I don't think building a new society with convicted murderers and other criminals would be such a good idea..
There is a difference between static and dynamic friction! Once your car begins to slide (i.e. dynamic friction), the coefficient of friction is much lower. Thats why ABS immediately releases the break when the tire starts to slide, in order to restore static friction and avoid the lower coefficient.
.. the economic aspect of second life, the social aspect of WOW and the privateer engine... man that'd be THE game for me, having played Privateer over and over.. Privateer II was quite a disappointment..