I keep hearing about this so called race to the bottom (most often espoused by self proclaimed communists) yet my computer equipment today is a lot better than that which I owned 10 years ago (around the time I first started hearing about this race to the bottom.)
You're clearly not a laptop user. I fondly remember the days of 16x10 screens, caps lock and num lock LEDs, standard and stable keyboard layouts, inaudible CPU fans, etc.
And I haven't figured out the magic incantation to associate one of the "bookmark" buttons with a radio station.
I keep hearing that iDrive has gotten better. I can't imagine how bad it must have been before.
Imagine an ISP/television provider that uses their IP network to deliver both services. It sure sounds like this would prohibit them from prioritizing the IPTV traffic.
So much for watching that World Cup match; your neighbor has p0rn to torrent!
If I write down in my notebook 'Cowboy Neal has inappropriate sexual relations with his water bottle', and never tell anyone what I have written, and never publish it, than what exactly am I guilty of?
One thing is certain. This is the antithesis of democracy.
It may be illiberal; it may be unconstitutional; but it is very, very democratic.
A large majority of human beings have always been (and presumably always will be) perfectly happy to trade something as abstract as "privacy" or "liberty" for the comforting illusion of protection from the bogeyman de jour.
I wonder what the public reaction would be if some pro-democracy dissident who is operating covertly in their own hostile country is murdered and the country gives a press release saying that they couldn't have found their criminal if it wasn't for the help of the NSA compromising internet security...
It depends. Is American Idol on that night?
The GUIs don't have this problem so much as the menus are categorized and they usually have a "what this does" kind of field with them.
Don't worry. The GNOME folks are working hard on that problem.