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Comment Re:who pays? (Score 4, Informative) 180

No rose colored glasses, and I'm a US citizen who has travelled to EU countries frequently. No place is perfect, I just know from personal direct observation travelling in EU and closely associated countries like Switzerland that in exchange for the higher taxes that roads, public transit, education, health care and other government services are in an entirely different (better) realm of quality than what we get here in the US. You get what you pay for.

Comment Industrial Capacity of Costa Rica? (Score 3, Insightful) 226

Great that they can exist on renewables like this, mean it. But using an essentially non-industrial country in a temperate climate as an example is statistical bias at best, outright lying at worse. How many aluminum smelters, steel plants, large data centers, and other myriad large bulk power users exist in Costa Rica? You know, the things that allow humans to actually build a first world country capable of supporting a large urban population? Yeah, thought so.

Comment "High Frequency Trading" (Score 5, Insightful) 214

So this bot driven scalping activity is illegal now in NY? How about they apply the same principal and block a similar practice by large Wall Street firms in our stock, commodities, futures, etc. markets? Bot driven trading has an identical effect in blocking out human participation, or making that participation less lucrative for human participants in the market. I guess if a large bank does it then it's ok then eh?

Comment Then the tech company becomes non-US (Score 1) 312

Given that nearly every major tech company has large presence in multiple foreign countries, then they move their headquarters outside the US. For instance, I know for a fact that MS has contingency plans to move headquarters 60 miles up the road to Vancouver BC for some situations and given their presence in India, that likely wouldn't be much of a challenge either. I'm sure that most other big players are similar. They simply leave to avoid the law. Yay, great for America right?

Comment Re:That's the textbook answer (Score 1) 145

the opinion of the victim has no bearing on the law as written, there's a reason we don't allow crime victims to try and punish criminals. The 4th amendment says "get a warrant from a judge" and that exact thing is done thousands of times a day in the US. Why don't you justify why the FBI shouldn't play in this routine and expedient process? Judges are on call 24x7 for exactly that sort of activity. They are asking for an explicit bypass on a clear constitutional protection.

Comment Re:Because society tacitly asks for it (Score 4, Insightful) 145

RE: What would upset you more Arresting someone using evidence obtained illegally is definitely more heinous. Any system that encourages or allows law enforcers to break or bypass the law inherently reduces respect for and compliance with that institution and ultimately leads to more and greater crime, from both enforcers and criminals.

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