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Comment: Re:You are free to have killer robots (Score 1) 318

You act as if the Geneva conventions are a black and white issue, but the people fighting our troops are not soldiers of any UN recognized state-- or recognized by any individual state, for that matter. Also, the rules apply to any signatory nation, even when in conflict with a non-signatory, but only if the latter agrees to accept and apply the conventions. I'd say hacking off the heads of nearly every civilian and POW that comes into their hands as an implicit non-acceptance, and definite non-application. Thus, it's difficult to apply all the rules. I also need to point out if they indeed are soldiers, then the act of putting them in Gitmo itself is, as a POW camp, perfectly legal. Alleged torture is, of course, not.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 448

by operagost (#49087471) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV
This is why the statistics on this article are bogus. The banks in Europe claim C&P is foolproof, so if your money is stolen it's "the user's fault", and it's not "fraud". Kind of like how our unemployment rate in the USA is so low because they decided that people who gave up looking for work don't count, and people who are working 20-30 hours a week do.

Comment: Re: Nothing is possible. (Score 1) 249

by operagost (#49073729) Attached to: Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

I don't even know where you're going with 'personal liberty.' The economic system has so little to do with what you're allowed to say, which god you're allowed to worship, or how you spend your free time as to be completely orthogonal.

We have three essential freedoms: life, liberty, and property. Taxes reduce our property, so their use must be as guarded as are the limits on the other two. You almost hit on it with your last example; indeed, if I choose to spend my free time in an activity that I can no longer afford due to high taxation, that's a clear negative impact due to the economic system.

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