You'll notice that not using that hardware and voting with the wallets is precisely something that the text suggests.
Making the non-Free firmware built-in, trivial to run, is precisely what prevents people from becoming aware of the problem, so as to take this sort of action.
Now, don't you think it's a bit too self-centered that, because you don't see how valuable the help s that you could get from a community to improve the software you can't improve because you don't know how to program, and don't care enough to learn (which is fine), you and everyone else must be deprived of this freedom?
I don't know about you, but I have been victimized by bugs in software+hardware combinations that could have been fixed with small software changes, but that the vendor refused to make and refuse to let me make. Stuff ranging from video resolution tables in Video BIOS, enabling/disabling backlights of LCD panels, bugs in implementations of WiFi encryption in routers, bugs in ACPI tables that required such essential features as USB keyboards and disks to be disabled, bugs in interrupt routing tables that broke wired network interfaces, caused random reboots and freezes, and the list goes on and on. A few of them could be worked around, others made the machines so useless that I demanded them to be fixed (still under warranty) and, since the manufacturer refused, I ended up having to return them after much struggling with the vendor.
Now, if you think anyone is doing me a favor for letting me use the hardware I paid for the way I see fit, refusing to fix obvious defects and refusing to let me fix them, maybe you'd also see as a favor say a watch that couldn't have its time adjusted by you, and that had to be taken to a repair shop to be adjusted, and after a year or two repair shops would no longer fix it because the manufacturer won't let them any more, so that you buy newer models.
I don't want to live in a world in which this stuff would be ok, but it's the very kind of stuff that we'll get by progressively giving up control over our devices to those who can and will profit as much as they can from this control.
Open your eyes, Janne, the devices you're sold as black boxes could be *so* much more useful to you if you could just improve one tiny bit here and there, rework one or another detail, add a feature or two, with help from people who won't have an interest in not helping so as to induce you to buy their next improved model.
Would you buy a house whose inside you can't paint with the colors you see fit? That you can't move some walls and doors so as to better fit your needs, that you can't as much as hang pictures off those walls, because someone else prohibits you from doing that? You might rent it and accept the conditions, but if you bought a house under such restrictions, would you really think of it as yours?
I guess the reason you can't see the benefits of freedom is because of the blinds you let them put on you. You can see a number of the benefits when it comes to the main operating system on your computer, why would the operating systems on gadgets and peripherals be any different? Take them blinds out, open your eyes, and Free your mind!