david p. reed (of reed's law) wrote a great article about what he calls middleboxes. pieces of hardware and software that are being inserted into communications pathways that end up crippling those pathways. i think it isn't a stretch to contend that laws like the sssca are intended to create middleboxes inside the boxes on the edge, and make it illegal to tamper with them. they are similarly disastrous for innovation.

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