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NSA Chief Built Star Trek Like Command Center

coma_bug Re:That's awesome (372 comments)

I'd be alright with it if they also treated the Bill of Rights like the Prime Directive.

You'd like the Bill of Rights to be violated with impunity?

about 10 months ago
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China Allows Most Online Criticism But Cracks Down On Mobilization and Gossip

coma_bug Re:Like America! (94 comments)

The big difference here is, these three hypothetical people will not be facing a three-year sentence.

how about twenty years?

about 10 months ago
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Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

coma_bug facilitating (395 comments)

conduct which is likely to or capable of facilitating terrorism

like, say, building roads?

about a year ago
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How Climate Scientists Parallel Early Atomic Scientists

coma_bug Re:Tense About Nuclear Weapons (440 comments)

our big existential threat is terrorism

terrorism is not an existential threat.

1 year,2 days
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Google Asks Government For More Transparency, Other Groups Push Back Against NSA

coma_bug Re:So how aren't they spying on US citizens? (323 comments)

How do they know who is a US citizen and who isn't?

The fourth amendment protects all people, not just citizens:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

As Glenn Greenwald explains, "persons" and "citizens" have entirely different meanings in the Constitution.

about a year ago
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New Pope Selected

coma_bug Re:A Jesuit Pope -- this could be very interesting (915 comments)

your original question asked the OP to test God as an hypothesis, which you recognize is absurd.

Yes, that is the Socratic method.

God is an axiom, exactly like the idea that science can work at all.

"Like a sniper using bollocks for ammunition.."

You can collect evidence supporting them, but not disproving them.

You clearly do not understand what "evidence" means. If some possible observations would support a hypothesis then alternative possible observations would cause it to be rejected. As the god hypothesis is constructed to avoid the latter possibility, it also cannot be supported by any observation.

about a year ago
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New Pope Selected

coma_bug Re:A Jesuit Pope -- this could be very interesting (915 comments)

Ah, the old "solipsism, therefore anything goes" argument.

Do you realize that science relies on logic, logic relies on sets of axioms, and axioms can't be disproved by empirical evidence, only by inconsistencies in the formal system?

So I resist the urge to ask Storm whether knowledge is so loose-weave of a morning when deciding whether to leave her apartment by the front door or a window on the second floor.

The existence of $DEITY$ can't be proven nor disproven by empiric data, because it's a logically consistent system.

Why, yes, god is not testable..

How would you disprove that the COBE prediction is proof of the Will of God?

.. and, in particular, god is not falsifiable.

FYI I'm an atheist, but in my day I did my duty learning a bit about philosophy of science.

Good for you. Next time go beyond the first chapter in the book.

about a year ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

coma_bug Re:!(Prisoner's Dilemma) (626 comments)

And a grant of immunity from prosecution for conspiracy would eliminate that privilege, no?

No. Any person may take the fifth at any time in any place if they fear their answers may implicate them in any crime at all. The Court has emphasized that one of the Fifth Amendment's basic functions is to protect innocent persons who might otherwise be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances.

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

coma_bug Re:!(Prisoner's Dilemma) (626 comments)

one twin, regardless of actual guilt, can be compelled to testify about the other twin.

you're still wrong

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

coma_bug Re:!(Prisoner's Dilemma) (626 comments)

its perfectly ok to compel him to be a witness against his twin.

No. Anyone may take the fifth if there is the possibility they may implicate themselves, rightly or wrongly, even if called as a witness against someone else.

about a year and a half ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

coma_bug Re:!(Prisoner's Dilemma) (626 comments)

And the innocent person lacks such a right even in the US.

wait. what? here is the fifth:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

about a year and a half ago
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Fragmentation Leads To Android Insecurities

coma_bug Re:Fragmentation (318 comments)

It's very annoying to at least some of us.

This.

about a year and a half ago

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