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Comment: Lower denominations = harder concelment (Score 1) 314

The UK did something similar back in about 2010. I think this was after something like 50%+ of the high value euro notes were tracked back to being issued through a single inconspicuous (i.e. not commonly used by the public) back street exchange bureau, which was in turn linked to criminal activity.

Just think, you can stash maybe 10,000 euros in a single cigarette box using 500's. If you remove that note and fall back to say the 100euro note then you now need 5x the space or can only conceal a fifth of the value in the same space. The concealment & movement of money now needs to be scaled up to move the same quantity of money, which in turn raises the risk of someone being discovered. Getting stopped in the street you could hide a few 500's in a wallet which would easily be missed. In lower denominations you're now talking about wads of notes that are more noticeable.

Comment: What about overseas servers of US companies? (Score 1) 335

by SillyBrit (#48090453) Attached to: US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants
Or are they trying to play it both ways? The government argued that they can force companies with a US presence to produce data from servers located anywhere in the world. Therefore might one therefore deduce therefore that such servers would still require a warrant and therefore be illegal for them to hack? They can't have it both ways (although they'll probably still argue that they can)

Comment: Is this anything new? (Score 1) 177

by SillyBrit (#47621155) Attached to: Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time
People have been predicting outcomes for years. There was a story a couple of months back about something similar. And here's a link to a group that stated 75% success predicting the outcome prior to oral arguments, back in 2004 http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4099370?uid=3738032&uid=2&uid=4&sid=21104566455723. I can't comment on the relative academic merits of either though.

Comment: Re:Bullshit we won't notice (Score 2) 466

by SillyBrit (#45163697) Attached to: Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers
I've flown on some lightweight seats with Lufthansa on a short haul flight recently. Even on a 2 hour flight, they were the most uncomfortable airline seats I've ever sat in. The seats were very thin, padding was practically non existent & the experience was more like being sat in a waiting room chair. If I knew the seats when I booked then it would influence my choice of airline. So, think we won't notice? I'm not so sure.

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