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Comment Re:First Amendment ... no, sorry. (Score 5, Informative) 174

You miss an important distinction. The Alabama law in question banned ONLY political calls. That made it's restriction content based, something that's a big no-no. It is still may be perfectly legal to ban ALL robocalls you just can't police them by content.

I'd like to see this extended nationally honestly. When the fed's banned robo-calling the politicians exempted themselves. Someone should challenge the federal law and get it tossed because it also uses content as a decider. The backlash would force congress to ban all robocalls.

Comment Re:If a cigarette doesn't "smoke", is it harmful? (Score 1) 304

There is very clear scientific evidence that second hand smoke is dangerous, especially to the young. Dozens of studies, mountains of data and scientific consensus are proof in the highest sense of the word.

Smokers lungs filter only about 10% of the "stuff" in cigarette smoke, if others are around to breathe the result they get to filter X% depending on their proximity and the amount of dilution. There is no situation where that filtering of secondary smoke will be 0% filtration. The non-smoker will be exposed to the chemicals and toxins in the smoke.

I honestly can't believe in this day and age with all the strong scientific evidence about smoking and secondhand smoke that we still get posts like this. If anything it tells to the power of the disinformation propaganda campaign the cigarette companies waged for 30 years that it's myths and denials are continued even to this day.

Comment Re:Regulations (Score 2) 181

The Food regulation regime has largely been gutted and replaced by a voluntary privately run inspection regime where the food company hires the inspector. I believe the Republicans that were instrumental in repealing these regulations called them job killing.

There aren't enough agriculture department inspectors anymore to inspect even 1% of the food production factories in the US. There are slaughterhouses in the US that haven't had a government inspector inside them.

Comment Re:I say (Score 1) 245

I personally expect this Olympics in brazil to be a shitstorm of epic proportions. I wouldn't be surprised if an athlete or two were abducted by one of the Favella gangs. Brazil has a poverty and law enforcement problem, they've ignored the Favellas and police corruption for decades and it's going to bite the games in the ass.

Comment Re:Who cares..?? (Score 1) 693

There is about a 50% chance the Republicans will hold both the house and senate meaning no divided government, a vote for Trump is a vote for at least another 4 years of Republican Tax Cut and Spend of the Bush years that sunk our economy and built 19 trillion in debt, in addition to the new abandoning our allies, destroying the world economy and likely starting a war because someone insulted him.

I'd rather elect Hillary and nothing really change.

Comment Re:Why is this not bad for Drumpf? (Score 2) 693

There is video of Donald Trump Jr saying just a year or two ago that the bulk of the Trump corporation profits now come from Russia.

I've been wondering if they affixed Reagan to some magnets by now because the Republican party backing a candidate that supports and admires (by his own words) a former KGB officer who's been running practice bombing runs on the US mainland for the last couple years along with threatening to abandon the NATO alliance and leave Europe in a lurch has got to have Reagan doing about 2000 RPM's and that's one hell of a source of energy right there.

The Irony is apparently lost on those who believe in a person 99% of them will openly admit is a liar, he's just not *wink* *wink* lying about the things they care about. Trump spits on the entire Legacy of Reagan and he's using Reagan's Election slogan! My god you've got people screaming about communists in the democratic party while at the same time supporting the guy that claims he respects the foreign one and will abandon allies we protected from being overrun by the same communists. You couldn't make this stuff up, if you tried no one would believe you because it's so outlandish.

Comment Re:How exactly will they break steam? (Score 1) 410

I've been running Win10 since the initial public release. MS has not uninstalled alternate browsers but they have rewritten the default application to Edge twice.

The original author was mistaken as I know of no reports of uninstalling but the issue of Microsoft re-writing defaults and changing the process of setting those defaults to make it scarier for uninformed users is a real issue that you can't just hand wave away. There should be no question these changes were done in a deliberately anti-competitive measure.

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

Conducting a monetary transaction intended to conceal the proceeds of a crime is the very definition of Accessory after the fact. His question was about a monetary transaction where he's been told that it's the result of a crime.

As a general rule you are not required in some states to report crimes you are aware of (though in some you are, know your states law!). But if you assist the perpetrators in the crime, such as through concealment or laundering of funds you are an accessory after the fact. Your link doesn't explain very well that accessory after the fact doesn't just apply to concealing the crime (it implies this) as laundering the funds or assisting in disposal of assets where you know of the crime makes you an accessory. You can be an accessory by doing anything that assists the criminals in their crime.

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

Knowledge of a crime without reporting it is called accessory. Even if they tell you about the crime after they've done it you are still an accessory after the fact.

So yes, if someone tells you've they've committed a crime or are going to commit a crime you are obligated to report it to law enforcement and refuse the transaction. To think otherwise would either make you extremely naive or stupid.

This is basic common knowledge, you can't help people commit crimes. It's ok to be ignorant of their crime (but you need to understand you may have your profits taken away) but if they tell you about intended law breaking and you proceed then you are an accessory to their crime. And in some states if that was a felony you are now also on the hook for everything they did because in most US states all participants in a felony can be convicted of every criminal action. 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.

Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 3, Informative) 231

They aren't stupid, they bit copy (dd) the device when it's seized. Now a local police agency might not do this but anything involving the fed's is going to be copied the second they get their hands on the data, even if it's encrypted. This is directly to prevent challenges on data integrity and to prevent dead man switches.

Comment Re:You have more freedom than you think (Score 2) 460

For $8000 if you tried to live on it completely self-sufficient you'd be dead in less than 3 days.

Much like my own home state Utah there is land just as cheap, and it is so cheap precisely because it's only value is grazing cattle every few years. There is little to no water, the climate is adverse to growing anything but desert grasses. You couldn't subsistence farm this land with all the money in the world to get you started. In other words, it's cheap because it has little value just as the market shows.

I ran into a fool like you many years ago that claimed there is no population limits, after all look at all that open land out there in the desert. Are you completely ignorant of what it takes survive and farm?

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