You keep using these words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.
I understand that you're in denial, but it will pass eventually.
Your burger is the MySQL protocol. Your toppings are the implementation: MySQL, MariaDB, Percona Server, or any other. You want fries with that? Percona offers support contracts for any MySQL variant.
Why? Did the WRT350N cease to exist?
If someone choose to make a product and have DRM to protect it, when it is out there for consumers, they have a choice to buy it or leave it.
If all the software tools a person uses to make a living suddenly have DRM, they cannot "choose to leave it". That is their life. A person can't just pack up and do something entirely different.
Except for the stupid legal matter of those people not being held responsible when their company exercises those morals.
There's a fallacy hiding in there. Can you find it? Hint: It starts with "you can always".
Looks more Hyunadiy to me...
I've heard the phrase "wall of text", but this is like Great Wall of China of Text to the Power of Ten...
Damnit. If they've fixed 42, that means they've found the question, and now the universe is just going to turn into a new confusing and illogical mess.
If you had ever bothered to look for alternatives to I'm-A-Zombie and Mr. Burns, you'd have heard about them quite a long time ago.
Hardly. They know what hash/salt/whatever they're using, and it's trivial to throw the list of common stupid passwords through it and pull a list of all users with matching hashes.
Where is the location of this webkit at which it will identify itself?
The other way to look at it is that the over-engineering is now applied to making sure everything fails at an unreasonably early age.