Having a "public advocate" is better than nothing, but no matter how earnest or effective such an advocate is, it does nothing to really affect the fact that the FISC is a serious miscarriage of justice. It's a fake court used to justify the erosion and elimination of the rights of citizens.
"They could make all the non-critical apps removable for sure."
They can't, actually. The stock Android that Google makes doesn't do any of that -- the issue is that the manufacturers have taken Android and modified it to do that sort of thing.
Since Android is open source, Google has no power to tell them to stop directly. They might be able to leverage the use of the Android trademark or the Google apps to force different behavior, but that's not a quick fix.
I've been researching a topic online and got a search result that led to a scanned book result. I read the couple of pages of the scan and realized that the book being excerpted contains exactly what I'm looking for. I buy the book.
"The customer isn't always right and sometimes it's cheaper in the long run to say good bye to that customer versus doing everything possible to keep them."
Well, I agree with what you mean here, but there's a much more accurate way to say it: what a business can provide is not always able to meet what the customer demands.
It's not a matter of right or wrong. Netflix deciding to fight VPN usage is not right or wrong, it's a business decision. If a company makes a business decision that you as a customer disagrees with, you complain and try to get the company to change. If the company does not change, you either accept it or stop doing business with them.
Personally, my decision was to cancel my account. It's not a boycott, and I'm not punishing Netflix. I just made a business decision that they no longer offer a service I'm willing to pay for.
"This line just contributed to the ignorance of the VPN discussion."
So much this!
The article's wording is ambiguous. I'm know that Karl wasn't personally arguing that the only reason to use a VPN is to bypass regional blocking, but he was stating that this was the position of Netflix. However, the wording doesn't make that clear.
In any case, a bit of stronger pushback on the assertion would have made that more clear.