No, you pay bitcoin then they'd put the drugs in a box and wrote your name and address on it and handed it to the government -- the postal service! Or maybe FedEx or something I guess...
They'll probably just think you're another 13 year old kid about to get himself killed doing something incredibly stupid....
The younger crowd just wants it for Silk Road.
The older crowd already has reliable local dealers
even if you have a second vehicle following with an any-combustible-fuel generator, it takes too long to refuel.
More torque (probably pretty important with all that armor), more reliable, possibly even more fuel efficient...more expensive too, but I doubt they care too much for "The Beast".
To back up the parent post, let's say in a single day a sudden coup brings down the government of a development country the president is currently visiting. In i's place is an extremist government that's extremely hostile to the US made up of a lot of recently former terrorists who would love nothing more than hold the US president hostage (or worse). The president is nowhere near Air Force One, and The Beast has to drive 800 miles across hostile territory to reach a SEAL extraction team in a friendly country. The route has to go through very rural areas where Secret Service agents have to do things like hold up gas stations, spending only five minutes pumping before moving on. And where gas stations are sparse, forget even about electric fast-charging stations, the agents have to sneak up to parked cars and steal gas quickly with specialized pump-driven siphons, relying on the fact that gasoline can easily transferred from one car to another quickly. Far faster than any kind of scheme with jumper cables. In this nightmare scenario, you want something ridiculously ubiquitous and instantly replenishable.
Has anything like that ever actually happened?
Should be a piece of cake. My mother was using Linux for a while on one of those little Dell netbooks they used to sell, and she didn't even know. Just gotta set up Firefox and Thunderbird and you should be good to go. Maybe Libreoffice too.
The old Dell netbooks had a somewhat interesting interface, which was quite easy to use (particularly for such a small screen) -- but if you're not buying a new machine I'd suggest Mandriva or OpenSUSE. Definitely want KDE -- once you start up, just set it to use the classic launcher, and she should feel right at home!
Let me remind you that the Silk Road mantainer was tracked by an inpected postal package, not through tor.
...as far as we know...
Do you know how hard it is to actually go to jail for more than 48 hours?
I know a couple people who spent 72 hours in jail for standing in front of the fence in front of the White House. They were arrested for blocking the sidewalk.
Society needs revenge for certain crimes, for the sake of all our mental health. When we see evil people going unpunished, or even rewarded, it depresses us.
You know what? Fuck you for claiming to know what the victims families need better than they do themselves.
It's pretty rare that "self-harm" only harms the person doing it, especially with addictive substances. They may be the only one suffering the physical effects, but there's emotional, financial, social, etc, etc effects that radiate out to their family, friends, co-workers and more. It's not as obvious as second-hand smoke from cigarettes, but the detrimental effects are still there.
That's far too vague to be of any use in determining *law* though. By that metric you could also argue in favor of banning freakin' dialysis or other life support methods, as there are certainly plenty of cases where those cause greater emotional, financial, and social damage to others by prolonging the inevitable, at an astronomical cost...
Sure, it sucks, but these effects are the kind that other people take on *voluntarily*. They're free to walk away from the addict at any time. In a sense you can consider many of the side-effects to be forms of self-harm as well. Compare this to a *real* crime like homicide...generally nobody *chooses* to be murdered, or willingly buys a gun for a murderer....
Well, I agree with you there, but the discussion was about application to the criminal justice system. So these kinds of treatments would be much like existing psychological therapy techniques -- unless your children *kill someone* or something along those lines, nobody should force them to become "normal". Though I'd say they certainly shouldn't be prevented from doing so voluntarily either if they someday wanted to.
Money is what keeps me showing up at work five days a week. Now I'd like to think I'm doing something useful there, granted I'm not curing cancer or anything like that but still. Throw me in a "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need" communist hellhole I'll do my best to be useless and needy. Or better yet, one of the people in power who decide if other people are useful or have needs. Give me the Star Trek utopia and I'll be the bloody useless guy who spends all his time on the holodeck. Which is why I think all the basic income people are on crack, because there's frankly jobs you wouldn't do if you could live well without doing them.
Personally, I've always found that work is the thing that *prevents* me from doing things I consider useful. Gimme three or more free days in a row, and suddenly I start writing code and building things and getting stuff done. Stick me in a cubicle for eight hours, I try to do as little as possible for those eight hours, then go home and stare at the TV until it's time to sleep. The more "free time" I have, the busier I become.
Of course, that's a different kind of work. At work I'm writing scripts for performance testing software. At home I'm building a web-based home theater system with a control console that pops up out of my coffee table. Although I do also volunteer for some community groups, and that goes WAY up when I don't have to work a 40 hour week -- from hours per month or year to hours per day. In the past, when I didn't *have* to work, I'd spend *more* than 40 hours a week volunteering for various groups.
As for the drugs and holodeck:
So, in this case, if they are unable to control their actions, then either we need to reprogram them or terminate them, correct? Why feel bad killing off a bad program?
But it's not a bad program, that's the point. It's merely been given bad input. "Terminating the program" in this case would be like deleting Photoshop because it can't improve any of your photos -- when you've been leaving the lens cap on the whole time.
Punishment is easy to administer and audit - it pairs well with the concept of "Justice." Rehabilitation is a squishy concept, hard to measure, easy to accuse of uneven administration, favoritism, corruption.
Exactly. But if we can quantitatively measure the cause -- imbalance of gut bacteria or neural pathways or chemicals or whatever it happens to be -- then we can also determine if it has been resolved. We're a LONG way from having that capability, but perhaps someday....
I've been waiting for tech like this, to combine with Google Glass as well -- but to do the exact reverse of what that quote suggests.
Instead of using Glass to scan reality into a digital model, *use it to project a digital model into reality*. This will allow MUCH better augmented reality than we currently have. Perhaps to the point where you can change the color of your bed sheets with the press of a button. If you could achieve that, there's a whole lot of manual labor that suddenly becomes pure information. Information that is infinitely reproducible. That could damn near take us post-scarcity...and what exactly do you need? This, plus something like a mix of Google Glass and the Oculus Rift. No radical new tech, just incremental improvements on products that are already available. How many (or how *few*) years do you think that will take...?
Am I missing something huge here? I don't expect it today or even this decade...but I'm 23 right now, so barring an untimely death or global catastrophe, it seems all but certain that I will live to see this happen. Which is by far the most exciting and outright crazy thought I've ever had...