It all comes down to how they use the computer. If all they use is the browser, the only difficult aspect of Linux is the lack of computers that come with it pre-installed. The Chromebook it the ultimate response to this need.
These days, that is all that most home users need. If you get these friends on Linux and make sure they can find the browser, they're set, and you won't get calls.
I've not met a single person who owns a computer for whom this statement is true, and that includes my 80-year old mother-in-law who I set up a computer for. As well as a browser, she needed a word processor, skype and email, and later some very simple image software so she could play with photos to make paintings from.
And even if they DO only need the browser... if they're running in a restricted account so they can't trash the system if they click on the wrong thing, how do they patch their browser?
It's reasonably easy to fake headaches and nausea, but a nose-bleed has to be real.
Then again, if a nose-bleed was enough to get out of school, I'd have never gotten an education! Since primary school, I've suffered from regular nose-bleeds; particularly in summer where I'd bleed typically at least once per day. Electronic cauterisation stopped them for a few months, but mostly I just learned to live with them - no harm except for a mess if I don't catch it in time.
And what if the effects have a lag? Maybe it takes days to build up to the point that symptoms are felt, and days without exposure to return to normal. I suffer from hayfever, but I couldn't tell you as levels of dust in the air go up with better than about half an hour lag, or within hours of levels going down again.
Not that I'm saying that IEI-EMF definitely exists, but "no conclusive evidence" doesn't mean it definitely doesn't exist, and it's pretty easy to design a trial that won't tell you what you think it does.
So, I started a campaign to report him and anyone with little enough sense to reply to him. Guess what? It WORKED.
Hey, I've got this magic rock that totally protects you against tiger attacks, you can have it for a great price...
I have to assume that by "It WORKED", you mean that you successfully reported him and everyone who replied to him. Good for you. Extrapolating any other effect from your cause is... oversimplifying at best, but more likely to be just wrong.
Interpreting a lack of comment on my part with any particular meaning is more likely to involve an act of projection than any kind of prescience as to what I would have said if I had commented.
On that note, those are some nice assumptions/strawmen you have there.
If you really do want to "walk that way", a good place to start might be the Trade Agreements which the same Legacy Industries consider so important that they have to keep the deals 100% secret.
I'm somewhat well aware of the various trade agreements currently being negotiated around the world, though nowhere near as aware as I could be if the various texts were actually available to the public. I could even make educated guesses as to what the net effects of these treaties might be in various time frames... like most people though, I'd most likely be substantively wrong.
Further, I'm not aware of any interpretation or extrapolation of any trade agreements that leads to people dying in their sleep... unless an increase in the cost of medicines means that you are no longer able to afford a particular prescription required to live, but you seem to be suggesting something much more general than that.
Perhaps you meant wake up and realise that they're turning everyday social activities into a crime; once everyone is a criminal then society can be controlled! Well, yes. That one has been and is continuing to be well documented, but you may want to provide slightly more nuanced advice than "wake up" and "walk that way"... unless you're just after a catchy song.
tl;dr: You might want to wipe your mouth, you appear to be frothing a bit.
Being gay, it is the quality of being care-free and happy, or perhaps a colourful vibrancy such as shown by a gay bunch of flowers.
Homosexuality is the social phenomenon of having a sexual preference for people of your own gender, as opposed to the hetero norm of preference for the opposite gender.
How on earth can anyone with a brain relate these two concepts as identical in any way whatsoever?
Welcome to the English language, GEMont. One word can mean multiple, different, unrelated things, and some words even gain meanings over time! English is a living language, and it matters not whether you agree with the changes or not.
Personally, if you want to avoid the negative valence of "pirate" and "piracy", I'd recommend avoiding "file sharing" which has neutral or slightly negative valence, and go straight for "sharing" or "sharer" for that nice positive valence glow.
Wake up, or die in your sleep people.
Let governments pass stronger copyright laws... die in my sleep. No, I can't quite follow that one, you might have to walk me through some of the intermediate steps.
Of course, YMMV. I've found TripAdvisor ratings to be an accurate indicator for hotels in most cities I've used it in (with more likelihood of accuracy outside USA than inside, possibly based on my very limited sampling within USA)
"never will understand why people will pay so much money on a single player game"
Why do you limit this comment to single player games? Multiplayer games don't get off the hook here either.
I didn't mean to let multiplayer games off the hook, just that I understand why people pay for multiplayer games - the "prestige" of being seen at the top of the leaderboards.
Not that I could ever see myself spending *that much* on any game; I'm happy to drop $5 or $10 on a game that I enjoy, but sending the rest to my mortgage means I got to pay it off in 10 years instead of 35.
@That One Guy: And maybe that's the rub. I wonder how many of these games would rake in so much money if kids were taught how to budget, and why living on credit is so bad, in school? (Never mind the rest of the economy...)
I pretty much agree with everything you are saying, and 100% agree that "appealing to empathy rather than guilt/shame/fear is definitely the way to go, here".
Empathy isn't quite enough, though. I live in Australia, and it sucked to have to pay an extra 20% or even more compared to the US because of legacy deals with entrenched local importers who add exactly zero value in the age of the internet. And we were one of the lucky countries that tended to receive content at all! There are any number of stories out there of a public hungry for music (films, books, etc) with exactly zero legal options, and piracy is the only way that people could get access to the content - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125608/, also the anime fan-sub movements, unlicensed translations of books, etc, etc.
And that's the whole point of articles like this one. Why is the legacy industry spending so much time and money trying to work on the empathy bit, and nothing else... when they could spend some time on providing their potential customers with the opportunity to buy, and then they probably won't even need the "education" campaigns!
I still remember the day that I saw that a free game was #1 top grossing in the Google store. I never will understand why people will pay so much money on a single player game... I mean $5 will either get you one or more full games that you can play through to completion, or a single-use tool that may or may not let you pass the current level... and by the way, the next level is even harder.
That this campaign is better than previous attempts is mostly just pointing out how low the bar has been set.
Even this campaign fails at the first intellectual step - there is no way to link the situations being described to piracy. Elvis didn't get into barbiturates because people were downloading his songs (well, I'm pretty sure, anyway). Pirates had nothing to do with Marvin Gaye's home life.
Unless the underlying message is "If you knew what went into it, you'd run away screaming and never touch it, let alone download so much distilled depression that your preferred listening device will die of sadness", I'm not sure what the reason not to pirate is here?