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Comment Re:How big is this problem? (Score 2) 391

What percentage of IT people who discover child porn look the other way?

Most workers of any type aren't interested in snooping through people's private things and reporting what may or may not be illicit activity. (Is that topless girl 17 or 18? Are those kids in a bathtub innocent photos of the client's children or something more sinister?) Just like your typical plumber wouldn't ordinarily report that possible meth lab in the basement, your typical computer repair person doesn't want to report suspected copyright violations, irregularities on income tax files, or possible child pornography. I once had a job that involved me working in people's homes and my general rule was mind my own business and get the job done. I think most workers feel the same way.

Comment Re:Where is deniability? (Score 1) 391

It is a law that would be nearly impossible to enforce.

That's the problem. There would be only one way to enforce this type of law and that would be through sting operations. An undercover officer would bring a computer in to be repaired with illicit images somewhere obvious, like the desktop background screen. If no report is filed, the worker is arrested.

Comment Re:Basically no (Score 1) 532

Having some right of expression does not necessarily imply a 'similiar' right on the Internet.

Actually, the Supreme Court disagrees with you. Read the opinion in Reno vs. ACLU. This quote is particularly relevant: "Through the use of chat rooms, any person with a phone line can become a town crier with a voice that resonates farther than it could from any soapbox. Through the use of Web pages, mail exploders, and newsgroups, the same individual can become a pamphleteer." So, it seems the Supreme Court was of the opinion that free speech rights on the Internet should be the same as the free speech rights anywhere.

Comment Re:Basically no (Score 1) 532

You two are talking about two different things. You can attempt anonymous speech, but the court isn't going to protect your anonymity. In other words, just because you didn't sign your work doesn't mean you aren't responsible for it and can be freely identified as the author. To reference the original post, your license plate doesn't have your name on it and it isn't "easily" referenced to an individual, but doing a little research can find you the owner of the car. I believe the proposal is something similar.

Do you not see the irony of posting this an an Anonymous Coward?

Comment Re:End-To-End Encrytion is the Issue (Score 1) 55

And then what? There is a lot of free open-source e2e encryption software where no payment processors can be put under pressure. If the UK government demands backdoors from GnuPG, Signal or SMSSecure and they respond with "nuts", there is nothing the UK government can do. They could try to block Signal but that would probably result in them finally making work of a decentralized server setup.

The key word here software. Yes, there is lots of free open source e2e encryption software, but that doesn't do you a bit of good if your hardware has backdoors! Once they have a backdoor in your hardware, keyloggers can get your passphrases and memory scans can get your encryption keys. Secure software is useless on insecure hardware or insecure operating systems, and that's what this debate is all about: hardware and operating systems.

Comment Isn't it still DUI? (Score 2, Insightful) 259

DUI means driving while under the influence of alcohol as measured by your blood alcohol content. It is alcohol in your blood that impairs your ability to drive. It doesn't matter how it got there. Whether you drink, take too much cough medicine, or have a medical condition that causes you to produce alcohol, it's still in your blood and impairing your ability to drive. Now, if it's a first offense, and the defendant didn't know they had the disease, I can see letting them off with a warning, but if the defendant knew about the condition then they have no business driving. Some medical conditions make it unsafe to drive. Blind people, for instance, can't drive. It sucks, but it happens.

Comment Article is light on critical details. (Score 3, Interesting) 395

I actually read the article and it is missing some key details, such as what is meant exactly by "Internet Surveillance". Do they mean simply looking at what's on the public Internet for suspicious activity, etc., or do they mean the power to compel service providers, ISPs, etc., to turn over private customer information or private data? There's a difference between looking at someone's public tweets, and reading their private e-mail messages. Was this distinction made clear in the poll questions when the surveys were taken? It's possible that the people who responded to the polling questions didn't really know what they were answering.

Comment Re:"the FAA should do the same" (Score 1) 131

Your kid is most likely to get abducted by a family member or friend, and he already knows your address.

Just because a kid is more likely to get abducted by a family member doesn't mean it isn't sensible to take precautions to protect them from other possible dangers. Just because most house fires start because of dryer lint or smoking in bed doesn't mean you should leave unattended burning candles in your living room.

Your address is in big numbers on the front of your house. When did it become "private information".

The address number in the front of my house isn't private information. The mapping of my child's name to that address ought to be kept private. At least from the public on the Internet.

Comment Re:"the FAA should do the same" (Score 0, Flamebait) 131

The FAA is a federal agency. Aren't all federal databases open and online? Airplane registrations are; radio licenses are.

Well, one difference is that radios and airplanes don't tend to be owned by kids. So lets say your kid is a popular Youtuber or Viner. Your phone number is unlisted, so various viewers including pedophiles and whatnot cannot easily find him/her based on name. Now your kid flies his drone in a video. All of a sudden, several of his/her "fans" look up his/her name and street address in the federal database. Most likely no one will show up at your doorstep, but it takes only one crazy stalker. There are serious privacy and safety implications here.

Comment Re:The best (Score 2) 169

I loved buying Maxell XL-IIS blanks. That being said, I can't see buying and making tapes today. It'd be like buying an old Polaroid camera... oh wait I did that

I used to buy Maxell XL-IIS as well. I still have a couple of boxes of blanks. I haven't recorded a cassette since I got my first CD burner back in 1999.

Comment Re:To be fair (Score 1) 169

nobody cares about the altair. it was a box with switches on it. it didn't have a monitor or even a keyboard. yawn.

True, but it was available a year or two before home computers with monitors and keyboards were available. And you could attach a standard teletype machine to it and have a hardcopy terminal. The BASIC language was also available from Microsoft. In a way, this computer gave Microsoft its start. This was a hugely revolutionary technology.

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