You've never played Star Wars: The Old Republic, have you. The majority of the problems they've had with development has been wrangling their 3rd party game engine to fit their game concept.
The art & the story are hard to do, but picking the right game engine can make or break your game as well.
- a) Nobody knows exactly what information the NSA collects. They might very well have an extensive workup on everyone in Congress.
- b) It's not a matter of better or not better. It's a matter of access to sensitive information & ability to effect the nations laws. Nobody is going to blackmail Joe Schmoe to pass laws benefiting them but they certainly might Joe Congressman.
So yes, spying on anyone without a warrant is bad, but spying on government officials is worse.
A member of Congress or the Senate on a day to day basis will deal with 100x the sensitive material you will. Furthermore there's the question of who gets access to the records & can they abuse it to blackmail govt. officials or otherwise effect policy decisions.
So yes you are not a special snowflake.
b) There is absolutely nothing wrong with a text based OS. As for it being proprietary, well so is iOS outside of a few BSD bits. The point is that it is a small dedicated device and you don't have to worry about some bored clerk cracking it to put his Facebook app on the thing or browse porn on it's built in browser.
c) Lots of handheld scanners used to use Palm devices and I'm sure they'll use Androids too. The lightness factor only matters in if you expected them to be at a station or carting the thing around the store.
You act as though the regulations came out of a vacuum. AT&T lobbyists created those regulations and their pet congressmen & senators enacted them. Because the regulations limit who can compete against AT&T.
If corporations had no influence on government, THEN you could cry about government intervention. Every person with a functioning brain, however, knows that corporations are deeply mired in our politics and they heavily influence what regulations will effect them.
This is why free market utopianism is such a crock. Business do not want to compete with each other and will use every ounce of their power & every legal trick they can create to prevent an upstart from disrupting their markets.
Ironically the only way to have a free market is if the government forces them to.
Now you're just being stupid. When we replaced farm work with industry, we were creating manufacturing jobs. Millions of them. This is the exact friggin' opposite of that. We are shrinking and offshoring those well paid manual labor jobs. They're not coming back, at least not in the form of employment for people. I'm sure we could rebuild with robots and use 1/100th the employee labor we used to use for the same tasks.
Also, in that time having a college degree, ANY college degree was a guarantee of a good career. Now? Now it might get you a job as checkout person at McDonald's.
The situations are not interchangeable.
Having an interest in technology does not mean you have to blind yourself to the pitfalls of technology. I love my cell phone, but I acknowledge that it was assembled through labor practices I would deem inhuman for laughable wages with unregulated toxic waste disposal. Technology is not a panacea.
Let's suppose 20-30% of Americans are employed as engineers, doctors, lawyers, CEO's. The non-trade jobs. What happens when we roboticize the other 70-80%'s jobs? Will ALL of them train to become robot repair techs? Doubtful. So where will they work? How will the economy keep moving? These are questions that NEED to be asked and answered instead of living in fantasy tech land.
I remember when the 'job creators' were busy creating jobs in China and shutting factories here. Every pundit was on and on about how we'd all be consultants and living in a service economy. Well now those people get mocked for not getting a STEM degree while they work in McDonald's or Wal-Mart next to all the other poors. Not everyone gets to live in Galt's Gulch buddy.
You complain about "piecemeal laws" then argue that we should have a bunch of local laws instead of one unifying national one. Then you want a new government body to go around inspecting everyone and making different regulations for different people.. Have you read the definition of piecemeal?
However, if I talk to someone and ask them for something and they consensually provide it, then the government has no right to influence that situation unless its willing to breach individual rights.
Right, so the liberty loving conservatives make no effort to interfere with abortion (between a woman & her doctor), homosexuality (who's business is it what two or more people do in their bedroom), drugs (it's a private transaction between you and your drug dealer!) etc etc.
One, many people will simply not follow the law and there is no means to actually enforce it. You're not going to inspect kitchens in rural house holds.
Which is exactly why there is a national ban. It's not to remove the equipment currently in place, it is to ensure that when that equipment is due to be replaced or in new construction that less polluting options are the only ones available on the market. Dumbass. I really wish you rural hick inbreds would get off of that "black helicopters coming to take mah guns and fireplace" nonsense and grow up.