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Comment Re:So Google gets metadata? (Score 3, Interesting) 87

So, IANACryptographer, but if I understand correctly: Google gets metadata when Alice sends a message (because connect to its server using this "fronting"), and when Bob receives one (because Signal delivers messages using GCM). It doesn't look too hard for them to reconstruct that Alice is exchanging messages to Bob.

Except Google's servers are sending and receiving millions upon millions of messages every second, so no it wouldn't be very easy to match up one particular sender with one particular receiver. Then you have the problem that, as you said, Google gets the metadata, not Egypt, and Google has no interest in trying to reconstruct this conversation, regardless of how easy it may be to do so.

Comment Re:Taiwan? (Score 1) 225

A lot of people don't really understand how a country is defined, including yourself.

A country is merely a defined political division, that means it needs some kind of border, but even a government isn't technically necessary

I think your definition of country is a bit too broad, unless you think the third ward of Houston, Texas, United States is a country, or that any city, state, subdivision, etc is a country. If that is your stance, then your definition is beyond silly; it is useless. To try to make the spirit of your definition work, I would suggest that a country is a geographic area with a political identity but which is not a subdivision of any larger political identity.

Comment Re:Corrections and more (Score 3, Interesting) 822

1. They did not say that they are reopening the investigation. The memo itself makes that clear.

I'm not sure how you can make such a claim, since the memo you linked states "...and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation."

Furthermore, nothing else in that memo makes the point you pretend it does.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 416

The flaw in your reasoning is obvious. What you want to say is that there is not an LD50 dose for SMOKING marijuana, which is what the monkeys were forced to do. In concentrated doses, say from injecting THC directly into the bloodstream, a person can and has died. If you are going to respond by saying that's not PRACTICAL, then please don't, unless you are completely oblivious to the last 50 years of assholes doing absolutely ingenious things in order to get a better high.

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