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Comment: Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (Score 0) 150

by DarkOx (#47502651) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

yes but they would get a warrant to search the filing cabinet for the named documents. They *might* discover other interesting documents incidental to the search in the cabinet and they would be allowed access to those. They would not be allowed to remove or copy the other documents. They also would not be allowed to drive to your parents place 5 hours away and search thur boxes of old files there from 10 years ago, unless they specified doing so on the warrant and it would only be allowed if there was reason to think related documents could be there.

E-mailboxes are not perfectly analogous to physical filing containers. People tend to have all of there electronic documents in once place. I think the basic principle of limited searches though means if you can't restrict where, because there isn't an atomic concept of place, than you must restrict what. So I still say minimally having to name a reasonable date range is not asking to much of LEOs.

Comment: Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (Score 1) 150

by DarkOx (#47500323) Attached to: New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

How hard do you think it would be to describe to a Google employee the type of information you want them to search for in (likely) thousands of emails and get a perfect success rate (assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that that's the only satisfactory outcome)?

Not all that hard really. I agree with you in that you probably can't go specifying search terms because all it would take is a few code words having been used and you really might miss what you are looking for. That said a lot of people now have a decade of correspondence in Gmail. I think "the entire mailbox of" is a little to broad for a warrant. Its not fair to just open up all of someones papers for their entire life for investigation.

I would expect in almost every situation there would be *some* criteria short of *all messages* that could be used. Like say all message between "X date and Z dates", when the crime took place on Y date. Bracket it by a year or so, or maybe longer if it was some sort of conspiracy or something at that point the prosecutors have to have some definable reasons and a magistrate has to agree the make sense. Maybe its all messages with an 822 from ${address}; or even mail server IP in ${geographic region}.

Prosecutors should have to demonstrate some knowledge of what they are looking for, just like with a physical search where they have to say: we are looking for a knife between 3" and 7" long, or financial documents related to account XXXX--XXXX-XXX.


Comment: Re:Time to get rid of Tor (Score 4, Interesting) 122

by DarkOx (#47496319) Attached to: Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

And while we are on the subject:

Its true that some protests and the beginnings of the Arab spring stuff apparently began on Twatter and Facespace; I wonder how much of that was going to happen anyway, especially given that in at least 3 of the four major uprisings the secular movements that seemed so popular online certainly have not proven to be what the people ultimately choose to support:

Egypt - went theocracy and is now back to essentially an autocracy that more or less resembles the one they started out with.

Libya - If you're not an Obama apologist is a failed sate, run by gangs or would be tyrants.

Syria - Ramains to be seen if the rebels will even succeed by if they do will probably be Islamist

Tunisia - Well that one might have kinda worked.

  One is left to wonder if much like Slashdot here in the states, were lots of radical (not to be necessarily read with a negative connotation), ideas get expressed on line, but it seems to amount to a lot of political masturbation because it does not get translated into actions that generate any sort of results at the ballot box. In some respects taking a longer view of the pamphleteers of the late 17th and 18th centuries, and the marchers and organizers of the mid 20th century seem to have had much more influence that the 21st century Internet critics. Oh sure the can manage to get a SOPA or PIPPA shot down once in awhile, but can't get it turned into the sort of third rail the politicians will shy away from touching again for even a year.

So is it possible the Internet is actually harmful to these movements, is it keeping people sitting at home posting on Facespace behind their proxies instead of actually out in the street doing something disruptive? Sure the organizing power of these things is clear but real widely supported political movements always have managed to organize before.

Comment: Re:Misuse of FOIA (Score 2) 231

by DarkOx (#47443933) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

You are absolutely correct but they know perfectly well it would just be followed up with the obvious and very specific request for "All e-mails from Edward Snowden with subject matter relating to the legality of the internet monitoring and cellular meta data gathering activities conducted by the NSA".

And then they'd be right back here were they are now. Having to make the same excuse, which might have some legitimacy as those mails probably are evidence in an on going criminal investigation of Snowden; all though we all know he isn't returning to the States without some kind of immunity agreement so its rather hollow sounding. Think how hollow it would sound if it was a second excuse given.

The reality is Snowden's story about having attempted to raise the issues thru the proper channels is likely truthful and would just expose more NSA and State Department lies. The would rather just look like dicks and someone felt just shutting down the FOIA avenue would look less Dickish than being evasive.

Comment: Re:Perfectly appropriate action for the FAA to tak (Score 1) 199

by DarkOx (#47438615) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

No I think we should require a license if you are a commercial operator. If you are just flying for fun than you should not need a license. I don't think the number of aircraft that will be operated by pure hobbiests is going to be large enough to present a public nuisance.

I do think the totality of drones in the air will. So licensing commercial operators makes sense. If you fly as a hobbyist and your drone crashes causing damage or injury its a civil matter between you and injured party. If you are an unlicensed commercial operator you should face additional penalties.

Comment: Re:Movies (Score 2) 199

by DarkOx (#47437891) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

I know its a fun conspiracy theory and all but I don't think the double standard is deliberate, even if it does exist.

The real-estate lobby is probably only slightly less powerful than the Hollywood lobby. I mean lets see:

There are huge tax advantages for income properties, in terms of you can take losses against capital gains on them, but you can't on a property you used as a residence? Why?

The mortgage interest tax deduction -- exists almost exclusively to increase borrowing power and willingness, which DOES NOT really help buyers and owners, it just pushes values up in general which means banks get more interest realtors and title companies get bigger commissions.

