the outcome the **AAs are hoping for.
But now they don't get any disks and chances are they didn't do any backups so if something goes severely wrong they maybe out of luck. Maybe that's the plan, who knows.
Could be. Spend $200 to get Windows back, try Linux for free, or spend $300-400 (varying quite a bit of course) for a new computer. Buying Windows is a pretty unattractive proposition. I don't think they're shooting for that, but maybe hoping people will just buy a new machine.
My solution is to not buy a Windows 8 computer, but I'm not sure how long that will work. Assuming I buy another Windows computer (not a sure thing), I'll want to make sure there's a way to make recovery disks. Don't they come with a recovery partition on the hard drive or something?
Following instructions to click buttons and fill in boxes etc. is no different.
It's very different, because it's much easier to understand what the buttons are doing. To an uneducated user, the following is gibberish: sudo apt-get install packagename (and that's one of the less opaque linux commands you might find). But opening up "software center" or something similar, searching for the name of the software they want, finding it in the list, and clicking a button that says "Install" makes sense.
First, to Glyn Moody: the title of this post is misleading. The study said that using pirated Windows will cost businesses $500 million, where as the post's title implies that using any Microsoft product will cost businesses $500 million. These two assertions are fundamentally very different.
If you agree that the subject of the report is entirely or almost entirely Windows systems, then the actual cost will be this:
The $500 million from malware listed in the study + The cost incurred from malware and other problems in legitimately purchased Windows and Windows software - The cost that would be incurred by using open source instead
So unless C is bigger than B, the actual cost of using Windows will be more than $500 million.
Even instruction for fixing things in windows often use the command line.
It happens, but it's pretty unusual in my experience.
Describing menu navigation in Linux can be difficult as it depends on window manager and menu system used, while the command line is consistent.
Yes, the help would pretty much have to be specific to a window manager, and of course most users don't know what a window manager is. Many probably would not even know what distribution they're using or what a distribution is, so it's quite a challenge to get Linux support to the level it needs to be for truly widespread adoption.
Finding how to fix things in Linux is usually quite easy, even if it does lead to the Arch wiki.
I don't know what Arch is, but yes I agree it's easy - if you're comfortable pasting and running commands you don't understand from a person you don't know. Between simple intimidation and confusion, and concerns about risk, I think there are a lot of people who aren't.