And you don't mention that Tim Berners-Lee first got the idea for the web while a contractor at CERN and then implemented it a few years later when he went back to CERN as a fellow. CERN, of course, being not just THE GOVERNMENT, but an entiity of supposedly those socialist, anti-free market EU governments. Oh dear!
Apart from the 'supposed' potential for signal interference from mobile phones etc., why did the FAA ASSUME an electronic device was in use during takeoff? The YouTube posting does not indicate what device was used to capture the video. It could very well have been a digital camera. Most recent models include video capture capability. And, it is my understanding, a digital camera is not considered an 'electronic device' for FAA purposes as it neither sends nor receives electronic signals (other than lightwave reception, of course).
Mike - "The research shows this is often the case." What research? The Wired article references only ONE survey of only 105 people in ONE country for ONE product type (portable audio players) in only ONE year (2003). That's hardly "The research shows...". Nor do you cite any additional sources. Leapfrogging may, in fact, be real, but taking one tiny bit of isolated data and jumpting to broad conclusions is something I expect of the RIAA, not Techdirt.