Exactly. It may make for a good movie plot, but the fact of the matter is, nuclear devices, both of the "reactor" and "warhead" variety, are deliberately engineered to make a mushroom cloud showing up by accident virtually impossible.
Well, apparently someone's doing something right; plot those numbers on a graph and you'll see a steadily decreasing line. Assuming those figures are 100% accurate, automobile deaths plunged almost 25% in the 12 years from 2001 to 2013. That's huge!
Not a list of government duties? What does "that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men" if not exactly that? Sorry, but if you're going to make claims that directly contradict the plain meaning of the text as-written, the onus is upon you to support your interpretation.
This is outlining the philosophical justification for the existence of an ideal government, and putting Life ahead of Liberty is actually very important. If we truly valued Liberty (the right to choose to do as we wish) more highly than protecting Life, there would be no valid reason for a government to outlaw any number of harmful things, up to and including murder.
That's not to say that protecting American lives wasn't high on the founding fathers' list of things to do. It certainly was. It appears just below protecting their freedom, however.
Actually, in a very literal sense it appears just ahead of protecting their freedom:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men
Rabkin has actually issued a statement on the incident -- somewhat of a rarity in litigious situations like these -- in which he argues the hole Davis found isn't a big deal because it would take tools and skill to exploit it.
This guy doesn't understand the exploitation of electronic vulnerabilities. It's a common enough misunderstanding; not getting it is the primary reason why DRM continues to be used today.
Here's the part he doesn't get: Yes, it takes a lot of tools and skill to figure out how to exploit it. But once one person with the tools and skill does all that hard work and publishes his results, it then becomes trivial for people with a much lesser degree of tools and skill to reproduce that work and do the same thing. Cracked once is cracked everywhere, forever.
As a lifelong proud geek, I'd have to file this one under "with great power comes great responsibility."
What our hypothetical student did brought no harm to anyone, but what these people have done takes the legal system and perverts it, potentially bringing life-destroying harm upon their victims. Judge Pregerson understands this; he's as outraged about how "They used our court system for illegal purposes -- to extort money" as all of us have been for the last few years now.
So yes, I certainly believe in making the punishment fit the crime. You fraudulently ruin people's lives: let your life be ruined in return!