Pirates apparently are still out there, hoisting the black flag and boarding ships and boats such as expensive yachts. Evidently, pirates account for $16 billion in losses and insurance claims annually. That’s a lot of treasure. So what is being done about it? Boat builders are going Batman, rigging craft with defensive and offensive accoutrements like electric fences, unmanned drone aircraft and machine guns. One builder’s view, according to the story: "sometimes it’s necessary to kill your attackers and worry about the legalities later." Hey, what happens on the high seas, stays on the high seas. I’m sensing a Dirty Harry or Death Wish sequel here.