And the courts weren't happy about it. The wording of the letter has to be extremely precise and boils down to:
We think you've been downloading porn, but we can't prove it. We'd like you to pay us some protection money, but legally we can't force you to without you agreeing to show us what's on your hard drive.
So, there's no onus on you to pay up whatsoever. Remember that IP addresses are still not considered solid evidence in most countries. To the extent that if your laptop gets stolen and you have an IP address and a GPS fix on the crook's address, the police often refuse to go round and batter the door down because it's they need more proof.
If you choose to believe Bin Laden - certainly his opinion holds just as much weight as people who think they know why he did it - you can get answers.
A Reddit user had a good rundown of Bin Laden's own talks: http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/wcpls/this_i_my_friends_son_being_searched_by_the_tsa/c5cabqo?context=2
Note these are reasons for 9/11 rather than why he turned specifically, but it is certainly the occasion in the public's mind.
In conclusion, I tell you in truth, that your security is not in the hands of Kerry, nor Bush, nor al-Qaida. No. Your security is in your own hands. - Osama Bin Laden
The problem (is it a problem?) currently is that the different providers have different strengths. Microsoft has very good non-satellite maps, I think they're prettier than Google and they have the massive bonus of being partners with Ordnance Survey in the UK. Anyone who lives in Britain will know that OS is the mapping service for outdoor people. Bing has also had aerial (45deg) view for a long time, way before Google woke up.
Open Street Map is highly variable, but the best maps (for instance, Berlin) offer a level of detail that is frankly astounding - down to benches and lamp posts. Crowd sourcing has both advantages and disadvantages, though I haven't seen any vandalism yet. The ability to export maps is also great for developers/data miners. Simply being able to download reasonable maps of the entire planet for free (minus 20GB) is fantastic.
And of course Google Maps is venerable, has a uniformly good interface, decent satellite imagery and great navigation. And the killer feature - integration with search results and directory enquiry information.
Horses for courses really. I wish that we could have Google's search capacity with Bing's graphics and OSM's level of detail, but that'll take time.
But neither do I want happy-go-lucky platform jumpers. I want a game with a solid story and quality production, something sorely lacking in App stores. That doesn't mean realism, that means a heavy dose of empathy, great voice acting and considerate level design.
I'm thinking games like The Longest Journey, Golden Sun or the early Zelda games where I genuinely felt for the characters. The Golden Age of Gaming really did exist. The only thing that's come close recently for me is Bastion.
"Never ascribe to malice that which is caused by greed and ignorance." -- Cal Keegan