Uh, barring an intentional volative act (rooting, flashing) . . . isn't that essentially how an Android system is? And since this involves a conscious, intentional act . . . even some old Apples (II'e?) could be destroyed by "poke 646,1" if I recall correctly (told the power supply that it was supplying low voltage, the P/S would ramp up and burn itself out wihtin a few jiffies).
Admiral Motti: Well, that would look terrible. I mean, we gotta think about resale.
Stewie (Darth Vader): Resale? What are you talking about? This property is right above Sunset. The value is only going to go up.
Admiral Motti: Lord Vader, your inside references to the Los Angeles real estate market haven't given you the clairvoyance to turn a profit on that condo in Glendale. Nor has it...
Stewie (Darth Vader): [Vader begins to choke him] I find your lack of faith disturbing. That property is in a prime location! Twenty minutes to the beach, twenty minutes to downtown!
Admiral Motti: [choking] There's nothing to do downtown!
Mayor Adam West (Grand Moff Tarkin): Enough of this! Vader, release him!
Stewie (Darth Vader): As you wish.
Stewie (Darth Vader): All right, so were' going to plug up that hole?
Imperial Officer: Yeah, we can get it done tomorrow if price is no object
. Stewie (Darth Vader): Ehhhh...
Imperial Officer: We'll get estimates.
Stewie (Darth Vader): Get estimates, yeah, yeah.
Really - I'm pretty sure my boss in the Midwest thought that was how I did it. Why would I change success?
(too lazy to google it)
Winamp will no longer be available at www.winamp.com. Mildly annoying, but old software NEVER disappears from the internet. I can still get copies of many dead programs such as VersaCheck 1.0, DVD X-Copy, even M$ Flight Simulator. Licensing can prevent use of these old versions, but if you happen to have a valid license some basic google-fu should get you the installer (or installer ISO) you need.
Winamp will still run on the tens of thousands of systems that it's installed on. Users can continue to enjoy their digital music collection while thinking pleasantly about whipping a llama's ass. The icon will remain on the desktop. The Start Menu item will not disappear. MP3's will not magically be set to use a different default application to open.
In the end, I don't think this is going to cause any great deal of discomfort for the internet community. Hell, might not even get noticed right off (if not for
Cash is regulated too - try to deposit $1000.00 or more in one shot at your local bank, you'll see what I mean.
As a matter of fact, sum it up that way: the more official power or authority an individual has to use, the greater the need to prioritize monitoring that individual over that individual's personal right to privacy. I.e., a cop has a certain authority to alter people's lives, he gets watched. POTUS has an incredible amount of authority to alter the lives of all Americans, he gets watched 24x7. Yeah - the more cream you get to drink from the authority cup, the more vinegar you have to sip from the surveillance cup. That way, nobody watches street people defecate behind the bushes - but we sure ought to be watching the Bush's when they defecate on the US Constitution.
Screw that - I suppose this illustrates why such an economy is inherently subject to exactly the sort of abuses we have governments in place to prevent. Up with Electronic Banking! Death to Bitcoin!
I'm going to get flamed here; too bad. If Bitcoin can't regulate itself sufficiently to prevent abuses, than Bitcoin has to go.