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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

redelm Who's She gonna have Served? (311 comments)

... as in "You've Been Served!" Anyone can file a lawsuit against anyone over anything. The first problem is finding and getting that person into the Court. For this you need Process Servers to properly serve a Notice of Hearing. Default judgement is only possible with correct service.

TFA didn't mention who she is serving but if she can find anyone, the most they could say is "Yes, I was involved in setting up Tor Long-ago and Far-Away. No possible knowledge or involvement with complaint." And the Judge will excuse them.

Pretty lame of a law-student not-to-know. Most likely a publicity stunt.

about three weeks ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

redelm Compelled NatSec evidence IN-ADMISSIBLE ? (353 comments)

Ok, this is the UK and everything is admissible. So he's done unless there some EU Right (unlikely).

But in the US -- mass lawless (warrentless) behaviour of the NSA & other govt agencies is such that any evidence from them should be considered "fruit of the poisoned vine". The agents willfully behave this way, apparently believing that prevention is more important the punishment (or that they can parallel (perjury) construct a conviction.

They want it this way, so why not formalize it?

about three weeks ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

redelm /. included ! (191 comments)

Who around here trusts "The Internet" ???

Wouldn't blind trust be considered digital illiteracy?

about a month ago
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$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

redelm Re:I'm sick of suing -- so Indict ! (216 comments)

Agreed that police misconduct is criminal. However, we have only ourselves to blame. A Grand Jury could indict misbehaving police as easily as any ham sandwich. Smeone just needs to take a complaint to them (write the foreman), they will investigate (subpoenae) as they see fit. But they uniformly decline.

Why is a good question -- I believe our population is very heavily propagandized. And not only by the obvious commercial interests. The local TV news focus on violence ("if it bleeds, it leads") conditions much of the law-abiding populace to desire greater police protection and so to tolerate misbehaviour.

about 2 months ago
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The Brakes That Stop a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC

redelm parachutes or water-cooled rotors (262 comments)

Traditionally, parachutes (strictly, drogue chutes) are used from these speeds. Other drag increasers (flaps) would also work. So would shutting off the motive force!

If you insist upon friction brakes, then you know you'll have a problem with heat removal. For that, water is best. Either pumped supply or static fill, just let the steam blow out of hub-wards pressure valves at 15-100 psig on hollow rotors..

about 2 months ago
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US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

redelm Why would it need updating? (249 comments)

"Moby Dick" has not been updated since originally released in 1851! Nearly all literature is similarly stuck at version 1.0 . Few Navy Manuals / Publications see updates more than every few years.

Perhaps you are thinking of adding to the collection? Rethink your acquisitiveness and participation in the hysteria of new-is-better. Or let the USN rethink it for you!

about 2 months ago
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UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

redelm Assume only responsible for wilful acts? (180 comments)

The difficulties are only in people's minds -- especially those who seek justification to push projects. If someone deploys a weapon, they are responsible for all foreseeable consequences. Whether that weapon is a slug of dumb lead, smart missile or robot.

Even if the weaponeer did not intend the effects they are still responsible, perhaps as manslaughter rather than murder. The capabilities and risks are hardly concealed. OTOH, if they were careless nor negligent, then their responsibility increases. Nothing new here, just salesmen trying to assuage and belay responsibility of the buyers.

about 3 months ago
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Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

redelm What if I think Franken is a moron? (282 comments)

If I happen to think Al Franken is a moron on the basis of past actions, does that mean I have to agree with the FCC? Ouch! Easier to re-examine Franken!

about 3 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

redelm Re:Q: Why Are Scientists Still Using FORTRAN in 20 (634 comments)

You may not like Fortran's I/O, but for the subject matter (tables of numbers), IMPLIED DO loops work a lot nicer than repeated printf() calls in `c`. Contrary to n00b whining, FORMAT statements can be your friend.

Of course Fortran is horrible with strings, mostly because it is older than strings!

about 3 months ago
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Police Departments Using Car Tracking Database Sworn To Secrecy

redelm Cops not complaining about secrecy! (202 comments)

Please note, the cops probably _like_ the "restriction": When asked, it permits them to answer "It is illegal for us to comment", or to a judge "We cannot comment without violating our contractual agreements." People forget judicial privilige overrides contract.

As as posted by another, the use of the database could violate some data-protection law saying "access to this DB is restricted to ongoing official police investigations". Not to stalk GFs! So LAPD has to make the bogus claim that all drivers in LA are under investigation. Otherwise, their use of the tag readers tied to the tag owner DB would be illegal. And everything found thereafter excluded from evidence as "fruit of the poisoned vine". Not something they want to contemplate.

about 3 months ago
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VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video

redelm Re:Fubared priorities (62 comments)

On those "free speech zones" -- if there is such a security problem that some people must be isolated, then _everyone_ must be isolated. No "friendlies" on the parade route, "antis" elsewhere -- that is a 14th Amendment violation (Equal Protection) which becomes effectively a 1st Amendment violation by reducing the reach of some speech.

about 3 months ago
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VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video

redelm This is a problem ? (62 comments)

I, for one, dislike my history being sold to other merchants. Even if it means I pay more for a service, privacy has value. I slways opt-out, but this sort of marketing is deeply invasive and subject to NSA-esque abuse in targetted cases.

about 3 months ago
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Free Can Make You Bleed: the Underresourced Open Source

redelm "Under-resourced" assumes static resources (175 comments)

Oh dear, yet another Harvard BizSch / Big Business canard that FOSS is governed by the contraints of closed software. Resources only matter when they are restricted -- ie only [certain] employees can fix the code.

