4) Airport Wifi
This one's personal. I understand that fleecing business travelers for $10 or so during a flight delay is part of the business model, but even crack dealers give away the first few tastes. Can't we get 30 minutes free, and a reasonable hourly rate thereafter? I can't believe that any airport Wifi installation hasn't already paid for itself a hundred times over. I'll continue to hold Manchester Airport up as a shining example -- wide coverage, free service, no splash page. It's just beautiful.
5) Spam and the Windows Protection Racket
This one will never disappear, but it can be marginalized. If thousands and thousands of compromised Windows systems were to be patched, replaced, or burned in effigy, the volume of spam worldwide would be drastically reduced. Couple this to viruses, adware, malware, and so on, and there's very little that your PC can't do -- your taxes, spreadsheets, Web surfing, and spamming the bejeezus out of thousands of people. I think we may be near the top of a Bell curve on that one. Vista is more secure than XP (which isn't saying much) but the sheer numbers of wide-open Windows systems on the Internet will necessarily begin to decline due to hardware failure, if nothing else. If the replacements are tougher to compromise, then the spam levels will abate somewhat, as will other nefarious afflictions of the digital age, and we'll all be a little safer and saner.
Of course, if Windows were suddenly secure, it would directly affect the revenue of hundreds of smaller software vendors hawking Windows protection applications, but I can't feel too bad for Symantec or McAfee -- they'll survive.
6) Oops! I lost your ID. My bad.
Every week or so, we hear about the theft of another million identities from a laptop or network intrusion. Sometimes it's a corporation, sometimes a university, or sometimes the federal government. Sometimes it's your ID, sometimes it's mine. Pretty soon, it'll be nearly everyone that's ever had a credit card, applied for a loan, opened a bank account, or was simply assigned a social security number.