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Comment Re:Wait... Who got that other half of the $$$ rais (Score 1) 33

"Should donors care that the ALS challenge was a little high on the cost-to-raise-a-dollar metric? Well, I look at it this way. People did it because it was fun and for a good cause, and two years later we can point to concrete and significant scientific results from the money raised. That's not only pretty good, it's pretty damned awesome."

Don't let the otherwise informative post persuade you, donors should always care about the overhead costs of the charities they support. Just because an activity is "fun" does not excuse it from excesses and wastefulness. If people truly want to make a difference they should expect efforts be applied to progress, not enrichment.

Comment Re:Even if you disagree with the judge . . . (Score 1) 150

"Conducting a monetary transaction intended to conceal the proceeds of a crime..."

You are assuming that the transaction is money laundering when that condition has not been met.

" the very definition of Accessory after the fact."

It's the "very definition"!?! Who's being "extremely naive or stupid" now.

"His question was about a monetary transaction where he's been told that it's the result of a crime."

You are completely off the deep end here.

Comment Re:Even if you disagree with the judge . . . (Score 1) 150

"To think otherwise would either make you extremely naive or stupid."

No it wouldn't, but regardless it wouldn't make you a money launderer.

"but you need to understand you may have your profits taken away"

Some more hand waving. Profits?

"For example, if they'd committed a robbery and killed someone in the progress and you laundered the money you could be charged with murder."

Just for example ;)

If you loaned your friend some cash to buy gas for his car and he subsequently drove 30 mph over the speed limit (a felony) then you "could be charged" with that felony. Sounds reasonable. How dare you promote the endangerment of the public!

Comment Re:Even if you disagree with the judge . . . (Score 1) 150

I think you missed the point.

"... was charged with illegally selling and laundering $1,500 worth of Bitcoins to undercover detectives who told him they wanted to use the money to buy stolen credit-card numbers."

The assumption here by detectives was that merely claiming the proceeds would be used for illegal activity made the transaction money laundering.

Comment Re:A rational answer to Black Lives Matters (Score 1) 609

"> 4. How many laws were violated by the Dallas Police Department using a robot and an explosive device to kill a man?

Probably none. Police have the right to kill threats, this man was clearly a threat."

We are all threats depending on perspective. Police don't "have the right" to kill any more than anyone else does. While situations where lethal force are legally justified exist, that's different than "having the right" and police aren't special in this regard.

"This man" was clearly a threat but that's not the standard. Was he an imminent threat? If you have to pilot an RC robot with an indiscriminate killing device on it to get to him, it's really hard to claim "imminent". He may have been a bad man but that doesn't mean he wasn't murdered.

Comment Re:Major Colvin (Score 1) 983

Needs to be modded more insightful.

I find the phrase "...but then they had no option..." most telling when it comes to the use of lethal force. It's right out of a poorly written TV show.

There are always options, particularly in this day where there are more non-lethal capabilities than ever. If only police view non-lethal options useful for something other than torture and power tripping.

Comment Re:#BlackLivesMatter (Score 1) 983

"When it comes to market regulations, libertarians are to the far right of conservatives, by saying that business should have virtually no regulations, where liberals want lots of regulations and conservatives want few."

This is complete nonsense. Libertarians are about personal liberty, that doesn't inherently speak to "market regulations". A properly functioning free market requires regulation and libertarians, as a rule, should want that.

"The left-right paradigm is incredibly flawed."

Yes it is, including your version of it. Libertarian opposes authoritarian, there is more than one axis. Libertarian is neither left nor right.

"By any modern definition of the term "Centrism", you are terribly incorrect in your assertion."

You're too ignorant to be telling others they are "terribly incorrect".

Comment Re:Fuck a new flash standard... (Score 1) 221

"The benefit to uSD is that it is backwards compatible to SPI flash by just hooking up to the right pins and clocking it accordingly."

But SPI sucks and that's not the "benefit" of uSD AT ALL. UFS is built on an industry standard, just a newer, better one that isn't SPI.

"If I'm not going to do that, then what benefit does this standard offer over an internal Type-C port, the next iteration of uSD, mini/micro-SATA, NG.4(??), or CompactFlash?"

It is removal storage that is much smaller than SATA, USB, and CF devices. Duh. Next iteration of uSD? What is that? It is probably not better than imaginary future products that you dream up.

"Seriously. CF gives you IDE support, uSD gives you SPI support, NG.4 gives you PCIe x4 support, and USB Type-C gives you up to 10 megabit USB support. Any price, space, and performance level is already covered. And most of those standards already have converters between them."

Of those, only uSD offers the form factor that this standard targets and it is stuck with low speeds and a terrible protocol that has no error correction or detection. It appears ultimately that your complaint is that they didn't use some PCIe derivative instead. Why should you care?

Comment Re:The great thing about standards... (Score 1, Interesting) 221

"I odn't always do that, but compared to (say) USB storage which I use a lot between devices, SD cards mostly stay put. So, obsolecence of the format won't really change much in practice."

"In practice" for you because you don't use devices where removable storage is valuable. No photographer works that way. Where do you think such exceptional speeds might be useful?

SD cards do not mostly "stay put" except to people who don't understand their intended usage.

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