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Comment: Re:Break Their Legs and Put Them in the Everglades (Score 1) 235

by Deagol (#43005489) Attached to: 'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

Do you speak from experience of using this technique? Or are you summarizing other online accounts?

As someone who filed personal BK 15 years ago, I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I am a strong believer of personal responsibility. But on the other hand, I loath the credit and debt collection industry with every fiber of my being, with their many awful tactics.

What you describe sounds like anyone could default on any old legitimate debt and then with some paperwork and brass balls simply get away without paying it back. Why the fuck shouldn't I max out my credit, stop paying the house, car, and credit car bills, and then reap the benefits of getting in the clear? This seems too easy (court/legal legwork aside).

Comment: Re:personal experiences (Score 1) 504

by Deagol (#40812613) Attached to: Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?

Dude, get a few of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-3-5-Inch-Aluminum-Removable-MRK-401ST-BK/dp/B003DVTWQ6/

http://www.amazon.com/KingWin-2-5-Inch-Internal-Tray-Less-KF-251-BK/dp/B00475DQ6Y

The benefits of the external trays with the benefits of direct bus connections. Assuming you have a sane OS to recover with, hot-swapping should be a non-issue.

Comment: Re:Not so simple (Score 1) 575

by Deagol (#38111340) Attached to: Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

(IANAL)

Boucher not only consented to a search, he unlocked the drive with the the CP on it for the border/customs agent. This is the unique part of this case that makes it pretty much irrelevant for the generic case. The court ruled (as I understand it) that because he gave up the password once, he had to do it again when asked by the court.

If he had never unlocked the drive to begin with, and kept his mouth shut, then the outcome would have been very different.

Comment: Re:wow... (Score 1) 558

by Deagol (#34594534) Attached to: Judge Declares Mistrial Because of Wikipedia

That is apparently the case. I've been called to jury duty once in my life. I was actually excited about it. All my work peers cynically said some version of this: "Just tell them you've been to college and you'll be tossed from the pool." I was like, WTF?!? During selection, we were all asked our professions, our level of education, what periodicals we subscribed to, and if anyone in our family had been subject to domestic abuse (it was an wife battery case, IIRC). For whatever reason, we were *all* pruned out, and I never did get to sit.

For the life of me, I can't understand why people with *any* familiarity with a topic should be pruned from a jury pool. If I were on trial for some computer/tech crime, I'd rather a bunch of slashdotters or redditors (gods help me) be on the jury than the uninformed Joe Schmoe who rely on left- or right-wing hate media for their news sources.

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