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Comment: Re:I'm shocked! (Score 1) 206

originally, in the early 80s, 100 percent of all cross-exchange calls were listened to, without warrants. Basically, anything that went beyond a service area.

However, the tech at the time meant that most calls were not recorded, beyond the first few seconds, unless you used a trigger word or were on a list to be recorded.

This did mean no local exchange calls at the time.

Now the five data centers record a lot more than we admit.

And, yes, I said five.

Comment: Re:Why in America? (Score 1) 141

by WillAffleckUW (#47432663) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

It's illegal due to privacy rights that Canadians have (in their Constitution) to do this in Canada, according to their Supreme Court.

And, actually, Canucks have twice the guns per capita, so the drones would survive even less time.

They just don't shoot people with handguns or automatic weapons.

Comment: Re:In violation of many Data Treaties (Score 1) 170

by WillAffleckUW (#47373339) Attached to: Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

The Canadian government has a loophole, the notwithstanding clause, to allow them to violate your constitutional rights. Sortof like passing the DM treachery notes during a game, and viewed the same way by the general public.

Not according to the Canadian Supreme Court recent rulings.

Comment: In violation of many Data Treaties (Score 4, Interesting) 170

by WillAffleckUW (#47372609) Attached to: Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

Not only is it in violation of the US Constitution, but also the Canadian Constitution, and the EU-US Data Treaty that the Senate affirmed, making it more Law than Laws of Congress.

But, hey, keep up this stuff and don't be surprised when the Guillotines start working non-stop.

Comment: I don't trust the Internet (Score 1) 191

I for one, don't trust the Internet, and haven't since they let you civilians on to it back in the 1970s.

But I do trust Internet2, which we don't let you on, and bask in it's fiery 100 GB/s pipes and 40 GB/s outlets while you squabble in the dark in sub 20 MB/s speeds.

Comment: Been replacing constant use with LED (Score 1) 196

by WillAffleckUW (#47364883) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

Found that dimmer switch CFLs don't work as well as dimmer switch LEDs, but have been slowly replacing my old incandescents and CFLs with LED lightbulbs when they go on sale, so I normally pay $10-20 for the new bulbs. Electric bill would have gone down, but have a student staying with me, and she uses a lot of extra power when she's gaming, and I got a new PS4.

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos