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British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password

armb Re:Also as a practical matter (1155 comments)

If you can persuade the court that you really don't have the password or decryption key they asked for, then it's not an offense not to provide it.
If you really have forgotten it but the court concludes that on the balance of probabilities you are lying about that, _then_ you are boned. Especially if there really wasn't any child porn on your computer and remembering the password would have let you prove that.

about 4 years ago

Computer-Based System To Crack Down On Casino Card Counters

armb Re:Well of course (597 comments)

If you are in a game where you are playing/betting against other players, not just the house, and you are better than the other players by more than the house margin, then you can win in the long run. Many of the people who think they are in that situation are idiots, but it is possible.

about 5 years ago

Adobe Releases C/C++ To Flash Compiler

armb Re:Virtualize Everything (216 comments)

> copious buttloads of languages that use some sort of bytecode under the hood

But fewer where the bytecode interpreter is written using itself. The historical self-hosting milestone is usually when the compiler written in the language can compile itself (once it's been compiled with another version first), and a Java compiler written in Java is nothing special.

more than 5 years ago



armb armb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

armb (5151) writes "From ote_da.html "Problems found in an audit of Diebold tabulation records from an Ohio November 2006 election raise questions about whether the database got corrupted during the tabulation of election results" They were using the Microsoft Jet engine, which Microsoft do not recommend for serious use with concurrent updates. Perhaps most surprising of all, Diebold initially claimed that the raw election results were a protected trade secret."


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