Like C or not the syntax has been the standard for most languages, and its the syntax taught to a generation of programmers. Language designers take note, deviating from the syntax does not increase clarity nor does it save time so don't unless using a different paradigm.
Having the poster child abandon the language and need to re-write its entire system was a pretty strong statement to the rest of the users. In reality though I think a lot of ruby users just moved onto node.
In Canada we don't have the same adversarial relationship between legislators and regulators. I imagine if the courts were to side with Netflix the government would eventually enact legislation enabling regulation of some sort.
While I would say this sounds like a waste of military resources, is it really an illegal search?
Isn't making files available on a p2p network akin to classifieds or placing a sign on your lawn and a cop car drive through the neighbourhood?