I'm from Lebanon, and don't know anything about the US. I read the system message we all read, did some research and found out that it's nothing but a good thing. That made my day!
I wondered how SOPA would affect this site, and then I read this.
Why doesn't Stack Exchange host the sites outside of the USA? Every big company in my country hosts its sites, including big sites like those owned by telecommunication companies, offshore instead of having servers here.
I and my friend, for example, created a site where we serve pirated music. I don't care about copyright laws. My site is hosted offshore, so I'm untouchable.
What do I mean by "offshore"? Somewhere like Russia or Ukraine. You know how it is in those countries... they don't care about the law.
99.9% of Stack Overflow users are professionals, so if the USA doesn't allow its citizens to use SO, they can use a proxy.
No one can stop hacking. The Chinese are hacking billions of dolalrs from banks and the USA is not able to do anything. I heard that from an official in the Secret Service responsible for Internet security on National Geographic TV. Hacking is the reason why people in Lebanon study computer science. It is the reason why I became interested in programming. No one can stop it. When will your government understand that?
Who can kill all the bugs in this world?