Your example assumes you called a certain known endpoint (a person, or an automated telephone answering system) and interacted directly with it.
BitTorrent downloads from, and uploads to, unknown endpoints that happen to have or want the file, respectively.
On the one hand, you authorise your BitTorrent client to communicate with these hosts on your behalf, and your goal is the same (to get and give the file); this may constitute a form of interaction.
On the other hand, you have no control over which hosts your BitTorrent client contacts. These people may be people you know or strangers; people in the same or another jurisdiction. The link may be difficult to establish.
Clearly all the Slashdot commenters are busy patching their bosses' JBoss servers against this vulnerability.
I 29 is closed between Council Bluffs and I-680. I-29 south of 80 is open until you reach Nebraska City and are detoured east/west because of another levee breach west of Hamburg. I-29 north of I-680 is open. I-80 east and west is open. There are numerous state and local highways in and out of the metro area.
The section of I-29 that is closed is only causing a minor detour if you're heading north or coming into Omaha from the north.
Though, given what people seem to think is happening here, I may need some kind of radiation proof raft instead...
I'm also from the area. The spin on these stories that the sky is falling are both funny and annoying.
Even if there was some kind of catastrophic failure at FCS that required immediate response, the surrounding infrastructure is still more than able to deal with it. Omaha is still standing and chugging along just fine. The rest of the country isn't exactly paralyzed by a Japan style disaster.
People need to be more concerned about the levees around Omaha and Council Bluffs and the areas already effected by significant breaches. A few feet of water at the station is nothing compared to what is happening elsewhere in the area.