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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

PeeAitchPee Plausible deniability (560 comments)

This case illustrates why it's so important to have something like the recently-shut down TrueCrypt project out there. If prosecutors can't prove the existence of an encrypted volume, they can't keep you in jail for not giving up the keys for something which might not exist.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

PeeAitchPee Awesome (265 comments)

So when can we expect to see the diversity reports on players in the NFL and NBA? How about gender diversity as it relates to employment in the healthcare industry?

about 2 months ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

PeeAitchPee Re:unions are needed before the bathroom break tim (195 comments)

Yeah . . . no thanks. I don't need anyone negotiating my salary on my behalf. I don't need some deadweight lazy incompetent being promoted ahead of me just because they've been at the company forever. And as a manager, I sure don't need to lose the important ability to fire a worker who just isn't working out. If I don't like my job or my employer, I will simply leave and find a new one. This is technology, not bureaucracy . . . please don't try to ruin it for the rest of us.

about 2 months ago
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The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

PeeAitchPee Not in CA (398 comments)

Sorry Jack . . . CA is an all-party consent state, and therefore the recording itself was illegally obtained. What that bitch did absolutely violated CA law and the real question people should be asking right now is why she isn't in jail yet. You think that wouldn't happen if one of us upstanding citizens decided to record some CA legislature, for example, accepting a bribe? We'd be in the clink faster than Ballmer can throw a chair.

about 3 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PeeAitchPee Re:Open season on the white male (1198 comments)

Yes . . . that's my exact point. The hypocrisy on display is shocking. Apparently it's OK to label these fringe, statistically anomalous mass shootings a "white male" problem (conveniently leaving out incidents like Ft. Hood x2, VA Tech, the DC Navy Yard, etc.) and to shit all over the 2nd Amendment, but it's just plain racist if you point out that drug-related handgun crimes -- which make up the vast majority of gun crime in the US and which, if were eliminated, would put levels of US gun violence on par with or better than most countries which have *outlawed* guns -- are perpetrated almost exclusively by a single demographic group UPON OTHERS also belonging to the same group (I'll leave that one for you folks playing at home).

about 3 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PeeAitchPee Open season on the white male (1198 comments)

Good to see the PC police out in full force. Wonder why these folks don't focus their energies on the dozens shot in inner cities around the country EVERY NIGHT rather than trying to score political points by pointing out "Look! an angry white guy did it!" every time a mass shooting happens (and by that, I mean the statistically insignificant one or two times a year it happens)? It's an election year, bitches.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

PeeAitchPee Re:Beats sound like garbage (198 comments)

20 years ago, I had a pair of the 7506's predecessor . . . the MDR-V6. I used them until one of the drivers died in the late 1990s. They were wonderfully accurate, and sounded just as good as my (now-discontinued) 7509s. Sony has been making great reference headphones for a long time, and it shows.

about 4 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

PeeAitchPee Re:Monopolies? (258 comments)

One person saying "no" can stop an entire city from getting new infrastructure.

Wrong. Ever heard of eminent domain?

about 4 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

PeeAitchPee Re:Monopolies? (258 comments)

Governments don't create cable monopolies.

They absolutely do just that when they subsidize the creation of the network infrastructure with our tax dollars, then allow a handful of huge conglomerates to profit off of that forced community investment while gouging the shit out of us and fight back any competition via litigation. Yeah, in the US, not only does the gov't create cable monopolies, it protects them.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

PeeAitchPee Beats sound like garbage (198 comments)

Artificially-inflated bass crap. Do yourself a favor a get yourself a pair of real studio reference headphones like the venerable Sony MDR-7509s (for a lot less money too) if you want to hear what your music really sounds like. There's a reason that studios around the globe use these and not fuckin' Beats. Beats are a fashion accessory, not a critical listening device.

about 4 months ago
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TLS 1.3 Draft Prepares to Drop Static RSA Key Exchange

PeeAitchPee Re:Static DH is not better than Static RSA (51 comments)

Nope -- I didn't miss it. 1982 was a long time ago, and RSA (the company) bears little resemblance today to RSA (the company) of 1982. In any case, was RSA (the company) involved in the development / imporvements / other iterative activities related to RSA (the crypto suite in question) or not, especially recently? Because if that's the case, my original point stands, as there's plenty of evidence that RSA (the company) has been complicit in NSA's efforts to backdoor and other undermine / weaken components which they (RSA the company) had developed.

about 4 months ago
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TLS 1.3 Draft Prepares to Drop Static RSA Key Exchange

