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Comment: Re:This is not entirely what it appears in summary (Score 1) 560

Unless I missed it (I know I broke Slashdot rules and actually read the ruling) I dont think he had actually admitted to the crimes themselves, only that he did admit that he was in possession of the Encryption Key. Presumably they already had compelling evidence of the crime itself or they wouldn't have been investigating him in the first place.


From the Ruling:
On the day of his arrest, the defendant was interviewed by law enforcement officials after having
been advised of the Miranda rights. In response to questioning, he said that he had more than one
computer in his home. The defendant also informed the officials that "[e]verything is encrypted
and no one is going to get to it." In order to decrypt the information, he would have to "start the
program." The defendant said that he used encryption for privacy purposes, and that when law
enforcement officials asked him about the type of encryption used, they essentially were asking for
the defendant's help in putting him in jail. The defendant reiterated that he was able to decrypt
the computers, but he refused to divulge any further information that would enable a forensic
search.

Comment: Re:So whats the case law on keys (Score 2) 560

Not quite, but you are making a good point. According to The Ruling the only reason the motion was filed and this issue came at all up was because the guy happened to have used a particularly effective encryption software that the State was unable to circumvent. But they tried and would have been perfectly allowed to use any of the information found had they succeeded. Which is like saying that the 5th amendment would protect the contents of my safe, but only if I can afford a top-of-the-line one.

Comment: Digital vs Physical (Score 4, Insightful) 560

I get the legalese argument the guy as trying to make and the narrow line they tried to draw with the ruling, but Im not sure why it even got past the original judge.

If it had been the exact same situation, just a combination lock on on physical file cabinet in his office, once a proper court subpena was issued Law Enforcement might have asked for the combination as a courtesy but would have been perfectly within their rights to simply cut the thing open. And if they found evidence of some unrelated crime, that is long been fair game just like a drug bust during a traffic stop.

Maybe it's different by State, I dont know

Comment: Nothing to do with "Liberating form Power cords" (Score 2) 130

by Quantus347 (#47056609) Attached to: Step Toward Liberating Electronic Devices From Their Power Cords
This "new" supercapacitor has nothing to do with liberating devices from Power Cords. Supercapacitors still need to be externally charged. All this development does is make them a bit more resilient than current model when in more rugged environment, and supposedly make it where we used supercapacitors as structural components. In other words your car would not have a separate battery to replace, because it's frame itself would be used to store electricity. While the creator seems to think that is the wave of the future, I dont see it as a particular good (or cost effective) idea.

Comment: And Fire qualifies for many definitions of Life (Score 5, Insightful) 401

by Quantus347 (#45193775) Attached to: Physicist Unveils a 'Turing Test' For Free Will
The fact that a smartphone (Or I assume by extension any personal computer) can qualify should be an indcator that the test itself is flawed. Just like how many early definitions of Life applied to Fire (breaths, eats, grows, responds to outside stimuli, etc) even though it is just a chemical reaction.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked (Score 5, Informative) 289

by Quantus347 (#44951719) Attached to: Boy Scouts Bully Hacker Scouts Into Submission

Wow, bullying, in the boy scouts? I'm utterly shocked. Who would have though an organization full of teenage asshole testosterone pumps would be susceptible to bullying?

Just because the national management is regrettably old-fashioned and very very conservative does not mean the youth themselves are assholes. At that age they more often actually live up to the public Ideals.

Comment: Re:A gift for those skipping out on their contract (Score 1) 378

by Quantus347 (#44882503) Attached to: Obama Asks FCC To Make Carriers Unlock All Mobile Devices
The contracts that the rest of the world think are a ridiculous and counter-productive system?

Besides, this would have nothing to do with contracts. It just means that if you want to change carriers, you would be able to take your phone with you. IF you hadnt yet paid off the subsidy, they would probably bill you for that when you left, not force others to pay for it. And if they stiff the company on a contractually obligated fee they will most likely find themselves in court or have bill collectors harassing them, just like with every single monetary contract in the country.

+ - New discovery will allow large-scale quantum cryptography networks

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Toshiba have discovered a method to build quantum cryptography communication networks with a far greater scale than ever before. It will allow quantum cryptography to be used beyond its current niche applications, for example as part of the Smart Community Networks that will manage and control energy generation and consumption in the future.

