I think Ms. Frye is blowing this out of proportion [not as bad as Steve Jobs thinks the "Antennagate" is but...].
There are multiple ways of creating bootable media. As danweinstein" mentioned 2 USB related products let alone a few others that have cropped up that make USB creating quite easy.
These blogs are more for the IT Pro person, so the average person wouldn't even bother with this stuff anyways.
I think the consensus from most who used the varios Microsoft deployment tools [WAIK, MDT, etc.] is that they are a hodge-podge of utilities [sort of like using Word to write a book but use another software package to create the index].
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