This is all pretty much exactly why freedesktop.org (formerly XDG) was formed.
As to when it will all filter down to distros to split out unnecessary package dependencies, I have no idea. I'm not familiar with a whole lot of packaging systems, but AFAIK there is no package installer which can mirror the compile-time --enable-feature and --disable-feature behaviour of configure scripts such that you only draw in packages dependencies based on the optional features you select, and don't end up installing pulseaudio because you wanted a lightweight notepad-like text editor (for a made-up example).
There is no fee for applying for Energy Star certification, nor for using the label.
I have no such optoelectronics experience, but I am as skeptical and cynical as the next guy and curious about where the "pay-for-play" aspect comes in.
Basic simple interface: List of feeds on the left, headlines on the right. That's all I want.
Out of curiosity, what exactly needs updating if it already meets all your requirements?
I've seen that name before.
The state of California has about 12% of the country's population. Not quite the same thing as a "vast majority".
Only real assholes use them instead of cuffs.
That's funny, I only ever see the police using them.