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Comment Re:Must hackers be such dicks about this? (Score 1) 270

So he went on record months before to approach the airline. Next, he tweets blatantly scary "what if" kinda things FROM A PLANE. Snoops snag the message, then snag him, snag his encrypted laptop, ask for keys, to which he says "warrant, or GTFO".

Maybe getting captured was part of his plan? Maybe he's gunning to get legal precedent set on the issue of crypto, passwords, the legal process, and self-incrimination. Bonus points for possibly exposing just how people are monitored online and if the feds can power through common disk crypto.

My guess is he did nothing wrong while on the airline, and even if he is legally compelled (via warrant or legal test case verdict), there will be no evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever.

Maybe the feds will finally show some of their cards?

Comment Re: Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 113

There is no Spy vs Spy character hiding behind trash cans at your subway station watching your every move. This stuff is automated Big Data with a dash of expert system and AI wizardry sprinkled on top

We can agree to disagree about whether this stuff is a valid concern for the average individual. But when things like laws, public policy, and commercial interests (insurance rates, hiring practices, etc.) are heavily influenced by what the Eye of Sauron sees, everyone should be concerned about what is collected.

Comment Re:Oh good.... (Score 1) 166

Reboots are old hat. Now we're *reviving* 1- to 2-decade old series.

First, we hear Twin Peaks will get a new season in 2016. Then that recent Friends movie. Now X-Files. With any luck, we'll get new seasons of Millennium, Dark Angel, and Space: Above and Beyond.

It could work, right?

Comment Re: Big deal ... not! (Score 1) 113

> It also won't tell you where someone's been who takes public transit, rides a bicycle, rollerblades, or walks. That's a good chunk of the population that is totally off the radar to this.

You're correct. "They" will just track your phone's WiFi MAC address around town, and your face with cameras.

You seem to be ignoring the incremental nature of us frogs and the increasingly hot water we're sitting in.

The more data sets available for correlation, the more accurate and complete a picture "they" can get.

You seem to be fine with this seemingly inevitable future we're racing towards. Some of us are concerned, if not outright worried.

Comment What about obvious knock-offs? (Score 1) 386

I remember an insurance or pharmaceutical commercial around 2000 that featured music which was an obvious knock-off of Moby's "Porcelain". Had the same basic rhythm and feel, too, but the key was different and some of the note progressions were different. I kinda hated the commercial because my immediate thought was, "Heh, these losers couldn't even bother to license the real thing?"

Of course we see these all the time, from commercials to TV shows (Good Eats comes to mind), to movies (I think I recall chuckling at a bad wannabe "Axel F" music in the Christian Slater movie Kuffs).

Does this ruling make that practice more legally dangerous?

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