There is a big difference between voluntarily giving Google or Facebook data, and the government (any government) just taking it. If you don't like Google, there are lots of alternatives. If you don't like Facebook, don't use it.
I disagree with the sentiment of this post. Your college degree only gets you the first entry-level job. After that, it is your performance that matters.
You don't get to 'practice your surgical skills' until you have a done a pretty extensive internship, which includes a lot of supervised hands-on work. Same with building a bridge or a dam.
While I don't condone cheating, I also don't think that your school performance means anything once you are past that entry-level job. I do a lot on mid- and senior-level hiring and your college performance (and even degree) means almost nothing to me.
Diplomas may be relevant in many fields because they kind-of set a baseline of what is expected to 'know' in order to do the job.
That said, I had a colleague (in the IT field) who insisted that we call him by his Professor title. Which I did, until I found out that his PhD was in Zoology. Which is as relevant in the IT industry as my own Hotel & Restaurant Administration degree.
A brilliant new way of orchestrating a denial of service attack. Just post any link (the cnn.com home page, for instance, or the Apple Store) and claim it is the latest song by U2 - and have the IFPI send a DMCA takedown for you.
"The neighbors left their WiFi open, and thus, by default, it is sending out signals that effectively say "welcome, feel free to connect to this network."
Can I ask a hopefully relevant question: If my neighbors decide to play ball on my yard, does it make a difference whether I have a fence up? I see this as similar - an open WiFi is like an unfenced yard. But that doesn't generally (to me) mean that any passerby can sit down and have a picnic. Or does it (legally speaking)?
I'm pretty sure that Amazon makes everyone use their DRM regardless of whether you want to or not as part of it's terms and conditions for selling e-books.
That's actually not true. Publishers can request that their books be DRM free. But many publishers don't want that either. You know, because... pirates.
Take a look at at Baen and their model - subscriptions that get you 5-6 titles per month, lots of free books in many different formats. Don't meant to promote Baen, but their creative approach has gotten many of my acquaintances to try authors they otherwise would not have.