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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

Zironic Re:Slight problem with your storyline (377 comments)

Sweden can't make any such promise because Extradition is a court matter and any politician bypassing the court in such a matter would be performing a major breach of the separation of powers.

about 2 months ago
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France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon

Zironic Re:I love to read (264 comments)

Have you heard about this newfangled institution called a library?

about 6 months ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

Zironic Re:No Moral Standing Here (1160 comments)

The policy is against selling drugs that will be used to kill people. The policy is not against selling drugs to regimes that kill people.

about 6 months ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

Zironic Re:Easy to trace??? (318 comments)

No, Bitcoin was never designed to be hard to trace, in fact Bitcoin by design is easy to trace.

about 6 months ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

Zironic Re:Make cars harder to drive and faster (165 comments)

Bla bla bla. Look, you just need to look at any kind of traffic accident vs car safety feature statistic to see that people in no way were better drivers with worse cars, they just died more.

about 7 months ago
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Court Declares Google Must Face Wiretap Charges For Wi-Fi Snooping

Zironic Re:False distinctions (214 comments)

It has nothing to do with how radio works, they give no fucks, it has everything with what the user of the radio expects. Laws are by and large written to apply to people, not technology.

If most people expect a situation to be private and you listen in, then you're an asshat and the law will usually punish you for it regardless of how easy it was for you to listen. This has nothing to do with the technical details of the situation.

about 7 months ago
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Court Declares Google Must Face Wiretap Charges For Wi-Fi Snooping

Zironic Re:Terrible Ruling (214 comments)

It has nothing to do with how radio works, they give no fucks, it has everything with what the user of the radio expects. Laws are by and large written to apply to people, not technology.

about 7 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

Zironic Re:This isn't very complicated. (452 comments)

Once again we come back to the fact that it's always really easy for the government to create political "thought-crimes" however with a solid constitution there's a limit to the damage they can do.

You have to remember that it's infeasible to write a constitution to prevent the government from writing bad laws at all, the fifth is a very important part in preventing the potential abuse of the rather inevitable bad laws.

If you want an example of recent US history where the 5th was very important, just remember:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism

Imagine how much worse that could have been without the 5th even if it was to an extent disregarded.

The country I live in is Sweden.

about 7 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

Zironic Re:This isn't very complicated. (452 comments)

Indeed the 5th is only a part of a larger set of rights that together are supposed to ensure that the criminal justice system functions properly.

However even when torture as such is banned, contempt of court charges themselves become a form of torture when you're forced to choose between incriminating yourself, contempt of court or perjury.

That's the important distinction between the right to be silent about yourself and the right to be silent about someone else, in your own case you're forced to harm yourself in some manner regardless of which option you choose, which is considered inhumane and unjust, while in the case of a third party you still have an option that leaves you unharmed.

However I'll note that being forced to witness is a fairly rare law which doesn't exist in many other countries such as my own.

about 7 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

Zironic Re:This isn't very complicated. (452 comments)

I'm confused as to why you would think there should be examples of that. Once the right to remain silent is established in law there is no point for any prosecutor to bring such a case before a judge, they're usually not complete morons.

What you will find if you open any history book is that the amount of religious and political prosecution is vastly lower in any country once the right to remain silent is established in law. I'm surprised at your complete ignorance in the history and background of these laws.

about 7 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

Zironic Re:This isn't very complicated. (452 comments)

No they can't. You seem to be unable to comprehend the idea of a bad government acting legally, which is actually really common.

The very point of having a constitution in the first place is so that you have a set of laws that are very hard for any individual government to change, so that even though they have the power to rewrite most of the normal laws, they're still bound by the constitutional laws unless they have popular support for an extended period of time.

about 7 months ago
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The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

Zironic Re:This isn't very complicated. (452 comments)

That's because they were guilty, what part of political and religious prosecution do you have problems understanding?

The right to remain silent makes it a lot harder to prosecute people over political crimes.

about 7 months ago
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Would You Tell People How To Crack Your Software?

Zironic Re:Oh, damnit... I've been trolled. (129 comments)

It probably is that simple for a very simple reason. His target audience isn't really poor kids that just want to try out hacking, he's selling the licences for 2.5k a pop/year so he's obviously targeting companies, companies that would rather not crack the copies regardless of how easy it is because of legal liabilities.

about 7 months ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

Zironic Re:Amazing idea (732 comments)

I wasn't thinking of variable speed signs, but rather on the westbound road from Uppsala the main road is 70 however every intersection is 50 and supplied with a speed camera, so every time you come close to an intersection you have to brake and every time you leave it you have to accelerate and every time you have to be paranoid about if a camera will catch you not braking hard enough.

about 8 months ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

Zironic Re:Amazing idea (732 comments)

I hate those cameras so much. I wouldn't mind them so much if the road was permanently 50, but 50-70-50-70-50-70 with cameras in between is just pure ass-hole.

about 8 months ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

Zironic Re:Amazing idea (732 comments)

What kind of grade A moron would make a car brake to match a speed limit? It'll just turn the engine off to slowly reduce speed.

about 8 months ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

Zironic Re:easy solution (510 comments)

The Swedish Millitary is forbidden by law to interfere in civilian matters ever since a protest got bloody about 80 years ago.

about 9 months ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

Zironic Re:Well (510 comments)

The Airport in Paris has the same thing, only a bit worse since you can't pay the fee in the airport because the doors are completely automated, had to travel all the way back to Paris and then to the airport again, good thing I had plenty of time!

The A-Train monopoly has been deemed to be a really bad deal for the government in retrospect.

about 9 months ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

Zironic Re:Closing car pool lanes too? (510 comments)

As long as you don't charge money the goverment will never confuse you with a taxi, don't worry.

about 9 months ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

Zironic Re:Well (510 comments)

It's not the airport charging that fee. The railroad to Arlanda is one of the only private rails in Sweden in a deal where the builder, A-Train (Arlanda Express) would get monopoly on rail traffic to the airport for 40 years.

about 9 months ago

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Google does no evil?

Zironic Zironic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Zironic (1112127) writes "Apparently after someone pointed out the existence of lolicon on manga websites google has gone on a banning spree and threatened to cut off any manga related website that hosts mature manga, I wonder what happened to that anti-censorship stance."
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