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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Agripa Re:For all non Americans... (231 comments)

The cable companies and others who provide video services want to be able to sell "broadband" while not selling a service that will allows others like Netflix and Hulu from competing with their video services.

10 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:Foot in Mouth (369 comments)

It will also make intelligence operations more prohibitively expensive for governments.

Nothing is prohibitively expensive for governments. They can always demand "your money or your life".

11 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:Effort in policing is a a feature, not a bug (369 comments)

The Constitution put in barriers to policing.

And the judicial system removes those barriers because they are not necessary do to the "New Professionalism" of law enforcement as cited by justice Scalia.

11 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:Already happening (369 comments)

It will be fun when evidence is found that a major manufacture of integrated circuits has added a back door to their hardware for a security agency.

11 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:If the US Government can read our data... (369 comments)

Strong encryption isn't about stopping the feds, it is about stopping the petty crook.

The feds are the largest single group of petty crooks.

12 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:still better... (369 comments)

physical intrusions like breaking into someone's home and bugging their place of work etc. doesn't scale

That just means it will be expensive so we can add the spying industrial complex to the military industrial complex, prison industrial complex, entitlement industrial complex, and health industrial complex.

12 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:Not quite (369 comments)

They only have to get a warrant if they want to use the evidence in a court of law

They do have that whole "parallel construction" thing going now though.

12 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:Not quite (369 comments)

Actually, no. In order to do the more involved things, "physical observation, bugging rooms, and breaking into phones or computers", they have to get a warrant. This ups the ante and they must present a convincing argument to the judge for the need to surveil the people in question. This increases oversight, expense, and the human resources required. That means less shotgun approach and more focused surveillance only where needed.

If they are going after the same data that they go after now but need to do black bag operations because of routine unbreakable encryption, then I am sure they will find a way to justify it without the process involved in getting a warrant. And even if they do use warrants, notifying the suspect would defeat the purpose of secret surveillance so physical measures will still be useful to the people spied upon.

12 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:Cost/benefit ratio (369 comments)

In addition it would also mean that covert physical seals could be better used to detect if your privacy has been invaded (Has the dust bunny on the back of my computer moved?),

I have done this before to catch people invading my privacy when I am not present but these days clandestine video would be feasible.

12 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (369 comments)

Do you idiots seriously believe that if the government was going to target you for surveillance, and go to the length of breaking into your home in order to bug it, that they would do so while you were there????

Mistakes happen and it does not have to be the case that you are home. Just somebody has to be home. And it is not like they will be showing anybody they find at home a warrant before entering since notifying you would defeat the purpose of secretly spying on you. Robbers and burglars and other evil doers do not show warrants either.

12 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (369 comments)

Which in many cases are protected by excellent armor. Headshots tend to be more permanent.

So use a battle rifle like a WW2 Garand or similar. Pistols are for concealed carry or until you grab your rifle.

12 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:Translation ... (369 comments)

I sincerely hope one or more of their people get shot breaking into some place and not identifying themselves as agents.

The lack of a silencer on the firearm I was using to defend myself do to federal law defended me so I could not hear what he was saying.

12 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:And is this a bad thing? (369 comments)

Second, "direct access" methods put the snoops at a nontrivial risk of getting caught and/or leaving recoverable evidence each time they use them illegally.

In the US, I expect that either citizens defending their home who are shot and killed by black bag operators or the reverse would count as recoverable evidence. I suspect the standing game in the courts that they like to play would be short circuited with a dead body.

12 hours ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Agripa Re:What rights does government have? (369 comments)

In the USA, government simply does not have the authority to prevent encryption. Encryption is beyond it's reach, and would represent a tyrannical seizure of rights which do not belong to government. Remember, in the US, rights are not granted by government. They are granted TO government.

The US government has lots of avenues to outlaw effective encryption. Court decisions which have extended the power of the tax and spend clause and interstate commerce clause give the federal government the authority to do so. There has just been no need because it has been easier to subvert encryption through other means at least up until now.

12 hours ago
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Agripa Re:I have an even better idea (300 comments)

This varies from state to state and many or most states definitely require licensing of the driver for scooters and mopeds and such.

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The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge

Agripa Re:Better than replacing socketed UV-EPROM chips! (60 comments)

The sockets would eventually fail, requiring repair/replacement of the entire CPU board (about a square foot in size).

Were those sockets made by Texas Instruments? They made edge wipe sockets which failed over time whether the chips were regularly replaced or not.

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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Agripa Re:I have an even better idea (300 comments)

It's not a felony to drive without a licence, FFS.

It depends on the State and circumstances and even if not charged as a felony, that can still mean large fines and up to a year in prison.

yesterday
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Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Agripa Re:I have an even better idea (300 comments)

In all of the places I have lived, scooters and motorbikes still require licenses.

yesterday
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AirAsia QZ8501 Black Box Found

Agripa Re:Build the whole plane out of the black box (95 comments)

Also, not sure about how different wireless signal goes through water

Wireless performs too poorly in water to use but modulated sound would work fine.

5 days ago

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