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Comment: I don't know where you live (I assume the U.S.). (Score 4, Informative) 105

by Sique (#48184989) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?
But here around (Austria in Europe), we have providers that actually offer such services: An hotspot device hooked on LTE and a quite generous data plan. The device itself is not supposed to be mobile (needs a wall socket for power), but all the other components are there: see this or that.

Comment: Re:XFD @ wind subsidies costly cf. oil (Score 1) 608

by Sique (#48166889) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows
If they are so cheap, why do they need subsidies not only for the capital to built (which would cover the initial costs), but also for the energy they produce (which would cover operating cost)? Appearently, nuclear power is only cheap in theory, but not in practice. And we are talking here about a chinese-french partnership, both nations which don't have many issues with nuclear power in general, and they are building in the UK, a country with not much of an opposition to nuclear power.

Comment: Re:XFD @ wind subsidies costly cf. oil (Score 1) 608

by Sique (#48140347) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows
It has nothing to do with the U.S. in this case. Take this new nuclear power plant slated to be built in the UK:

The subsidaries necessary to get this project off ground include a 17 billion pound warranty by the government and a guaranteed price for the energy about 50% above the current market prices.

Comment: Re:as the birds go (Score 1) 608

by Sique (#48138555) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows
As a matter of fact: many birds of prey are pretty bad at avoiding obstacles. Not only wind farms are a danger to them, also solitary trees, towers or even large rocks. Because of the wind noise of the rotary wings, wind turbines actually are less dangerous to birds than for instance telegraph poles.

Comment: Re:What this fuss over nothing? (Score 1) 179

by Sique (#48106397) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"
But the people that regard jury nullification as necessary are ignoring the fact that it facilitates despotism of a majority against a minority, because it voids juridical safeguards. Jury nullification enables mob rule, it considers current moods more important than justice.

Yes, there have been cases where an obviously unjust accusation or a trial that tried to establish or protect powerful interests was derailed by jury nullification (John Lilburne comes to mind). His defenses and his treatises about justice and law are important documents, and they are still quoted. But jury nullification didn't help him avoid unjust imprisonation, and with his rhetorical talent and the immense support he had in the population, any conviction would probably have been overturned or nullified anyway for political reasons.

Comment: Re:What this fuss over nothing? (Score 1) 179

by Sique (#48101821) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"
There are people who would argue that jury nullification itself is a problem, as it disturbs a fair justice. If a law is upheld in one case but not in another case because of jury nullification, then the two defendants in each case are not treated equal before the law. If a law is considered unjust, it should not be used and nullified in general, not just in single cases, where the defendant won over the sympathies of the juriy.

Comment: Re:What this fuss over nothing? (Score 4, Insightful) 179

by Sique (#48101305) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"
There is no problem with a defense during a trial. Making the trial impossible is a problem. US citizens going free after they commited crimes against non-US-citizens is a problem, and the reluctance of the US to either try them on US soil or have them tried somewhere else is a big problem.

Comment: Re:Color Me Surprised (Score 1) 335

by Sique (#48091871) Attached to: US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants
On the other hand, International Law is just some agreement between nations and large interest groups, which sometimes gives one side moral superiority. International Law was invented as a kind of playground rules for the European powers to replace the Pax Romana after the fall of the Roman Empire. It was used sometimes, it was ignored sometimes, it was able to stir up some strong emotions, but in general, it's more like general guidelines. There is no legal or executive power that is both able to and tasked with actually enforcing International Law, while at the same time being impartial in the conflicts like an international court system or an international police force.

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