PeeAitchPee Re:Static DH is not better than Static RSA (51 comments)

Got it . . . easy for someone who doesn't work with crypto every day to get confused, especially as RSA the company has developed many security-related bits of infrastructure. In fact, as far as I can tell, there's no relationship between RSA (the company) and RSA (the crypto suite). My bad.

about 4 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

PeeAitchPee Re:Severla months ago... (202 comments)

*If* that is true -- and I'm seeing conflicting information as to whether or not it is -- expect FL to close that loophole to prevent fascist states like MD from targeting FL motorists on interstate highways. FL probably permits database access to allow for CCW reciprocity checks in other Shall-Issue states, and its legislators definitely won't allow abuse of its data by rogue police units like MDTAP.

about 4 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

PeeAitchPee Re:Hiding shady practices (202 comments)

You won't be flagged in the database if you aren't already in trouble for something else.

Are you sure about that? With the contractually-enforced anti-transparency provisions baked into these agreements with various police agencies, how would you even know? By design, the gov't is FORBIDDEN from discussing any of it with us serfs.

about 4 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

PeeAitchPee Re:Severla months ago... (202 comments)

Ahhh, so you're saying it's legal for MD to automatically scan license plates, cross-check them with FL's published list of CCW permit holders, and make a traffic stop *solely* based on that info? That's what happened here, and that's a clear violation of the 4th Amendment.

about 4 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

PeeAitchPee Re:Severla months ago... (202 comments)

Reading comprehension not so good, eh? He left the gun in FL at home, locked up . . . MD cops stopped him, somehow knew of his FL permit (there is absolutely no legal way they could have, of course), and ordered him to give them them the gun. When he wouldn't (couldn't) comply, they proceeded to tear the car's contents apart on the side of the highway and terrorize his family. So just maybe, it's the "batshit-crazy" behavior of jack-booted fascist states like Maryland that is the problem here.

about 4 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

PeeAitchPee Re:Severla months ago... (202 comments)

RTFA. The guy had no gun in the car (he'd left it locked up in FL), but the MD cops knew he had a CCW permit even though he was a FL resident . . . how is that possible?

about 4 months ago

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Maryland wants Cell Phone Data in Serious Car Accidents

PeeAitchPee PeeAitchPee writes  |  about 6 months ago

PeeAitchPee (712652) writes "Two new bills filed in Annapolis would force drivers "suspected of causing serious accidents in Maryland while distracted by a cellphone" to give police certain information from that phone. The bills also would make distracted driving resulting in a death or serious injury a misdemeanor in Maryland, punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, and a separate Senate version of one of the bills would require drivers to let officers immediately "inspect" their cellphones. Maryland has a controversial history of collecting data from folks against their will, and this latest effort seems a bit hypocritical given the State's police officers' past and current objections with videotaping police on the job."
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Hi-Tech Petition Drive Angers ACLU

PeeAitchPee PeeAitchPee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

PeeAitchPee (712652) writes "Here in Maryland, we currently have a petition drive underway to force a referendum on a new law granting in-state college tuition rates to illegal immigrants. In a few short months, the use of automated, web-based signature form preparation has helped to obtain almost 80% of the required signatures. The ACLU last month sent a letter to the State Board of Elections warning that the petition drive's website, which links to official state voter records and allows petitions to be pre-populated with exact names and addresses, could open the door to fraud. Does this technology indeed encourage fraudulent signatures, or does it merely enable more people to directly participate in their government's processes?"
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Legendary commander tells of shuttle's close call

PeeAitchPee PeeAitchPee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PeeAitchPee (712652) writes "The exhaustive attention NASA now devotes to making sure shuttle heat shields are damage-free and safe for re-entry is a direct result of the 2003 Columbia disaster. But a blacked-out military flight 21 years ago still stands out as a warning to astronauts, engineers and managers, a frightening "close call" that had the potential to bring the shuttle program to an early end."
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PeeAitchPee PeeAitchPee writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PeeAitchPee (712652) writes "East Coast residents of the US were treated to the first launch from the mid-Atlantic region's commercial spaceport. The 69-foot Minotaur I rocket soared from the launch pad at 7 a.m. ET, after teams spent the week resolving a glitch in software for one of the satellites that had scrubbed a liftoff on Monday.

I witnessed the launch while driving to BWI airport this morning and it was beautiful! It left a zig-zag contrail in the southern sky and the separation / ingition of one of the upper stages was clearly visible."

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