As for the feature itself - Google has an easy PR move here. "The feature was released early without sufficient testing, however we are actively looking at ways to protect user privacy". Instant win.
The fact is - more research always helps - so long as it is not taken as an excuse for inaction when known issues are present. Glad to see work is being done to further understand the problem, and I hope the diverse reasons cited in the comments for this article are taken seriously and addressed before it is too late.
But even if none of the information was new, the situation is ongoing. An ongoing struggle to dampen scientific education within the US is most certainly news for Nerds.
Some of the laws you really hate come from people saying "there ought to be a law", corporations saying "we'll pay you to make it weak", and politicians saying "deal".
"What kind of computer should I get?" I will only be advising Linux mint for those people where Linux is a good fit; that is those people who surf the web, send gmails, watch YouTube, and type the occasional document.
I use linux to write software, play games on steam, lightly edit videos with kdenlive, record voice overs with audacity, and create posters with gimp. Linux doesn't have everything down perfectly, but it is a wonderful system for more than just web browsing and document editing. It's biggest flaw is uneven hardware support, but that is getting better every day.