That's not true.
A few Admins, perhaps.
Linus remains the sole gatekeeper for what goes or doesn't go in the kernel
You're free to release your kernel with whatever patches you want to approve or reject just as much as Linus can.
In fact - just about every major distro works that way - applying not necessarily the exact same set of patches that Linus does.
Of course many people trust Linus, so most distros follow him pretty closely.
But that's because people trust him - not that he's some magical "Gatekeeper".
I have to admit that I didn't test MSIE, due to a fundamental lack of Windows on my home network.
SSL Labs has a website will test HSTS on various IE versions for you: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltes...
Flash doesn't load at all unless I explicitly click it -- but for handfulls of websites where I want it to play, I can set noscript to whitelist those.
Tabs don't pre-load until I click on them.
That sounds like a uniquely bad idea.
The single most important reason I use tabs is to pre-load pages while I'm reading a different page.
but it's actually RUN by the board of directors who are elected by the share holders....
Not really --- note that most Google shareholders hold stock with far fewer voting rights than the class "B" shares that Brin and Page hold. People holding the lesser "A" and "C" shares in Google don't really run anything,
MBA's took over too fast at Yahoo after the founders took their money and ran...
Even a bit worse than that --- after they watched AOL buy Time Warner they wanted to emulate that they hired some Warner Brothers guy as their CEO who didn't know much about the internet. And they never invest in the technologies they have. Consider all the times they aquired the leading company in a space --- only to *not* invest in it and kill it:
And such irony that they *now* descide to focus on Search --- after having bought what was once the best search engine on the internet (AltaVista), yet have since then been paying competitors to do search for them.
LOL at how C++ gets new smart pointers every couple years.
It's like they're trolling their own users with their:
How the heck can people take an "object oriented" language seriously when it takes literally 30 years (1983 to 2014) for them to come up with a non broken way of making a reference to an object....
something leaner and meaner, focused militantly on privacy and even going so far as to deliberately not support portions of HTML5 (e.g. DRM).
Pretty close to what Chromium is.
It stripped AAC, Flash, and other patent-encumbered parts.
Also -- why the focus on a tiny subset (just Metadata) of a dying communiation system (phone).
It'd be far more interesting if they'd do something about far more invasive (not just metadata, but content too) that's being captured from (presumably) all internet traffic (skype, email, etc).