The Taiwanese virus writer responsible for the dreaded Chernobyl virus has been released because nobody has stepped forward to file charges against him in his home country. Most of the complaints are from overseas. In the meantime, the writer of the Melissa virus faces a sentence of up to 40 years for his dreadful crime. It’s good to see that our system has such a fine sense of proportionality that the writer of an annoying but generally harmless computer virus could face more jail time than most of the rapists, child molesters, and car thieves that you find in the bowels of the criminal justice system.