Even the cheap cell phone services like pageplus cellular you can get smart phones. I don't have a smart cell phone don't really need one yet. In some areas they are ending landline service in the U.S. slowly. I did get dumb cell phone that I do use but not that much. I am on the pay as you go plan. It works for me.
Where did the idea that all Americans are rich. I for one never was.
I work all my life from when I was in grade school until my heart and other things gave out when I was 65.
I have had two vacations in my life because I needed to work.
Their are now and always have been things I wanted and couldn't afford. I don't make some sort of excuse so I can steal what I can't afford.
I'm thinking that those that still worry about food on the table or a roof over their head have more to think on than how can I steal Microsoft Windows and put it on a computer that they will steal.
Just because one is poor does not mean they steal.
I was poor and I didn't steal nor do I now.
No their is nothing on my computers that is stolen. I have nothing that is stolen. I was raised better. My needs are taken care because I worked for 60 years but I surly do have a bunch of wants and most likely will always have wants and not enough money to take care of my wants.
That is just life, nothing more nothing less.
Steve's post # 62 says it very nicely.
Layback BearReally? I think it is called priorities. Eating is a little more important than watching TV. I was born in a low income housing project. We didn't have a lot of things other people had. But, what we did have is good values, good character and a firm grasp of what is right and wrong. No one in my family would have ever stolen anything. We were taught to get a better job or get 2 jobs if you want something you couldn't afford, which my Father did. We got out of the projects, had a TV and a few other things, and didn't take anything that belonged to others along the way.
OK Stealing is wrong -- but back to the topic -- there is almost no way on this planet (or even in this universe) to make anything 100% secure -- even the highest security prisons have had their failures.
You can't do it by TECHNOLOGY alone -- often HUMANS also collude - for whatever reason.
The best business model is to apply practices where people just don't want to steal the product - since either easily / cheaply available or zero market for it.
I mean for example who would bother to steal a Car radio these days or an old VHS video recorder --- absolutely ZERO market for these.
Humans DO have failings - not everybody adheres to what might be loosely interpreted as "Decent Morals" - and perhaps our business chiefs should take that into account in their business models.
In any case once Quantum computers are available any sort of encryption will be impossible since the decryption algorithms will easily be able to be done by brute force in almost zero seconds too -- so looking to technology alone to stop Piracy is an exercise in futility and doomed to failure from the start.
W10 has been given away LEGALLY so many times by Ms that it's just pointless IMO to make people pay for this release in future. Ms needs to develop other strategies and products that DO make money for them - for example VR, Robotics, AI, and service contracts.
After all if RED HAT can make a lot of money simply by service contracts on essentially a FREE OS (RHEL Enterprise) - CENTOS 7 is the Free identical version of it surely companies like Ms could consider similar business models.
Winuser it sounds like you are describing Linux. Note, there are some major issue with Ubuntu 16.04 lts and its flavors a lot of people are not liking those & some drivers are not working as well. I don't blame Ubuntu, I blame Debian. Debian stretch changed a lot things which is what Ubuntu 16.04 lts is loosely based on. Linux Mint is 17.3 is loosely based on Ubuntu 14.04 lts & Debian Jessie. I would either recommend Linux Mint 17.3, or *Opensuse Leap for those that can't afford windows.
*Opensuse I would use Opensuse Leap or tumbleweed for a 64 bit system. For 32 bit, I would use Opensuse tumbleweed. The difference between Leap & tumbleweed is how it updates. Tumbleweed is more like Windows 10 & updates when new stuff comes it. Leap is more like windows 7 and updates come in a little slower. You can always get faster updates using a repository.