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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

rollingcalf Re:This is chilling (790 comments)

"The Courts have said that an un-read, e-mail stored on a server, is like an envelope containing a letter. A warrant is required to do anything other than examine the header (i.e. the face) of the letter.

Once read, it is no longer like a letter, it is business correspondence, and a warrant is no longer required."

That hasn't reached the Supreme Court, has it?

In light of their recent rulings in support of protections from electronic surveillance, I expect the Supreme Court will overturn the lower courts which have been giving the OK for warrantless email access.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

rollingcalf Re:This is chilling (790 comments)

No, your email account password is the envelope. Nobody should be accessing your email account without either a warrant or you giving them the password.

Of course, emails can be read without your password by employees of the email provider who have access to the relevant servers. But your letters can also be easily opened by postal service employees who get their hands on your letters ... that doesn't mean you need to seal your letters in a titanium case welded shut (ie. the equivalent of strong encryption) to have a reasonable expectation of privacy and protection by the 4th amendment.

about a month and a half ago
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Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking

rollingcalf Re:Privacy Risks (157 comments)

A picture is often more useful than a verbal complaint when the police are evaluating whether a given parking situation actually is a violation, and the exact location where it occurred.

And for citizens armed with a cellphone camera and Twitter, it's faster for them to post a pic than to sit on the non-emergency line for several minutes, first on hold for 5 minutes, then some more minutes to describe the vehicle and the location.

about 7 months ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

rollingcalf They should pay people to move OUT of Detroit (398 comments)

Help people get a new start in another city with more job opportunities, don't bring in more people when unemployment there is so high.

about 8 months ago
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Decision, EA: Judge Reverses Multimillion Dollar Award To Madden Dev

rollingcalf Re:Diff? (125 comments)

Suppose they don't have the 1988 source code?

If they rewrote the next version from scratch as they claimed, it's not surprising that they didn't put much of an effort into preserving the 1988 version for the next 25 years.

about 8 months ago
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Decision, EA: Judge Reverses Multimillion Dollar Award To Madden Dev

rollingcalf Re:Why not look? (125 comments)

Maybe they don't have the source code from the 1988 version any more. They claim they weren't using that source code for subsequent versions of the game, and they couldn't release a patch on the Internet if they found bugs after it was released, so there wasn't much perceived value in preserving the source code. And they certainly didn't expect to have to preserve it for 25 years.

about 8 months ago
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23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

rollingcalf Re:Big deal. (449 comments)

Of course Gates would be expected to lose, and it would be a shocker if he didn't lose.

But he lost in only 9 moves. He should have been able to last longer than that.

about 8 months ago
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South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable

rollingcalf In South Korea (138 comments)

... phone bloatware is only for old people.

about 8 months ago
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Experiment Shows Caffeine Boosts Long Term Memory

rollingcalf Re:Parts of the brain (123 comments)

>Then why don't they call it the seahorsecampus? These guys make everything so difficult.

Hippocampus is derived from the Greek words hippos (horse) and kampos (sea monster).

about 8 months ago
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Not All Bugs Are Random

rollingcalf Re:Is this news for anyone? (165 comments)

If you know the input will always be less than X characters, you have TWO boundary conditions, not one:
1. No characters
2. X-1 characters

about 8 months ago
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Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

rollingcalf Different response due to difference in losses (303 comments)

When Delta sold seats at large discounts, some of those seats would have gone empty if the discount glitch didn't happen, and without the discount Delta would have eaten the costs of flying with those empty seats anyway. For some flights, selling the heavily discounted seats may even have been a net gain financially for Delta.

But with the furniture retailer, they had bigger real losses from the discount glitch because without the huge discounts, the items would have remained available for somebody else to purchase at full price.

So Delta is willing to bear the losses because their losses from this were less severe or perhaps nonexistent, whereas for the furniture retailer the losses are too large for them to accept without trying to recoup what they can.

about 9 months ago
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Encrypted PIN Data Taken In Target Breach

rollingcalf Re:Why are they storing this data anyway? (213 comments)

In the US they generally don't use chip & PIN. The stolen PINs involved are for bank ATM cards without chips, not PINs for credit cards with chips.

about 9 months ago
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Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

rollingcalf Re:Probably a good thing (314 comments)

But the land used for that corn is often suitable for growing other crops for human consumption.

about 9 months ago
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Motorola Patent Uses Neck Tattoo As Microphone

rollingcalf Re:But do they have a working model? (51 comments)

No. If there is prior art, don't grant the patent, with or without a working model.

about 10 months ago
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Motorola Patent Uses Neck Tattoo As Microphone

rollingcalf Re:But do they have a working model? (51 comments)

Under the rule I proposed, the patent holder can't sue before the working model is demonstrated. While the patent is provisional, its 20-year expiration clock is ticking, the information is public, and others can't be sued for infringing it. So there would be advantages to the public and disadvantages to the patent holder for acquiring a patent before the working model is ready.

about 10 months ago
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Motorola Patent Uses Neck Tattoo As Microphone

rollingcalf But do they have a working model? (51 comments)

Without a working model, all they have is words and diagrams on paper that might not work in practice. But that piece of paper gives them the right to sue somebody else who implements the concept and makes it work.

They need to bring back the working model requirement. If there is no working model, grant the patent provisionally. Don't let the patent holder sue before they have a working model, and if they don't build a working model by a specific deadline (say 5 years) the patent goes up for auction, with proceeds going to the patent owner. Or they can sell the patent before the 5 years are up. The new owner must have a working model before they can sue.

That way inventors can still get paid for a useful invention even if they don't have the resources to build the working model themselves.

about 10 months ago
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Don't Call It Stack Rank: Yahoo's QPR System For Culling Non-Performers

rollingcalf Re:What a stupid system (177 comments)

Heisenberg wouldn't be in danger of getting fired. He is the danger.

about 10 months ago
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Inmates Program Logistics App For Prison

rollingcalf Re:A breath of sanity... (98 comments)

"Also, I frankly think there is nothing wrong with ex-cons having to work their way up from the bottom when they reintegrate into society."

In theory that sounds fine, but in practice it is a problem because the less they earn from law-abiding jobs is the more they'll be inclined to return to crime. If they have the skills for a $30/hour job, the rest of us are better off if they can get that $30/job, as they'll be more likely to stay out of trouble than if they had a minimum wage job.

" On the other hand, why are you whining about Photoshop. Plenty of FOSS and offline commercial packages will teach you the same skills. For someone who has spent a good amount of time behind bars, you're awfully entitled (I wonder how much that attitude figured into your original incarceration)."

Employers want experience using Photoshop, not the FOSS equivalents which aren't similar enough to convince employers that the skills are readily transferable.

about 10 months ago
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HP Sues Seven Optical Drive Makers Over Price-Fixing

rollingcalf Re:oh look (91 comments)

Their complaint is about price-fixing from January 2004 to January 2010. You couldn't get a DVD-R drive for under $20 back in 2009.

about a year ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

rollingcalf Re:As good a time as any (1160 comments)

"Maybe it's time for the US to take the hint and stop this barbaric and medieval practice?"

Maybe it's time for the US to take the hint and start manufacturing their own propofol and other drugs of major importance.

about a year ago

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