I flubbed the script and while there was no data loss, i, by myself on the night shift broke about 25k email accounts. I had a long night fixing it.
I still remember the frantic calls from the help desk as I was in panic mode trying to find out how bad it was.
Yes the US has fallen, as do all societies. Someday we will rebel, and the Upper and Middle classes will trade places on the backs of the lower classes. Some small forward steps will be made, and the decline will begin again.
Or we will all die of of our own hubris and shortsightedness.
While I do not keep count, and my shop's numbers are too small to be statistically significant, Toshiba drives make up a smaller portion of market share, but a larger portion of the failed drives I see, so my anecdotal experience leads me to distrust Toshiba drives, although I to like certain models of toshiba laptops, as the price/performance ratio is just right for many of my customers.
This system would allow everyday people to sell used ebooks at whatever the market would bear. The downside is in a system like this, reading habits are traceable by all. However, if you wanted to buy "IEDs for terrorist Dummies" you probably wouldn't want to use this system.
cnet.com and download.com
Can the USA do better, of course we can, and should. However, sticking your head in the mud and screaming no nukes is shortsighted at best and idiotic at worst.