So, Mozilla is just like the country that spawned it: A hypocrite and a bully that does not have the approval of it's constituents/employees. That seems all too believable.
But if the SEC is going to make a stink about it the easy solution is to not be listed on an American Stock Exchange. It's funny really. We sent every job overseas so we could become the "Financial Center". Now we are going to drive finance offshore too. People, especially the US Government fails to realize that there are other countries on this planet, and not all of them like being our sheep.
I expect the short term to see a big rise in casual car modding to disable these devices - everything from simple breaking to special modules to feed the thrice damned spy whatever it needs to hear to keep the engine running (like yes I drove 40,000 miles circling the Ford Corporate headquarters).
OF COURSE government is probably already collecting this data but regardless of promises, executive orders, laws, or international treaties that will continue unabated. If you think otherwise you really have learned nothing at all from history. And where one group of "legal" criminals go the "illegal" ones will soon follow. I don't see a commercial model for a product to stalk your girlfriend, but that doesn't mean it won't be done. How about real time tracking for the people who make the bank deposits? I'm not criminally minded enough to come up with a good use case, but the ONLY way to prevent abuse is to NOT collect the data AT ALL!!!!! If you collect it someone, someday, somehow will use it to harm others.
For example, it's difficult now to have the sort of VIC-20, Commodore-64 or Apple II experience that inspired well know programmers like Linus Torvalds and many others to become interested in computing and programming at an early age.
Not true. It is still just as easy to have that experience on a windows, Linux, or even apple PC. What your statement fails to acknowledge is the "glitz component". Linus even today doesn't get involved in the KDE vs gnome vs xfc etc pissing contests. The core of install the GCC compiler and start coding is alive, well and actually more accessible than ever. But kids don't want to create lamba functions, they want wiz bang spinning flaming logos that play music -- well that's not really programming. That is scripting and component assembly.
I freely admit I SUCK at web design. But few web designers can code either. They are different skills used for different jobs. The public just doesn't understand the difference because they both happen inside the black box.
Ultimately I think this effort is a negative. It will generate even more people who know just enough to be dangerous, most of which will go on to get MBAs and lord over future programmers telling them how easy their job is and they were doing this stuff when they were 10; never knowing, or caring, how completely ignorant they really are.
After putting way more effort into it than I normally do for such things I ended up with iVPN. Very happy with them. (no it's not a commercial and I have no interest blah blah blah, but there are dozens of companies and most of them are total crap. So this is my a public service advice).
Everything you say is true, but the problem is much more pervasive than you imply. The next level of the problem is that a huge percentage the teachers themselves have now grown up in this environment. Therefore they cannot be expected to lead any grand turnaround. Just like this story itself, the adults are just older victims of the same disease.
Finally one must not fall into the erroneous belief that the system is broken. The system is actually working exactly as its creators have intended. The solution then becomes to remove its creators from the equation. That is politically impossible within the comfortable little fantasy in which people live. All this means the problem will get much much worse before the laws of physics step in for a massive reset. It is noteworthy that after the fall of the Roman Empire it took quite some time (1000 years) for things to actually improve.
Be careful what rights you give away. One day your children will bleed to get them back.
Every one ever built detonated all at once is not remotely capable of destroying the planet or wiping out all human life. Just NO OK? You're 10 orders of magnitude short of that threshold -- in reality it is probably completely unobtainable with these weapons PERIOD. You can certainly destroy a city. You can disrupt a country and international commerce for years to come. But destroy all life? Crack the planet open? Please, you make yourself sound like a uneducated savage worshiping the man with the fire stick.
What they ARE capable of and why the media and politicians are universally TERRIFIED of them is because they are uniquely capable of upsetting the historic definition of war. That is: "War is old men talking and young men dying".
War is a lot less fun when it is something other than sending politically impotent people's children to die in some God forsaken hell hole on the other side of the world. This is the only explanation I can find for the the Nuclear Hysteria. An ICBM can bring the war to Harry Reid, John Boehner and Rupert Murdoch's back yards. But the war it brings isn't really any different than the war bomb laden B-52s have been bringing to targets for decades. Note that I'm not judging those conflicts, just observing to the dead people it doesn't matter very damn much what killed them.
I'm just pointing out that our allegedly "humane" wars about which we lie to ourselves that only the bad guys are killed are all a politically correct illusion. Nuclear weapons make that illusion fairly impossible to maintain. A society has to do some actual soul searching (assuming they can even find its soul under the recordings of reality TV) and decide emphatically YES This Cause is worth risking our lives for, and it is worth killing so many women and children that we can no longer pretend it didn't happen.
In the end nuclear weapons are probably the most humane military instrument ever devised. Depending on exactly how evolved your sense of "humanity" is of course.
The two things that spring to mind immediately are the Pacific volcano a couple decades ago and the Japanese earthquake, both of which were reported to have permanently (to the limit of our near nonexistent understanding) changed the Earth's very orbit itself.
So forgive me if I am more than a whole lot skeptical of their childishly simple cause = effect assumption. There are literally hundreds of thousands of inputs we know of their model likely omits and probably millions we don't even know about.
This is yet another "Measure with a micrometer, mark with chalk, cut with ax" story.
The simple solution? A state government issued photo id with your voter registration number on it. Simple. Maybe you accept a state ID, a driver's license, a passport, or a concealed carry permit for that matter. OR maybe you make every person drag their ass down once in their ever so busy life and stand in line for a VOTER ID card. But SOMETHING that proves you are an American citizen that has at one point had some passing interest in governance and society. I unequivocally reject the notion that voting should be a "Zero Investment Activity". If you want a say in how the country, and thereby very much the world, runs it is NOT too much to ask that you show the barest sliver of interest and forethought. Frankly if someone has to tackle you outside a shopping mall and beg you to fill out the form - I do NOT want you influencing the course of civilization.
I will admit to an anti-liberal leaning. I say that because I'm not much happier with those calling themselves conservatives. But I have not seen a single proposal that was aimed, or could even be used for, anything other than curbing voter fraud. I do not understand why everyone is not 100% behind this. The only possible benefactors I can see from this fraud is allowing illegal aliens to vote. And yes I refuse to call them undocumented non-citizen guest residents.