He didn't intend to make a bombthreat, hell, he didn't even make one. The fact that all hell breaks loose over something silly as this shows that the terrorists have won. Western society lives in fear, whether you like it or not.
Note: I live in the Netherlands, where it's still not illegal to copy/download movies or music, yet I still pay the extra tax on blank media.
SMS is unreliable? Where?
Unreliable as in you get no guarantees if and when a message will actually be delivered. Try to find a carrier anywhere that offers you a contract with an SLA on SMS delivery. Granted, you won't often run into problems with SMS, but if you are bound by an SLA with a customer, you'd better have your underpinning contracts (yay for ITIL terminology) at the same level as that SLA.
In The Netherlands we also (used to? I emigrated quite some time ago) have such a copyright tax on many media
We still have that copyright tax on cassette tape, cd-rom and dvd-r, but not on mp3 players, flash cards or hardrives. BUMA/STEMRA is pushing for it, but for now the politicians have put the plans on hold. At least until BUMA/STEMRA can show what they are actually doing with the money they get from this scheme, as it becomes more and more clear that it's all just sitting in a savings account without the artists seeing a penny of it.
The FTD software used to have what they called an 'NZB Button'. On the page with the information about the content you were looking for (filenames, size, description, etc.), there'd be a button which if clicked on directed you to an external usenet search engine, with the correct search terms already filled in. After talks between FTD and BREIN, FTD decided to remove this button, and to not allow their users to post direct links to nzb files, or nzb search engines. FTD did this to prevent BREIN from coming after them, they are not linking to any content whatsoever anymore. There's just users telling you what filenames to look for in which newsgroups.
So, here's FTD talking to BREIN, agreeing on taking these actions, taking away any shred of doubt that what they're doing is completely legal under Dutch law, when Tim Kuik comes along and happily continues to call them criminals.
In all fairness, there are third party plugins to the FTD software that re-enable this NZB button, but those are beyond FTD's control.
I ended up paying the MS tax, just because I wanted a netbook.
Who cares if it takes 50 years to fly to Alpha Centauri if we can engineer ourselves to live for a thousand!
Either that, or we can just figure out how to get really close to the speed of light, and reap the benefits of time dilation to make the journey only last hours from the traveller's point of view.