The fact is that with a super computer on your desktop, and the programing languages, compilers, and education - something that hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans have now - "Big Content" (Warner, Sony, Disney...) can not block content from you and still keep the blocking simple enough to work on any old consumer gadget. So, in order to block you from "illegally" seeing a cartoon, "THE SYSTEM" is willing to dumb down society. Yea - I'm starting to understand this "Occupy xxx" movement. Mickey Mouse is willing to keep me from studying math, or astronomy, or population statistics - ON MY OWN, in MY way - so that he can protect his billion Dollar year end bonus. EVIL.
They don't want to enforce laws, bust people that steal intellectual property. No, if you want to use a Taliban analogy: Cut the hands off everyone and we won't have thieves.
Unfortunately, "I" can't really make my own computer - "I" soldered an Altair, but without Intel's chip - nothing. So if "Big Content" makes a deal with "Big Chip" - the party is over. Most folks will be happy getting on FaceBook using their i-pad, even think they are "computing" - but they are NOT.
Keep your books on your Kindle, where Amazon has ALREADY taken books back (once, I think). Why take up all that room for a bookshelf?
Keep your data on their cloud. Where THEIR computers can study your journal, book collection, date book, letters. Their "cloud" will be used to generate content. Yes. You don't think the "FBI" wouldn't want to study all that personal data?
NOW I CAN use a real computer to totally encrypt what I put on their cloud.
Try THAT on an "i-dummy" that has been filled with epoxy to, ah, make it more reliable.