Furthermore, how would you not riot over your government doing something like that to you?
That is a good question, and I think it really depends on how much you already have. If what you have is mostly worthless and you are on subsistence living, then such a devaluation makes no real impact. I suspect a large number of North Koreans might be in that situation. The only effect rioting will have might be getting you executed.
Now you will have an excuse to replace all that crappy old networking equipment "because it does not work with the new secure internet".
I still support 7-bit ASCII, you insensitive clod!
It's just Microsoft that want to control the web in place of Adobe. Nothing will be gained for the user with this. That codec is managed by a patent pool.
SP3 is supposed to upgrade to 7 or 8 (though I think if you're already at 7 it leaves it alone).
SP3 DOES NOT upgrade IE.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.