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Comment Re: Truly Epically Dumb to Destroy It (Score 1) 287

Why would the damage be minimal? Smallpox was stopped by vaccinating people against it. However, the virus would have a large supply of hosts now because of the generations of people who haven't received vaccinations. If dispersed effectively, it seems like smallpox could do a lot of damage.

Not as much damage as the humans it might wipe out. Just sayin'.

Comment Re:Surely a fundamental human rights breach? (Score 1) 796

Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him. Article 11. (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence. (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Source: http://www.un.org/en/universal...

I like the list but they don't count in Guantanamo Bay.

Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 1) 438

The perversity is that a country:
- needs to have a legal framework for copyrights (based on treaties that made some sense in the pre-digital era),
- needs to (based on that treaty) codify which infringements to the basic copyright it allows,
- needs to set up compensation the rights holders for it.
The levy might not cover "piracy", it's probably for some other type of "infringement" like 'home copy', so you don't even have a "valid claim".

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