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TL;DR: The upside of being under continuous surveillance is that everyone else is too. It is the same argument as, "Because terrorists might get caught."
Here's just one example of the downside: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and similar will all have zero attendance as soon as employers stop hiring people who have been seen at an AA/NA meeting. That will be a reality within ten years, as private license plate tracking databases come online.
Doubt it? Ask yourself this: Would a typical "profit over everything" manager hire someone he knew was in NA? That guy is going to abuse these databases as they come online. That is reality.
Your use of microbes in your argument is ironic since farmers are also a huge part of the problem of driving bacterial evolution for resistance through misuse of antibiotics.
Antivirals, antibiotics and pesticides should be used in the minimal amounts exactly where most needed. They should not be routinely used everywhere indiscriminately. That's the mode that these GMO crops are encouraging.
The GMO plants I was referring to were designed specifically accommodate increased usage of chemicals. Look up "Roundup ready".
Herbicide use in this country has skyrocketed due to the widespread adoption of GMO crops.
Making a plant manufacture its own insecticide is one thing. Modifying it so that it can withstand being soaked with ever-increasing quantities and varieties of synthetic pesticides is another.
Weeds are gradually evolving to resist this chemical onslaught. Most people would rather not have themselves subjected to such evolutionary pressure within their lifetimes.
The weeds are destined to eventually win this arms race anyway, so this huge experiment in chemical exposure to the US population is eventually going to be for naught.
Uh huh, good old separate but equal...
Welcome to the 21st Century.
Governor Wallace would be so proud.
You seem to have forgotten the announcement that they're working on a device for Blu that will not contain GMS.
They are one and the same. Every person who has a leadership role in the CyanogenMod project is an employee of Cyanogen Inc.
CyanogenMod is trademarked, Cyanogen (in respect to Android operating systems) is trademarked - and Cyanogen Inc. (or Steve Kondik personally, I'm not sure, but he's CTO of Cyngn) is the holder of those trademarks.
Key being "Yet".
Every time Cyngn fucks up PR-wise, CM gets splash damage.
Why? Because for all you want to say Cyanogen Inc. != CyanogenMod - that's not true. Every person who has a leadership role in CyanogenMod and drives the direction of the project is an employee of Cyngn. That's a fundamental conflict of interest that cannot be resolved.
Yeah the MS junk won't be installed into CM just yet - but wait until that "Deep integration" Kirt McMaster keeps talking up starts happening - you're going to see architectural changes happen in CM designed solely to be beneficial to Microsoft.
Yeah. As much as I'd like to be as "massively open" as Replicant is (and the Replicant guys' work was HUGELEY beneficial with some of the nightmares that were Haxxinos, I have had some great conversations with Paul during the days when Teamhacksung was active), the truth is that as long as SoC manufacturers are douchebags (Sadly, Qualcomm is the most open of the viable vendors out there - for all of the bad things they've done for open source, some of which were the final straw that led to JBQ stepping down as AOSP lead, Samsung and MediaTek are FAR worse. I've heard good things about Freescale's ARM i.MX6 chips as far as openness, but their "newest" offering is a quad Cortex-A9...)
Reverse engineering all of that is a MASSIVELY time consuming effort, and it doesn't help that some of the best tools for reducing that time investment are incredibly expensive - Hex-Rays Decompiler for ARM is a few thousand dollars.
https://cyngn.com/blog/its-tim... - They constantly talk about how they're all about an "open OS" and "open Android".
The problem is that their actions are always inconsistent with their talk. While they talk an Open OS, their reaction to Google moving more and more components of AOSP into GMS and abandoning the open-source AOSP variants is:
Take that list of applications and create their own proprietary versions or license them from someone else:
First Focal, and when attempting to use their CLA to obtain dual-licensing rights to Focal failed (due to their CLA fortunately lacking some of the nastiness found in other CLAs like Harmony - not all CLAs are created equal, as Koush learned the hard way with Focal), CameraNext
EmailNext aka Boxer
Now, Microsoft's suite of proprietary apps, ones which contribute further to the continued dominance of Office by encouraging use of proprietary formats prone to vendor lock-in (Google is, in contrast, pretty good about giving people who want to migrate away their data in open formats - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G... )
8 core 64 bit ARM chips with GPU built in are fairly common and 10 core chips already announced (Mediatek), with 16-48 core vaguely hinted at for servers by other vendors
A bit more than hinting: Cavium is selling 24-48 core ThunderX (ARMv8) chips. I think the first one shipped a month or two ago.