Without the internet, how the hell would anyone know what they had access to? There was something called privacy before the Internet came along.
True - most seem much happier to appear "soft in the head".
Ford know about fuses: they cost 2c each. If you sell 140,000 Escapes it all adds up!
combined with no one wants to hire someone that obviously knows more than they do.
Yes I know its a recipe for a train wreck - have you not watched any large projects lately (cough @care).
In which case, *BSD is the answer to your prayers. You only get the featues you actually ask for, and once you have got them, they stay got!