There was never any real financial reform done; and if look into the debate carefully you can't count that all up to GOP obstructionism non of the proposals from the left did much to address predatory lending or liar loans/documentation requirements.

Given how much Gall Street has tied up in it the only thing more untouchable to regulators than Hollywood might be Real-Estate.

Comment: Re:Perfectly appropriate action for the FAA to tak (Score 4, Interesting) 199

by DarkOx (#47437825) Attached to: FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

I am usually a pretty big skeptic when it comes to regulation but I gotta agree with you here.

This seems like a federal agency operating well withing the boundaries of what it was established to do. I also think we do need some management of [commercial] drones, do to the sheer numbers and the fact that most operators are flying over other peoples properties, where crashes could cause damage or injury.

People doing purely as a hobby problem I would be more skeptical of the need to regulate them. There numbers are few enough and lets be honest most of the air craft they would be operating will remain small and light; we can probably expect incidents form their use to be infrequent enough and small enough in severity to sort out in our local small claims courts at least until that proves not to be the case.

The real-estate folks though are using the drones commercial and if we let every real-estate agent, grounds keep, delivery boy, paper boy, etc; fly a drone with no management whatsoever that is hell of lot of drones in air! Some of those crafts might start getting bigger and heavier pretty quickly as well.

Comment: Re:Creepy (Score 1) 188

by DarkOx (#47437607) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

I would think it would be a matter of how much contrast this thing needs to "see" the counter obvious counter measure would be to "light up" areas where a someone is likely to be a target with light of the same wavelength but from an omnidirectional source. So the bullet can see the spot the laser is painting against the background.

Should be fairly easy for situations like the inside of a car an important person travels in, and the outside of residences and office buildings and such. Now if you are the impoverished kid that is harder to do.

Comment: Re:Schedule some days as offset days (Score 1) 265

by DarkOx (#47432201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Pretty much this. If your company is big enough or drives enough revenue from its IT systems that require routine off hours maintenance they should staff for that.

That is not say that if its just Patch Tuesdays they need to; or the occasional rare major internal code deployment that happens a couple time a year or so. For that you as the admin should suck it up, and roll out of bed early once and while. Hopefully your bosses are nice and let you have some flextime for it. Knock out at 3p on Fridays those weeks or something.

If there is a regular maintenance window that is frequently used, say at least twice a week, then they need to make the regular scheduled working hours for some employee(s). Maybe some junior admin who can follow deployment instructions works 3a-10a Tuesdays and Wednesdays; but lets be fair to that person they have a life outside of work a deserve to have a predictable schedule. They should still work those hours even if there is nothing going on that week, and just use the time do whatever else they do; update documentation; test out new software versions etc, inventory, etc.


Comment: Re:It's only fair (Score 2) 147

by DarkOx (#47430683) Attached to: Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

Oh definitely; and they or someone a little bigger ( Amazon? Netflix? ) who could potentially acquire them might be able to deliver profitably service dirt cheap like single digit dollars per month.

I don't want pretend to understand all the dynamics involved with the network to cable co contracts, FCC must carry requirements, local monopolies granted to cable companies, etc.

That last one was never hard to enforce, but how will $MUNICIPALITY enforce the cable monopoly agreement against a cable company like Areo with no cables? Suddenly they or someone like them are going to be a new player in the game like the SAT TV providers were, and it will at least slowly shift the balance somewhat.

Comment: Re:It's only fair (Score 3, Insightful) 147

by DarkOx (#47430343) Attached to: Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

Right, its a complex balance of power the networks have with the cable operators and what they really don't want is people making waves.
Just looks at the fights CBS and ABC have been in lately (NBC is a little different given they are COMCAST subsidary ).

On the one hand royalties from Areo might be a new revenue stream on the other hand premium cable seems to be where the eyeballs are going to the point the cable operators have started expressing less willingness pay to carry the networks. Its probably a smallish number of very vocal cable subscribers that push them to continue to pay CBS's extortion fees. If those folks could just pick up a cheap Areo subscription well it might actually weaken the hand of broadcast networks to charge the other cable operators. ABC has nothing to worry about though because their parent Disney will just make carrying ABC a condition of carrying ESPN which no cable operator would dare drop.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 5, Interesting) 608

by DarkOx (#47414979) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I don't think its fair. A modern web application is expected to do a whole heck of alot more than COBOL as it was originally designed even envisioned. You can still bang out a simple shell script or procedural program in Ruby today without knowing much of anything but we just don't consider those things 'applications' anymore.

Hell COBOL (propper) isn't really even interactive, its read in records, and write out some other records. You needed something like CICS to do much of anything interactive and guess what its not so easy to use or understand anymore once you go there.

Lets not even talk about the job control stuff to get your program running in the first place; normal people were never expected to handle that, it was the job of the OPERATOR who HAD EXTENSIVE TRAINING to do that.

So really its just not true.

Applications are more complicated to build today fundamentally because they are more complex in terms of what they do. Could it be simplified yes, we could fix lots of the technical kludges by replacing http and other web technologies with some truly stateful application delivery protocol and languages + libraries but it while it would be simpler it would not be simple.

His view of the past is skewed, things were never really available to regular people. There was always specialized professionals in the background handling the details. Except for a breif period in the late 80's and early 90's during the height of the PC revolution. Those machines though were a great leap backward in terms of what the limitations were as compared to the mainframe, and in leaving those limitations like (single user) behind we have put all the complexity back in.

For God's sake, stop researching for a while and begin to think!