In 4 you mistake the UN for a world government. A world government requires a military to enforce its laws. I think turning the UN into a world government has merit, but given how that would undermine the major world powers I don't expect that plan to be implemented.
From a business point of view it's cheaper to chase down bot nets than to secure windows. Clearly someone (at Microsoft) has made a business case for offloading the work of chasing down bot nets to someone else, and everyone agreed that would improve the cost-benefit analysis (for Microsoft).
What we need is a government organization dedicated to keeping our networks safe. I'm thinking the exact opposite of the NSA, where instead of weakening our security and pushing to get back doors installed in everything they actually worked to protect us and promote national security.
With the density of air on Mars you'll need rather large helicopter blades to get sufficient lift.
The H1B program is causing the skills shortage. They hire imports because it's cheaper. They won't hire and train local talent because the job is now filled. Locals won't train for that job because it's filled. The import will eventually go home leaving a hole, and the cycle repeats. So long as you have H1B visas the skills shortage will NEVER go away.
Terrorists could gut a tablet and put in c4. You wouldn't know from an xray, but the device wouldn't work. Also if the government had installed readers to download your phone data it wouldn't work without power.
The Canadian government has a loophole, the notwithstanding clause, to allow them to violate your constitutional rights. Sortof like passing the DM treachery notes during a game, and viewed the same way by the general public.
Persecuting the guilty is not mutually exclusive from securing our comms to block the next group. Securing our communications also blocks the corporations from spying on us, something that mere laws and public resentment won't stop.
It is in our best interest for Russia to spy on the USA. That way they know that the US isn't planning to invade them, they know the US isn't bluffing on their threats, and they know what will happen if they invade the Ukraine. Wars happen because those in charge don't know what is happening (not spying).
If No-IP was actively helping the malware guys then giving them notice would mean all the bot-nets would have been re-hosted instead of getting cut off from their control servers like they are now. Microsoft is getting a name for actively hunting down bot-net networks and shutting them down. It actually makes a (small) dent in all the harm they caused by not securing Windows in the first place. They could make a huge dent in that harm by swapping Free-BSD for the OS that lurks under Windows, but I'm not hopeful.
Ronald Reagan had liberal political beliefs, and was far to the left of current Republican politics. Calling him a Liberal (meaning centre of the road politically) is therefore correct.
More probably Russia. The first rule of superpowers- spy on everyone, all the time. Presumably they had to do this themselves because the NSA doesn't bother spying on them (and Russia would certainly have backdoored the NSA's computers and data collection streams).
In England "Jedi" is a government recognized religion. It's just a matter of having the numbers, and filling out the paperwork.
Plugging in constitutes consent. I wonder how hard it would be to add my own circuit, so it reprograms your phone or downloads all your pics?
Numbers depend upon the OS you use. It is well known that Linux (or BSD) takes 1/10th the number of administrators to run. How about switching to a lower maintenance OS, and paying off Microsoft for backdooring Windows in some other way?