*braces self for goatse picture*
I hope the malware writers (or the US gov't) have agreed their license fees with the respective record companies, otherwise they'll find themselves in a world of pain!
And we do have an idea of what's actually going on. Here's a detailed example of the recent Facebook IPO problems: http://www.nanex.net/aqck/3099.html.
Privacy and security are almost never a zero sum game. In this case, reducing privacy isn't going to help find more 'criminal/terrorist activity'; It will just cause them to use Freenet, TOR, steganography, for comunication etc. instead and result in making it even harder to track real criminal activity.
Secondly, common people are really really bad at making these risk-reward trade-offs (for instance, many people have a fear of flying, but a more rational reaction would be to have a fear of travelling to get a flight as you're more likely to get killed in a car/bus on the way to your flight, than actually flying; you may tell your children to 'never talk to strangers', but in fact that would put them in a far worse position if they ever got lost -- the huge majority of people are not evil! etc.) - we'd be better off delegating to a panel of economists and statisticians to determine the outcome.
More to the point, the phones would have to be Ethernet compatible. This pretty much means VoIP and the large infrastructure that comes with it.
The biggest concern is probably land line availability in an emergency.
This plugin has been really useful to fix this problem: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/is-it-compatible/
Sounds like a job for dpkg
The challenge vs skill image at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihaly_Csikszentmihalyi sums this up I think - Anxiety happens because you're not in control (either you've not organised your thoughts/tasks as well as you need, or you haven't yet enough skill to be able to counteract it).
Exercise will help, but it won't get rid of the underlying reason for your anxiety. Find out what it is then determine how you can fix it.
The business will go on if you're not around for a day/week/month. Know this and stop holding everything on your own shoulders. Stop thinking about work out of work (turn your phone off when you're not in work (and not 'on call')) and enjoy life more.
Congratulations, you have just invented VBA and macros.
A non-technical manager of a technical department will never be able to make the type of informed decision that a previously technical manager would be able to.
That's why companies like Google and Amazon are performing and scaling so well - because their IT management structure were geeks too.
It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to implement this into the driver, considering no windows code can interface with it.
Wouldn't it have made more sense to just implement this at the Wine layer?