Since Comey's point is to keep your phones unencrypted so that they can violate your rights whenever they want, likely even against your will, for any reason, I wonder how well his please will fly for our other rights:
I'm more interested in which of my rights can be violated in accordance with my will? :-)
The actions of the entertainment industry are unambiguously bad, but the results seem to be mixed. The MPAA and RIAA act like they're slowly losing a game of whack a mole partly because their opposition to innovation has spurred so many varied efforts to work at the problem from different directions.
Survivorship bias. If they hadn't been opposed to innovation at every step, how much better would the services we have today be?
Investment does not directly lead to innovation, but lack of investment absolutely prevents innovative ideas from taking off.
We still disagree on expected functionality vs advertised functionality.
In those cases, the device is unable to perform one or more advertised features of the product. In this case, the device is unable to perform an unofficial feature.
Again, not saying that removing the feature isn't wrong, but a device that still does everything it's advertised to do really isn't "bricked". It may be useless to you, but that's a different thing.
FWIW, if you were to say that it's now as useful to you as a brick for what you purchased it for, that's completely accurate and understandable. Bricking means that the device is as functional (as opposed to useful) as a brick.
 - and is still IMHO a dramatic misappopriation of the term "bricked". Damaged, impaired, restricted, even broken - all better words.
You do realise that the very reference you cited for bricking lists two types of bricking:
Soft bricked devices are generally those devices which show some signs of life. A soft bricked device usually boots unsuccessfully and generally gets stuck on vendor logo or reboots endlessly. Hard bricked devices are generally those who show little to no signs of life. A hard bricked device doesn't power up or show any vendor logo, basically the screen remains turned off.
Removing unofficial features and limiting the device to just the advertised functions may be a shitty thing to do, but calling it "bricking" is overdramatic. Words have power precisely because they have agreed meanings. Co-opting a word to give it your own definition for use in a discussion does nothing to further the discussion.
Why do people even buy there? It's overpriced, their support/CS is non-existent, and they're so bad at hidden fees that even Visa/MC employees are so mad at them that they'll do a charge-back no questions asked as soon as you mention them.
Because despite all of these things, and everything else that they do badly and make us hate them...
1. They make a good device - the e-ink kindles with 3G are currently unbeaten in terms of convenience and quality. 2. They have enabled more authors to publish more good work than any other single publisher in history. Amazon is nearly solely responsible for a shadow industry that puts as much royalty dollars in authors' pockets as the rest of the publishing industry combined. 3. Their customer support simply beats many of their competitors. Even if you don't like it, most of the rest of the world is worse.
If people would only lighten up, they'd just due the horrible death they deserve and someone better can take over.
Why should people stop using the best option currently available? Someone else can build something better, then everyone will migrate across without needing to moralise about anything.
So yes, they strongly push for DRM on their content to tie their customers to them. They go too far in trying to protect their IP. But who is better?
Does diamond coating actually provide clarity though? Either you have a solid diamond crystal that is the same size as your windshield and is laminated over the top, or you've precipitated diamond crystals onto your windshield using some kind of deposition technique. The former will definitely give you clarity, but we're a long way from making diamond (or cutting?) crystals that size yet*, and I'm not certain that a deposited diamond layer would be transparent.
*- I would love to see what happens to a diamond like that when it shatters!
Also, a diamond frying pan would be pretty nifty, as long as it's easy to clean.
They don't care that this will put (currently) affordable medicine out of reach for millions of patients as long as they get to squeeze a few extra $100 from the middle-class indians, chinese, etc.
I don't doubt the veracity of this statement, but the TPP doesn't have any direct impact on India or China since they aren't signatories...
To the GP, nobody involved in the report is surprised at the discoveries, this is all about having an official piece of paper that can be waved in front of government to try to get them to change their minds. This is trying to play the game, regardless of whether the deck is stacked.