But it also includes gadgets like a plug-in to inject into MySQL connections, allowing the NSA to quietly mess with the contents of a third-party's database. (This also surprisingly suggests that unencrypted MySQL on the internet is common enough to attract NSA attention.)
When the author wrote that part of the story, he or she seemed to be unaware of what he or she had just written:
allowing bogus certificates and similar routines to break SSL
By breaking SSL, the NSA has access to SQL queries whether or not they're encrypted.
Why is this a problem? You've outlined some interesting results here, but what makes you think there's an issue here?
Because the United States is not supposed to have a redistributionist government, but the figures seem to suggest that's exactly what it is.
Because actual kids are being filned/photographed performing such acts? Since minors can't legally give consent for sex, they are the victims in this crime.
I think you misread the parent's post. It said "I dare someone to prove the harm in possessing/viewing cold porn" [emphasis added]. By "this crime" you seem to mean the sex or the kids being forced into sex to be photographed. I agree that should definitely be a crime and the perpetrators should be punished. By your logic though, possessing photographs of someone being murdered should be a crime, since the victim clearly lost their life.
I think you're being too picky in the interest of talking down to people.
Actually, I think the people that are "talking down to people" are those that give incorrect explanations of things because they think they're simpler. Pointing out the problem with the molasses analogy is not fussing about a picky little detail, it is pointing out the analogy is wrong on a very fundamental level. It paints a picture of the pre-Michelson-Morley days of a stationary ether that permeates all space and defines a preferred frame of reference. As Einstein said, you should make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.
I'm in Wisconsin. We don't all have 4x4 drive, tire chains are ILLEGAL,
Tire chains are illegal in Wisconsin?!?!?!!! Wouldn't that be like outlawing air conditioners in Texas or umbrellas in Seattle? What is the rationale for that?
Note, the Finnish police asked for clarification and if Wikipedia answers it will not accept payments from Finnish citizens then there is no problem. If they want to receive payments from them, they will have to follow the Finnish laws. Period.
How is Wikipedia supposed to determine where the payments came from? If people donate using PayPal, is their home address always given? Is there anything to stop Finnish people from opening US PayPal accounts?