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Comment Re:Absurd (Score 1) 181

You mean, for their motives? Yes. We do that every day. "Motives" are not protected free speech. They're a way of determining the reason something negative happened. If he had simply developed the software as a tool, that's one thing. To market it for the express purpose of illegal activity is another. If you own a gun store and sell people guns that may end up being used illegally, that's fine. If you own a gun store and sell a gun to someone that says they're going to use it for illegal acts, that's another.

Comment Re:We're fucked (Score 2) 51

That's true, many are not good with technology. But they don't have to be. Their tech services departments push out certain systems that they use. Most libraries don't maintain client records, for instance, because of this. Actually really annoying from a usability standpoint, but good from a privacy one.

Comment Re:Is this Google's fault? (Score 1) 434

I'm not even sure what this is supposed to mean, or what your point is? What does the fact that Apple pushed a U2 album have to do with anything? What does the fact that updates take space have to do with anything? Heck, beyond that, updates don't take space if you do them while connected to iTunes. So I really don't get what your point is in all this?

Comment Uninformed court? (Score 2, Insightful) 181

That seems like a weird decision... I mean, even if the drive itself has failed it doesn't mean the platters have no data on them that could be recovered. Of course, the secondary question is whether the destruction was intentional or not, but as for the question at issue here, I don't see how a court could say that there is no evidence that was destroyed. The likelihood is completely opposite.

Comment What's it worth to you? (Score 1) 983

I have a Mac Mini server set up hosting about 8 TB of primary data on mirrored USB3 drives. I then have it running Time Machine on all of that to a 16 TB RAID5 array on a NAS. Total cost (not including the server itself)? About $1,000... and that's for two sets of backups, one for drive errors (primarily) and one that has an always-available actual backup.

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