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Comment: Re:5th Admendment? (Score 1) 446 446

by Arkiel (#48510309) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices
This isn't necessarily a 5th Amendment issue for the manufacturers who have only a tangential connection to the case itself.

People can't assert the constitutional rights of others.

But yeah, this law seems like bullshit. I hope the legal response is robust and successful.

Comment: Re:Not Child Pornography (Score 1) 274 274

by Arkiel (#48065873) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?
I researched a bit and discovered the court case referenced in the article you linked does not appear to be based on American jurisprudence.
I further discovered that the child pornography definition in New York v. Ferber allowed the government to restrict speech that involved depictions of children in sexual acts. The Child Pornography Prevention Law of 1996 added two definitions of child pornography, both of which required sexually explicit conduct. No case I have come across has held that display of one's breasts are sexually explicit conduct. On the other hand, forty-six states and DC have laws on the books which allow women to breast feed in public. Lots of evidence that breasts aren't sexually explicit and no evidence against it.

Your concern is noted but baseless.

Comment: Not Child Pornography (Score 1) 274 274

by Arkiel (#48049405) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?
Maroney's pictures have been described in some detail by people with similar questions as to their legality. They aren't child pornography. The shots are just of her breasts. She isn't simulating sex, she isn't masturbating off-camera (from what you can tell, apparently), I don't think she's even touching her own breasts.

The lawyers just tried to scare people. If I had her pictures, I would share them on principle alone. As it stands, everyone should be writing to the bar association where the lawyers have membership to register and ethics complaint.

Comment: Re:Boo hoo. (Score 1) 142 142

by Arkiel (#48041489) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi
Huh. This seems like a comment on what I said, but it doesn't actually dispute anything.

Honeywell produced and Boeing accepted a device that experiences interference when placed in the environment where it is intended to be used, right? Yeah, that's some crazy alternate universe worldview I've got.

Comment: Boo hoo. (Score 1) 142 142

by Arkiel (#48040923) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi
"some airlines are balking, since the problem has never been seen in operation, that the order presents 'a high, and unnecessary, financial burden on operators'."

Yeah, it sure sucks that you're involved in an industry where hardening against air surveillance and weather radar are a pre-requisite, and you decided to buy off-spec from what I imagine was the lowest bidder.

Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 1) 504 504

by Arkiel (#47942729) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
That would probably be illegal in a bunch of contexts on the basis of overly broad seizure (effectively a so-called 'general warrant'). And then there's the statute of limitations. What you propose would be a serious problem for people that have committed crimes like rape or murder, but fuck those people. ...then again, if the cops were smart they'd seize encrypted images from all suspects on the off chance that one of them is the killer and that they would be able to decrypt at some point in the future. That could be the new DNA evidence for solving cold case files.

Comment: A nothing statement that means nothing. (Score 5, Insightful) 145 145

by Arkiel (#47827995) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard
So Wheeler googled "ISP outrage", clicked the "News" tab, and had an intern write a feel-good do-nothing speech about the Comcast outrage?

If it were anyone we could at least momentarily pretend that this was an opening salvo in some course of action that would increase incentives to switch by doing something to promote competition to act against the disincentives Comcast forces on the consumer.

No, no, this is all about draining the political pressure that news story like the Comcast outrage foment. Its about constituents having the illusion of progress and/or representatives being able to tell their constituents that Chairman Wheeler, notable industry shill, is on the case.

Comment: 3 people vs 250 million (Score 1) 294 294

by Arkiel (#46356789) Attached to: Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"
Yeah, when you're arguing for a drug that effectively adds another abuse risk to society at large, maybe you want to cite more than three people who benefit from it? Does anyone with liver failure need this drug? About how many people suffer from recognizable chronic pain and liver failure together?

Comment: Sink or swim (Score 1) 665 665

by Arkiel (#46220723) Attached to: South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards
Congress really needs to get hands-on with educational standards. There's a stronger commerce interest in all states producing only their fair share of idiots than in most of the crap Congress has regulated through the Commerce Clause. Really wish they'd do a study comparing college performance in people that weren't taught evolution versus those that were. If nothing else, the non-evo's probably have to spend more time in otherwise optional science classes to catch up. That assumes a pattern of educational control that hasn't completely retarded their ability to think critically, of course. Everyone behind these standards changes, every self-righteous blowhard and bigoted soccer mom, need to have their names inscribed on a wall somewhere, so their great great grandchildren can feel shame.

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