Lady was quoted by Il Giornale newspaper in 2009 as saying: "I'm not guilty. I'm only responsible for carrying out orders that I received from my superiors."
When that's your best defence, you know you've been doing something wrong...
It is not "retarded" to limit the government's power
No, it's retarded to believe that the constitution magically does limit the government's power.
or ask that it obey the very document that grants it any power to begin with
The constitution doesn't grant the government any power. Governments exist solely at sufferance of the governed. If the people wish to limit the power of the government (and are willing to accept the costs of doing so) then they can. If they wish to grant the government total authority, then they can. The constitution simply enumerates the compromise that a group of people a couple of hundred years ago were willing to agree to on what that limit should be. There is very little evidence that the population of the USA over the subsequent two centuries has been willing to enforce those limits.
The alternative is the government doing whatever it pleases, and while the current situation is bad, it isn't that bad.
The belief that the alternatives are belief in the mythical power of a piece of paper and a government doing whatever it wishes (or even the idea that these are mutually exclusive) is exactly what the grandparent was referring to.
Good requirement. When I'm paying a premium rate billed per minute, I really want to have to spend 20-30 seconds listening to a recorded message telling me how much I'm paying...
In the UK, the 0845, 0870 and 0871 prefixes all have fixed costs. The exact cost of calling them depends on your phone company - it does me absolutely no good to be told how much it would cost me to call the number from a BT landline, because I have never had a BT landline.
They should hire Andy Rubin. That would shut a lot of people up, and lead to some awesome products
If you'd said that while he was still at Google, I'd have agreed...
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.