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Comment: Re:What if he forgot it? (Score 1) 352

by sjames (#47449979) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

No, my concern is that you seem not to understand that in the UK, not handing over the password is a crime and so requires the higher standard of proof. Part of that is that you have to prove the defendant even possesses the key (you can't hand over what you don't have).

A secondary concern is how often courts in the U.S. and seemingly in the U.K. have employed sophistry in an attempt to lower the standards for a conviction in general. In some cases by claiming something that looks exactly like a criminal conviction in every way is somehow something else.

BTW, criminal law is SUPPOSED to be unbalanced in favor of the defendant. The consequences of jailing the innocent are worse than the sonsequences of not jailing the guilty.

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He'd only read a little more of the report when he laid the tablet down and grabbed the fone and called his secretary. "Book a flight to Mars as soon as you can get me there," he said.
He composed a letter to his daughter. "Dear Destiny," it said, "I wish you'd stay in touch. I'm in the middle of reading your fiancee's report and I see you're getting married. Please wait until I get there, I want to give my dau

Comment: Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (Score 0) 581

by sjames (#47449381) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Of course it's not ubiquitous yet.. But god damn, your questions are meant to criticize Bitcoin - but they are awfully dimwitted. First, maybe 10 years ago it was seen as limiting market exposure if users needed to own a smartphone. But, there isn't a company left that worries about being out of the huge capital markets of 'users without smartphones' except maybe Walmart.

Interesting persuasion tactic there. I'm convinced now that Bitcoin advocates are oversensitive clods who fart out their mouths. You could do the whole concept a favor by stitching your fingers together and your mouth shut.

You also sound awfully callous about actually kicking poor people completely out of society.

Comment: Re:Cash Needs To Go Away (Score 2) 581

by sjames (#47446639) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

So why replace it with banks that launder money for terrorists and drug cartels and dodge taxes? Normal human beings do need to not pay what are effectively taxes to corporations. If they knew how much the credit cards were taking on the merchant side (that shows up in their prices), they might clamor to pay cash more often.

Comment: Re:Privacy (Score 1) 581

by sjames (#47446539) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Not really. If we devalue the dollar, the equation shifts and local manufacturing begins to make more sense than offshore. American made goods also start to look more attractive on foreign markets, again to the benefit of American workers.

When domestic goods go up in price it is not because of a devalued dollar since all of their expenses are also in devalued dollars.

Comment: The shoes are us (Score 1) 10

by PopeRatzo (#47446285) Attached to: 1k words

Even knowing that, Republicans will vote for Republicans and Democrats for Democrats and Libertarians for people who are not libertarian. Even knowing they're just putting the yin and yang into those crushing boots, they will continue to believe if they could only defeat other leg, once and for all, their lives would be glorious.

The one thing a Libertarian cartoonist won't tell you though, is if you follow those boots up to the legs, and the legs up to the pockets and the pockets up to the head, you will find the corporate wizard pulling the levers, whispering, " markets...climate change...Sarah Palin...Michael Moore...liebruls...wingnuts..." into the megaphone. He's a wizened little man, looks a lot like Sheldon Adleson, in fact, whose own legs have withered. He's the subject of the Picture of Dorian Gray. Call it, "The Picture of John Galt". Corrupt, suppurating and certain of his position among The Elect. Plump and parasitic.

It's so easy to blame team red or team blue, but only because The Commissioner likes to keep our attention focused on the heels and away from the head.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton