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Comment That's not how end-to-end encryption works (Score 4, Interesting) 282

Are they going to force Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla to add in British-government-controlled certificate authorities to their browsers distributed in the UK? Or force hardware vendors to provide access to decrypted data on end-users' machines? I don't think they've thought through how little control over the process CSPs have.

I'm also wondering - does the financial sector get a pass from these directives? If not, good luck keeping London as the de-facto headquarters for the financial sector in Europe. If so, I wonder how they plan to restrict encryption to only the financial center?

Comment Re:No. That is not the strategy (Score 1) 428

He sounds moderate but his actions are pretty radical(anti abortion bills with no abortion exception even to save the life of the mother)

This is mainstream GOP policy. A human life amendment was in the GOP platform in 2012; see here (PDF) starting on page 13. Although the platform does leave some wiggle room for abortions in fetuses that cannot feel pain:

We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions – gender discrimination in its most lethal form—and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain;...

Comment Re:An even better design? (Score 3, Insightful) 172

You're talking about a project that's 10 times longer than the Channel Tunnel, which took 6 years and cost £13 billion in today's dollars. Of course, there's no English Channel overhead, so you can make boreholes overhead and pull out the rock that way instead of hauling it along the length of the tunnel. But on the other hand, you don't have the advantage of being able to choose the tunnels' path to get favorable geology - given the higher speeds, you're pretty much stuck with going through whatever rock is in your way.

Plus, a straight line tube is not going to accelerate rapidly enough to get you there in 43 minutes. Are you assuming that you're going to be accelerating at 9.81 m/s^2? I think you'd be closer to 0.3 m/s^2.

Comment Not a good idea to leave VP slot empty (Score 1) 458

Once the new VP becomes President, then filling the VP slot will require the approval of Congress. I doubt that a Republican Congress would be willing to approve someone who would be acceptable to Democrats. Lessig's whole idea also robs the voters of the ability to choose the VP.

Plus, leaving the VP slot empty and making Boehner a heartbeat away from the presidency is a terrible idea.

Comment Re:"Drug Companies Seek to Exploit"!!! (Score 2) 93

Let me make the assumption that it's equally difficult to block or synthesize the protein which brakes bone growth. Let's pretend for a second that it would cost the same amount of money to do both, but there isn't enough money, so only one can be done. Blocking the protein would help millions with osteoporosis, while synthesizing it will help the thousands with sclerosteosis. It makes more sense to me to improve the lives of millions of osteoporosis sufferers first. This holds true regardless of whether or not the research is being done for profit.

Comment Re:Many will say that this is bad advice but (Score 1) 54

In the words of H.L. Mencken, "for every complex problem, there is a solution which is simple, neat, and wrong." Running your credit into the ground is an example of this type of solution. Credit reports are, like it or not, used for judging your suitability/risk for jobs, insurance, and other tasks not related to taking out a loan. Damaging your own report may be far more costly than you realize.

In general, I do agree with you about paying off your debts and not overextending yourself. I have credit cards, but I pay them off every month. When I buy a new car (which isn't often), I pay cash. However, what's right for me isn't right for everybody. If I needed a more reliable car in order to get a job and didn't have the cash, then I would take out a loan and pay it off as soon as possible.

Comment Re:I'm willing to risk it! (Score 1) 143

I was wondering the same thing. Perhaps there is some scarce resource that could be easily depleted by having too many people concentrated in one place? I don't know what that could be - there's no water, for example. Or perhaps there's some activity (e.g., mining) which would best be separated from the main settlements for safety reasons.

Comment ITT: Textualists of the world, unite! (Score 4, Insightful) 591

Most of the comments here seem to be saying that the case was decided incorrectly because the text of the law was clear and the intent doesn't matter. However, there are lots of other cases where the text of the law is equally clear and yet SCOTUS has ruled that intent matters. Let's start with the First Amendment. It's obvious that slander laws run afoul of the plain text of the First Amendment. Which part of "Congress shall make no law..." is unclear? None at all. Yet SCOTUS has ruled slander laws are allowed, as well as laws preventing inciting a riot (e.g., yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater).

For another example near and dear to conservatives' hearts, consider the Second Amendment. The Roberts court has ruled (District of Columbia vs. Heller, 2008) that the Second Amendment establishes an individual right to carry arms, despite the fact the amendment only mentions carrying arms in the context of a militia.

With the current case, the intent of the law was clear (and most of the drafters are still around to ask), so that's what SCOTUS used. Judges aren't just implementations of parsing algorithms that spit out yes or no results based on the text of the laws.

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