you guys gotta admit, it weren't long before sp1 was cracked, the same should apply again. If microsoft throw the gauntlet down to hackers they will eagerly take the challenge up and crack it even quicker than sp1.
I think that you (and some of the people you refer to) might be in for a surprise.
In any event, it's not the hackers who will be affected, it's the unfortunate people who may unknowingly have bought a cheap computer with a pirate copy of Windows XP installed. The first time they'll know something's wrong is when they try to install SP2 and it fails.
and no doubt we'll find out soon enough - watch the Helproom when SP2 launches, it will be a good barometer of how well the MS development team and the beta testers have done between them.
Just out of interest, I've been part of the beta program for this Service Pack since the beginning, and although I must have taken part in dozens of Microsoft beta forums I can't recall the piracy question cropping up once. Perhaps it did, but I missed it.