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18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

Arkiel Re:5th Admendment? (446 comments)

This isn't necessarily a 5th Amendment issue for the manufacturers who have only a tangential connection to the case itself.

People can't assert the constitutional rights of others.

But yeah, this law seems like bullshit. I hope the legal response is robust and successful.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Arkiel Rational Decisionmaking (583 comments)

Would strong AI prioritize measures to diminish global warming and work toward getting everyone employed instead of making a select few very rich? Because humans have shown themselves to be unequal to those tasks.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Arkiel Infringement != Stealing (580 comments)

So you can honestly answer "no" to whatever dumbass question they ask you.

about 2 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Arkiel Re:Not Child Pornography (274 comments)

I researched a bit and discovered the court case referenced in the article you linked does not appear to be based on American jurisprudence.
I further discovered that the child pornography definition in New York v. Ferber allowed the government to restrict speech that involved depictions of children in sexual acts. The Child Pornography Prevention Law of 1996 added two definitions of child pornography, both of which required sexually explicit conduct. No case I have come across has held that display of one's breasts are sexually explicit conduct. On the other hand, forty-six states and DC have laws on the books which allow women to breast feed in public. Lots of evidence that breasts aren't sexually explicit and no evidence against it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
http://www.ncsl.org/research/h...

Your concern is noted but baseless.

about 2 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Arkiel Re:Not Child Pornography (274 comments)

You know that the fact that there is a SCOTUS case means that the interpretation of the law has changed, right?

about 3 months ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Arkiel Not Child Pornography (274 comments)

Maroney's pictures have been described in some detail by people with similar questions as to their legality. They aren't child pornography. The shots are just of her breasts. She isn't simulating sex, she isn't masturbating off-camera (from what you can tell, apparently), I don't think she's even touching her own breasts.

The lawyers just tried to scare people. If I had her pictures, I would share them on principle alone. As it stands, everyone should be writing to the bar association where the lawyers have membership to register and ethics complaint.

about 3 months ago
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Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

Arkiel Re:Boo hoo. (142 comments)

Huh. This seems like a comment on what I said, but it doesn't actually dispute anything.

Honeywell produced and Boeing accepted a device that experiences interference when placed in the environment where it is intended to be used, right? Yeah, that's some crazy alternate universe worldview I've got.

about 3 months ago
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Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

Arkiel Boo hoo. (142 comments)

"some airlines are balking, since the problem has never been seen in operation, that the order presents 'a high, and unnecessary, financial burden on operators'."

Yeah, it sure sucks that you're involved in an industry where hardening against air surveillance and weather radar are a pre-requisite, and you decided to buy off-spec from what I imagine was the lowest bidder.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Arkiel Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

That would probably be illegal in a bunch of contexts on the basis of overly broad seizure (effectively a so-called 'general warrant'). And then there's the statute of limitations. What you propose would be a serious problem for people that have committed crimes like rape or murder, but fuck those people. ...then again, if the cops were smart they'd seize encrypted images from all suspects on the off chance that one of them is the killer and that they would be able to decrypt at some point in the future. That could be the new DNA evidence for solving cold case files.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

Arkiel A nothing statement that means nothing. (145 comments)

So Wheeler googled "ISP outrage", clicked the "News" tab, and had an intern write a feel-good do-nothing speech about the Comcast outrage?

If it were anyone we could at least momentarily pretend that this was an opening salvo in some course of action that would increase incentives to switch by doing something to promote competition to act against the disincentives Comcast forces on the consumer.

No, no, this is all about draining the political pressure that news story like the Comcast outrage foment. Its about constituents having the illusion of progress and/or representatives being able to tell their constituents that Chairman Wheeler, notable industry shill, is on the case.

about 3 months ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

Arkiel Most Dangerous Game (474 comments)

Drugs would probably be a lot safer if people didn't have to worry about SWAT kicking in the door and tossing a couple flashbangs into your infant's crib.

about 4 months ago
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Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

Arkiel King Ghidora (69 comments)

"The images clearly showed a golden three-headed space dragon emerge from the cloud of debris. The eerie, high-pitched laughter of an alien demon filled the NASA command center before a bolt of gold space-lightning took out the Hubble telescope."

about 9 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Arkiel 3 people vs 250 million (294 comments)

Yeah, when you're arguing for a drug that effectively adds another abuse risk to society at large, maybe you want to cite more than three people who benefit from it? Does anyone with liver failure need this drug? About how many people suffer from recognizable chronic pain and liver failure together?

about 10 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Arkiel Sink or swim (665 comments)

Congress really needs to get hands-on with educational standards. There's a stronger commerce interest in all states producing only their fair share of idiots than in most of the crap Congress has regulated through the Commerce Clause. Really wish they'd do a study comparing college performance in people that weren't taught evolution versus those that were. If nothing else, the non-evo's probably have to spend more time in otherwise optional science classes to catch up. That assumes a pattern of educational control that hasn't completely retarded their ability to think critically, of course. Everyone behind these standards changes, every self-righteous blowhard and bigoted soccer mom, need to have their names inscribed on a wall somewhere, so their great great grandchildren can feel shame.

about 10 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Arkiel Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

