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Comment: Re:1 difference between most, including RH, and Ca (Score 1) 118

by cjc25 (#46257425) Attached to: Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?
The OP was not talking about trademark, but about copyright on the selection of packages in an argument analagous-ish to one that a mashup can be copyrighted separately from the underlying songs. It's odd and untested but not on it's face definitely wrong under current law, dickishness notwithstanding

Comment: Re:And children of public school cheerleaders (Score 1) 715

by cjc25 (#45941237) Attached to: How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

The money that goes to support private schools could instead have been taxed and spent on public schools.

I'm pretty sure there's no deduction for a dependent's private school tuition. And while the US tax -> school structure has lots of problems which are fairly off topic, tax deductions wouldn't apply anyway.

Comment: Re:Comparison to Facebook a teensy bit misleading (Score 1) 497

by cjc25 (#45091925) Attached to: Cost of $634 Million — So Far
What makes you think Facebook's architecture doesn't have a similarly complex diagram? Also, it's been more or less admitted that the whole "Eligibility" box was not correctly implemented, which takes a lot of steps out of the chart.

Interop is very difficult when you don't control both ends, you won't find cogent arguments against that, but defining bad interfaces is bad design, not some magical issue that only affects government work. If a bad design results in excess cost, most people would consider that a problem. Within the government, if they can't coordinate enough to redefine interfaces correctly, the issue is a dysfunctional organization.

For interaction with the external insurance agencies, work was probably harder. Supporting disparate systems may have been unavoidable given deadlines. While the PHBs for this project may have said "this is how you get your plan listed on the exchange. If you don't work with our interface, tough." If so, good for them! I've heard too much about how hard it is to work with so many insurance companies to be optimistic about that, however.

Intelligent software design is not optional in any service at scale. The fact that it's hard does not excuse doing it incorrectly at 6x the cost.

Comment: Re:2000 Wyoming (or Montana, or Nebraska) citizens (Score 5, Insightful) 204

by cjc25 (#44777741) Attached to: Humans Choose Friends With Similar DNA

I find this study to be extremely flawed, not to say elitist / racist.

Yes, people who fit a stereotype of those I dislike like to have friends who are similar.

If the study had been conducted with 2000 subjects from places with people like me, I'm sure the results would've been more comforting to me.


Comment: Re:Not much of a defense (Score 1) 358

by cjc25 (#44442185) Attached to: NSA Director Defends Surveillance To Unsympathetic Black Hat Crowd

This is seems like a permutation of the Butterfield fallacy

Whichever attack you've decided was the "most visible" was so because it was missed.

Fortunately this doesn't affect arguments regarding the proper scope of surveillance, but unfortunately it underscores that people are often oblivious to their assumptions. In your case, it's that you would have heard of stopped terrorist plots. I'll agree that it's plausible because of the temptation to brag about success, but far from certain.

Comment: Re:Hilarious considering the Microsoft marketing (Score 1) 379

by cjc25 (#44257159) Attached to: MS Handed NSA Access To Encrypted Chat & Email
That this is a legal question has escaped many of the newscasters, who as far as I can tell make the mistake of spewing that there's something special about USA citizenship. The executive branch's control over foreign policy gives it a lot of leeway regarding foreign non-USA citizens that it does not have over citizens or in many cases non-USA citizens within the country. Rest assured that your country (I would love to be educated on any exceptions) has similar allowances for its military's commander in chief.

Comment: Re:Burying the lede (Score 1) 379

by cjc25 (#44257117) Attached to: MS Handed NSA Access To Encrypted Chat & Email
Assuming that the NSA has obtained information on a US citizen unconstitutionally, they can't constitutionally use it in a court proceeding: They'd have to go get a warrant based on entirely unrelated justifications in order to "rediscover" the evidence and make it maybe viable. It can get complicated (and lawyers love to argue).

However, I am not aware of any way that one could "send them to prison" or force the government to stop collecting information on everyone because you think (without proof) that they've probably caught your stuff when they shouldn't have.

IANAL, etc.

Comment: Re:Open network? (Score 1) 505

by cjc25 (#42746965) Attached to: Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity

Semi-related question: does wiretapping law protect someone operating like you? That is to say, since presumably you don't notify everyone that you're running tcpdump to see their activity, and something as benign as recording the hostnames in DNS queries could be considered wiretapping, does the individual connecting to your network bear the responsibility of "assuming" you could do such a thing?

I ask because I remember in college we were specifically told we could NOT use the internal network for "real world" traffic data, and that recording anything, either in promiscuous mode in a crowded lecture hall or even at a router behind the WAP would be illegal/unethical/both

It's later than you think, the joint Russian-American space mission has already begun.