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Comment: Re:Except... (Score 1) 146

A warrant is a document authorizing certain specific actions on certain specific people. It says nothing about making back doors available in general. There is no legal requirement to add a back door (except for communication systems, with CALEA). It is possible that the government is somehow pressuring companies into providing back doors, but there is no legal way to do that in secret, and I'd like to have some evidence before I believe it's happening. I'm not that paranoid.

Comment: Re:This Probably Won't Work... (Score 1) 146

Except that it isn't Twitter refusing to grant itself such access. It's Twitter Ireland refusing to grant Twitter USA such access. The court can order Twitter USA to do whatever, but Twitter Ireland has to act, and they won't. It wouldn't be a comfortable position for Twitter USA, but if they can't get the information and have a perfectly good reason they can't get the information.

Comment: Re:The Reporter Video Wasn't Even An Upside (Score 1) 249

by david_thornley (#49517027) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

How sure are you that the place was properly posted? I'm very definitely not sure, having had some experience with that and having friends have some experience. Private towing of that sort is a racket.

For this discussion, I don't care about people breaking the law. That's something different.

Comment: Re:It's nowhere close to that rosy (Score 1) 249

by david_thornley (#49517019) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

How obvious was it that she was going to get towed when she parked there? I am really getting to hate the idea that, since her car was towed, she was legitimate prey, and responsible for every possible humiliation that followed. There's no guarantee that the towing was even legal.

After that, you seem to be saying that she had to do something, probably embarrassing, that she had no expectation of privacy for, since it was on somebody else's private property. Are you normally the "let the companies screw the people" type, or do you make an exception for scum-suckers like towing companies?

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 555

If life is priceless, then each moment must be priceless, and so if I'm left in a bad position because somebody steals my car I'm wasting priceless moments of life, and so car theft is as bad as murder? You can't make a society function on the principle that life is priceless. It has to be very highly rated, but not infinitely.

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 555

I'd think that due legal process is a valid excuse, so by that criterion execution isn't murder. It may not be ethical, but that isn't the issue here. Murder is not defined as unethical killing of another.

If there is no due process, and there's not always due process in these cases, then I'll go along with murder. (One prisoner wanted to save a piece of pecan pie for after the execution; despite the state law against executing someone who can't understand what execution is, they fried him anyway.)

Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 1) 555

It costs more than life in prison because of the necessary appeals and legal safeguards against putting an innocent person to death (not that that works nearly as well as it should). Does this mean that an innocent sentenced to life imprisonment is much more likely to serve the entire sentence than a person sentenced to death?

Comment: Re:Ehhh What ? (Score 1) 148

Math doesn't depend on the Universe. It happens that some mathematical constructs are extremely useful in modeling the Universe, and over the centuries we've tended to concentrate on the more practically useful varieties of math. There's nothing magical about it. Math isn't physics and physics isn't math, but they get very intertwined sometimes.

Comment: Re:Ehhh What ? (Score 1) 148

You do realize that energy is a completely human-created concept, don't you? In Nature, you see all sorts of things like kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, chemical energy, heat energy, and so on, and humans eventually learned that they could make up a concept that tied all of those things together which even had a conservation law.

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