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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

suutar Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (377 comments)

The right to remain silent is (construed as) a right to not be forced to _generate_ evidence against yourself. It is not a right not to be forced to _produce already existing_ evidence against yourself. Papers in a safe already exist. Files on a hard drive already exist. If they can't prove the drive/safe is yours, then revealing the password/combination could be used as evidence that it belongs to you, and in that case you could argue that revealing the password/combination would be self incrimination. But if they already know and can prove it's yours, then they can require you to hand over the password/combination and punish you for refusing.

The difference is that it's a lot harder for them to get into your files without a password than to get into a safe without a combination.

10 hours ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

suutar Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (377 comments)

"We grant you immunity for the contents of your password." Which does not mean that whatever your password is confessing to is now safe, it just means that the password isn't usable as probable cause to investigate it. What's behind the password, on the other hand...

11 hours ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

suutar Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (809 comments)

would it not be simpler to say "that one got vetoed so it was never an active law" than just saying "there was never such a law" and inviting argument?

5 days ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

suutar Re:The (in)justice system (291 comments)

Not necessarily. Eliminating prohibition crimes would reduce both plea bargains and trials, which would allow some of the other crimes that get plea bargained to be actually tried. How much the total case load would change depends on the amounts of time currently spent on plea trials and real trials of both types. It could conceivably even reduce (though I wouldn't put money on it).

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

suutar Re:The (in)justice system (291 comments)

that's pretty much the "prosecutorial discretion" that the person you're replying to postulated didn't exist anymore, isn't it?

about a week ago
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Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

suutar Re:Don't Watch TV (148 comments)

mmm... not sure. Signatures use cursive, if not much else does. How important it is that signatures be in cursive, I couldn't say for sure, but it _seems_ like it would be a little harder to forge.

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

suutar Re:Turning the other cheek (893 comments)

Have you never lost your temper and regretted it later?

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

suutar Re:Therefore justifying the killing of others (893 comments)

As far as I can tell, all he really said was "if you say something insulting you cannot expect there to be zero consequence", which is pretty much true. If I insult you, I cannot reasonably expect you to be happy about it, and you being unhappy is going to have consequences (your opinion of me will drop, you may choose to avoid associating with me, you may express your dislike of me to others and affect their opinions of me, etc). He also said that murder was over the top as consequences go, which is also (in my opinion) true.

I don't see how acknowledging reality makes him less hip/with-it, given that (in my opinion) much of his hipness came from the fact that he was willing to acknowledge reality on other topics.

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

suutar Re:Monopoly? (104 comments)

ah, you are correct. I was looking inside the quote.

I still wonder which part of Mexico AC lives in that has 4 providers.

about two weeks ago
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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

suutar Re:Monopoly? (104 comments)

Since TFS does not contain that word, I assume you mean TFA, which uses it in only one place. So which part of Mexico do you live in?

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

suutar Re:Not so Deluxe anymore? (450 comments)

I also use TaxAct. They charge for other stuff too, like State taxes, but I have no problem with that.

about two weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

suutar Re:Security protects the user too (220 comments)

which security issue is addressed by "the first rule of Dev Club is you cannot talk about the rules of Dev Club"?

about three weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

suutar Re:any repercussions? (165 comments)

That's why he suggested the stuff doesn't actually get removed until it's been determined to infringe.

about three weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

suutar Re:any repercussions? (165 comments)

It's a little bit different than that. A DMCA takedown request is a statement that the submitter of the request is (a) an agent of someone who owns some IP, and (b) the material targeted by the request is believed to infringe on that IP. Not quite the same thing. If I have a copyrighted song and you use it in a video, everyone knows I don't have copyright on your video but your video can be infringing on my song copyright, and I could file a DMCA request on that basis.

The weak spot is "believed to infringe", since it's pretty durn hard to prove that I didn't actually believe something, even if that belief is proven later to be incorrect.

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

suutar Re:Makes sense (448 comments)

woo, free title insurance :) Wait... I bet that's _lender_ title insurance, isn't it? well, at least it's free.

about three weeks ago
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Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

suutar Re:is because this is an actual problem (130 comments)

You're being a bit more literal than the general populace on this one.

From Merriam-Webster:
Full Definition of WITCH HUNT
1
: a searching out for persecution of persons accused of witchcraft
2
: the searching out and deliberate harassment of those (as political opponents) with unpopular views

about three weeks ago
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Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

suutar Re:Should let them work inside parks. (68 comments)

depends on the definition of "express authorization". Is "It's not against FAA regs if you avoid these situations" an express authorization, or does it take a piece of paper signed by the FAA saying "you are allowed to fly drones"?

about a month ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

suutar Re:Backups are not secure (173 comments)

seems like it should be possible for backblaze to store whatever encrypted data (including the PEM file) without the passkey that can open the PEM file ever entering their system. Of course, then my client has to do all the encryption/decryption, but then again, if I care whether the passkey leaves my system I'm probably willing to pay that price.

Of course, it's entirely possible that that's exactly how it's handled when using a non-web client... in which case I would just avoid the website.

about a month ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

suutar Re:Man, am I old ... (173 comments)

Disk is cheap. Time is valuable. Whether it's more valuable to you than disk is your call. I personally think I'd rather spend my weekend doing other stuff than curate my photos. Maybe it's lazy, maybe it's prioritizing my time. Again, subjective call. (Personally, I think it's about 50/50 :)

about a month ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

suutar Re:In Other Words ... (153 comments)

definitely true, but also beware of buying a hammer and starting to see glass stuff as nails

about a month and a half ago

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