Privacy advocate and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak considers NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to be a "total hero" and laments a missed opportunity to build more privacy protections into modern operating systems, according to a recent interview.
Interesting views of ‘Woz’–however, painfully ingenuous in that the United Arab Emirates maintains its wealth and shining urbanity through using slave labor from third world countries. Not an aspiration we in the U.S. should have–I think he could have just stated the obvious: The U.S. could be a social democracy, without 20% child poverty and all our other ills, if we had the money we have poured into a failed military uber-stance in the world.
The “Woz” certainly had his day in the sun, but it’s long past sunset for tech that isn’t compromised by back doors and the nefarious psychopaths that actually run things. If you really want to be safe and happy, get off the net and the grid, live simply, barter for what you need with what you produce with your own hands.
Here I am writing this on my Mac Pro with a deadline tomorrow. What was I thinking?
Mr Wozniak, please be aware that operating systems today do not come only from companies that subjugate the users. The GNU/Linux operating system, which I started in 1984, is available in versions produced by community groups that consist purely of free (freedom-respecting) software.