Ultimately it doesn't matter to me, I believe Canonical sold out its initial user-base and is now riding the wave of notoriety created by that user-base, many of whom have since moved on to Mint or some other distro. I also am of the opinion that the novelty of this tablet-to-desktop / phone-to-desktop docking will soon wear off when people experience the performance difference when compared to an actual desktop computer or laptop, especially after factoring in the price.
I'm just stating the obvious, in that typically, unless you are using encryption, you may not want to use email for the communication of anything you consider sensitive. Therefore, if you're not transmitting anything sensitive, it's unlikely anyone snooping is going to find anything sensitive, without someone other than you having put it there.
That said, I think I've just discovered the ultimate merit in your stance. With these broad powers, it would be trivially easy for someone abusing their powers to frame an individual by fabricating an email message and using it as "supporting evidence".
The desktop computers are also primarily needed for school, and because three of our children need them for schoolwork each day, if one of them is down it causes a problem. When the desktop running Windows 7 (for game support) was compromised by a drive-by trojan, presumably from one of the flash game sights that are rather heavy on the advertising, I spent four days trying to repair it before throwing in the towel (bear in mind I've worked over a decade in the PC repair industry, and my malware removal/repair skills are not insignificant - this was an unrepairable mess).
Each computer in our house (except my wife's Windows 7 laptop) is now running Debian stable. I wouldn't wish this solution on someone else due to the amount of time getting everything set up, but for us it works. I've also found that once I have a LINUX system established, it tends to remain stable (with the exception of when my three year old somehow enabled all of the Accessibility options on one of them simultaneously - that was fun to undo). Each desktop has Minecraft installed. The girls would like Windows games, but the amount of effort involved in getting one running via Wine (or Crossover, or even PlayOnLinux) typically far exceeds the amount of free time I currently have available. Whenever they complain I point out the PS3, the PS2, the Wii, the arcade machines, and that pretty much ends that dialogue. Yes, first world problems.
In my opinion, all modern OS developers seem to have forgotten that the primary purpose of the OS is to provide (easy ?) access to the software the end user needs to run and a stable platform for it to run upon. A desktop environment should not require a 3d capable GPU to be rendered efficiently. The idea that it should is roughly akin to claiming it would be more efficient to drive a five minute commute with a high performance sports car.
This is not progress, it's the illusion of progress.
- Slackware in 1996
- Redhat in 2003
- Ubuntu in 2005
- #! (CrunchBang) in 2012
- and currently Debian in 2012
I dropped Ubuntu earlier this year over a number of things, most recently Canonical's announcement regarding UEFI. Mark's "Erm, we have root" comment only made that decision permanent.
Another possible theory (and I use the term theory because there are presently no unbiased studies that have looked thoroughly into both short term and long term effects of multiple vaccines being administered simultaneously to a human) is that the average child's immune system, which is known to be in its development stage until approximately eight years of age, has been partially compromised by receiving 21 vaccines (or more if they have received their yearly flu shot) by the age of six. Therefore the resulting under developed immune system that has never had to create its own antibodies naturally is potentially more susceptible once the temporary protection afforded by the vaccine in question has worn off. This in combination with a diet consisting primarily of foods containing refined flour, refined sugars, monosodium glutamate, and high fructose corn syrup alongside lack of exercise and exposure to contaminants in the food supply, water supply and air can all contribute to the susceptibility of an individual to a disease or illness.
The assumption that there is one smoking gun that either explains or can prevent these health issues is a common phenomenon on this site, and one that I believe is deeply flawed.
Do you really want to let someone else mandate for you what healthy food is, based on the variety of responses?
Seems to me only a few people would benefit, and most would suffer under this proposal.
In America, it seems like few citizens want to take responsibility for their own health, so I wouldn't be very surprised if this should someday come to pass.
That said, should OpenDNS's advertising ever be compromised and start distributing malware, that would be a pretty big black eye.