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  • Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 6:11am

    Where are the quotes in this story coming from?

    This looks like it's based on an article from somewhere, but there doesn't seem to be any link or mention of the source.

  • Feb 25th, 2014 @ 9:00am

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    Augh. GCHQ needs to be shut down just for its terrible Powerpoint slides.

  • Jan 30th, 2014 @ 4:49pm

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    If the 4th Amendment only protects the innocent, then it's useless. The government simply would not prosecute people against whom their unconstitutional searches turn up no evidence, and so those searches would never be challenged in court.

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 5:09pm

    Re: Where To Learn More

    Or if you want a perspective a little more removed from the conflict, may I suggest:

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2014/01/thailands-political-crisis

  • Dec 6th, 2013 @ 1:21am

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    I feel compelled to point out that the Labor Party was the Australian government for the entire duration of the country's participation in TPP negotiations, right up until three months ago when they lost an election. They've had several years to release a text themselves.

  • Aug 22nd, 2013 @ 5:08pm

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    Just because an issue is emotional or psychological does not mean that it cannot be approached rationally. As humans, we share common values of fairness, peace, and happiness, and so we craft our laws to promote and defend those values. If a policy is objectively harmful to one or more of those psychological goods, then we have a rational reason to consider abandoning or proscribing that policy.

    The reason that we outlaw unwarranted investigations and arrests in the United States is because of the genuine suffering they cause to the individuals targeted by such actions, because they contravenes our principles of treating everyone equally under the law, and because they allow people or institutions in positions of power to abuse their power for their own benefit rather than that of the public they're supposed to serve.

  • Aug 22nd, 2013 @ 4:58pm

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    My point is not to drag anyone into a deep argument about the nature of rights themselves. Rather it's that the first comment here, Ima Fish saying that you shouldn't have to highlight the potential abuses of NSA spying but only say that they're intrinsically wrong, is a terrible argument. If the entirety of your position consists of "this is wrong", it leaves you totally unequipped to oppose someone who responds "nuh uh, it's perfectly fine!".

    It is critically important to have genuine, rational reasons for opposing things, and the potential for abuse is a strong reason that the NSA's programs. Without reasons like that, we're no better than children stamping our feet and saying "I just don't like it!"

  • Aug 22nd, 2013 @ 4:07pm

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    You really shouldn't make a habit of falling back on existing laws as moral justifications. Why should anyone care what the UDHR says? What makes it good?

    We have the power both to change old laws and create new ones, and we must always keep in mind the reasons for laws.

  • Aug 22nd, 2013 @ 2:58pm

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    The Fourth Amendment probably makes the NSA's policies unconstitutional in the United States, but it's not a reason they're wrong in any kind of ethical sense. If I said that the Fourth Amendment ought to be repealed, what would you say to convince me that was a bad idea? If another country wanted to replicate the NSA's program, why would they be wrong?

  • Aug 22nd, 2013 @ 2:10pm

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    No, it's not enough to say "NSA spying is wrong". You have to have an explanation of why it's wrong.

  • Aug 5th, 2013 @ 9:52pm

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    "Racist bear-men" is a fun term. I hope to see it again some day, perhaps as the title of a comedy photo album.

  • Aug 1st, 2013 @ 8:08am

    Seriously?

    Techdirt's gotten me on board with the need for serious IP reform and opposition to IP chapters in trade agreements by making economically sound arguments.

    This, however, is protectionist crap.

    Please, please, please don't undermine your credibility by arguing that legacy IP corporations deserve to fail in the market if they can't adapt to competition from new technology, but that legacy manufacturers ought to be immune from competition from overseas.

  • May 16th, 2013 @ 6:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Centrally controlled fiat currencies are a pyramid scheme

    That's not preserving wealth, though, that's risking it. It's an important and valuable thing, to be sure, but there should be some way of being able to hold on to what you've earned without risk.


    Why? Value isn't static. Think about pre-currency economies running on barter. Cows are still the primary means of exchange in a lot of east African communities. How do you preserve the value of a herd of cattle? You can't just lock them in a pen for as long as you want, they'll die and begin to rot. You'll have to care for them yourself, or lend or sell them on to someone else in return for something else, such as a contract for future goods or services.

