This notion that Macs are more secure can last only for so long, particularly if Apple gains more market share. It works for now, but the confidence of security will only go down with any associated increase. If anything, the Mac is the easier target--the best OS X has built-in, at this point, is a firewall. Windows has at least the appearance of malware defense. Also, Windows has a firewall plus it warns you if you don't have any kind of virus protection. And I know of few who own a Mac who run AV of any kind.
So, if an appreciable increase does come such that the hacker community out there sees more value in targeting that platform, there is going to be a rather large rude awakening for the Mac user base up front.
That being said, Apple is awesome at marketing; doesn't matter how well-represented the truth is, they just make things look good.
They gained rep with the iPhone, and it grew from there. That's why we're not carrying Newtons these days...Apple didn't have the rep back in those days. Mac OS, in the 90s, was far from awesome in terms of stability. People had prejudices against their platforms because of that, I'm sure. Perhaps that's also part of why Palm took off as it did. It's also part of why so many flocked to the Windows platform, and why Windows (at least in the PC realm) has such a huge share today.
I could see a gigantic consequence of this being that people go online for the quick answer and people start losing the ability to conceptualize exactly what that answer means--they'll be so wrapped up in finding the right and narrow answer that their point of view in the subject matter will be greatly narrowed. I think we've seen it manifest itself already in the past couple of decades.
A great concept, this notion of mass cheating on an overwhelming level (or so it seems) when you're talking about passing a test or turning in a paper. But, in the long term, I could see this concept as being a tool to humanity's intellectual demise.
Not that there's any way you can stop it, I suppose. It's like a train that you see coming in the distance, and you're entranced by it like a deer in headlights and it seems there's nothing you can do to move out of the way.
I don't think for an instant that cheating kids get excited about learning new things. I think they're just trying to do what they can to get the A, and little do they know they're potentially trading out a little bit of cognitive enrichment pertaining to the subject on which they're so desperate for that answer to get that A.
Not to say I didn't have my own bouts with cheating back in the day (I'm only human). In retrospect, however, now I can see the bigger picture a bit better. And I can also see how it likely robbed me of some of the essence of the subject...and, if you're getting a degree in higher education, aren't you there because of a certain passion for the subject? In that case, shouldn't essence be everything? A physics professor of mine once said it best: it's not all about the answer, it's all about the journey.
I'm an advocate of the notion that you learn more when you fail than when you succeed; stumbling through to come to a wrong answer can be more beneficial than breezing through to get the right one.
Yes, because privacy really is a right outlined in the Constitution of the United States...oh, wait...*flips through the Bill of Rights* Nope! Implications are largely subjective, so don't even start down that road