Personally, I welcome some of the new protections. IMO It's not about losing control, it's about preventing smart and competent sysadmins from costly accidents.
For example, there are cases where I can see no good reason to be able to delete a specific directory (e.g. /, /bin, etc.). In fact, having done that by accident at some point, I would have preferred safer defaults.
That's why I decided to write safe-rm (http://www.safe-rm.org.nz) to blacklist certain directories and files. It's aliased to rm on my machine but I can always use "/bin/rm" if I really wanted to delete my /usr/lib.