I don't think that autonomous vehicles are "disruptive" in the way you think they are - who would they put out of business? Essentially, drivers or human beings. And the reduction in drivers won't lead to an overall reduction in humans. We like procreation too much for that to happen...
The only businesses contingent upon human drivers are Trucking/Delivery and Taxi services. Now, it is entirely possible that a stink would be raised by cabbies and truckers, but there's an important caveat:
1) Operating an 18 wheeler is vastly different than operating a car.
2) Those vehicles would STILL require a human present anyhow in case of failure. For the cabs, you would need a person to prevent car-jacking and fare skipping.
In the end, I'm reminded of that Simpsons episode where Homer becomes a trucker. He discovers there's an autopilot for the truck, so at one point he relaxes on the hood of the vehicle travelling at 60 miles an hour.
From the federal standpoint, alcohol is taxed at the point of production based upon how much is produced. Since it's supply side taxation, the cost DOES get passed on to the consumer, but it's effect isn't entirely noticeable - like subsidies and taxes for gas.
Currently, the tax on beer is $18 per 31 gallon barrel for each barrel produced annually in a run of 2,000,000 or more.
For less than that, you pay $7 per barrel up to 60,000 barrels and $18 per barrel after that.
Overall, it comes out to something like $0.05 a 12 oz. bottle is federal tax.
I'm unfamiliar with the exact tax schedule for distillation or winemaking, but it's dependent upon alcohol content. Wine runs around $0.21 per bottle and distilled liquors run over $2.
Here's a link with details for the interested:
including (but good god, certainly not limited to) chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metals/alloys, machines, tools, scientific equipment, surgical instruments, lighting, heating, vehicles, firearms, musical instruments, furniture, ropes, tarps, string, textiles, toys, coffee, fresh fruits and vegetables, beer, other alcoholic beverages, tobacco, insurance, conferences and seminars, design and development of computer programs, restaurant services, asbestos and security.
Damn. Now I have to figure out a different number to market my new invention: a surgical grade, titanium, liquor firing gun with an attached micro/telescope (for precision in the operating room AND on the battle field).
Clearly, people might get confused between the Beer Boomstick 2014 and an Alpine skiing event.
There is no WAY they could be this willfully incompetent.
Prenda HAS to be an Andy Kaufman-eque (the proto-Borat) prank on the entire legal system to force them into preemptively shutting down all future copyright trolls.
We seriously need to start filing take down notices against large (c) companies.
Get them kicked off of Youtube every time they post a nwe song or music video by claiming the melodic line or visuals are too similar to your dancing baby video or some other bull.
It's just as legitimate as their tactics,
Anyone up for initiating "death by a thousand takedowns?"
"That's a nice portfolio you got there... Hate to see anything happen to it..."
Will the threats involve finding the lead patent lawyer's head in bed? If so, there might be an upside to all of this...
"If the power of simple speech can galvanize people into action, why can't it also calm the storm, educate the ignorant, and convince the world of the wrongness of bad ideas? How can someone believe that only hate speech has power, but speech pushing back against it is powerless?"
I found this so inspiring in this age of internet accelerated virtriol that immediately printed this out to post next to my monitor.
When the fight against darkness seems hopeless, I now have a source for inspiration.
For starters, density is highly dependent on the temperature of the material and it's phase. For all of you people talking about carbon rich steel, note that an object ORBITING CLOSE TO A STAR is likely to be molten if it is comprised of metal, and therefore significantly LESS DENSE than one made of diamond.
Even of it were orbiting further out, planetary mechanics would suggest that the core is generally molten, which, again, reduces the density significantly. Except diamonds don't melt, and carbonaceous steel does. Graphite wouldn't be stable that close to an active star, either.
Read the damn articles. You're giving Anonymous a bad name.