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Comment Re:The border exception is a usurpation. (Score 1) 294

The Supreme Court has held that the Constitution only applies to U.S. territory.

Yeah, and they fucked up Korematsu, Dred Scott and Kelo too. What's your point?

Technically it is Cuban territory being leased to the U.S.

Which is irrelevant to the bill of rights. The fifth amendment doesn't say "unless you stash the people you kidnapped on foreign soil". For any American official to hold anyone in custody without trial is a crime.

all countries need to protect themselves from unlawful entry

This is a reason for positively identifying anyone seeking entry. It's not an argument for violating their 4th amendment rights.

-jcr

Comment The border exception is a usurpation. (Score 2) 294

The US Constitution is the entirety of the legal basis for the very existence of the American federal government. Is it binding upon all American government officials, agents, and employees at all times and all places. There is no provision in the constitution for the suspension of the bill of rights at the border, and the fact that our rights are routinely violated when entering the country is because our courts are derelict in their duty to enforce the constitution.

-jcr

Comment Re:Rights are inherent, endowed by our Creator (Score 1) 294

That's not the constitution, but the exception for the border isn't the constitution either. I could see an argument in favor of it if they left it up to the states, but when they make it federal they blow it. And the constitution certainly never said that anything within 200 miles of the border, or other access point (international airport, e.g.) was a part of the border, but that's what the feds have been claiming for decades. Without any right to do so, but with the power to make it pretty much stick.

Comment Re:Why should it need real-time internet anyway? (Score 1) 87

The hardware is probably expensive...the databases, not so much so. To correct that, building ONE database is quite expensive. Copying it to lots of dolls makes the incremental cost cheap.

The question that might make this wrong is "Does the doll understand human speech, or the speech of one particular person?". If each doll needs a separate specialized database, then it would, indeed, be expensive, but then one wonders "Who's paying for all these customized databases?".

Comment Re:Simple answer. Dont use SAP. (Score 2) 93

Yes, but how would that scale? Mind you, this isn't an argument in favor of SAP, as I believe that you could redesign that into something that would scale, albeit it would be a bit less flexible. I'd want to use a different DB engine, possibly PostGreSQL. I don't like C#, but there's nothing really wrong with it, I just think that if you want to scale it you need to convert it from a single DB into a hierarchy, with each local entity being a complete sub-module analogous to your current system, but the overall system holding a summary of all its dependent nodes...and probably producing a different set of reports.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 426

Grounds for impeachment is whatever the House of Representatives finds suitable. Please note that the House is currently dominantly Republican.

A successful impeachment can be done on whatever grounds the Senate finds acceptable. Please also note that the Senate is dominantly Republican.

A successful impeachment requires a majority vote of the House. A successful conviction requires a majority vote of the Senate. The chances of this happening are extremely slim. It would require that a large number of Republicans in both the House and the Senate be thoroughly outraged.

P.S.: The causes I listed are not the official grounds, which are, IIRC, "High Crimes and Misdemeanors", but the term doesn't appear to be well defined, and there is no clear test, so as a matter of practice it's whatever the Representatives and Senators find suitable.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 426

While he's wrong, so are you. 20th Century US was not Capitalist, it was oligarchist. The monopolies established via government power were only slightly subtler than those that Teddy Roosevelt fought. So far nobody has successfully challenged them except in minor corners. I suppose you could call it state sponsored capitalism, but if you take out the downside risk, then what remains can't really be called capitalism.

P.S.: Neither Socialism nor Capitalism is a desirable system. Though most of the 20th century the oligarchism was actually superior to either. And note that it contains elements of both. There is currently, however, clear evidence that with increasing automation it has reached a limit, where it is no longer a reasonably good choice. What should replace it, and how to get there, is as yet unclear.

Comment Re: Just another mindless attack (Score 1) 426

The problem is I consider ALL the media news to be propaganda, and don't really believe any of it. I'm even dubious about the things that are agreed upon by both the left an right sides of the political spectrum.

So I'm not really sure that Trump is an uncontrolled idiot, but that's what his public appearances suggest, except when I get a bit paranoid about what he's really after. So far I'm willing to believe that when I feel that way I'm being paranoid.

Comment Re:Can't resist... (Score 1) 426

If you think the *accusations* against Clinton were as bad as the equivalent admitted facts WRT Trump, then you need to check your prescriptions. There were, of course, accusations that don't yet have any near equivalent WRT Trump, and perhaps he'll avoid those. But there are also accusations against Trump that have no near equivalent WRT Clinton...one can only hope those will be proven false.

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