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Comment 4th amendment (Score 3, Insightful) 104

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized; unless the government doesn't feel like it.


Comment Re:Lad balancing? (Score 1) 153

Sprint's policy is good for all its customers except Data Hogs who so narcissistic that they have no interest in anyone but themselves.

The problem is that they paid for an unlimited plan. They probably chose Sprint specifically so that they could be data hogs, and is giving sprint thousands of dollars over the course of their 2 year contract. I wouldn't have a problem with this if they didn't call it "unlimited" on new contracts and in particular if they allowed those still under contract to complete the contract they signed up for. After the contract is up, I can understand, then those people can choose a different plan or provider or choose to accept the throttling. But if you went with Sprint specifically so you could have unlimited data, and now you're stuck with them because you're under contract, well then what they are doing should be illegal (I know, it's in their contract that they can do whatever the hell they want, which should in itself be illegal). Sprint should either be required to finish out the contract with their customer, or the customer should be allowed out of their contract without penalty. There is no indication that Sprint plans to do either one of those.

Sprint has altered the deal. Pray they don't alter it any further.

Comment Re:He hasn't been charged (Score 1) 336

There have been other cases of people interviewed remotely. It seems unusual that Sweden would not follow their regular procedure with him.Sweden has previously tried others in absentia. By international law, he has been "charged" with the crime (by the nature of the Interpol Warrant for Arrest Sweden has issued).

That's because the point was never to convict or even charge him with rape, it was to get him to somewhere where he could then be extradited to the US.

Comment Re:Yeah, makes perfect sense... (Score 2) 336

That's interesting. As a rule of thumb extradition treaties only cover acts that are crimes in both countries.

I think you may have the burden backwards. If it is a crime in both countries, then they are obligated to extradite him. If it's not a crime in both countries, they can still extradite him if they want to.

Comment Re:impressed again. (Score 5, Insightful) 211

Weird times we live in when the only real American running for President is a socialist.

You probably think that's weird because you don't know what a Democratic Socialist is. When Republicans or Hillary supporters talks about socialism, they're really talking about a different form of socialism - where everything is under control of the government - but then confuse you into thinking that's the type of socialist Bernie is. Democratic socialism is about making things fair (people making millions per year don't pay lower tax rate than their janitor) and economically secure (making sure you have access to medical care, enough to eat, housing, access to education etc without having to work 80 hours per week and not being able to save any money for retirement).

Coming out against CISA shows this. CISA is about more government control. If Bernie was the type of socialist that Republicans and Hillary want you to think he is, he would be strongly in favor of CISA. Hillary and Republicans, conversely, are in favor of CISA. Isn't that pretty much the epitome of irony?

Comment Re:Trust us (Score 1) 117

Perhaps it's time for a more open process and open source code backing these types devices before their results are accepted as forensic evidence.

Agreed, and it doesn't even have to be free to be open source. When someone's freedom is at stake, the burden of proof is on the prosecution, which in these cases means the burden of proof is on the software to show that it works. How can they possibly show that it works, beyond a reasonable doubt, without code review?

Comment Re:Reasonable Doubt (Score 1) 117

They already have an expert witness - the author of the program. He is willing to testify how his program reached the conclusion it did. At some point you need to accept whether or not an expert is indeed an expert, otherwise you get into an infinite loop of "my expert needs to verify your expert's expertise"

Said expert is not impartial, for 2 reasons: 1. It's his company, so he has a major financial stake in testifying that his software is perfect. 2. The prosecution is effectively his customer, and the any good business person know the customer is always right.

As somebody above stated, if the author of the software wasn't willing to submit to a code review, then he picked the wrong damn market. If your life and freedom were at stake, would you want to take the word of the author of the software, or would you want your own expert reviewing it?

Comment Re:Why should the FAA allow drones without COAs? (Score 2) 184

should require the drone operator be a licensed pilot

I hope you don't mean the same type of pilot's license required for manned non-ultralight aircraft. I think there should, however be a separate license for drone pilots. There needs to be a set of rules and procedures, with a license test that requires you to demonstrate you know them via a written test, similar concept to a HAM technical class license . It doesn't have to be a huge barrier to entry, just make sure you know the rules. If you fly a drone without a license or you break the rules then you get a fine. The problem is that the FAA would take at least 15 years to come up with such a thing and the rules would be an arcane mishmash of 15 years worth of bureaucrats adding to them.

Comment Re:My sister is a nurse (Score 1) 232

This is only really an issue because all the big EMR products are flaming piles of crap. If the software was decent, there would be no reason to have to memorize so much stuff, the software should guide them through it in a matter of seconds. The folks who deal directly with insurance should be the only ones that have to memorize all that.

Comment Re:Interesting drop off of attacks from China toda (Score 1) 108

So I assume this means that as part of the treaty, the US government disclosed to China the honeypots it knows about. China is in the process of disclosing it to their pet script kiddies, but only 75% of the script kiddies have so far stopped hitting those known honeypots.

Comment Re:Nail everyone? (Score 2) 618

And even then, a programmer or his/her manager could claim that code was for testing purposes, it should have never made it into production. It could all be copped up to an accident. It will really depend on whether the company wants scapegoats or wants to cop it up to institutional incompetence. Unless they find documentation that says, "TODO: Remove this test code" or "Bwahahaha cheat the emissions test!" how are they going to prove it either way?

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