Good Grief, Google
As a professional software developer, any time I forcibly remove choices and control from my users, I do them a disservice. Yes, some users need heavy-handed automation and guidance. Those can certainly be defaults, but a user who desires to take matters into their own hands, once sufficiently warned, has every right to expect me not only to "allow" such activity, but also not to force my will upon the user by purposefully removing their choice.
As a consumer, no developer or manufacturer can or should tell us what we will or will not do with anything we purchase from them, specifically the hardware we buy which is our personal property after the sale is complete and solely our own to do with whatever we please. Period. The mere concept of a manufacturer thinking that they could possibly dictate or control capriciously what someone does or does not do with their hardware is ludicrous, insulting, and above all - futile and pointless.
I have no desire to materially harm any manufacturer or developer in any way (though I fantasize about choking the crap out of many of them). This is why I am so very much a fan of the Android AOSP, and the excellent work that has been done by teams like CyanogenMod and individuals like ChainFire and Koushik Dutta. Some manufacturers like HTC seem to have at least some notion that it is not antithetical to profitability to work with their customers and fellow developers who want to explore the hardware (HTC directly provides SDKs, APIs, and tools for rooting their devices), instead of against us (Samsung S4, anyone?). I applaud those manufacturers who have caught on, and I invite others to do the same. C'mon! Jump in. We're not sharks. We don't bite (too hard), and the water is fine!