>> If you look at the definition of "Sovereignty" ...
Definition of "Sovereignty" is "monopoly on lethal violence". It have nothing to do with price of pills (or bread).
>> A life saving drug is invented By whom? Right to private property is real thing. Company that invented this "life saving drug" have every right to charge _any_ price for it. Yes, _any_ price.
>> ... put humanity in front of profits will result in a lawsuit And rightly so. Private property is basis of modern society, not some "humanity" principle.
>> Companies have a responsibility to their share holders, not humanity I guess shareholders do not belong to "humanity". Who the hell is this "humanity" that attempts to dictate to private company how to operate?
The ideas of "humanity first" had already been tried - see USSR, PRC, North Korea and so on. In good case - you have local hunger, in bad - genocide.
>> one of those 'human rights' is to have a government that ... You have no such right. Who do you think should grant you such "right"? God? Church? UN? Aliens? You're welcomed to be politically active and (try to) put in charge any kind of government you see fit. Every country and its laws, every nation and its customs.
Or, I may prefer to live in apartment inside of locked down building, with security on entrance screening every incoming person, where building owner can decide who can come in. See also "military base". I heard that in US this thing is voluntary.
So, Amazon fixed bugs which make rooting exploit possible. It is right thing to do, because software is not supposed to be exploitable. That's bug, not a feature. Exactly same goes for iPhone, Xbox and so on.
Author probably should learn what "bricked" means, before embarrassing himself in writing.
Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, even least technically inclined knows that you can't install stuff on iPhone without Apple's approval. Don't like it - don't buy iPhone; there's hundreds of Android phones on the market. Similarly, if one don't like Amazon's locked deal - just you know, don't buy it. Other people may find this "locked down" thing useful.
Criticism of GPG is definitely in place. It's so complicated to use that nobody bothers.
>> I suspect that it has saved a good many people living in countries with oppressive and brutal regimes from arrest or worse
False. Ironically, Mike often bring (valid) point that law enforcement need not to break encryption - tried and true methods are enough. Another side of the coin is that the same methods works for all sides: oppressive regimes including.
Hey, Mike, I don't quite think you're getting the message.
Free speech is not synonym for terrorists propaganda. News for fellow americans - not all speech is equal. And yea, I'm totally agree with arresting people suggesting that "killing for Allah" is good idea.
>> It doesn't matter. IF the infrastructure is critical, ... In your imaginary world, where money is not a function, maybe. However, here on Earth, cost matters. You don't make your house windows bulletproof, and steel door, right? (In case you _do_, please seek mental help immediately).
In theory - yes. In practice, when you have to control several plants in different places - what options do you have? Even dedicated PPP line is "connected" to Internet - separated by provider router. Running physically several disconnected networks is insanely expansive and well beyond budget.
And why data on russian people must be held in US?
While Russian government probably have its agenda, their argument "Data on russian people stay in Russia" is valid. What makes you think it should be otherwise?
Oh, I see, it's good old argument of "it's OK when _we_ do it". So no. Tell what you want about Russian government/regime - this law is perfectly fine. If NSA want to spy on me too - please come and get it: hack local datacenter, break into my house and so on. Good luck with that.
>> is that a fourth language While I can read and understand stuff in Latin, I don't even count it among 4 I know. How is your 4th language? Does at least 1 uses non-latin letters?
>> "Ad infinitum" doesn't necessarily mean forever You're confused. To quote wiki: "In context, it usually means "continue forever, without limit". Use a dictionary next time if unsure.
>> Like I said, you apparently don't understand what you're arguing about. Of cause. I'm idiot foreigner which can fluently read in 4 languages, speak fluently in 3 and write without dictionary in 2. But what can I possibly know about words in not-my-own-language? Probably nothing. I can not even comprehend what "mass" and "surveillance" mean. I'm sorry. Educate me, oh-wise-american, what is the meaning of all this "words" you're using
>> I mean that you can cancel with the service provider in question at your request. Only to go to another provider, which will do same thing. What was your point again? Like I said - you can live without phone. And car. And plane. And refrigerator. And so on "ad infinitum"
>> are you ok with someone putting a video camera in your bedroom Your argument boils down to claim that "nobody is watching" is false. That's OK as long as _you_ understand it. Because you seem not to.
Today's law (simple criminal stuff, not some "anti-terror") explicitly allows to put camera in your bedroom if "they really need to" without your knowledge.
>> I'll ignore your horrible grasp of the English language Yes, please. That's my 3rd language. How is your 3rd?
>> stored ad infinitum Nothing is "ad infinitum". First thing that will end is money. How match is US federal debt in 2014?
>> Do you honestly not see the difference between a service provider ... This difference, as you said is "semantic at best". What do you mean "can explicitly cancel" - while theoretically it is possible to live without phone, it's not very practical by any means.
>> If nobody's looking, and never will, why do they need the data? The argument is about "mass", not about "surveillance", because "surveillance" is what those agencies are supposed to do. Answer me (or yourself) - why do US need CIA (or UK need MI6)? Why military+police is not enough? Answer is simple and annoying - because military+police are bounded by law. You want covert james-bond-style operations hidden from public eye because it's very match illegal by any law. By keeping CIA/MI6 finding you're saying "keep going with your stuff". It's only when your government have too match(*) of covert ops, only then you have a problem.