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Originally posted by Silver Shadow
The internet is just a communications medium, just like the telephone.
But both can be used for purposes that definitely are illegal.
If you are into making death threats, or blackmail, or soliciting underage children for casual sex on chat Forums, that would be criminal.
Using the internet to do it would not be the issue, but it is HOW the internet is used can put you behind bars.
Why do they allow dvd burners, blank media, hd camcorders, vcrs, and then prosecute people for piracy? Why do they allow people to pose as adolescents in order to lure pedophiles
If the government does begin censoring the internet. Does that then mean i almost have automatic exemption from any prosecution regarding illegal activities on the internet? Or at the very least a good case for my lawyer to argue?
Originally posted by zaiger
No, that is not the way the law works. That is pretty much like saying drugs are illegal and since the governemnt prohibits the sale of narcotics im exempt from prosecution for buying and selling drugs, its illegal so i can do it.
Originally posted by mdiinican
The OP's whole premise is flawed. Grounding to the earth is unimportant. In electronics, ground is just a reference point. You can pick up all the loose RF in the world on your circuitry, and as long as it's within the designed limits, it won't make a bit of difference if the ground you're referencing is tied to a metal stake driven into the earth, or if it's the chassis of your automobile, as long as you're consistent.
Earth ground is just used because it's reasonably consistent from place to place and time to time, and you get all your power from the mains, instead of from a battery and alternator contained in your house.