And it takes a great amount of non space bar mashing skill to press a button and completely SHUT DOWN your opponent so you can DPS space bar mash him?
Come on...we're splitting hairs here.
Same sh ite different pile.
If your Viral Matrix tactics only go as far as, "VM the guy that we're tunnel visioning" then yea I guess the skill level is the same. However, there are ways in which Viral Matrix can be used that require more thought process than simply treating it like an extra Rapid Fire button.
Viral Matrix can be used to prevent a support ship from healing its teammates, or to break up the incoming alpha strike damage on your team (though that usage is COMPLETELY NULLIFIED ALREADY if the Klingon team listens to me and Science Teams their own ships coming out of cloak).
If you focus fire a target on my team that isn't me, and you Viral Matrix it while going for the kill, you've just wasted your skill (excepting the times that my abilities are on cooldown while yours aren't). I am likely to Science Team your focus fire target whether or not any of your ships Viral Matrix it; the ability is just that useful. You're much better off using VM to ensure that he/she doesn't get heals.
I get VM'ed.
Paq'ull: Paq'ull is VM'ed.
Teammate: I got it.
I continue on my merry way.
I don't use it myself because it's so easily countered. Tacticals have a free out, and coordinated teams aren't affected by it. I'd rather hit them with a SNB and scramble. Much more effective and applicable.