I'm still trying to work out the headline, where the strange tone starts. More wind power in Germany is bad because.... German miners will protest at the closure of coal plants? Because Germany only has very limited carbon tax? Surely a carbon tax would lead to... more renewable energy.
In part the de-mutualisation was driven by the short term gains that could be realised if it happened (at the expense of the long term customers). This led to people signing up as customers, purely so they could vote for this to happen and receive a windfall, so you're right, though it sounds like you thought it was a small number of decision makers at the top, rather than an insurgency of outsiders taking advantage of the co-operative model's democratic structure.
Yes, I'm curious to know whether the votes were initiated by insiders (executives or long-standing members) or by 'activist carpetbaggers'. AFAIK carpetbaggers' activity was just opening an account and, when the time came, casting a vote.
It was definitely sanctimonious, and it wasn't even close to as funny as his previous articles in this series (which for me personally had many genuine LOL moments) but I thought it was fairly incisive social commentary, at least by the standards of what gets into the mainstream media.
Now that all the browser makers (except Apple) are on board for a royalty free video codec based on VP10/Daala/Thor tech, I would be surprised if they didn't re-use the same tech and patents to create a next-gen web image format.