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Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

Eclectic Engineer Re:compelled speech and/or perjury? (339 comments)

I would agree in principle. Though if the government is able to obtain said keys from someone other than yourself, they weren't really "private", were they?

1 year,25 days
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Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

Eclectic Engineer Re:I'm not exactly color blind... (209 comments)

You're not the only one. I wish more authors would put some thought into their graphs. In particular, I find it helpful when the legend is in some sort of order that corresponds to the graph. At least then I can correlate labels by position.

more than 3 years ago
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The Proton Just Got Smaller

Eclectic Engineer Re:Scientific Method (289 comments)

Hence the reason it will never be "proven". I guess I was too subtle.

more than 4 years ago
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The Proton Just Got Smaller

Eclectic Engineer Scientific Method (289 comments)

Would this indicate new physics if proven?

Maybe, but it would really shake up the scientific method...

more than 4 years ago
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NASA's Space Balloon Smashes Car In Australia

Eclectic Engineer Re:Who authorized go on launch? (174 comments)

The video zoomed in on the crane, so it's hard to tell, but I wonder if the recovery chute inflated and yanked it off the crane. That, or it deployed after the initial failure, but it becomes visible and semi-inflated later. At the least, I'd guess it was the chute that did the dragging rather than the balloon itself.

more than 4 years ago
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"Phone In One Hand, Ticket In the Other"

Eclectic Engineer Re:Bans of hands-free phones? (419 comments)

TFA is confused. Later on, they refer to state bans of hand-held phones. (Yeah, I broke down and RTFA for that one).

more than 4 years ago
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Meaningful MD5 Collisions

Eclectic Engineer Re:Explanation of the attack -- enforcement issues (312 comments)

It is an interesting attack, and IANAL, but I'd be curious about the legal ramifications. If I slip a carbon (ah... the way-back machine) in a stack of papers and ask someone to sign the top one without thus informing them, I think my stealth probably invalidates the additional document(s).

You could argue that there's a noticeable difference between pen and carbon -- making the copy hard to enforce -- but I'd argue the digital version is even easier: at least in the PS example, both "copies" of the document need to be present to preserve the hash.

In normal (pen/paper) signature situations, I get a copy of what I signed. The same ought to apply to digital sigs, resulting in a simple legal challenge to the validity of the document.

more than 9 years ago

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