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Comment Re: No? (Score 1) 373

Which things were declared unconstitutional by the judicial branch?

You seem to under the misapprehension that the opinions of courts make something constitutional or unconstitutional. No. It's the text of the constitution that makes it so. For example, Obergefell v. Hodges did not make it unconstitutional for the states to deny equal protection of the law to gay couples; it became unconstitutional long ago, when Amendment XIV took effect. If some future right-wing court undoes the Obergefell decision, it will still be unconstitutional and illegal for the states to deny equal protection.

Comment Re: Fake GPS location spoofer (Score 1) 395

Why don't you just not use a device w/ Google software on it?

Because due to the way that capitalism corrodes market choice and reduces product quality, I have two viable choices for a smartphone: walled-garden bullshit from Google, or walled-garden bullshit from Apple. Since GOOG's walls are a little lower and I can climb over them more easily, I take that lesser of evils...along with a sledgehammer to break down those walls.

Comment Re:Tax avoidance vs. Tax evasion (Score 1) 579

We would never expect an individual to not take a tax deduction or child credit etc. because they have "courage".

People need those things just to live and keep a roof over their heads. Paying the tax you really owe as a company is not equivalent to rejecting desperately needed child support.

I have no problem with Apple doing legal tax avoidance

I do. Just because something is legal, it doesn't mean it's ok. When governments don't have the cash they need, they have to cut back on essential services that we all use and people can die as a result.

If they're doing something illegal, that's another issue

This may well be the case with Apple and Ireland.

But let's not slam a corporation that is legally following tax law. Instead, let's slam legislators and encourage legislation to close tax loopholes and simplify the tax code.

Well, yes, governments are to blame for the loopholes, but companies use their might to push for those loopholes to exist. Very often they write the legislation that government enacts.. Also, companies do not just use their influence when it comes to legislation, they also use their power to "capture" relevant agencies. We've had this in the UK with our revenue collection agency, HMRC. There seems to be a revolving door between them and the very companies they are "struggling" to collect tax from. The previous head of HMRC let Vodaphone and Goldman Sachs off paying billions in tax and lied to the Commons Select Committee. He also protected HSBC from fraud charges in Switzerland and then went to work for them.

Perhaps we could have some kind of tax star rating, a bit like Michelin Stars. Smaller companies that can't use complicated tax avoidance would be proud to display their 5 star tax rating and it may give them an advantage over 1-Star major corporations. Imagine two adjacent coffee shops and only one has a 5-star rating. It may have enough of an effect that tax avoiders start losing money as a result.

Comment Re: Next Phase (Score 1) 644

When someone is sitting on your chest and slamming the back of your head into the sidewalk, you can shoot him in any State, stand your ground or otherwise.

Not when that someone is defending themselves against your assault, no. You cannot attack someone and then claim self-defense. It was Trayvon Martin who had the legal and moral right to stand his ground that night; it's unfortunate that the bad guy was armed and got away with it.

Comment Re:Really (Score 1) 569

"So I'm afraid I must repeat (and I take no pleasure in saying this, believe me) your only three options this election are Trump, Clinton, or throwing your vote away."

If you vote for someone you believe in, your vote is never thrown away. They may not win, but people will see how much support they get, and that can lead to more support next time. You are right though, that FPTP is a poor system. It's particularly poor when it comes to electing presidents because (as far as I understand it), it is not possible for two candidates to combine their votes in any way, unlike parties which can combine their votes and form a coalition. The upshot of this is that people like Bernie Sanders won't risk standing as an independent for risk of splitting the left wing vote. You could have a system where candidates can pledge to transfer their votes to another candidate in the event they fail to secure enough votes themselves. It could bring an end to the endless oscillation between Republican and Democrat presidents.

Comment Re:We need this (Score 1) 244

Any battery developed by Dyson will no doubt be massively overpriced like their other products. Even if he were able to double the energy density of batteries, it seems likely you would be able to buy several of the conventional batteries for the same price.

Besides which, it looks like there is already quite a breakthrough happening right now. http://news.mit.edu/2016/lithi...

Comment Re:Microsoft's underestimating their legacy base (Score 1) 405

" Microsoft is really dismissing how much legacy code is out there"

I had any illusions that they cared about that sort of thing shattered when they dumped Visual Basic. It was huge in industry and millions (perhaps hundreds of millions) of lines of code, representing untold millions of dollars, suddenly became legacy code. (VB.NET was/is a completely different language)

Comment Re:Did it occur to them that no one wants them? (Score 1) 86

I doubt AR glasses will make you vomit since you will still be able to see most of the real world. However, Hololens has a crappy field of view which they do not seem interested in addressing. The demos they have shown have all been "fake" composites of what you would ideally see if the FOV was huge and if Hololens was also able to show objects darker than the background (which it isn't).

I don't think they seriously intend Hololens as a consumer product. I think it is all just marketing hype for windows 10.

Comment Re:Speech as a crime (Score 2) 161

You do have a right to stop someone from saying things that a reasonable person would perceive as threatening.

And there's very little that someone hundreds of miles away from you can say over the internet that a reasonable person would perceive as threatening.

Someone in the same room with me, or standing in front of my house, saying "I'm going to punch you in the face for what you said!" is a true threat, the person has the imminent means and opportunity to carry it out. Someone in a different city tweeting "@tom_swiss I'm going to punch you in the face for what you said!" is not a threat. Their arms just aren't that long.

Comment Re:Oh yeah, that's money well spent (Score 1) 161

Can somebody tell me why motivation makes a difference?

Because intent matters.

Intent is a very different thing than motive. Motive, in your example is the reason why the first guy planned his murder: for gain, for the lulz, ethnic or religious or political hatred, whatever. The act is still one of deliberate intent, regardless of motive. Your second guy had no intent to kill.

Motive may matter when we turn to the question of how to rehabilitate a criminal. But it can play no rightful role in defining a crime.

Comment Re:B-b-b-but GUNZ is SKEEERY!! (Score 1) 331

If guns kill people, then no one ever kills themselves; they are murdered by various inanimate objects: guns, ropes, knives, bridges, pills, etc. I don't see people talking about someone who hanged themselves as a "rope death" or someone who jumped of a bridge as a "bridge death". It's as if guns were a special case, for some political reason.

Comment Re:Who cares..?? (Score 1) 704

... and elect a ho-hum stay-the-course centrist....

You misspelled "unprincipled sociopathic war criminal" there. Unfortunately it's not a choice of stepping into a dog turd to avoid a bullet, it's falling on a sword to avoid a bullet.

The only thing to do in that situation is use all available means to push the system into giving you more choices next iteration. Vote Green or Libertarian and demand electoral reform.

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