"Clearly the impetus was there, even 40 years ago, to smuggle a (bulky, non-disposable) camera in and get a picture of your favorite band. But maybe by making it a little harder to do, we'll be forced to simply enjoy the music more than we have in the past half-century."
No the yondr sock won't make the experience better. I 'smuggled' cameras into live shows in the hopes that i could take away memories of an experience I was really enjoying. When I wasn't enjoying it I didn't bother recording the experience.
Just imagine how the rest of us who have no say whatsoever in who gets elected in your country feel when we read about what the short sighted thugs you have standing for office want. Hell the companies we buy our encryption empowered devices from from are subject to the whims of those people.
I'd never heard of Mother Jones before, so I'd check them out, and they don't seem all that leftist at all. But then from where I stand your so called, leftist Politicians make Genghis Khan look like a Socialist.
As do I with Linux Mint Cinnamon, and have had with Linux of various flavours, starting with Mandrake, since 2000.
I have had no need to touch Windows, since I retired 7 years ago, and only used it because the companies I worked for required it.
The good thing is other people I socialise with are beginning to realise I don't have the computer problems they have, I'm the resident free geek, and are starting to ask for upgrades to what I'm using.
I use a 'Cloud' service that purports to allow me to control the encryption key - Copy Cloud - plus I pre encrypt the data going to the 'Cloud' on the fly, using encfs (a FUSE filesystem) which transparently encrypts. I place unencrypted data in one directory and encfs automagically encrypts it into the Copy Cloud directory. Data in the CopyCloud directory is transparently decrypted into the unencrypted directory.
So if the Copy Cloud encryption is not as secure as they claim I have an extra level of encryption that only I control
" but I don't expect the Linux community to make that OS unless they change their culture of only making programs for other programmers first."
Based on that logic Microsoft should stop making Visual Studio... you do realise this is a program written by programmers for programmers, and Steve Balmer is famous for putting programmers first.
Second, please refer to my earlier comment in this thread. Unless you consider Hydrogen, the programmable Drum Machine, a program written for programmers, simply because as a Musician I have to program the drum tracks, using a graphical piano roll style interface, I don't see where any of the software I use was written for programmers.
Nor, for that matter do I see how my accounting software, my Office software, my Photo editing software, my graphics software, my media player software, my Internet Browser, my twitter frontend, my Open Source Games (as seperate from my proprietary games) are in any way developed specifically for programmers... although I'm sure many of them are also used by programmers.
It is a problem created by Microsoft and the Hardware vendors.
There is no way around this problem, other than installing Linux post purchase, until hardware Manufacturers make hardware available with Linux pre installed, as is the case with Windows.
Until then anyone serious about using an OS other than Windows has three choices.
1. Buy a Mac
2. Install Linux post purchase to replace Windows
3. Locate a boutique hardware vendor that builds Hardware with Linux pre installed. There are quite a few of these, and all it takes is an internet search. Build quality is usually very good, and the hardware is guaranteed to work well with Linux.
No. You paid for a License to use Windows 7, you don't own it. Microsoft does, which gives them the right to make those changes. They probably also have the right to charge you for the changes, but magnanimously won't.
In the long run I couldn't care less what Microsoft do with their property (Windows OS), as I work for myself and do all my computing on a Linux OS (Linux Mint). I've run my business, including all my accounting, on Linux for years, with not a whiff of WINE.
If you are using Windows at work it shouldn't matter to you, if Microsoft are monitoring, obviously they are monitoring the business, and not you personally, unless you spend your time doing personal stuff on your employers computer during work hours.
Canonical sending search results to Amazon can be turned off easily, it's a single setting in the control panel under Privacy. Once that is set to Off, no search results are sent anywhere from the desktop.
They are also enjoined to "bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you". So I guess the US isn't a Christian nation, as many who profess to be be Christian claim.