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Comment Re: Want good Internet? Move to a city. (Score 2) 168

Bullshit. 2010 (most recent year for which I could find hard figures) Per capita Federal funding: Metro $10,976, Nonmetro $10,293. And those figures include retirement/disability benefits. Not surprising that category has the highest expenditures in rural areas classified as "Retirement Destinations." I submit that category should be excluded - if someone moved between urban and rural areas, those payments would move with them - they're associated with individuals, not location. Excluding that single category, Per capita Federal funding: Metro $8,171, Nonmetro $6,773.

And don't bother with your crap about artificial taxes and subsidies - those are economic and also occur in the industries which support urban incomes. Crop subsidies are skewed one way, defense spending (which is much greater) is skewed the other. All considered, the facts show your claim is wrong.

Comment Re:Subtraction... (Score -1, Troll) 122

26.29 rounds to 26, not 27. And, although the wording clearly implies an absolute relationship, the correct relative formula would be 26.3/25.6=1.03 when significant digits are accommodated (which would be a 3% relative increase).

"Lots of people flunk elementary maths... apparently."

Well, at least you're in good company.

Comment Re:Why federal law? (Score 1) 168

"Why is the federal government involved?"

Because the federal congresscritters think that every issue is one they need to fix. Despite the current divisions between the US political parties, the one thing they agree on is that building and maintaining national power and control is a common goal. They actively seek out "problems" which they can give themselves more authority over.

Comment Re:Yeah, maybe (Score 4, Informative) 168

They're talking about conduit, not actual fiber. You apparently didn't read more than the first two sentences, because those conduits would be empty, but make it easier to run fiber in the future.

And, IMHO, it's an issue for the states, not the feds. Communications which enables Interstate Commerce is not itself Interstate Commerce.

Comment Re:Pay your taxes (Score 0) 269

"not pay taxes on the source of the income"

What income? He had x bitcoin 5 years ago, he has x bitcoin today. No bitcoins incoming, there was no income.

That's the fact, but I know it's not the way it works. The way it's intended to work is while a taxpayer owns something of value, the Federal Reserve diligently works to inflate dollars, making that something "worth" more in the future. The government then demands a tax payment because inflation caused that something to cost more in dollars. Oh! Capital gains! Pay up!

Comment Re:Won't be disclosing anything that's new or unkn (Score 1) 516

The government's argument is that the passcode itself is not incriminatory. It's the protected contents which may be, and the person is not being asked to directly disclose those. But that ignores that showing the ability to access the files may itself be incriminatory.

Anyway, his passcode is "1Admit1'mGuiltyAsH3ll.", so disclosing it would be self-incrimination.

Comment Contemptible. (Score 5, Insightful) 516

I agree, it's contempt of court. As well it should be, since the court is contemptible. The right against self-incrimination is absolute - you don't have to testify against yourself, you don't have to unlock that (combination) safe, you don't have to decrypt files. You have the right to remain silent.

That is, unless it's the physical key to a safe, or some hardware encryption key. That's physical, and subject to seizure. But a combination or encryption password is a product of the mind, and forcing it out is forcing self-incrimination.

Sure, law enforcement has a right, with the proper warrant, to break into the safe or attempt to decrypt the contents themselves, but failing that, they're simply SOL.

Comment Re:FAKE NEWS! (Score 2) 525

Uh, the 4th applies the the US government, not individuals or foreign governments. Taking the emails was certainly illegal, as was Daniel Ellsberg taking the Pentagon Papers or Snowden the NSA files. But that doesn't make them "poison fruit," and is certainly not comparable to the classified material in the examples I gave.

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