1996-04-25 - Re: [NOISE] [Wager: Seeming Resolution]

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From: jim bell <jimbell@pacifier.com>
To: “Declan B. McCullagh” <cypherpunks@toad.com
Message Hash: 0384a2a785e80cae03d11a858b5bf8fba546b3e3d08690f3840b241b240590ee
Message ID: <m0uC7oO-00092NC@pacifier.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1996-04-25 00:35:23 UTC
Raw Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 17:35:23 -0700 (PDT)

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From: jim bell <jimbell@pacifier.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 17:35:23 -0700 (PDT)
To: "Declan B. McCullagh" <cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: [NOISE] [Wager: Seeming Resolution]
Message-ID: <m0uC7oO-00092NC@pacifier.com>
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At 12:57 AM 4/24/96 -0400, Declan B. McCullagh wrote:
>Excerpts from internet.cypherpunks: 23-Apr-96 [Wager: Seeming
>Resolution] by Black Unicorn@schloss.li 
>> The only issue is how you wish to modify that claim for the purposes of
>> the wager so as to bring it within a semblence of accuracy.
>> Absent further interest on your part, I consider the matter closed and 
>> your claim retracted.
>I confess I had a good laugh at Jim Bell's expense. His attempt at
>weaseling was sadly uninspired, and Black Unicorn was quite right to
>move in for the kill.

What "kill"?  Unicorn claimed a few days ago that he THOUGHT that his 
challenge would never be accepted, ostensibly because of haggling by me.  I 
interpret this as unwillingness to bargain in good faith (sandbagging), 
which is reasonable given Unicorn's track record.  Given this thinly-veiled 
warning of dishonesty, it is only realistic that I would not want to accept 
his challenge.  

Notice that he hasn't presented what he would claim to be the scope of the 
conditions, which suggests that he's going to try to spring them on me 
later.  I, for one, am not going to accept the legal equivalent of a 
witch-doctor's example, and I don't think anyone else here would find that 
to be acceptable either.

Further, all this is merely  an attempt to distract from the issue that I 
raised, one that Unicorn hasn't dared to talk about yet: I claimed that of 
the examples quoted in that SC decision, which were cited as exceptions to 
5th amendment protections in the US, all of them represent examples which 
were only considered technologically useful in the last 100 years, the 
oldest being fingerprinting.  Given this, it is easy to conclude that there 
is no realistic basis for an interpretation that they are genuinely 
exceptions to 5th amendment protections, and were allowed simply because 
they were useful.

Isn't it interesting how Unicorn always seems to dodge the analysis and 
replace it with precedent?

Jim Bell