Federal Prosecutors Seek Order to Force Colorado Woman to Decrypt Computer (January 4, 2012) Federal prosecutors in Denver, Colorado are seeking a court order that would force Ramona Fricosu to enter the password to decrypt her laptop computer. They believe that the machine contains evidence that would help convict Fricosu and her former husband in a bank fraud case. The pair was allegedly involved in a complex mortgage fraud scheme that stole more than US $900,000 from banks in the Colorado Springs area.
Prosecutors say that Fricosu does not have to divulge her password; she can enter the password without it being noted as long as they eventually gain access to the information on the computer.
[Editor's Note (Murray): The court is entitled to the best evidence. It cannot force one to make a record. However, once a record is made, one may not conceal it from the court. The intent of the 5th amendment was to prevent "witch trials," the conviction of one on only their own coerced testimony. The written or electronic record, on the other hand, says what it says.
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Damnit, I spent the last 5 minutes trying to figure out what it means to bit-shift the internet by the WWW.
Can we just internet ^ it instead?
Mod parent up. This law is basically saying "You must hit all of these subjective benchmarks." That's code for "You must pay us enough money to agree that you are hitting all of these subjective benchmarks."
Laws are rarely about what's good for the people. They're usually about what's good for the lawmakers. Occasionally the two coincide.
I totally agree that the interview needs to test skills related to the position. However, if the interviewee can't figure out how to reverse a string, that shows that they have some pretty shitty problem-solving/programming skills. That question is designed to be the one question in an interview that everyone gets right and is usually asked very early on to make the interviewee more relaxed because hey, they got one right.
Not all of the questions asked in an interview intended to test your programming ability.