Now the little people, cryptographers, libertarians and online geeks, have actually managed to build up a decentralized payment infrastructure without government or corporate help. That's a damn impressive achievement,
Is it really? I mean most of this type of stuff is invented by the little people. Edison, Bell.. even Gates and Jobs were all little people when they started out. I'd be more impressed if something like happened with government involvement
In the niche I was in, everyone pretended it was about patriotism and national service. But if you looked at what actually drove the decisions, it was mostly about money, spiced up a little bit with vicarious violence.
I've worked in a few government agencies, some of them requiring security clearance, and my experience has been that for 99% of people I met it was about money, job security or pension plan. My family is knee deep military including service in most major conflicts and after WW2 it was never about service, just a way to make a living that was the best option on the table at the time. In fact I'd go so far as to say I've never met one person that join the public service for patriotism (outside of grandfathers signing up to kill Hitler). WW2 gets a special mention because it was the last war the west fought that actually risked our way of life. That was the last great cause, since then it has just been politics, money and corruption.
2. Risk of being caught.
3. Length of sentence when you do get caught.
None of these apply to drone 'interference'. Kids will be knocking these things out of the sky with rocks, the whole idea is unfeasible.