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  1. Almost nothing that is illegal, (or legal for that matter), has the exact same definition between countries, even the dividing line between somthing as simple as murder and manslaughter varies between countries. Each Countries laws are well defined but they do not match each other because each country has it's own standards of what is and is not acceptable and how severely bad somthing that is not acceptable is. Thats how the concept of a country works on a legal level.
  2. You have to remember that the US isn't really a single country from a laws perspective, laws vary hugely across the US reflecting the differing local outlook on things. Even when some federal law comes into play it's existence can and often is heavily disliked by a decent chunk of the populations. There's a reason one of the USA jokes is that; "It's a whole bunch of countries in a trench coat" or my own personal description; "A 52 nation military alliance that spawned a federal government as an extra appendage". I'd have to dig up the chapter and verse and that varies fro
  3. Actually no, it's often very well defined legally speaking. What you really mean is it includes interpretations in some places that you don't approve of. And thats cool. I'm not going to stop you. But it doesn't make it poorly defined legally speaking. At the end of the day different parts of the world have varying standards of what is and is not acceptable built on centuries of independent cultural evolution.And that means they have standards of what is and is not acceptable that are shaped by unique situations. The US for whatever reason has developed very differently to the res
  4. Why do people keep using drugs when it's so bad for their physical health, why do people stay in abusive relationships when it's bad for their health, e.t.c. Humans aren't simple rational being. Thats often a good thing, somtimes it's a bad thing.
  5. Depends where you are actually. There are plenty of places where all kinds of bribery is illegal. @LAwLz It's a US vs Europe thing. The US holds company rights, (and individual freedom), in much higher regard than Europe where the good of society is held up as more important. it's allways going to produce a strong cultural disconnect.
  6. Yes but the one count they lost is the one that actually matters worth a damm. The rest is fluff and nonsense in impact relative to the one they lost on.
  7. And some of that is coming from outside the institution in the form of government regulations. There's also the fact that at the top end the integrity, accuracy, and availability of their transaction services is itself a form of value to their customers. Any major SNAFU there risks seriously damaging them by eroding that. Worst case it so erodes that financial trading done by other entities through them comes under scrutiny crashing the banks and their customers share prices, big enough bank and that could crash the entire global economy pretty much overnight. And no institution wants to find
  8. Depends what happened behind the scene's, we know someone tried to reach out about it, but it''s not clear why there was no response. If for example that part of things is handled by some web developer who was out with COVID there wouldn't be anyone who could respond or fix things.
  9. I can confirm that @leadeater is correct as far as the UK is concerned. They issue Visa/Mastercard debit cards that can be used at any chip and pin in the country. Running into a store that didn't accept my card but would accept some other card has never happened. We have both contactless and pin entry available, though even with an amount inside the very low contactless limit , (was £30, raised to £45 at the start of the pandemic), t will randomly ask you to intsert it and put your pin in as a safety measure. Canada and the US may do it differently, but as far as how i
  10. If a hacker can access the government database their checking against your boned either way, they can just change the details to match. This is the US your talking about, they have a thousand different police forces all with their own records and systems. At the risk of turning political, the way the US is organised on pretty much every level is horribly inefficient, (by design mind), bear it in mind with discussing anything like this.
  11. Aren't these things mostly done by automated machines? Sounds more likely to be bad solder or a poorly maintained machine than actual human screwup.
  12. To be fair if you could manipulate quantum effects to make very unlikely likely there really is a lot of utterly weird stuff you could do. Now figuring out how or even if it's possibble to o a lot of that is a mess.But as excuses go it's probably not that bad a choice.
  13. Using wood or charcoal still emits CO2. This doesn't.
  14. Nah they've completly cut the coal out. TLDR fro the links earleir in the thread: Normally steel is produced from refined iron and various trace element,s that iron is produced by burning coal and iron ore together in a blast furnace. The impurities, (mainly oxygen), bind to the carbon and are carried away as gas, (mainly CO2). This accounts for the majority of the CO2 emitted. They've come up with a version of the process that uses hydrogen instead of coal and recover the exhaust gasses to re-extract the hydrogen for re-use. It's actually a significant advance as it cu
  15. Please do. My inner, (and outer), science and engineering nerds are drooling right now.