I just wanted to know some peoples feelings towards this.
Here are my thoughts....feel free to argue.
1) 20 months is a long time....in a federal prison...i dont know about US prisons....but i know even the smaller prisons in australia are bad: rape, theft of food, bashing, and murder are common placed, and are hid from the media so often.
2) All he did is write some computer code.....back to the old argument that a murderer can get a couple of months or even just a good behavior bond. this guy will not be protected when he is in prison.
3) Yeah he created 80 million worth of damages....but unline someone posted in a reply on the mainpage....it WASNT damage to hardware......it was the cost of data transfer, and the cost of developing a solution to it, and a lot of that money went to people like you and me....people who are hired to solve problems, or employed to maintain a network. His software didnt cause 70% of IBM drives to fail...ibm did that themselves (sorry couldnt resist)
4) The guy has a skill....why punnish him....sure he did something wrong, but why not offer him a job working WITH the feds or whoever the US have to protect against electronic terrorism.
Thats about all, i just feel that he was punnished too severly.....he deserved to be punnished, but prison is not the answer for him....rapists, murders and warez dealers: yes......nerds: no. Why not just fine him $50,000 or $100,000 or $300,000 and threaten him with prison next time.....