Computers and Paranoia/Fear?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I read alot of threads on this site and also on slashdot and alot of time I see people talking about companies being evil, skynet and things like that. Sometimes I wonder if this is people being paranoid, and if so what is the reason for this? Is it just that there are alot of paranoid people in the world? Is that sitting behind a computer for too long makes you have a paranoid view of the world? Is it that if your naturally paranoid then you are going to sit behind the computer alot to get away from dealing with people in the real world? Or are people right to be worrying about company X bec (Hardware)