On a similar note, regular correspondent B. B. chimes in on the SOPA/PIPA controversy ("Say nopa to SOPA! Now what?"):
As onerous as these laws sound, they will probably turn out to be largely toothless, like DMCA. Sure, the full weight of the government will land on a few technically inept patsies (like that woman accused of sharing 26 songs on Kazaa), but anti-infringement laws will always remain several steps behind of those who would circumvent them.
Cybercrime is flourishing, and much of it is designed for larger stakes than pirated movies and MP3s. Does our government have enough resources to investigate personal collections of unlawfully downloaded media while master criminals are stealing credit cards, wire transfer numbers and penetrating the most sensitive of our military and law enforcement systems? I think not.
More recently, in "Tinker tailor coder spy? Anonymous strikes again," I asked readers to name what company or institution should be the next target for Anonymous and his/her/its hacking comrades. Perhaps inspired by my headline, reader K. M. suggests the Oscars, especially after they move to online voting next year:
Anonymous would be doing a great public service in revealing the inherent insecurity of Internet voting by such a hack (and it may not even violate federal election fraud laws, which are aimed at elections for government offices).
And it might just be the only way Tom Cruise will ever win an Oscar.
Finally, the kudos keep rolling in for Windows Phone 7. U.K. reader B. W. writes from across the pond about his new WinPho:
Day 1: Feelings of regret choosing Win7 over Android
Day 2: Starting to realise how bloody fast this phone is for a 1GHz single processor.
Day 3: Recommend this phone to anyone, rooter or nonrooter. It's fast enough to be left alone, all the needed apps are there and are of exceptional quality, unlike 75 percent of Android and Apple's stupid crappy apps.
If this trend continues, the market share for Windows Phone could soar to as much as 3.8 percent.
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