I'd want programmers that are driven to write quality software based upon factual reasons, not emotional ones.
In fact, the last thing I would want in a software engineering department is someone who is overly emotional.
What Facebook wants to do is send a text message with a special code to your phone. Letting the app read your text messages allows the app to read the code automatically so you don't have to copy and paste from the messages app.
But what else is the app reading in my text messages?
facebook even collects the posts you start typing but decide not to send.
...Historically, BSD licensing has created some big problems, with companies taking software, adding major features, and then providing it as part of their own Unix without feeding the changes back into the central tree...
And that violates the BSD license, how?
Why do we humans define intelligence such that humans are the most intelligent creatures on this planet?
Is that really a valid definition of intelligence, or just human self-importance and vanity?
It'll be fine. It's really just going to be re-badged Windows 7.
If that is the case, then Windows 9.x may actually have a chance.
Unfortunately, I doubt if Microsoft will be able to backtrack like that and call it progress.
It really is just that simple.
As I said, it all boils down to what is in the Terms of Service.
... But when the services are provided free of charge, does the user have a realistic expectation of privacy or security,...
The user should have a realistic expectation that the service will abide by the Terms of service. This holds true whether or not the service is free or costs one's first-born child.
So the discussion here should really center around how this alleged behavior violates facebook's terms of service.
Reuters reported on Saturday that the NSA had secretly paid RSA Data Security $10 million to make a certain flawed algorithm the default in RSA’s BSAFE crypto toolkit, which many companies relied on. RSA issued a vehement but artfully worded quasi-denial. Let’s look at the story, and RSA’s denial....
Real Users are afraid they'll break the machine -- but they're never afraid to break your face.