Ubuntu's current practice is a 5 year term for LTS. Microsoft's 10 years leads to supporting pretty ancient stuff (in Internet time, anyway). They were forced to extend XP support all the way to 13 years since Vista and Windows 7 can't run reasonably on a lot of the hardware that XP was happy on.
For the previous decade, I personally think 5-8 years somewhere is a good LTS term for operating systems and kernels.
Now that CPU's aren't really getting faster, just more cores and energy efficiency, perhaps 10-20 years may again be reasonable.
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Is there even any good proof that all this tracking is even more effective for the advertiser's customers, than not tracking?
As a true conspiracy nut, I would not put it past 1. the FBI to have gotten its data from Blue Toad or 2. Blue Toad covering up for the FBI.
Exactly. The FBI doesn't have to have gotten the data directly from Apple or NSA hackers or somesuch. However, you can't discount that the hackers might have been motivated to lie in order to smear the FBI, too.
I don't necessarily disagree with your point. I guess my thought is that who are the advertisers to say for sure what I am and am not choosing?
Oops. Need to check if I'm logged in when I comment. Above comment I'm replying to here was mine.
Not to belabor the obvious. This is one reason open source, over time, is more secure that closed source. Which would you rather rely on, software that has source code anybody can look at, or software that only the development company and the military of the world's sole superpower can look at?
Of course, nefarious elements can put subtle security bugs in open source projects, but one hopes over time that the community is able to find and eliminate them.