FOSS does not have this restriction _AT_ALL_ and that is one of it's greatest strengths. Torvald's "With enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow." Yes, limited resources may mean it takes a while for an offical patch (still quicker than MS) but unofficial patches can and are generated by anyone interested and capable within minutes.

about 3 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

redelm Cause an Elected Dictatorship ? (465 comments)

Look, I'm as revolted by some of the campaign finance scandals as anyone. But I'm also very cautious of well-meaning reform attempts that likely will have totally different effects once they work their way through. Laws always do -- wrongdoers adapt in generally undesireable ways. Worse, I fear the scandals and reform is just a deliberate smoke-screen for a power grab.

To my knowledge, the US and Japan are the only G-8 countries with independent legislators. Everywhere else, the parties control lists/seats because they control the money. The UK/ca/AU/nz Prime Ministers are effectively elected dictators -- remember how Tony Blair (UK-L) put down three successive (perfectly reasonable) backbencher revolts over Iraq? That does not in any sense resemble democracy.

I'm afraid if US Reps/Sens do not control their own funds & re-elections, the money/power vacuum will be filled by someone else, most likely the D&R Party Central Committees. Which will give them (the Prez) power, and remove the legislature as a check on the executive.

about 3 months ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

redelm Non-compete is a form of slavery (97 comments)

For those who worship the sanctity of contract, please remember one cannot legally contract slavery. And that is what long non-compete clauses amount to -- the inability to market your skills ties you to the employer. Trade secret protection is a very different thing used as a smoke-screen. Unequal barganing power and contracts of adhesion are further aggravations.

about 4 months ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

redelm Re:Public View (405 comments)

Recording visuals in California might be legal. Not sure -- they do have anti-papparazi laws. IIRC Recording voice is not legal there without all party consent.

However, the real legal problem with the tag scanners is not the scanning but their automagically accessing a database to determine car status. California has a law allowing access to the tag database only in pursuit of a proper police investigation. Not in pursuit of girlfriends or for others!

LAPD _has_ to [farcically|revealingly] claim everyone in "under investigation" for legal cover, especially to avoid "fruit of the poisoned vine" exclusion of evidence. Expect more "parallel construction" of false evidence origins. Whether this survives courts & appeals is just another indicator of the corruption of America.

about 4 months ago
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Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

redelm Re:Security Theatre (119 comments)

... that you know of!

BlueCoat may be the best of a bad breed, but that just encourages complacency. Far better to choose less-insecure software (anything-but-IE) and instill some security consciousness into users. Filters might have a "training-wheels" place for learners, but reliance is dangerous.

about 4 months ago
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Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

redelm Security Theatre (119 comments)

Look, in any filtering system there are going to be false positives and false negatives. Perhaps more with active systems because the true negatives have an incentive to get by, and so will adjust. (A certain actress and warm cereal is a /. example) The filterers will then have to clamp down, increasing false positives.

The whole thing has a whiff of Bruce Schneier's "security Theatre". Everyone serious knows it does not work, but it gives political cover of be able to claim an effort. Saving face at a price paid by other people. I try to avoid such predators.

about 4 months ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

redelm REDHAT ? (367 comments)

I thought exactly business like ATM fleets would be RedHat's target -- people who need robust Linux with support -- all negotiable.

about 4 months ago
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Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

redelm Re:Teenages^hCourts will do stupid things? (387 comments)

Agreed. Once the public sword has been unsheathed, the public have an interest in knowing how their sword was used -- knowing the settlement. All settlements for suits filed. The Courts are corruptly reducing their workload by enforcing confidentiality terms.

about 5 months ago

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Copyright on game sequence video captures?

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "What is the copyright legal status of a short-ish video capture from a PC/console game? For a pre-generated sequence like a fatality, the game.house could assert it was all theirs. OTOH, for a series of creative moves by the player the game pgm merely provides an environment for the creation. Rather like writing a computer program and using a compiler to make it executable. Or do the game houses get to copyright clay? This would influence whether they're youtubeable."
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FCC in favor of Net Neutrality

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

redelm writes "Both the Wall Street Journal (here) and Reuters (here)are reporting the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will make a speech on Monday in favor of Net Neutrality. There's a big difference between a speech and a law, but irrespective of campaign contributions, the US Congress should not find this too hard to pass with the current strong populist scrutiny."
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TW trying cable Caps + overage fees

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "Yahoo! reports Time-Warner will try out traffic caps on cable internet service in Beaumont, TX. They will charge an overage fee of $1/GB. Base included transfers will be from 5-40 GB/month. Most interesting was the justification — 5% of users using up to 50% of bandwidth. And that others have secret caps."
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redelm redelm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "The Economist, arguably the world leading business newspaper/magazine has picked up on Steve Jobs Appleblog for DRM-free Music. Also as discussed on /. This article agrees with Jobs and gives him much broader exposure beyond the technical community. Perhaps to influence some lego/politico decision makers who have no idea what DRM is!"
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redelm redelm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "For serveral years "Personal/Portible DVD Players" have been sold with TFT-LCD screens from 6-11" diagonal. However, very few of these units list pixel size/count or screen resolution. Some have only 240 lines! Any stats/advice?"

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