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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics 469

Posted by samzenpus
from the let-us-in dept.
mi writes Attorney General Eric Holder called it is "worrisome" that tech companies are providing default encryption on consumer electronics, adding that locking authorities out of being able to access the contents of devices puts children at risk. “It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said at a conference on child sexual abuse, according to a text of his prepared remarks. “When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so.”

Comment: Re:depends on circumstance (Score 1) 496

by fyngyrz (#48039091) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Confident? I'm just stating the obvious. There can be life on planets. It can be intelligent. It can go to space.

I don't need confidence to make those observations; even a vague awareness of the world around me suffices.

And I fail to see what my intelligence has to do with any of it. These very simple facts wouldn't change any regardless if I was Einstein or a drooling idiot.

Your comment is downright strange.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 3, Insightful) 497

by mrchaotica (#48038829) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

We have to make the laws that are reasonable to our time. The Constitution allowed slavery, for instance, and no vote for women.

Yeah, and when times changed it got amended. But the right to bear arms hasn't been amended, and until it does, it still stands as the law of the land that all arms are included.

Does it make sense now for individuals to buy and sell full-auto weapons? "Assault rifles"? Flamethrowers? Surface-to-air missles?

Absolutely! How else is the public supposed to support a revolt against tyranny? (That is what the 2nd Amendment is for, you know... it's a rule written by violent revolutionaries for violent revolutionaries.)

Comment: Re:Bad statistics (Score 1) 248

by mrchaotica (#48036303) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

The trouble is that "infractions committed without a ticket being issued" is impossible to measure, since (by definition) issuing tickets is how you're supposed to measure infractions.

Of course, cellphone/GPS tracking and/or ITS could make un-ticketed infractions measurable, but entities (e.g. Progressive Insurance) are only now just starting to do so.

Work continues in this area. -- DEC's SPR-Answering-Automaton