Before eBooks, my technical library took a LOT of physical space, and searching for whatever piece of information I happened to need at the moment was time-consuming. Now, my entire technical library lives on my phone, and I can find anything I need within seconds. There is simply no comparison.
"you can't loose it (well, unless you loose an eye, or a finger)"
Actually, fingerprints are pretty easy to lose. It's not that rare that they change (due to scars, etc.) and more people than you might think simply don't have them. My wife, for example, routinely loses her fingerprints as a side-effect of certain work tasks.
A couple of months ago, they installed an ALPR camera near my workplace. It's easily accessible and obvious to anyone walking down the sidewalk. Just the other day, I noticed that someone has glued a poster over the camera's window.
WEP is pretty much the same as nothing, WPA isn't very secure, so I take an approach that avoids both of them while providing strong security: I turn the WiFi crypto off completely, then set up my router so that the only thing that can be reached through the access point is my VPN. Anybody can connect to the AP, but doing so won't actually do them any good.
"Any time people spend on playing retro games is not spent on them playing new games."
They're leaving money on the table, though. There are a lot of people (like myself) who have little or no interest in almost all new games for various reasons, but would be happy to pay cash money to get classic games that work well on newer systems. People like us won't be spending much money on new games whether or not retro games are available.
This is a powerful effect. It's made even worse when the war ends up being unpopular with the citizenry in the end (such as with Vietnam and Iraq to name two) and when the soldiers who fought in the war voluntarily signed up.
I agree, and I think that my level of trust is roughly the same as yours. Nonetheless, making it so that the agencies are actually breaking the law when they do this stuff is an improvement. A tiny, tiny improvement perhaps, and one the on its own means little, but a flood won't start without the first raindrop.
"I see some nasty rumors that MSFT wants to remove the option to switch UEFI off"
Those aren't rumors. They fact from the mouth of Microsoft itself. However, what they're doing isn't quite as extreme as you're saying. What Microsoft has done is to no longer require OEMs to provide a mechanism to disable UEFI. They are not demanding that OEMs remove that mechanism.
I had this thought as well. But even though this is true (and I think it is) there's still value in making the behavior unambiguously illegal. It opens the possibility for some kind of recourse when the law is broken.
If passed, this would be just another law that will be widely ignored and/or worked around. The end effect will be the similar to the effect of today's draconian copyright laws: further reduction in respect for the law.
I know exactly why I'm not a coupon person: because the cost/benefit ratio does not favor the use of coupons. The amount you can save is less than the value of the time and energy required to make any real use of them.
I suspect that people who are really into couponing enjoy the process itself. For them, it's totally worth it since it's essentially a hobby that comes with a financial benefit. I'm not one of those people.