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September 26, 2009

Could and should new technologies help achieve perfect deterrence?

This amusing article, which is headlined "Fantasy iPhone applications: 20 apps we would like to see," provides a technology suggestion that might help criminal deterrence work even better:

Below we present 20 iPhone apps that we would like to see.  Some will remain the stuff of fantasy without bolt-on hardware, but others should not be too difficult for developers to create....

6) Jail time

Provides instant sentencing guidelines for the most common offences, so would-be criminals can make informed choices. 

I like this idea so much, I am inclined to support its development beyond just an iPhone application.  What if a program like this was pre-loaded on to every computer and could provide a pop-up window every time a computer user seemed to be doing something hinky?  I  would certainly like to believe that many folks would stop using their computers for sex crimes if they were effectively informed about how harsh the guideline sentencing ranges have become for these crimes in the federal system.

September 26, 2009 at 09:36 AM | Permalink

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How about pop ups labeling lawyer utterances, incomprehensible gibberish, supernatural anti-scientific garbage, promoting pure evil, and to try again?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 26, 2009 10:15:23 AM

you tell em! don't let them try to push you around bring them to my bar and i will kick lawyer ass

Posted by: SC Groupie | Sep 26, 2009 8:58:34 PM

I oppose extra-judicial violence against anyone. I do support the arrests, trials and executions of the entire lawyer hierarchy, about 15,000 horrible people. Every few years, Italy gets enough of the Mafia. They arrest the lot. It is time like that here, for the lawyer. I already understand that will generate 15,000 trials, however brief. I did say, I am the lawyer's best friend.

No one here is at risk, unless they belong to the ALI. That represents an obvious arrest lawyer list of 4000 people responsible for the failure of the law, as well as an unlawful, treasonous supra-governmental organization. These arrogant, self-dealing, dumbass cult criminals tell legislatures what laws to write. Enough.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 27, 2009 9:30:57 AM

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