Or you could try supporting the concept of non-carrier devices by purchasing Nexus devices at "full price".
Good luck doing that in the United States if you happen to live where T-Mobile has poor coverage. CDMA2000 carriers in the United States don't use CSIM.
I've never had a backup issue because there are apps for that
Some existing "apps for that" require root to backup or restore because they try to back up private data that belongs to another application.
and everything is in the cloud anyway
If you have more than a couple GB of data to back up, cloud backup becomes an expensive recurring fee compared to backing up to local physical media.
it just falls into the category of one of those things it seems like geeks spill way too much jizz over.
Like when people say "turn in your geek card" when someone fails to get an inside joke related to an uncited quotation from some science fiction movie like Blade Runner or WarGames.
The first thing I noticed when upgrading to 4.3 was that my ad-blocker that works by altering the hosts file no longer works.
So Google is blocking one sort of APK, namely use of the hosts file as a crude DNS blacklist. Does this means we're soon going to lose another sort of APK, namely loading applications from unknown sources? Or am I clanging again?
also force unlocked sims on all android phones.
How would that work on a CDMA2000 network, which doesn't use a SIM in the first place?
So the only people who will need it will be the carriers and NSA.
Wi-Fi carriers such as cable and DSL ISPs typically don't provide a subsidized tablet. Nor do cellular carriers outside North America and maybe Japan. So what do "carriers" necessarily have to do with rooting, especially with rooting a Wi-Fi-only device?
If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.