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Comment: Re:It's required (Score 1) 162

Actually, CALEA means that it's basically illegal to deliver a full end-to-end encrypted system that does not have a back door. Now, if Verizon simply passed encrypted data between endpoints, and let a 3rd party app developer create the endpoints which encrypted/decrypted the data, then Verizon could not offer a backdoor - it has no way of intercepting/decrypting the data. But by doing the full chain (encrypt, transport, decrypt) it simply has to offer a back-door per CALEA because it is obviously possible for them to do so (they see the raw data prior to encryption, and know the encryption scheme and keys - they did the endpoints).

Comment: Re:It's required (Score 1) 162

False.

CALEA only requires the backdoor to exist if it's technically possible. TFA is pretty clear that other manufacturers and carriers have chosen to implement end-to-end encryption that doesn't have the ability to be backdoored, and as such, there's no need to provide the (non-existent) backdoor to the feds.

Can you design a system you would solely supply for encrypted end-to-end communications that could NOT have a backdoor implemented? If you implement the end-points, then a back-door is automatically possible - you control the encryption/decryption on the ends.

Comment: It's required (Score 2, Informative) 162

See the CALEA Act passed in 1994. Telecom providers HAVE to provide that backdoor. If not - they are subject to fines of up to $10,000 per day per connection not in compliance, and having their network shut down until it comes into compliance.

Your indignation should not be directed at Verizon - it should be directed at Washington, DC.

Comment: Re:Why don't they ever try to "link" good stuff? (Score 0) 192

by LynnwoodRooster (#48607713) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do
Please try reading the article with the graph. Dr. Easterbrook gives a pretty convincing argument of why this type of graph (ice cores) tend to be more accurate than the mish-mash of multiple proxies all packaged together. The former gives you higher resolution, the latter tends to average over long, multi-century periods (eliminating known events like the Minoan, Roman, and Medieval Warm Periods).

Comment: Re:Why don't they ever try to "link" good stuff? (Score 0) 192

by LynnwoodRooster (#48607377) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do
Well, it seems over the last 11,000 years we've had considerably warmer periods - and our species survived and even flourished! The Minoan warm period, the Roman warm period, the Medieval warm period - all were good for worldwide cultures. We're not "headed" anywhere our species hasn't been, and our species has done pretty darn well when it's warmer as opposed to when it's colder.

Comment: Re:The drought is bullshit (Score 1) 192

by LynnwoodRooster (#48607339) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do
We in California have all the water we could ever want. We just do not have the political willpower to access it. It's called the Pacific Ocean, and the process is desalination. Which, if it cost us as much as it does Israel, Saudi Arabia, and other desert nations to run, would result in LOWER water costs that what we pay in Southern California (I live in Ventura). Plenty of water - just no willingness to create the necessary desalination plants - and accompanying power plants - to make the water desired.

Comment: Re:Driver in video was unfamiliar with the car (Score 1) 190

by LynnwoodRooster (#48607287) Attached to: Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars
That's how it is in Thailand, at least. The Nissan and Toyota trucks I drive there have the turn signal on the right. For the first 3 days I typically end up using wipers to signal a turn and blinkers to clear the windshield. It's not that effective.

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 2) 872

by LynnwoodRooster (#48599257) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney
You got the founder of Islam right, but Judaism is considered as founded by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...">Abraham who precedes Moses by multiple centuries. And Christianity was founded by this guy named Jesus, called "the Christ". He predated Constantine by about 300 years or so... Abraham and Jesus were most assuredly NOT warlords.

Comment: Re:Time to openly admit... (Score 1) 184

by LynnwoodRooster (#48596247) Attached to: Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever
Climate IS weather. Climate is the integral of weather over some pre-determined time window. Want to know the climate for the last week? Last month? Last 10 years? Look at the weather over those times. Climate IS weather. The claim otherwise makes as much sense as saying bread isn't flour, water, and yeast...

Comment: Re:So it is official. (Score 1) 166

by LynnwoodRooster (#48591893) Attached to: Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX
Doesn't that $200M first COME from the taxpayers, then is processed through Government/business interests, then the remainder trickle down to those same taxpayers who ponied up the $200M in the first place? Wouldn't it be better to simply leave the money with the taxpayers to start with?

Comment: Re:Greasing Palms. (Score 1) 280

by LynnwoodRooster (#48558099) Attached to: Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain
Ummm, no. Please see the relevant laws. A black car - a car hired to pick you up from one location to another - is not limited as a taxi. A taxi can pick you up from the street (wave for the cab). A black car is what Uber is - you contract for a ride from one location to another, ahead of time, not "spur of the moment" like flagging down a cab.

Comment: Re:Unlicensed taxi broker (Score 1) 280

by LynnwoodRooster (#48558063) Attached to: Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

My firearms have NEVER killed another person. Nor will they EVER kill another person. In fact, I don't know ANY firearm that has ever killed another person.

However, there are PLENTY of people who seek to kill others, either through negligence or malice. The choice of tool is irrelevant; the user of the tool is what matters.

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