Yes indeed to people like you, technology is just toys for boys.
What is REALLY SAD is that Nokia has handed the reins of their corporation to a bunch of brain-rotted ex-microsofties who are busy turning Nokia into their version of what they wanted microsoft to be, trashing huge swaths of humanity in the process.
Furthermore, what about the cost to the country of finland? Nokia used to bring a huge amount of tax income, making the lives of citizens better in many ways. Then along comes elop and destroys nokia (with the accomplicity of the nokia board) and whoops, there goes all that tax income, all those jobs, down the drain. Who takes the responsibility? Someone should. People should be held accountable for their actions, no matter if they're rich or poor.
Some asteroids become stars. When stars implode, it is not equal to asteroid destruction. Size does matter.
Nokia has much more impact on finnish government than an average hot-dog shop. Good government carries responsibility on own citizens. This is difference between that and totalitarian or opportunistic bandits, who call themselve government.
If the collapse was unavoidable, it should have been predicted so that people could find jobs.
However, to burn 18 Mio $ in two years is hardly a predictable unavoidable collapse. It is a crime.
The government should investigate the case, find where money was pumped, confiscate it and either restart the company or distribute the money along fellow workers till the find jobs.
This is how good government works!
Because you can't crush your 18 Mio $ jet together with its hired crew into a populated area for fun and then just walk away.
No more direct tax incomes, no more indirect incomes, the social expenses increase (with unemployment payments) etc etc. One small or medium sided hotdog shop or more going down means less trouble than a single megacorporation. And I assume new small enterprises will be more likely to appear in the place left by the few hotdog shops, than a new mega corporation.
Note: by hotdog shop i mean a small sized company, regardless the activity object. the term itself was taken from a previous post. I have nothing against hot dogs, hot dogs eating people , hot dogs companies.
Also, my own economical views are liberal. I hope i will not be suspected as socialist, corporate capitalist, emo, communist, or other such labels.
When it comes to following laws, they very much do have liability. Namely, if a CEO or a board willingly acts in a way that is not in the shareholders' or the company's best interest, eg. willingly makes bad deals because they or their secret employer profits from trashing the company, that is ILLEGAL. If the CEO or the board make secret deals with other parties that benefit them personally but are harmful to the company, that is illegal. If the CEO or board embezzle funds from the company, that is illegal. Insider deals are also illegal.
So you see, there would be a very good case against elop, and possibly also against the nokia board for not doing anything for so long. But sadly the corruption in finnish government is probably going to prevent anything being done about this.