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  • Dec 8th, 2010 @ 2:34pm

    Re: Isn't that illegal

    I should say it is illegal to intentionally install malicious code on a server you do not own.

    Far more than illegal it is an act of war, and cannot be done without congressional approval.

    Our country is slowly descending into Fascist Nationalism... Absolutely anything to ensure the safety of the people. To hell with safety, we all die someday... very few live free.

    In the words of our fallen bastion of humor- George Carlin..
    "Take a F-ing chance"

  • Dec 6th, 2010 @ 1:10pm

    Curious Motivation

    Lots of folks are arguing whether or not they ought to be able to do this... But I wonder why they did.

    Shouldn't Congress of all people be able to look and see what the rest of the world is exposed to. If there is some dirty little secret, that the whole world knows except for a particular Senator; might that Senator further embarrass our nation out of ignorance?

    Just saying that we shouldn't be denying our Congress any information that might be pertinent to our nations future.

  • Dec 6th, 2010 @ 1:05pm

    Re: No law just executive order

    Very few people make that distinction...Which is terrifying to me. Observe the election time rhetoric "Candidate so and so will raise taxes". I feel like screaming "The President cannot raise taxes". Honestly, I think that there are many lazy folks that would just prefer a king.

  • Nov 30th, 2010 @ 7:52am

    Press the Reset Button

    Sometimes I think we need to press the reset button on legal precedent. We are really hurting

  • Nov 22nd, 2010 @ 5:13pm

    Turn the tables

    Make them feel as comfortable as you do.

    • Suggest places they could check
    • Ask them if various skin issues you might have look infected
    • Tell them to take their time, then tell them to go slower
    • Tell them that prefer them not to talk, and that you like firm pressure
    • say "ooh you smell good"
    • Take 2 Viagra before going through Security
    • Where pants that will fall down when you take your belt off and bright orange Underwear that says " Suspicious Package" on the front
    • sing "see me, feel me, touch me" in your best Tommy falsetto
    • Stuff a pair of sox in your crotch
    • Stuff a pair of sox in your crotch even if your a woman

  • Oct 8th, 2010 @ 2:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    In the case of the child porn, blackmail et.all I quite agree. However these things are crimes on their own. The act of speaking does not change the inherent underlying illegal act. It is illegal for me to break into your home computer to leave a text document there indicting your behavior. The fact that I have the right to indict your behavior is irrelevant to the fact that I illegally accessed your computer. We will have to agree do differ on the matter of a minor amendment process. I believe that the government unwieldy already; that more power to do things will only make it more so. I reserve to the right to change this opinion as age bestows wisdom upon me... Till then we will have to differ.

  • Oct 8th, 2010 @ 1:53pm

    Re: Re: Are written books public discourse?

    Yes but in the case of the book, I have a reasonable expectation that you will pay to be exposed to my point of view. That you knowingly enter into a paid exchange of personal opinion. If I write a book condemning Christians as ritualistic cannibals: I maybe offensive, and harmful to the Christian faith. However I do not think they have a legal case against me. However much they disagree, their proper recourse is to write a better book that explains why they consume the symbolic flesh of a 2000 year old Jewish carpenter. They are even free to attack my book, explain the flaws in my logic, and if they wish engage in personal attacks against me. This is the way of public discourse. It is not prudent to outlaw ad hominem attacks; but it is necessary to teach the people to recognize all forms of logical fallacy

  • Oct 6th, 2010 @ 2:03pm

    Are written books public discourse?

    I'm not especially behind this idea, but for the sake of argument:
    Might we see the paid exchange of information between an author and the reader of a book as a protected private conversation?

    This of course raises other pie in the sky loopholes:

    My web server is my personal property.... If you electronically access it you are accessing my personal effects (or papers). You are not consuming public media, you are visiting my personal information system. How can what I say on my own property be considered public conversation.

    Like I said just a thought experiment, love to here your thoughts

  • Oct 6th, 2010 @ 1:58pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Keep in mind that you and Christopher are making separate arguments. You are arguing that our comomn law system has established exceptions to the black & white diction of the Constitution.

