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Comment: Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (Score 2) 415

by dcollins117 (#47397867) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Aren't there like three actual sins against humanity, all of them including domination of the weak or innocent? .... is there a third?

Sure, the abuse of government warrantless searches in spite of that being directly prohibited by the Fourth Amendment. Let's call that number three and for a fourth let's take the paramititarized police forces using extrajudicial methods to suppress dissent from ordinary American citizens.

Comment: Re:seems to be a common theme (Score 5, Informative) 154

by dcollins117 (#47388549) Attached to: Oklahoma's Earthquakes Linked To Fracking

Apparently, nobody has ever done a single environmental impact assessment or a performed an inspection related to a fracking operation.

Why bother? There's no point to it. The oil and gas companies have explicit exemptions and exceptions to most EPA oversight.

It matters not a whit how damaging their actions are to the environment when there is no possible recourse available.

Comment: Re:Disgusted but not really surprised (Score 1) 170

by dcollins117 (#47373253) Attached to: Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

Obviously, what the world needs is a suite of server-less, p2p communication protocols that would cover our basic communication needs without any centralized points of failure (like NSLable mail server operators) and with all communication encrypted.

We have one, it's called Freenet. The technology exists, but people aren't using it.

Comment: Re:OR (Score 1) 576

by dcollins117 (#47368303) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Unfortunately, there is a countdown timer telling them the light will change to yellow in 4 seconds, so they know they need to speed up to make it through.

But a yellow light does not mean speed up, it means slow down and prepare to stop, as the light is about to turn red.

If drivers reinterpret the meaning of traffic signals to mean the opposite of what is intended then you are going to have some problems.

Comment: Re:wifi is slow [Re:His choices...] (Score 1) 194

by dcollins117 (#47349963) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

It was only after he was repeatedly blocked from doing that by wireless access (being blocked should have been a clue to him) that he snuck into the closet.

OOoooh. Did he sneak in on his belly like a cobra or on tippy-toes like the spy-vs-spy cartoon? Seems like that would just draw undo attention. Or maybe he just walked in, and you are making shit up.

Comment: Re:His choices... (Score 1) 194

by dcollins117 (#47349633) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

He could have downloaded the data from his own desk in his own office. Instead he went to the library and entered a wiring closet that was clearly not supposed to be open to the public.

If you were going to download a lot of data, would you choose a node with many hops to the server or just a few? I would pick the one closest to the server.

Comment: Re:The relevant part (Score 1) 556

The Commonwealth's motion to compel decryption does not violate the defendant's rights under the Fifth Amendment because the defendant is only telling the government what it already knows.

The thing that gets me is that the government doesn't know the password so he is telling them something they don't already know.

Them as has, gets.