You generalize too much. I use it daily for work, so it depends on what you're doing. People have different computing needs.
I agree 100%.
There is Cyanogen mod...
Proprietary closed source software will always contain a backdoor and will have countless security vulnerabilities. That's obvious to anyone who studies how proprietary software companies have dealt with security problems in the past. If you to trust Crypto AG and the likes, go ahead, but don't be surprised if it turns out later that you've spent tons of cash on snake oil.
Hey, my upgrade strategy is almost the same, to keep Windows 7 for games and audio recording and otherwise stay with GNU/Linux.
It should be noted that no updates will go out to regular users until they have been vetted through several rings of testing, including over a million people in the Insider Program.
I am using Windows 7 (for gaming) since it was released and can testify that several updates caused severe troubles that could not have been fixed by ordinary users. You need to check each update for problems before installing it.
There is no reason to expect that Windows 10 will fare better in that respect, and I would never recommend a system with automatic updates to anyone.
Well, the German BND was directly funded by Nazis under US oversight and the German Verfassungsschutz (counterintelligence agency) was pretty much directly involved in the recent right-wing radical NSU serial killings, so it's hardly surprising that they don't give a fuck about privacy (or democracy, for what it's worth).
Wouldn't it be possible to have both in the same appliance?
How would you run secret programs on a computer shared with NOAA and NSF? The NSA don't need it, they have their own supercomputers. Even their budget it secret.
Only crap keyboards have a power button.
Well, the point is that you cannot see or know whether they film you or not. That alone should be reason enough to ban them.
You miss an important point that the original poster understands: Laws are made by lawmakers who need to be elected.
Say that again after you have been filmed by a drone in your living room. It happened to me, and there is ordinary no line of sight into my room. The experience is very unpleasant and intrusive, because you don't know how long you've been filmed, who has been filming you and why.
The problem with drones is that until the police arrives they are often gone already, and it's generally hard to identify their owners. It's better to shoot them down.
Of course he has the right to privacy in his own backyard. How on earth could anybody question that?
And yes, I personally also think that shooting down the drone was also justified. There should be jammers that bring down these things and it should be legal to possess and use them in the appropriate circumstances such as a drone hovering over your backyard.