Its actually been about a year, as I drive a bit more conservatively now, but probably around 18 times in my entire life (early 20s, tech worker money single guy expenses, high performance sports cars).
My point is, you should never have to worry that you might be killed during a traffic stop.
My idea was that the next major conflict will be of "If I produce dumb drones faster than the other side can shoot them down I win" type. Quantity has a quality of its own. And with 3d printing turning a carrier into UAV factory is not impossible. Make them semi-autonomous and it will be formidable.
Perhaps, but weaponized lasers are an affordable deterrent to just that. The navy was the first to field them. They were worried that Iran would simply swarm their big battleships in a carrier strike group with dozens upon dozens of small speedboats + suicide bombers, or remotely piloted. Some lasers that are taught to focus on burning out the engine make short work of that.
The anti-small swarm lasers are already in active duty on a few newer Naval warships. In the 10 years time you mention for a possible ww3, not only will airborne lasers be viable, they'll be commonplace. So again, no I don't think that's really going to be a big issue.
Also, if your idea did happen, it would be awful hard to defend a floating UAV 3d printing factory in the ocean. The US is slowly losing air superiority over the rest of the world, but there isn't a navy that would come close to even matching the might of the blue water US navy in 10 years, not by a long shot. Even China struggles with that.
My only question for Moot has always been this:
How did he host the site on a pc in his room for years without getting into trouble with the law with all the dubious content being uploaded to the server?
The article answers this question by saying that Moot has always fully cooperated with the law as far as possible, far beyond other social media sites. Just because users were anonymous never meant there was privacy.