    Christopher is arguing that these exceptions are null and void, because the constitution does not allow common law courts to create exceptions; that they are only permitted to interpret what the written words of the Constitution mean and nothing more.

    If I've placed the wrong argument before either of you, then I am sorry; but the issue of the Constitution's Supremecy, is a personal hammer of mine.

  • Sep 29th, 2010 @ 7:53am

    Re: Lets be very cautious!

    meaningless comment, because I forgot to check the Email me box. Apologize for wasting your eye movement.

  • Sep 29th, 2010 @ 7:52am

    Lets be very cautious!

    We don't want people to be able to take something that you worked hard on, and sell it for their own profit; or sabotage your ability to profit from your own work. I'm sure we all agree on that. But there comes a point at which we have to be reasonable. We cannot infringe upon far more important rights to protect profit. Anyone want to join me? I plan on talking to random strangers about the threat poised by Internet regulation and censorship at the @rally4sanity on 30 OCT 2010 in Washington.

  • Sep 24th, 2010 @ 11:42am

    Show me the Law

    The constitution grants the governement the ability to regulate trade among the states, not within the states. That said, Medical care is a service to which medicine is incidental exchange.

    Furthermore, growing produce for one's own use does not constitute trade;unless of course we are all the property of the society at large.

    These are all reasons why many people believe the government has overstepped its enumerated powers.

  • Sep 24th, 2010 @ 11:27am

    Its not illegal, for several reasons.

    It is not illegal activity! The activity is in support of a notion that alot of peple take issue with. Many people believe that the federal government illegally regulates intrastate trade of marijuana. A substance that CA has seen fit to allow in their state market. This is a legitimate grievance, and and no law can be made that abridges the right of the people to petition (that is build support by sending messages among your peers) the government to fix it.

  • Sep 22nd, 2010 @ 3:28pm

    Re: Censorship Capitalist style

    At least it's capitalist censorship.

  • Sep 13th, 2010 @ 7:07pm

    Censorship Capitalist style

    After a few hours of though, and a glass of wine. I've decided that is actually quite funny. I guess the military could have tried to "suppress it in the name of security". I actually prefer them simply buying the Author off. I wonder what could have been so bad. As a Soldier, I often wonder why things are kept secret... is it because they're dangerous or because they're embarrassing?

  • Sep 13th, 2010 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Case Study

    Sorry about the double comment, I used a unordered list and thought it was auto-deleted.

  • Sep 13th, 2010 @ 4:51pm

    Burn it all

    You know it is pretty poor taste to go on a book burning spree. Especially in the wake of the 'international burn a Qur'an Day'. Ah... it would be funny if it only it were not real life.

  • Sep 13th, 2010 @ 11:08am

    Case Study

    A few weeks ago I saw a report that this had actually happened. I admit I didn't do much more than psten to the news broadcast but apparently the case went down pke this:

    -Person's House is robbed
    -Video footage of robbery caught by nanny-cam
    -Victim uses social network to identify intruder on tape
    -Intruder was an aquantance from highschool that friended the victim
    -Interrogation of suspect revealed that he had target the victim based on her facebook status

    Again, not saying I buy it. But the fact that I have some "Facebook Friends" that I have not spoken to in years ranks it as plausible in my book

  • Sep 13th, 2010 @ 11:04am

    Case Study

    A few weeks ago I saw a report that this had actually happened. I admit I didn't do much more than listen to the news broadcast but apparently the case went down like this:

    • Person's House is robbed
    • Video footage of robbery caught by nanny cam
    • Victim uses social network to identify intruder on tape
    • Intruder was an aquantance from highschool that friended the victim
    • Interrogation of suspect revealed that he had target the victim based on her facebook status

    Again, not saying I buy it. But the fact that I have some "Facebook Friends" that I have not spoken to in years ranks it as plausible in my book

  • Sep 13th, 2010 @ 9:03am

    Piracy and misuse

    If you can't own software you purchase and receive a copy of, then your not stealing software you pirate. It may still be illegal to to use out of license, but this will have a much harder time holding up across international borders.

    Licensing also implies that I am free to make the software available to anyone, so long as I give it to them with the understanding that they must approach X company for a license. They would then either hack or license the software, independent of my responsibility.

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