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Canadian Minister Mined Data To Target Email To Gay Voters

brass1 Irony lost (145 comments)

It's especially ironic that you'd take to the Internet to complain about this. You're more concerned about government using demographic data to target messaging, than google (or, erm, Dice)? One on these is accountable to voters, and the other is a private business.

more than 2 years ago

ICANN Names New CEO, Will Pay Him $800,000 To Run the Internet

brass1 s/run/ruin (141 comments)

I'm not sure, but I think you misspelled "ruin" in the headline.

more than 2 years ago

EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open

brass1 Not socially responsible (686 comments)

reminding people that opening their WiFi is the socially responsible thing to do

No, it is not. This is like saying it's socially responsible to leave your keys in the ignition so your neighbors can barrow your car when they need to run to the store. It's not socially responsible to suggest that it's OK for people to use Internet connectivity they don't know anything about, like who the man in the middle might be. It's not socially responsible to allow unknown third parties to rile though your personal belongings, like those tax returns you left on that unsecured windows share.

Finally, "legal protections" are for people who can afford lawyers.

more than 3 years ago

Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids

brass1 Re:Cell phones (108 comments)

That doesn't destroy the devies themselves. They're still turned on and chattering away looking for a network, at least until the batteries go flat. For most phones with a moderately charged battery, even an iPhone, that could be a day or more.

Even then, there's still records at your cell phone company that can be used to triangulate your last known position to at least tens of feet; usually better.

more than 4 years ago

Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids

brass1 Cell phones (108 comments)

Don't cell phones already provide a better solution to this "problem" while solving most of the privacy issues?

more than 4 years ago

Does Santa Hate Linux?

brass1 kml files? (271 comments)

This year, for the first time since its inception, Norad is not making a simple .kml file available for download to track Santa.

NORAD's been putting out .kml files since 1958?

more than 5 years ago

Apple's Grand Central Dispatch Ported To FreeBSD

brass1 Re:They should use clang instead of GCC (205 comments)

Apple maintains their own gcc fork which supports blocks/closures.

The probability that Apple migrates away from gcc is approaching 1 at great speed.

more than 5 years ago

Supreme Court Declines Case Over Techs' Right To Search Your PC

brass1 Re:Reading comprehension (485 comments)

There is a big difference between seeing drugs on the back seat, or a dead body inside the car, and reporting that, and reporting on drugs found under the carpet in the trunk or in the glovebox if the car was brought in for an oil change...

The mechanic would have had no reasonable need to have searched those two areas to perform the job he was hired to do. Same with a PC tech, if someone brings in a PC to have a CD-ROM drive replaced, there is absolutely NO REASON for the tech to need to search the browser cache or the images directory...

The problem is, because there are different standards of service, what you you've purposed a construction that's beyond what the law and judges can apply equally. Each machanic does different things to the vehicals they're working on and because of that there would be different expectations as to what is private and what is not. A forgotten bag of weed under the seat? Oh, as part of your oil change service, we vacuum the inside carpet. Found a key of coke under the spare? They may have been inspecting it to see if it was still ok; they wouldn't want you to be surprised by a rotten spare on the side of the highway.

Shift this idea to computers. The cache directories are off limits, how about folders on the desktop named DONT_LOOK_HERE? The content of the system desktop backgrounds directory? Which parts of the system are private and which aren't, and how to you apply this equally? This is why you either abandon your expectation of privacy or you don't. If you turn your property over to a third party, you have abandoned any expectation you have in relation to that property.

As for not doing a filesystem search during a cdrom install, if I'm a pc tech, I'm going to run the standard diagnostics on each and every machine that enters my shop for two reasons. First, 90% of the machines I'm going to see are infected with something and I can't ethically allow that machine to leave the store in that state. Second, of that box has a ram problem, I want to know about it before I put a screwdriver to the case. It's not unreasonable to assume that a diagnostic scan is going to alert to a pile of suspiciously named image files in an obscure directory.

more than 5 years ago

Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

brass1 Re:No it wouldn't (1127 comments)

The only thing they will respond to is a mass boycott. And considering this is Windows, which is pretty much locked into most large scale networks as it is, not to mention end users' homes, good luck.

It seems to have worked with Vista.

If Microsoft's largest customers (IT departments) reject this version of windows over it's anti-piracy measures just like they rejected last version of windows over it's performance issues, you'll get your wish.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Significantly Revises Technology Positions

brass1 Re:Vote with a bullet. (940 comments)

Ummmmmm ... yes. Until such time as they start writing laws in a language that the average person can read and understand and so, can defend themselves. Of course it would require much clearer and more straight forward laws and rules with less chance for built in loop holes for weasels to find their way through.

Funny, I've not had a day's worth of law school, but it's rare that I find a bill, law, legal brief or opinion that I don't understand at least at some level. Access to any of the case references often helps quite a bit. In other words, it's not anything more than reading comprehension just like we've all been doing since the 1st grade.

Legal documents are written in thick, complex language for a reason. The reason is to make it possible for judges to later infer legislative intent when interpreting laws later. Law written in loose language often cause us all problems later. See Jaynes v. Commonwealth of Virginia as a classic example; in that case the Virginia Legislature passed a law that forbid "false" routing information on email as opposed to "fraudulent" routing information. The difference in the two terms led the judge to conclude that the use of false information was akin to hiding one's identity as opposed to the real goal of shifting the blame onto an innocent third party.

There is a reason they get well paid... it takes forever to learn how to wade through the self made bullshit.

Well, our legal system is built upon 1000 years of case law, logic and legislation. As most lawyers will tell you, law school is less about learning the law than it is about learning logic of how law is constructed and how to find references (case law) to support your theory of a case.

more than 6 years ago


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