Very uaseful for law enforcement to kill the smartphones of anyone they consider problematic, like leaders of streets protests or occupy movements.
In this particular case, I can't engage in my usual "boycott the advertisers" rule, because I already ordered one of these on the kickstarter.
So what you're saying if that you have principles, but they take a back seat when they go against your interests.
You have a strange definition of freedom.
A laptop with free hardware and free software let me do whatever with it, including signing up for pseudo-voluntary profiling in exchange for a meager chunk of ad ridden web service.
GNU licensed stuff poses additional restriction but those are aimed at the respect of others' freedom, in the same way that "do what you wish" makes a less free society than "do what you wish as long as it lets other do what they wish", no matter the smaller number of restrictions imposed.
In fact if the led should tell you when the camera is powered on, manufacturers would opt for electrical solutions instead of getting a dedicated circuit, and relative hardware control. All of which is more expensive so makes no sense in a mass produced item.
When I bought the acer aspire 5200 almost 10 years ago, I saw that early linux cam drivers did not turn the led on. WOW I thought, recalling the very good capability of the mic to get distant sounds, perfect spying device.
Why do you think I was wishing the best for him?
OP was asking how he could be clever enough to use TOR, but then apparently not clever enough to ask for a lawyer instead of confessing. This has nothing to do with what is right, it is simply about acting rationally (not implying the bomb-threat was rational in the first place).
Your response was that since he was guilty, confessing was the right thing to do. That may be true, but is besides the point. OP was not discussing whether confessing would be morally right, but whether it made sense for someone who clearly puts his own interests before those of others.
A Finnish friend of mine told me when kids there reach the age of 2, during summer holidays, they take them to the countryside and get them to play naked in dirt and mud on purpose, to build up their immune system.