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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

king neckbeard Re:Beating aroud the bush (118 comments)

Because parallel construction would arguably make the information fall under the 'fruit of the poisonous tree' because the anonymous tip is coming form the government or someone effectively in their employ. If we allowed that, it would effectively be a complete end-around to the fourth amendment.

9 hours ago
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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

king neckbeard Re: The DEA and CIA are both rogue agencies. (118 comments)

I'm not aware of any group within the Americas that typically identifies themselves as American other than residents of the USA. It's also worth remembering that Mexico is technically the United States of Mexico (Estado Unidos Mexicanos), so USians could also apply to Mexicans.

9 hours ago
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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

king neckbeard Re: The DEA and CIA are both rogue agencies. (118 comments)

You act as if there is no relationship between the two, when it's quite clear that both sides are complicit with each other. The militarization of local police is due to all of this war on terror crap, and much of the gear they get is from military surplus. And the lying about evidence is at least partially because the NSA is feeding them tips or something similar (like the business the NSA undoubtedly throws towards stingray manufacturers to local PDs)

Plus, the DEA has no legitimate function, and the NSA doesn't appear to actually perform any of theirs.

10 hours ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

king neckbeard Re:Who would hire a ketamine user? (102 comments)

The threat of losing their job is moot if the employer won't fire them for it, and admitting that you used drugs bears no legal consequences outside of the statute of limitations, nevermind that there probably isn't enough evidence even if it wasn't,and you'd have to get a DA to prosecute someone with a security clearance.

Furthermore, that line of reasoning only works on people that could be blackmailed, which would suggest the best candidates are those that are openly deviants.

4 days ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

king neckbeard Re:Who would hire a ketamine user? (102 comments)

Someone who has used ketamine is not necessarily a drug addict, and it's the teetotalers you need to be wary of.

4 days ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

king neckbeard Re:Robo-Polygraph? (102 comments)

Yes, polygraphs aren't baseless pseudoscience, but basically all of their practical usage is baseless pseudoscience.

4 days ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

king neckbeard Re:Brought to you by the same people (102 comments)

They are better than chance if the individual is untrained at countermeasures and has no other conditions that might affect the test. Countermeasures are pretty easy to learn and widely available, with killing the placebo effect being a pretty good way to tip the scales by itself. Since a security clearance exists to prevent exactly that kind of person from having access to state secrets, they are useless to the point that giving them any kind of trust is a bigger threat to national security than most of the people we drone strike, not to mention the reality of excluding possible skilled candidates.

4 days ago
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Researchers Successfully Cut HIV DNA Out of Human Cells

king neckbeard Re:AIDS is good (64 comments)

You also left out people who were raped, and a fair number of hospital staff. Not to mention, that if you forcibly relocate people, they are going to be even less honest about having HIV, which means more people will catch it and possibly spread it before they find out they have it.

5 days ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

king neckbeard Re:This guy is going to be so rich (163 comments)

I do know that TVshack was legal in the UK, which was why US extradition was sought. I'm not sure exactly under which legal umbrella they put TPB, but it probably boils down to being pressured so much by the BPI that they ignore what the law actually says.

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

king neckbeard Re:This guy is going to be so rich (163 comments)

Looking at the site itself, it appears to be a term, a link, and a source on the removal. It's incredibly sparse.

If it's just the link he's providing he'll probably be okay (though has libel even been tested in the face of wilfully linking without regard for the truth? - the piracy argument was lost on this one, but what about libel?), but if he's including the descriptions he's fucked if it goes to court

Was it actually lost? I'm not aware of anything actually holding up in court. ICE has seized domain names, but all of those are just cowboy operations where they shoot from the hip and don't let questions be asked because of national security. I know in Spain and the UK, linking sites have been explicitly declared legal, and I believe the US government is trying to avoid any precedent on this matter.

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

king neckbeard Re:This guy is going to be so rich (163 comments)

It doesn't appear that the site is making any claims about accuracy or anything, so there's not really a risk of libel The site just links to the stricken results, nothing else.

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

king neckbeard Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

Using a search engine specifically for dirty little secrets seems to make things EASIER for the casual. Now they'll find them on the first page. If they are so casual that they are not doing a background check beyond a Google search, they probably aren't going to care so long as you aren't an axe murderer.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

king neckbeard Re:I'm shocked! (278 comments)

I think the title is actually a bit inaccurate. It seems that it's not 80% of calls in the US are stored, it's 80% of all calls globally are stored in the US. The remainder is likely because there are some pipes they don't have reliable enough taps for.

about two weeks ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

king neckbeard Re:And good luck asking for APAP-free medicine! (162 comments)

While true (although it's quite likely the effects are exaggerated to some degree), there's no compelling reason to have them in the same pill. People build up very high tolerances to opiates, and there isn't a whole lot by way of extra side effects in doing so, but our ability to take acetaminophen without liver damage stays about the same.

about two weeks ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

king neckbeard Re:"Emergency" laws. (147 comments)

They must be getting desperate if they are using "Think of the Children" and "TERRORISM DURR HURR" at the same time.

about two weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

king neckbeard Re:Lots of false positives ... (415 comments)

OK, what do you think is more effective?

Just having humans searching everything. They would probably be doing that anyway since dogs are not very reliable (not because of inability to use their sense of smell to detect it, but because they are dogs.).

Police don't need to get dogs 'accepted.' They're already accepted. I don't even know what you're thinking here.

Dogs sniffing for hidden electronics is not a commonly accepted practice, and I suspect that this is probably part of a campaign to make it one.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

king neckbeard Re:This is hardly new... (702 comments)

Yes, free electronics recycling with the purchase of a ticket for international flight.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

king neckbeard Re: Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

Would it? Most scans would be 2D scanning, so if you replaced the top or bottom 90% of the battery, it probably wouldn't show up as an anomaly.. If we were being even more thorough, we could have the bomb on the inside with battery on the outside, or use material that would show up the same under a scan.

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

king neckbeard Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

That's not really the difficulty part. We know pretty well what words in the Constitution meant at the time, The difficulty is in applying them in the context of new technology and social changes, as well as dealing with precedent drifting.

about three weeks ago
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Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

king neckbeard Re:Lots of false positives ... (415 comments)

I would question the likelihood of this being anywhere near the most effective means of finding this material, and combined with the recent news that being interested in TAILS sends up a red flag with the NSA and the honored tradition of child porn and terrorism being the two most popular methods of getting a government practice to be accepted.

about three weeks ago

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