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Comment: Re:Data over power lines? (Score 1) 494

by Tickety-boo (#34795510) Attached to: California County Bans SmartMeter Installations
Data rates for BPL (Broadband over Power Line) is about 3Mb/s. This is too slow to sell it as a DSL competitor, but fine for AMI data. The largest amount of data they would need to send would be during a firmware upgrade which could be from 50MB-200MB, so 3Mb/s should be sufficient and is similar to other data methods. PLC (Power Line Carrier) was on-par with modem speeds (which PGE tired this), and may be what they are referring to.

The common reason for not using BPL is that you need to "hop" over the transformers, and the equipment for this is expensive and interferes with HAM radios and other wireless traffic.

Comment: Re:Computer that happens to be a phone (Score 1) 438

by Tickety-boo (#34757690) Attached to: Police Can Search Cell Phones Without Warrants
You are correct, but if you are under arrest it is reasonably foreseeable that there will be a proceeding. In some cases, someone saying "I'll sue you " counts.

Now if you had the data elsewhere, and you wiped the the device, you would be safe because you are not destroying the evidence. This is best for you as a defendant as they need to make the case to a hopefully independent judge that the data is related to what you were arrested for. At this point, the prosecutor would have to know how the data is related, and can't just ask for "all data that was on the phone that shows you are guilty of X", and they can't ask for anything not related to what you are charged with. (Wikipedia's US v. Hubbell article has a good example of what they can ask for.)

Your state law may vary, and arguing constitutional law to a cop probably won't help.

Comment: Re:Computer that happens to be a phone (Score 1) 438

by Tickety-boo (#34754554) Attached to: Police Can Search Cell Phones Without Warrants
Yup, that sounds like good, old fashion spoliation of evidence.

The spoliation inference is a negative evidentiary inference that a finder of fact can draw from a party's destruction of a document or thing that is relevant to an ongoing or reasonably foreseeable civil or criminal proceeding

Comment: How do you know? (Score 1) 98

by Tickety-boo (#33049266) Attached to: LA's Move To Google Apps Slows As "Apps For Gov't." Announced
Ok, so they will separate your data from everyone else's, but how do you know they aren't mining your data and storing the index on another machines? Remember, Google is an advertising company first. All of the other products like Postini, gDocs, etc are there just to give them more data to mine.

Your contract may state that they are not allowed to mine or even store your filtered data, but how would you ever know? Good luck executing an eDiscovery search on largest collector of data in the world. I'm sure the attorney's would love it though.

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