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Comment: Re:Why is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 369

by operagost (#49833153) Attached to: Why Is It a Crime For Dennis Hastert To Evade Government Scrutiny?

I recall an article on Obama winning the election back in 2008. That was the last time a pro-Obama article made the front page of slashdot. Since then it has been a regular parade of how evil he - and everyone in his administration - is.

Because he hasn't done anything to warrant the admiration of the "News for Nerds" community.

The USA Patriot Act is (mostly) still in place.

Gitmo still holds people without charges.

Cannabis is still illegal.

Civil forfeiture still exists.

The IRS is (still) going after people the administration doesn't like.

Obama promised the most transparent administration, yet it's probably the most secretive one since FDR's WWII administration.

The world, especially the Middle East, still hates us, yet he has the gall to claim that they love us now because of him.

What positive "News for Nerds" are we supposed to report, again? Obamacare?

Comment: Re:What is your solution? (Score 1) 369

by operagost (#49832867) Attached to: Why Is It a Crime For Dennis Hastert To Evade Government Scrutiny?
It's clear that Capone did violate tax laws. He had undeclared income. Even if what he'd done was legal, he hadn't paid tax on it and the amount of tax in arrears was documented. It isn't the same. It would be similar if, say, the statute of limitations on tax evasion was 10 years and the IRS tried to go after him 11 years later for hiding the money.

Comment: A non-issue (Score 2) 107

Unless PayPal is OK with a class action lawsuit involving millions of customers, they will not be robocalling anyone who opts out. The Do Not Call statutes say that companies with which you have done business in the last 18 months can call you, but they must allow you to opt out of these communications. I think there is a distinction between human and robocalls that might make this even tougher for PayPal to pull off. So this is not worthy of concern.

I'm more concerned about the quality of PayPal's lawyers, that they seem to be totally oblivious to a law that was put in place in 2004.

Comment: Re:Turn over, Benjamin Franklin (Score 1) 67

by jedidiah (#49829379) Attached to: The Bizarre Process Used For Approving Exemptions To the DMCA

Not just philosophy. Try history. He was a radical Quaker and didn't even bother to patent his own inventions when he had the chance. It just didn't sit well with his ideals.

Not all of the founding fathers were plantation owners content with the status quo either before or after the revolution.

Neutrinos are into physicists.