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yes, to many (including me) the solution to many problems involves government action or regulation. you conveniently ignore that people taking that stance are generally (implicitly or explicitly) talking about legislating in favor of the interests of the general population, not of private interests (the only ones this law is trying to protect).
"By default, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3 and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2 do not have a listening service configured in the client firewall and are therefore not affected by this vulnerability"
Don't let PR spin on things fool you either.
2) Yes, neither MS of Apple are likely to support Theora out of the kindness of their hearts, but they don't control the web like they do the desktop/office. They might be forced to change their tune if sites the size of Wikipedia start making extended use of it.
2) You can configure the task manager to show task from current or all desktops (right click on it and select "Task Manager Settings"). I'm not sure about the Compiz issue but it works fine with KWin.
3/4) The default shorcuts for those actions are Alt-Shift-Tab and Meta-Shift-Tab. You can also change them in System Setting -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Global Keyboard Shorcuts -> KWin
5) Right click on the desktop and choose "Desktop Settings". Change the Desktop Activity type to "Desktop" and you'll have your old style desktop back. BTW, the settings bar will stop popping out on hover if you lock the widgets. Click the little icon on the top right corner and select "Lock Widgets".
KDE4 might still be missing a few things from KDE3 but you're greatly exaggerating things. Most things are not only present, but are where normal users would expect them. Maybe you're not really trying?
On an unrelated topic, I have an NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT and up until KDE4.2.1 had experienced pretty appalling performance but, with the latest upgrade this week, thing have improved noticeably. I'm not sure if this is due to the KDE update (4.2.1 to 4.2.2), the NVIDIA driver update (180.41 to 180.44) or something else entirely but, finally, the last KDE4 issue really annoying me has vanished as well, so it looks like there's only happy times ahead.