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Comment This is just a preliminary injunction. (Score 2) 56

The summary doesn't make this clear but this is not a final ruling in this case. The judge merely granted the plaintiff (IMDb) a preliminary injunction enjoining the government from enforcing this statute until the case is decided. However, since a preliminary injunction is granted only if there's a good chance the party filing the motion will succeed at trial, it does bode well. The state has an uphill battle at this point.

Comment Re:another case of fundamental bad design (Score 1) 102

That's because only the dealership that originally sold the car can see who has access and manually remove someone from the app.

That is a problem on more than 1 level.

It's not bad design from the point of view of the dealer. This basically means that all used car sales will have to go through a dealership. It will be the end of private used car sales. This was probably by design.

Comment Re:No Different From Laptops (Score 1) 508

This is no different from the drill for laptops. On your travel day, back up your phone, encrypt the backup, send through your by vpn to a server stateside, reset the phone to factory defaults. Download the backup when safely stateside.

As soon as the customs officer sees your phone is set to factory defaults, he's going to want you to log into your accounts. That's no different from providing the password for your device.

Comment Re:Fyi - the actual law that Robart ruled on in Tr (Score 2) 56

But if you read the 9th Circuit Courts opinion, you'd see that the reason they decided as they did was that Trump's order was too broad, excluding not only "aliens", but also potentially lawful residents who are non-citizens, such as visa holders, and others who may have been lawfully in the United States and left temporarily. If the order had been limited to those with no legal standing in the U.S. at all, the opinion might have been different.

Comment Re:Well, yes. As they should. (Score 1) 502

This. Does anyone seriously advocate that someone who posts something like "Death to America!" and has images of ISIS flags all over their Facebook page NOT be stopped at the border??

No. But it is legitimate to ask if people should be required to divulge all of their social media accounts and unlock/decrypt all of their devices so agents can determine whether or not a person posted such comments in the first place.

Comment Re:Another solution (Score 2) 71

Another solution is to pass a law saying that all US citizen data has to be kept in servers in the US.

What about e-mail or other service providers that don't have servers in the U.S.? Would it be illegal, under your framework, for U.S. citizens to sign up for e-mail or other data accounts with foreign providers with no U.S. presence? How exactly would enforcement work?

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 91

> California-based adult content-maker Dreamroom Productions claims it has made it much harder for producers to hunt down and flag infringing material, since the videos are not shared publicly.

Of course it's harder to find infringers when they aren't advertising to you that they're doing it.

Yeah, it's basically equivalent to using private trackers to share pirated movies, music and TV shows using the bittorrent protocol. You're much less likely to get an infringement notice that way.

Comment Re:Don't buy a smart TV (Score 1) 161

It will probably get harder and harder to find a TV without these "smart" features. If you don't want them, just don't give the TV your wifi password.

I've heard of TVs sniffing around for open access WiFi connections. So if any of your neighbors has open WiFi, or the coffee shop at the end of the street offers free public WiFi, your TV could be connecting anyway. And don't forget, the GPS in the TV will let them know where you live, so it won't give you any anonymity either.

I really think it is worth the extra money to get a non-smart TV if you can find one.

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