Here's (volokh.com) an analysis of the new law. It pretty much concludes that it isn't nearly as stupid as it sounds. Basically, it'll just prevent harassment over the internet so trolls are still able to run wild and free. On some other message board at least.
He's got that hand-waving deal. He can become INVISIBLE! This means MONEY, Dawg! - AWARulz on Cena.
It sounds like a hardware problem. I have a drive that showed the exact same symptoms. I cracked the case and have confirmed that there are some solder joints that are shot where the USB connector meets the PCB.