That said I think it is vital that Android should allow me to withhold a permission, exchange the permission for a lesser one (e.g. fine grained location for a dummy location), or receive a prompt. I also think that Google should weight apps in the store by the risk they pose which could be a weighting based on the reputation of the seller, the app's rating and the permissions it asks for. Apps would be inclined to ask for less permissions or farm those permissions out into an optional and auxiliary app if they knew it improved their search rankings.
When was the last "Massive iOS Mobile Botnet Hijacking SMS Data" headline?
When was the last maximum security prisoner getting run over by a bus headline? Sometimes freedom has its own risks, which includes idiots making poor decisions over where to get their software from. Does that mean everyone should be locked up in a cage to prevent that from happening?
That said, Android has some shocking poor security behaviour that Google should fix. It should be possible to turn off certain permissions an app says it wants regardless of what the manifest says. It should be possible to control permissions related to making calls, sending or receiving SMS messages, camera, location or hitting the internet. Apps can't take for granted that these services exist or are even available in a device so I don't see much fallout from allowing the user to control the visibility of these services.
But CFLs that light up faster are easy to find and normally say as much on the packet. Also, they last a very long time (longer than incandescent) and use less energy. So they're cheaper to run and cheaper over the lifetime of the bulb. Most of the objections to them are highly irrational though the GP's post is so paranoia infused I wonder if it's a parody or the person is in need of medication.
I've had less luck with LED bulbs. Some brands are far less reliable than they claim and I first decked my house out with a brand called EcoPal and I'd say 30% of them have failed in 5 years which is not acceptable when they claim to last 30. I've used other brands which are more reliable. I guess the scope for reliability is very wide because no two LED bulbs designs seem to be the same - it's still a very nascent market.
Most apps already have to cope with features that are missing. e.g. an app might want to read SMS or make calls, but neither facility is available on most tablets. Or they might ask for GPS coords and again they simply can't have it. If they can't cope with the variety out there already then I don't see much difference if the user has an explicit switch to disable that functionality.
That said, the current situation is completely unacceptable. The upfront permissions are getting worse and worse for some apps and often for completely esoteric reasons. Twitter recently updated their app to ask my location. Fortunately there is a switch in their app to turn this off, but really I shouldn't have to count on their charity - I should be able to turn that setting off whether they want me to or not.
Its very simple to understand. If I stole someone's wallet then there is a transaction chain linking my money to the crime. So if I exchange those 500 bitcoins for another 500 bitcoins less some fee, now there is no chain linking me to the crime. It's money laundering.
Casascius exchanged Bitcoins for other Bitcoins, plus a small fee for the cool novelty token. He didn't exchange BTC for USD, or vice-versa, or anything even remotely similar to that. He made frickin' change (albeit more literally than normal).
No, he laundered money. He is acting as a break in the chain where potentially laundered money stops at his door and new, clean money is issued to the customer for a fee. It would be akin to me buying your dye pack stained dollars and giving you clean dollars for a commission and not bothering to keep records or conform to any regulation.
I expect that in the future when you buy a game on steam that there will be a "play instantly" option. Maybe you can even rent games this way, or subscribe to the service. But by decoupling where the game runs from where it is played, it doesn't matter what architecture or OS the user has. Cloud gaming in other words. Probably something little more complex than a chromecast or raspberry pi would be capable of serving as a streaming client and I imagine that Microsoft, Sony, Valve, Google, Apple all have their eyes set on something of that nature.