At least Android warns you about that before you install the app; on the iPhone the only warning you ever get is about location. Given how many of these apps seem to have good ratings, I guess most people just don't care.
I tried one battery monitor app that did not present privacy warnings, and it basically worked, but it sucked the battery flat in less than an hour. Apparently it was written to run continuously, rather than periodically. I guess for now you don't get a good battery monitor without giving up your privacy.
The security warnings would be much better if instead of just being warnings, the user had the option to install the app but deny it access to the things you don't want it to use (the way location works on the iPhone).
If they really do, the first thing I'll want to do is take it apart and change the current limiting, to get it down to 5mW, so that it can be used safely as a laser pointer.
I don't need a 1W blue laser, but I haven't found any 5mW blue lasers for under $200.
Contrary to what the Senators are saying, this bill has NOTHING to do with catching drug kingpins, and everything to do with advancing the surveillance state.
Aside from violating my (unenumerated) right to travel by air, it violates the Privileges and Immunities clause. That they add names to the NFL arbitrarily with no legal process and that there is no provided means of getting my name removed from the NFL violates the Due Process clause.
The government has absolutely NO rights whatsoever. The rights belong to the people. The people have granted the government limited powers to impose restrictions on the people's rights. The government routinely exceeds the limitations of those powers, and one of the functions of the courts is to provide a means for the people to attempt to rein in such abuses.
The Supreme Court isn't always willing to let them get away with everything on the basis of the interstate commerce clause. U.S. v Lopez 514 U.S. 549 (1995) is an example of the court recognizing that a broad interpretation of the interstate commerce clause would effectively remove all limitations on government power.
Much though it pains me (as a former Ubicom employee) to say it, I would recommend avoiding the earlier DIR-825 rev A which uses a Ubicom processor. Although Ubicom now offers some kind of Linux SDK, as far as I know there is currently no third-party firmware that will run on the DIR-825 rev A. The hardware revision is on the label of the package, and also the rev A and rev B look somewhat different, so if you buy a DIR-825 at retail you can easily ensure that you get the rev B. I suspect that most of the major online retailers probably have exhausted their inventory of rev A by now.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The government can only deny us this right if they have a power to do so, granted to the government by the people, by means of the Constitution. I am not presently able to find the section of the Constitution that gives the government the power to deny the people the right to travel by any particular means.
Note that the right to air travel does not compel any other party to help me to exercise this right. I can't demand that United give me a ticket; the right simply guarantees that I can negotiate a contract with United to pay them to transport me, or to purchase (or build) and fly my own plane. If the government wants to deny me that right, they have to have a specific power to do so. The government does not have the power to arbitrarily deny rights just because it suits their purposes to do so. That is a key difference between the US government and most governments of the past (and even many of the present).
Sure, at first.
Just like how your census form won't be used inappropriately, except maybe to round up japanese-americans and put them in internment camps.
I am here by the will of the people and I won't leave until I get my raincoat back. - a slogan of the anarchists in Richard Kadrey's "Metrophage"