And one of the reasons was Windows 95. I had a beta in summer 1995, and came to the conclusion that this was the same DOS-based shit as Windows 3.11, in a nicer packaging.
Just at this moment, a friend lent me his Linux install CD, and I was hooked. I still had DOS and Windows 3.11 for maybe a year or two on the other partition, but then came Quake in 1996, and that was the point where I threw out DOS and Windows. Obviously, they weren't needed anymore, the important games were working on Linux ;).
My machines run Linux ever since, sometimes I had some Windows in a VMware, but never on the metal. But lately, wine has obliterated the need for most Windows VMs, because it's so much faster and runs about 90% of all Windows applications and 80% of all games, out of the box. Of course, now I don't even run wine so much, since a lot of games now get ported.
In any case, apart from OCR, Desktop Publishing and Image Manipulation, there is no need to use anything but Linux. And for the above three things, MacOS X has always been better than Windows anyway.
Free markets work best if everyone can participate, as consumer AND as producer.
Airbnb is exactly doing that. And I can't see why this should be a tax problem, as the income made with renting out your apartment is subject to normal income tax. Why would you have another tax on it?
Piracy is actually a crime: "Any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or a private aircraft, and directed on the high seas, against another ship or aircraft, or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft (or) against a ship, aircraft, persons or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any state"
However, copyright infringement is not; it's civil law, not criminal law (except in some countries where real criminals wrote the law).
Piracy doesn't kill your revenue - not watching your movies kills your revenue.
No. "not paying for your movies kills your revenue". It doesn't matter whether I don't buy the blueray or don't go to a theatre, or don't pay for a download. It's all the same. Whether I'm still watching the movie, or a different movie, or read a book, doesn't matter at all.
Or to put it differently: You only get revenue from me, if you get me to pay for your movie. This means: - Offer something I like - At a point in time I like - To a price I'm willing to pay - Without mistreating me (like: searching me for cameras, or putting DRM onto your products etc.)
It's simple. http://www.gog.com/ can do it for computer games, you could do it for movies just as easy.