In many states moving a child with shared custody requires the okay from the court. As for needing a man's permission to abort, yeah. The woman's the one whose body is being demolished by a fetus, and preventing her from aborting it effectively means the man has control over her actions. It would probably be another matter if the abortion itself was for some reason illegal, though. So men, alas, must continue to not knock up women they think will go crazy and abort the fetus.

about a year ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Arkiel Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

They probably do. I'm not familiar with the specifics of the law, but visitation rights seem like an obvious consequence of compliance in cases that do not involve abuse.

about a year ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Arkiel Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

Men absolutely deserve the right to completely disclaim parental rights. Absolutely not. They created a life, they have a duty to it by default... that's the obvious and honorable and, in most cases, statutory reality. A child should not suffer because half of the reason it exists cannot be bothered to pay child support. You have a Biblical view of child support, and should be ashamed for suggesting it in a modern age.

about a year ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

Arkiel Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

There are compelling policy reasons for this, though. Ensuring a mother is not forced or otherwise compelled to waive a father's duty to their child through coercion is pretty important. That said, there should be a process for validating non-compliant agreements which a judge agrees was not obtained through coercion or against a child's best interest (possibly upon contingent of the child being formally adopted by the non-birthing member of a same-sex couple). Whether it will get addressed depends on the competency of the govt agency currently twisting the law against its intended purpose, and how attached they are to this loophole (as to whether they can oppose a legislative initiative to build in post-host verification of non-compliant contracting away of parental rights and obligations).

about a year ago
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Weibo Traffic Temporarily Redirected To Freedom Software

Arkiel Chinese did it (39 comments)

"You used an Uncensored search engine on the following dates xxxxxxxx. You are an enemy of the party. You are going to prisoner." Yeah, I can see this being a long con by the party to get people to distrust or fear exploiting holes in the firewall. I expect it would be easy to detect the traffic in question if they were set up to look for it before the 'breach' even occurred...

about a year ago
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UK Company Successfully Claims Ownership of "Pinterest" Trademark

Arkiel UK Law (133 comments)

Maximum rule, minimal equitability.

about a year ago

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PostExpression ARG phase 2

Arkiel Arkiel writes  |  more than 8 years ago The following is a sum total of knowledge at my disposal regarding the apparent Alternate Reality Game PostExpression.

The current stage has brought us to the website commsforspirits.com, meaning Communications for Spirits. As of 2200 Greenwich Mean Time June 25th, 2006, the site has changed to show the following image located at http://www.commsforspirits.com/i/pe_june25.gif.
The image present is a person standing on top of a raining cloud with an antennae. Clearly a mediaglyph of the text present in the image: "Death Ends A Life, Not A Relationship", "Communications for Spirits", "This changes life, and death, online".

Within the HTML source of the website, the following is commented out: "pe_pamiabftcs". Major props to LacrimaWanders for pointing that out - my source browser opened small, and I was unaware any notation occured below the closing HTML tag. A little savvy and experience with the previous stage of the ARG yields an image located at commsforspirits.com/i/pe_pamiabftcs.gif, it's message is "Pluck a message-in-a-bottle from the cyber sea."

Here is where progress on the stage peters out. The index page for commsforspirits.com/i has "tut-tut" commented out of the HTML source, but there is no indication if this is intended to obfuscate the location of commsforspirits.com/i/pe_pamiabftcs.gif, or some other image whose name we must guess.
Proceeding along various lines of inquiry in line with the first stage of the ARG. There may be a .txt file. That hypothetical .txt file is not, apparently, named after any of the images on the site. The /i subdirectory is the only one that returns an index.html page, any efforts to solve the problem should at least be tried in this directory.

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PostExpression ARG phase 1 - Completed

Arkiel Arkiel writes  |  more than 8 years ago Postexpression.com purports to be a new community that is in beta-testing phase. The site is owned and presumably operated by Mike Wrafter (DNS /whois), someone well-versed in online web-based games like The Beast, that served as a promotional entity for the then-new Steven Speilberg movie A.I., and spawned the Cloudmakers group.

The site was announced at www.wrafter.com on April 10th (no link avaliable, no cache avaliable except for the Google.blog heading info), and the domain name was registered on the second of June. A friend pointed out that April 11th was the day the Cloudmakers started up - a somewhat tenuous supportment of the this-is-a-web-game hypothesis. Additionally, the following text is contained in the html of the PostExpression website, because of course people think that there is a game involved! The banner postexpression.com hosts is so darn obfuscate of purpose: "Looking Here Won't Give You (M)Any Clues, But Nice Try"
Who is this, Al Gore?

There is an option to register to be in a "second wave" of membership. Those one hundred in the first wave recieve an altered banner image (but not a hosted image, all instances of the image I have found have been imageshacked, not deeplinked) that denotes their status.

To learn the rules of the "game", you need to sign up at the site, and then click the HERE button on the page following data input, this takes you to the rules page.
Offhand, this looks like little more then a device to spread the word about a new community. A bit of looking around the Internet reveals that people like the banner, but have no idea what the Hell postexpression.com actually is.

Updated 6/19. At Mark Wrafter's website. Highlight the image to get a message. Go to the image directory to find a txt message here. This has the same message as the one hidden in the .gif image, but with "Comms for spirits."
Brief google search turns up Commsforspirits.com. There is a .gif there that cycles animation once. It nominally says "Extra time in the game of life." and flashes "Return June 25th 2006."

Phase 2 here.

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