So, our congress just passed a port law that regulates Internet gambling. Robert Cringely wrote a terrific article on the subject and every member of the house and senate should have to read it.
Our legislative process (and our legislators) are so far removed from the ramifications of the Internet and global communications that it is dangerous. Here's the best bit from the article:
Any random group of 535 nerds is smarter than the 535 members of the U.S. Congress and able to circumvent ANY regulation if there is enough profit incentive to do so.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not gambler, and in fact I think gambling is quite bad for individuals and society as a whole. I just think you have to understand something before you can even think about MAKING LAWS about it.