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+ - 18th Century Law dredged up to force decryption of devices-> 1

Submitted by Cognitive Dissident
Cognitive Dissident (206740) writes "The Register has a story about federal prosecutors using a law signed by George Washington to force manufacturers to help law enforcement access encrypted data on devices they manufacture. The All Writs Act is a broad statute simply authorizing courts to issue any order necessary to obtain information within their jurisdiction.

Quoting the Register Article:
Last month, New York prosecutors successfully persuaded a judge that the ancient law could be used to force an unnamed smartphone manufacturer to help unlock a phone allegedly used in a credit card fraud case. The judge ordered the manufacturer to offer "reasonable technical assistance" to make the phone's contents available.

End quote. What will happen when this collides with Apple and Google deliberately creating encryption that they themselves cannot break?"

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Comment: Re:Systemd (Score 1) 993

Funny how the exact same complaints were said about PulseAudio when it came out 10 years ago.. my god the complaints, and flame wars.. and bitching about how Every Single DIstro was fooling, and not smart, and ruining linux.. Funny thing is, pulse audio works pretty darn well, and has many nice features ALSA didn't have. Even solaris rus it now.....

Same Lead developer too...

I find it hilarious that some people seem think that every single diistro has not even thought about same problems they came up with in 3 minutes.. I'm sure they just latched on, because of the slick glossy sales brochures...

Comment: Re:I can't see this happening (Score 1) 108

by QuantumRiff (#47895151) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Some argue the opposite. For example, the majority of people in my area do not speak spanish. Spanish language stations essentially make nothing per subscriber (pennies). If, I was instead able to extract a few dollars a month from each person that wants to view my show.. (ie, spanish speakers in the midwest) that might (depending on the number of people) be much, much more income.

Comment: Re:Its Fine. - not (Score 2) 348

I setup all our Oracle databases.. (Many, many of them). Only port 1521 is open in iptables. (actually, for some, I have secondary listeners).. The Junipers also ONLY allow access on port 1521, (and a secondary, if specified)
I have never had issues connecting to the database.

Comment: And there there is Charter Com6munications (Score 1) 146

by QuantumRiff (#47524745) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Charter's Ipv6 website hasn been saying its coming "soon" since about 2011. Last time I called the NOC, and our regional sales people (I'm a fiber customer of theirs) nobody could give me any time frame, area, or any other information about when they plan to start testing it for customers.

Comment: Re:Netflix fucked up when they paid (Score 1) 43

by QuantumRiff (#46825403) Attached to: AT&T Plans To Launch Internet Video Service

When cable providers and stations have a spat, its common to see a runner of "this station might be affected by X.. call them at ###-###-#### and tell them you want to keep this channel

They really annoy me, but it might be very, very effective for netflix to give users notice that its their ISP's uplink that is not sufficient.

Comment: Prove its about talent (Score 3, Interesting) 325

by QuantumRiff (#46637815) Attached to: FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

If the claim is that there is a shortage of talent, then simply add a fee to the process, that is roughly equivalent to a years worth of college education in the state where the job is located, for every year the H1B worker works, into a scholarship program for that industry/disipline. Facebook should jump at the chance to make college more affordable for CS majors, since they seem to need so many of them. And hey, if the student can graduate without "mortgage level" loans, they can actually afford to work for less money.

Comment: Decision details (Score 5, Informative) 934

Really sad that the links have few details, and more than 1.5 hours later, no one's posted anything more.

The decision text is available here. The decision is by Judge Edmond Chang, appointed in 2010 by Obama to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The case name is Illinois Association of Firearm Retailers v. City of Chicago (formerly known as Benson v. City of Chicago).

This link says that the lawsuit challenges five aspects of Chicago's law:

  1. the ban on any form of carriage
  2. the ban on gun stores
  3. the ban on firing ranges
  4. the ban on self-defense in garages, porches, and yards
  5. the ban on keeping more than one gun in an operable state

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