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Comment: Punishment to Fit the Crime (Score 1) 173

My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time —
To let the punishment fit the crime —
The punishment fit the crime;
And make each prisoner pent
Unwillingly represent
A source of innocent merriment!
Of innocent merriment!

The advertising quack who wearies
With tales of countless cures,
His teeth, I've enacted,
Shall all be extracted
By terrified amateurs.

Comment: Jury Nullification (Score 1) 221

by Tokolosh (#48236531) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

The whole purpose of juries is to create the possibility of nullification. However, the government hates this limitation of its preferably unfettered powers and tries to prevent jurors being informed of their right to strike down unjust prosecution.

Comment: Re:Modern Democracy: A Prediction (Score 4, Insightful) 239

by Tokolosh (#48195307) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

I have taken to quoting Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.

Comment: Proposed Rules (Score 1) 175

1. The service you provide is Internet. Therefore, no screwing with packets, strict network neutrality, no port blocking, no prohibition on uses such as servers. In short, plain bandwidth at a price that does not discriminate between customers.
2. You do not regulate yourselves.
3. There are no barriers to future entrants to the market that do not apply to you.

Comment: Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (Score 1) 399

by Tokolosh (#48189863) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

What weight can a woman lift? I guess 50 kg (on earth, yes I know the difference between mass and weight).
What weight can a man lift? I guess 100 kg.

What is the range of 90% of weights that could need lifting in an emergency? Anything from 1 to 1000 kg - guessing again.

So men are only useful for a range between 50 and 100 kg, which is (100 - 50) / 1000 = 5% of the time.
Not worth taking a man, I say.

Comment: Re:Competition urgently needed (Score 1) 149

by Tokolosh (#48146335) Attached to: ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

Only one rule is needed. I believe this rule could be made by the FCC without any new legislation:

Rule #1: If you fuck with packets, block ports, prioritize any type of traffic over another, or do anything except providing the contracted bandwidth, you may not call your service "Internet". You may not use this word in advertising, in contracts or any communications. We call this "Truth in advertising."

You will be allowed to use the term An Obnoxious Laughingstock, or its acronym.

Comment: Re:Very easy to solve (Score 1) 179

by Tokolosh (#48115605) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Yes, but the courts signed off on it when they should fulfill their role as in checks and balances. They have also used impossible requirements of "standing" and arcane legal arguments to abdicate any responsibility to uphold the plain intent of the Constitution. It has gotten so bad that everyone is shocked and amazed when SCOTUS makes the otherwise obvious ruling that cell phones cannot be searched without a warrant.

Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature. -- Rich Kulawiec