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Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

suutar Re:Should let them work inside parks. (62 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"?

8 hours ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

suutar Re:Backups are not secure (161 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.

yesterday
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

suutar Re:Man, am I old ... (161 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 :)

yesterday
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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

2 days ago
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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

suutar Re:Meh (157 comments)

... that has used their website so far. They've only got 24000ish data points; I can well believe that at this stage, small correlations result in apparently weird results. Give them a few million samples and I bet that those factors won't make you unique anymore.

3 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

suutar Re:Not incompatible (160 comments)

They were to him. Pretty much nobody believes they are a villain, even if the rest of the world disagrees.

5 days ago
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BGP Hijacking Continues, Despite the Ability To Prevent It

suutar Re:Required -- Except When It Isn't (57 comments)

It's required if you want to use ARIN's data. Those who choose not to agree are simply not using that data, with the consequence that they are less effective at validating route origin identity.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

suutar Re:No (1039 comments)

getting a vaccination is not a 100% guarantee of immunity. If, for whatever reason, the immune system's reaction to the vaccine is weak, it won't ramp up as fast in the case of real exposure, and may not completely prevent infection. The resulting infection will probably be weaker than for an unvaccinated victim, but can still be trasmittable.

Not to mention the possibility of just carrying the virus around when not actually infected, a la Typhoid Mary.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

suutar Re:No (1039 comments)

It's more like "You didn't vaccinate, so you are a threat to the ones that cannot vaccinate because they're allergic, or too young, and the ones who did vaccinate but had a weak reaction, so their immune system won't ramp up fast enough to completely prevent infection."

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

suutar Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1039 comments)

I think the gripe with 14 shots at age 2 is the belief that getting poked with needles that many times is painful and must be life-alteringly traumatic. I'll admit, getting stuck with a needle isn't particularly comfortable, but I wouldn't call it painful when done by an experienced professional. Of course, I have many years of experience in painful situations to compare it against, which a 2 year old doesn't.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

suutar Re: PRIVATE encryption of everything just became.. (378 comments)

True, absence of evidence is evidence of absence, but it's weak evidence. It reduces the probability somewhat, but not a whole lot, and certainly not to zero. Stronger evidence of absence could exist, but we don't get to see it.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

suutar Re:That's not how it works (378 comments)

"Sure, Joe the Cop smelled something funny, traced it to this car, arrested the driver, and found incriminating papers under the seat."

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

suutar Re:Over to you, SCOTUS (378 comments)

In the house, yes. Does the senate also have a veto-proof margin? (Has the senate even voted on this yet? All I see is the House figures.)

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

suutar Re:PRIVATE encryption of everything just became... (378 comments)

which only proves that if they've done it they've successfully suppressed reporting of it. Certainly, you can assert and I can hope that they wouldn't... but neither of us can really prove it.

about a week ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

suutar Re:Legal Opinion, Please? (687 comments)

You're right, I was mistaken. The difference I was thinking of is that the defendant is presumed to have spoken falsely unless they can prove otherwise. My error.

Thanks, also, for the interesting pointer.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

suutar Re:Legal Opinion, Please? (687 comments)

It may be something about being in France that allows "messes with my business plan" to be actionable, sort of like how in the UK truth can still be defamation.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

suutar Re:LOL (398 comments)

They're probably paid extra, in the sense of "you can sign and get the package, or you can not sign and not get any package."

about two weeks ago
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US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

suutar Re:This is of course complete nonsense (84 comments)

Fix the authentication system to prevent credential replay attacks, maybe? Two factor authentication? Client certificate validation? "We don't recognize the computer you're connecting from, so we're gonna send you a code in an SMS message or email", even.

about two weeks ago
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US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

suutar Re:Missing info (84 comments)

Personally, I don't mind the bank knowing I accessed my account. Comcast, however, has no need to know that. Nor does Level3. Nor, unless they have reasonable suspicion, does the government (although I am well aware that the bank will hand over the records in a heartbeat). So the question is, do I care enough about whether they know to put effort into keeping them from knowing? For some people, the answer will be yes. For you, perhaps not.

about two weeks ago

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