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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Ihlosi Re:Have I missed something? (224 comments)

Some language like "You may not disclose or in any way indicate you've received this letter (including but not limited to altering/amending/removing any warranty canaries)"?

A real warrant canary contains a date. You show that the canary is dead by not updating it at regular intervals.

yesterday
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Ihlosi Re:Obama is but a puppet (224 comments)

Its the day when everything from picking beans to paving roads can all be done by machines that never get paid, never ask for days off, its the corporate idea of heaven!I

Not really. At that point, money becomes pointless. Shortly thereafter, corporations (and highly-paid CxOs) become pointless.

You'd find within a year all the fast food workers replaced with an automated system that not only wouldn't get paid but would probably have a better track record than the underpaid overworked employees do know when it comes to getting orders correct.

You'd also find that since most people aren't employed and therefore have no money, your fast food joint would go out of business due to lack of customers.

The second option would be the "Star Trek Socialist paradise" which would be the most humane of the three,

Or something along the lines of "The Culture".

yesterday
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

Ihlosi Re:There is no "almost impossible" (224 comments)

Encryption is ALWAYS breakable by brute force

Three words: one time pad.

Brute force THIS.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Ihlosi Re:Wow... (231 comments)

Why would you screen out non-psychopathy?

Managers with antisocial personality disorder can deliver impressive short-term results. This happens at the cost of long-term results, but since when did shareholders ever care about those?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Ihlosi Re:Fear of changing code.... (231 comments)

Food & Beverage and Medical are harmless in comparison to continuous Chemical. If a contentious chemical plant fails, you don't just have loss of production, you may need to scrap part of the installation.

Yes, um, killing people by zapping them with too much ionizing radiation is "harmless" compared to having to scrap large pieces of machinery.

And "not killing our customers" isn't a business case if you don't kill too many of them.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Ihlosi I've had legacy-product-driven development. (231 comments)

"Your specifications are 'must not perform worse than the old version', with 'worse' meaning any kind of different behavior."

I hate this. It's pretty much impossible to test for complete identity with the old product, unless you build an exact copy of the old product (which you no longer can, thanks to RoHS and such).

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Ihlosi 99.99%, eh? (588 comments)

So that means that one in ten thousand people who really need the gun to fire will instead get mauled by a bear, stabbed by a crazy or shot by a terrorist.

Also, how long does the fingerprint analysis take? Sometimes you need to fire in a hurry. One second might make the difference between you walking away and the other possibilites mentioned above.

5 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Ihlosi Re:The hosers are right (462 comments)

No, they use the money for actually expensive things

Like ... gasoline for the many MRAP trips to the donut shop!

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Ihlosi Re:The hosers are right (462 comments)

IIRC there's also a US law about carrying more than $10k or so... usually by that point I'd go with traveler's checks, registered checks, cashier's checks, or some other method personally and/or have an account at a bank that covered most/all the travel area.

You have to declare if you're carrying over $10k in certain kinds of monetary instruments (cash is just one of them, certain kinds of cheques are another).

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Ihlosi Re:Simple solution (462 comments)

Why should the police get a slap on the wrist for literally robbing people?

Because the victim is only a person and not a corporation.e

about a week ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Ihlosi No vendor should be allowed to cram any kind of .. (421 comments)

... software down the users throat.

I don't care if it's free or not. If it's annoying or unnecessary, I don't want to have to spend two hours to rid my newly bought computer of crapware I don't want.

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Ihlosi Re:The hosers are right (462 comments)

I entered USA more than a hundred times (always by car) and never ever had a problem, it's always the same question:

Well, that's just US CBP. They haven't started fleecing people of their cash ... that is, unless it's over $10000 and wasn't declared.

It's the regular cops (e.g. when you get pulled over) that will be happy to relieve you of any possession that looks valuable enough.

Then again, I've come closer to being denied entry into Canada than into the US. The Canadian customs officer read 09-03-xxxx as "March, 9th" instead of "September, 3rd" and thought my "papers" had expired. My mind was racing for a few seconds, then I managed to explain things. The officer said "Oh, you're right, they still write dates that way in the US!", and I replied "Yes, gets me every time, too.". We both had a good laugh.

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Ihlosi Re:Seems reasonable (462 comments)

So I said two centuries is a very small time period in the span of human history...

As the old saying goes ...
For an American, 100 years is a long time.
For a European, 100 miles is a long distance.

The Roman Empire stood for centuries. And even its decline took centuries. Don't understimate the inertia of an empire.

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Ihlosi Re:Correction (462 comments)

You may have just bought the car. It may have absolutely NOTHING personal in it. You still don't consent to a search.

Even worse: If you have just bought the car, and have not yet searched it thoroughly, it may have stuff from previous drivers/owners in it which the cop will assume you to be the owner of.

Case in point: Someone bought a vehicle that was seized (criminal seizure) by the police from someone who had been convicted of murder. Police had "searched" that car. What did the new owner find in it? The gun used in the murder.

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Ihlosi Re:Never carry lots of Cash (462 comments)

As the AC mentioned, the goal is less to get my money back than to make sure they don't turn a profit.

They'll just stonewall anything that doesn't come from a court/judge. Or worse, they'll rubberwall it instead (which is kind of like stonewalling, with the addition of making you bounce back, i.e. create more work for you). You'll end up in a game where you'll have to spend more than one dollar for every dollar they spend. And since they have practically unlimited funds, the only thing that will happen is that you will run out of money.

about a week ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Ihlosi Re:Never carry lots of Cash (462 comments)

I'll sue in small claims court so you have to send a representative to get it tossed out,

Problem is: The lawsuit is against the property, not against you. You can't sue anyone to give the property back; you can only become a third party claimant in the lawsuit against the property.

about a week ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Ihlosi Re:WIFI-Enabled Vital Organs?!?! (183 comments)

You can't remotely exploit a device without a network or public interface.

Ok, but do want to tell the patients that they'll need to have their chest cavity cut open for a firmware update?

about two weeks ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

Ihlosi Re:Holy cow ... (142 comments)

How about they do the "you are not going anywhere until I let a dog sniff your car" routine.

You ask if you're free to go. If the answer is "yes", you leave. If the answer is "no", ask if you are under arrest. If the answer is "yes", exercise your right to be silent, do not resist any searches but do not (verbally) consent to them. Do not talk to the cops without your lawyer present in this case. If the answer is "no", start over by asking if you're free to go. When asking these questions, repeat the current question until you get a clear "yes" or "no" answer.

Trust me when I say cops can find a reason to search,

The important thing isn't whether the cop thinks he has a reason to do a search, but that you do not consent to it. If you consent to a search, then anything the cop finds can (and will) be legally used against you in a trial with little or no chance of your lawyer making any of it inadmissible. If you did not consent to the search, and your lawyer can convince the court that the search was not legal, he can have the evidence thrown out.

Also, if you consent to a search and the cop just happens to break your stuff, you have no legal recourse since you consented to the search.

tl;dr: Do not (verbally) consent to searches. Do not (verbally or physically) resist searches.

about two weeks ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

Ihlosi Re:Scammers recruiting local "payment agents" ... (160 comments)

I wonder how much they are duped.

Quite a bit. Most people haven't memorized money laundering laws.

And unlike the jobs you mentioned, this kind of "financial courier" job leaves an electronic trail a mile wide to the "payment agent", with little to no chance of escaping arrest, trial and jail time. It's something only really clueless people would sign up for, and yes, they get duped into it.

about two weeks ago

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