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Comment: Re:Knew it was too good to be true. (Score 1) 59 59

... considering that every Chief Justice since the act of Congress that created it in 1978 has been a conservative (Republican), that may tell you something about the mindset of the FISC. It's certainly not a place to find diverse opinions.

So in your mental map of the universe you wouldn't find a justice appointed by a Republican president voting for something like ... say .. "gay marriage" or Obamacare? Perhaps even casting the deciding vote? There may be a gap between your thinking and current events / history. really should come as no surprise that the Court continues to rubberstamp the same stuff they approved before.

If the court found it legal before what would have changed? Nothing. Easy decision for them.

You should probably look into the question of the court forcing the Justice Department to alter applications for warrants. That is far more common than outright rejection. Applications for those warrants are inches thick. Do you think they like to redo them? Do you think they'll just slap some nonsense together just to see if they can slip by? If you think that you probably don't have any insight into the legal system, or the professionalism of judges and lawyers as officers of the court. Why would those jobs be highly competitive and credentialed if you can just slap some nonsense crap together and get by?

Comment: Re:The founding documents present a path... (Score 1, Troll) 59 59

So are you thinking constitutional amendment, constitutional convention, a vigorous letter writing / lobbying campaign, or ... cough *armed insurrection* cough?

Is the straw that broke the camel's back for you Citizens United, Obamacare, gay marriage, NSA collecting phone records, or warm beer?

Comment: Re:FISA court (Score 1, Troll) 59 59

Who are these judges appointed to the FISA court? Is a prerequisite a hatred for America, or is this something they develop once on the bench?

They are ordinary judges that serve on a rotating basis on that court. They are selected by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

The judges who preside over America's secret court

Hatred for America? How do you think that plays out between findings for gay marriage versus findings that allow continued surveillance against terrorism?

Comment: Re:Goodbye free speech (Score 1) 187 187

going on yelp to say that you got ripped off is NOT basis for a libel suit

Yes. It is. And unless you can prove it's true it's also the basis for a libel suit that you will lose.

Saying you were "ripped off" is pretty much saying you were robbed, and therefore tantamount to criminal libel (if you have such a thing). It's certainly a serious accusation.

Comment: Re:What an opportunity! (Score 1) 355 355

Earlier adopters profit from the rise in value as Bitcoin becomes better understood and in turn demanded by the public at large.

So it's a pyramid scheme.

All adopters benefit from the usefulness of a reliable and widely-accepted decentralized peer-to-peer currency.

Right, so they benefit but not in a way that actually makes them any money, they're basically unpaid marketers who draw in more mug punters.

It's a pyramid scheme.

Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of bitcoin, has never spent a bitcoin

He may be a selfless humanitarian, who cares? I'm sure other early adopters have made money off this scam.

Comment: Re:bit coin doesn't solve the strategic issue. (Score 1) 355 355

The greek financial crisis was brought on by a neoliberal government ....

Please do explain how a party that calls itself "Pan Hellenic Socialist Movement" which was in power in Greece for 9 of the past 14 legislative periods can possibly be labelled "neoliberal". Socialist parties can be called many things. Most definitely not neoliberal.

You can call your party whatever you want, it's what you actually do that matters. The government went along with the neoliberal austerity measures imposed by external creditors, which is why they lost to the anti-austerity left wing givernment at the last elections.

Comment: Re:It's obvious how Uber does it (Score 1) 223 223

Taxi companies can and do sidestep or ignore those regulations.

And by doing so, break the law, leading themselves open to fines and other punishments.

Despite the supposed criminal background checks, some cab drivers do rape, assault, and rob their customers

Despite background checks, some teachers and scout masters do rape children. Does that mean we should just not bother and let anyone off the street be in charge of children?

You will have many recoverable tape errors.