    There's no good reason that anyone should expect currency-based economies to function any differently at a fundamental level. Trying to lock up wealth into no-risk hoards is a recipe for stagnancy at best, and we're all be better off with the vitality of constantly fluctuating credit markets. Yes, there is uncertainty and risk from having to invest your savings, but that's simply a reflection of the nature of life and reality, the world around us is constantly changing and we could all die tomorrow. At the moment, the best we can do is pretend that some assets are risk free, such as with insured deposits. But the truth is that such schemes merely move the risk around so that it's borne by other parties, such as governments or private insurers. Even precious metals aren't risk-free, you're counting on other investors and metal brokers to keep up the price for you.

    Without that ability, we are all but indentured servants.


    Indentured to our own need for scarce resources in order to survive, perhaps. But there's no financial scheme at all which can hope to solve that, it's the fundamental economic problem. There's just no way out until our production becomes unlimited.

  • May 15th, 2013 @ 1:42pm

    Re: Re: Re: Centrally controlled fiat currencies are a pyramid scheme

    No. Economies are active things, people need a constant supply of goods and services to fulfill both basic needs and more frivolous desires. Given that reality, trying to preserve "wealth" in the form of completely inactive assets (like a big pile of gold) is a bad thing, it does no one but the owner any good. Instead, you want people to preserve their wealth in the form of productive assets, stuff which has value to other people because of what it does for them, things like equity in businesses or investment loans.

    From a monetary perspective: trying to give people ways to save wealth that doesn't involve any risk encourages people to use those methods, which drains money from the credit market that would otherwise be used to invest in new enterprises.

    To put this in context of the Bitcoin issue, I want to be clear that I have no objection to Bitcoin. In fact, I'm kind of hoping that it ends up taking on the role that gold has been serving for a while, as an inert asset with stable supply that's popularly believed to have uses an alternative currency. Then at least we could free up the supply of gold for other, more useful things. Bitcoin does potentially have a role to play in the economy, but it's as a complement to fiat currencies, not a replacement.

  • May 15th, 2013 @ 12:44pm

    Re: Centrally controlled fiat currencies are a pyramid scheme

    Yeah, static currencies are great until you run into a balance of payments crisis or deflation.

    I remind you that the government of Cyprus didn't steal anyone's money. The banks were bankrupt, they couldn't honor all the deposit accounts. The government actually borrowed a huge amount of money in order to guarantee depositors retained more of their savings than they would have otherwise.

    Everyone could do with a reminder that their bank deposits are loans, not cash vaults. Those investments can sometimes fail. Nor is currency a good way to store your wealth, anyway. It is a means of facilitating exchanges, preserving value is not its purpose.

  • May 9th, 2013 @ 1:40am

    Re: Are you surprised?

    Which networks is the US shutting down?

  • May 3rd, 2013 @ 8:01pm

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    10-year inflation of 25% would mean a price change from $30,000 to $37,500.

    I don't think that's the issue.

  • Apr 29th, 2013 @ 9:17pm

    Please be careful with this.

    That Brodwin article attacks "special interest giveaways" in one paragraph, and then bemoans the fact that such trade deals would forbid such provisions as the "Buy American" law in the very next. I'm not sure if that's willfull blindness or he truly doesn't realize the hypocrisy.

    I'm sympathetic to Techdirt's concerns with trade deals' promotion of insane IP regulations and the lack of transparency. But I worry that y'all are letting that concern push you into alliance with old-style protectionist populism.

  • Apr 29th, 2013 @ 3:30pm

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    I don't know what you're so worried about, the cooperation is obviously entirely voluntary; companies aren't forced to do anything. If they don't wish to cooperate, they can simply choose to pay the fines instead.

  • Apr 24th, 2013 @ 9:38pm

    I can dream.

    Maybe... maybe if enough of the regional FTAs fail, our governments will finally suck it up and get back to working on the Doha round for the entire WTO?

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