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Comment Re: Of course (Score 1) 1007

Right, but we can't pretend there is no side effect... Mary can enjoy her new job at 7-11, but she displaced the moron that used to have the job and now he's out of work entirely. Raising minimum wage is correlated to unemployment... I'm not saying that as someone opposed to minimum wage, but we need to be realistic about its effects.

Comment Re:Why the quotes? (Score 1) 93

It was just a very stark example so I chose it. You could be right, but then all I can say is she has a very strong correlation between "guests she respects" and "liberal guests". I still like to listen to some of her interviews - her show is a regular podcast of mine (though I admit to skipping the artsy and celebrity ones, which are most of them these days).

Comment Re:Criminal? (Score 5, Insightful) 294

No, the US does not have laws against convicted criminals from being elected to public office, and it absolutely shouldn't have those laws. The fitness of someone to serve is ultimately determined by the public.

If you block people from being elected (or people from voting) who have committed crimes, you allow unjust laws to ferment unchallenged, and you encourage politicians to pass laws that disproportionately affect their opponents.

Yes, in some cases, that means a murderer or a rapist might be elected. But that's unlikely, I don't see the public supporting the election of a convicted murderer any time soon.

As for Manning? She did what did for the reasons we know. In my view, I'm less bothered about the notion that she violated the law by leaking secret information as I am that she did so impulsively and without care about who she handed that information over to. She's probably a good person, but her lack of care, not the fact she technically violated the law, is a greater concern here.

Comment Re:Warren is right and wrong.... (Score 1) 323

It may not go to zero, but I suspect it'll go very low and have very niche usage. Bitcoin is not scaling. It's hampered by the very features that its designers thought made it more robust - the requirement for a consensus of miners, and the entire mining concept with its implied permanent deflation. It needs major modifications to work, and there's no short term incentive amongst those who control it to agree to those modifications.

I think BTC is best seen as an interesting prototype built by people who knew more about computing than economics. BTC has mindshare at the moment, but that's solely because it was first. If cryptocurrencies take off, it'll probably be a more smartly designed alternative, probably one whose backers and controllers benefit from its viability as a currency above everything else, and who have no incentive to fix the markets.

More likely, we'll continue to use Visa and Mastercard the way we always have done, and forget using intermediate currencies, unless we're doing something illegal.

Comment Re:Why did it take 40 minutes to correct? (Score 2) 216

On the other hand, if the enemy has their hands on the real messages, they can periodically create mass panic and also discredit the system at the same time. I don't think there's much you can do about scenarios where the enemy can control the system beyond try to prevent them from controlling the system.

Comment Re: Work around the problem (Score 1) 142

Access to the internet is not an interstate action. You connect locally.

At any rate, the EPA has rules for emission standards and California has tougher ones

CA was given a waiver by the feds to allow them to set higher standards.

Federal agencies can not dictate what laws a state can pass that goes above the regulation baseline set forth by federal law. (see minimum wage)

Except that the state laws on the minimum wage do not conflict with the Federal one. The question would be has Congress given the FCC sole jurisdiction over internet services regulation in which case state net neutrality laws would conflict with that authority. My guess is if tehy haven't the big ISPs will push for Congress to do so.

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