Major obstacles still have to be overcome in order to make quantum cryptography viable for widespread use, particularly regarding the number of users than can be connected to a single network. Up until now, implementing a quantum cryptography network has required an elaborate photon detector for each additional user.

The Toshiba team has discovered a technique to allow many users to share a single detector and thereby greatly reduce the complexity of the network. The breakthrough means that with current technology, it would be possible for 64 users to connect to a single detector in a Quantum Access Network."

+ - Homeless hacker quits Anonymous.->

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An anonymous reader writes "Last year, I traveled to Canada to write a long profile of "homeless hacker" Christopher Doyon, who goes by the name "Commander X" and who is on the run from the US government. .. Doyon's life has been by turns bizarre and dramatic, but last week the online drama surrounding Anonymous proved too much even for him—and he quit."
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+ - A quantum access network moves towards reality

Submitted by santosh.k83
santosh.k83 (2442182) writes ""A system that allows electronic messages to be sent with complete secrecy could be on the verge of expanding beyond niche applications. A team of British scientists has discovered a way to build communications networks with quantum cryptography at a larger scale than ever before. Quantum cryptography has the potential to transform the way sensitive data is protected. Details appear in Nature journal. The system is based on a communication system, where information is carried by individual photons — single particles of light. Once these single photons of light are observed, they change. That is, they cannot be intercepted by an "eavesdropper" without leaving a detectable trace.""

+ - Microsoft to launch Kinect for Windows sensor in 2014 ->

Submitted by awaissoft
awaissoft (2930871) writes "Microsoft will finally deliver a Kinect sensor for Windows sometime next year.

The company announced Thursday that the Kinect for Windows sensor will use the same set of technologies key to the new Kinect sensor for the Xbox One, both of which will allow people to issue commands using voice and gestures.

The sensor will include a high-definition color camera and a noise-isolating multi-microphone array. Also part of the system will be a technology called Time-of-Flight, which measures how long it takes for photons to bounce off a person or object. Combined, these features promise greater accuracy and precision in detecting your movements and voice commands.

Like its Xbox One counterpart, the Kinect for Windows sensor will be able to pinpoint more parts of the body, opening up more accurate skeletal tracking. The sensor will also use a greater field of view to handle a variety of room sizes. A new infrared feature will help the sensor “see” better, especially in darker conditions.

The launch of the Kinect for Windows sensor and the corresponding software development kit means that developers will be able to create apps that take advantage of the features.

“We’re continuing our commitment to equipping businesses and organizations with the latest natural technology from Microsoft so that they, in turn, can develop and deploy innovative touch-free applications for their businesses and customers,” Microsoft said in a blog post Thursday. “A new Kinect for Windows sensor and software development kit (SDK) are core to that commitment...."

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+ - Robotics Veteran Develops an Open Hardware Robotics Platform->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Paul Sandin, a 20 year veteran of the robotics industry, recently launched a Kickstarter page to develop an open-source open-hardware robotics platform, named Butler, for the researcher and hobbiest market. Butler will leverage existing hobbiest electronics platforms such as Arduino and BeagleBone (and, more importantly, their respective communities) to simplify and accelerate the development process. As someone who has developed several robotics platforms in the past, I can say this has real potential.

From the Kickstarter page:

Today, anyone who wants to develop a mobile robot must either design and build their own mobile base, or pay many thousands of dollars for a research robot before they can start working on their robot concept. There are no inexpensive mobile robot bases big enough to hold widgets sized to do real work.

Butler answers that need. Robot designers will no longer have to keep reinventing the wheel(s).

I have been designing and building robots for 20 years at companies such as RedZone Robotics, iRobot, and Harvest Automation. The idea for Butler came about when I noticed that smartphones with their built-in sensors, and ever more powerful micros like Arduino, Raspberry PI, and the Beaglebone Black, were being used for robot brains for much less cost than it takes to design, build, and test a custom electronics board and integrate sensors. This advantage opens the doors for a much larger community of robot developers because it reduces design effort, risk, and cost. What is missing though, is a low cost robot base big enough to hold large contraptions, robot arms, lift-tables, large monitors, follow-me grocery cart, whatever you want to be mobile.

"

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