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Comment Re: The wall will be built (Score 1) 831

I generally think the same thing, but only because of the means to the end. It should be an effect of their time in office, not the goal.

I want my elected officials to work towards re-election, but only by faithfully representing the electorate and working in their best interests and the interests of the public. If you represent the electorate well, they will reward you with re-election.

I do NOT want my elected officials to work towards re-election using deceptive and illegal tactics, lying to the electorate, or other nefarious means. Don't FOOL me into re-electing you.

Submission + - Paris Terrorist Attacks Renew Calls for Encryption Debate and Backdoors (

frdmfghtr writes: Computerworld is running a story where experts are saying we need to renew the discussion about legislating back doors into smartphones and other devices using encryption.

""We've reached the point [of] no access for [investigating] agencies, even with a warrant in their possession," Hayes said. "Apple and Google don't have the key — that's the problem. The keys to decrypt a phone are stored locally, and the companies no longer hold the keys. They say, 'Sorry, we can't help you.'""

Comment Re:Veto-Proof? (Score 1) 131

The skeptic in me says he vetoed it as political cover, expecting his veto to be overruled.

Eh? A governor's veto has only been overruled twice in the history of the state. Where did you think the support is to overrule this one?

Per the article, the bill passed the state legislator with "overwhelming" support, which tells me that there would be enough support for a veto override; although I have to admit, I didn't look up the actual vote tally and compare it to the vote tally required to override a veto.

Comment Veto-Proof? (Score 3, Interesting) 131

The skeptic in me says he vetoed it as political cover, expecting his veto to be overruled. The article says that the bill "overwhelmingly" passed both Louisiana chambers. This way he can say "I stood up for privacy and against big government" knowing that his veto wasn't going to stop it.

Would he have vetoed it if it barely passed?

Comment Re: Signs you are in trouble (Score 1) 203

"Keeping servers fully blind as to the data they're working with is an open field of academic research. It's not something that Google or Facebook or Twitter or DropBox or whoever are holding back from because they hate privacy. It's just a really hard problem."

How is this a hard problem? The Spideroak cloud storage service does this; uploaded files are encrypted before they leave your machine. Even the file names are secret; the servers have zero knowledge of the file's name or type or contents.

Submission + - US airport screeners missed 95% of weapons, explosives in undercover tests

An anonymous reader writes: An internal investigation by the TSA found that 95% of those testing airport checkpoints were able to bring weapons through at dozens of airports. In one case, an alarm sounded, but during the pat down, the screener failed to detect a fake plastic explosive taped to the undercover agent's back. ABC reports: "Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was apparently so frustrated by the findings he sought a detailed briefing on them last week at TSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, according to sources. U.S. officials insisted changes have already been made at airports to address vulnerabilities identified by the latest tests. 'Upon learning the initial findings of the Office of Inspector General's report, Secretary Johnson immediately directed TSA to implement a series of actions, several of which are now in place, to address the issues raised in the report,' the DHS said in a written statement to ABC News."

Submission + - How To Die On Mars (

An anonymous reader writes: Many space-related projects are currently focusing on Mars. SpaceX wants to build a colony there, NASA is looking into base design, and Mars one is supposedly picking astronauts for a mission. Because of this, we've been reading a lot about how we could live on Mars. An article at Popular Science reminds us of all the easy ways to die there. "Barring any complications with the spacecraft’s hardware or any unintended run-ins with space debris, there’s still a big killer lurking out in space that can’t be easily avoided: radiation. ... [And] with so little atmosphere surrounding Mars, gently landing a large amount of weight on the planet will be tough. Heavy objects will pick up too much speed during the descent, making for one deep impact. ... Mars One’s plan is to grow crops indoors under artificial lighting. According to the project’s website, 80 square meters of space will be dedicated to plant growth within the habitat; the vegetation will be sustained using suspected water in Mars’ soil, as well as carbon dioxide produced by the initial four-member crew. However, analysis conducted by MIT researchers last year (PDF) shows that those numbers just don’t add up."

Comment Re: Fuck you. (Score 1) 618

I think an important distinction is being missed here. The author is calling out the ISPs, not the end user. I'd prefer my ISP not inject their own ad blocking into the stream (or worse...their own substitute ads) and leave the blocking up to the user.

Now, if the author extends that moral judgement to the end user, that's another story.

Comment Re:"Ends spy agency bulk collection of phone data" (Score 2) 142

I was thinking the same thing. To really see what it does, you have to get the original text and apply the bill to it. Otherwise, yes, it's just a bunch of patches. I'd like to see more bills written in a form that replaces the entire section so the change can be seen in context.

Submission + - Lawmaker's Facebook rant threatens media for "unauthorized" use of his name

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently, a local Maryland politician ditched his civics class the day press freedoms were discussed. How else to explain Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter's recent Facebook rant in which he threatened a local newspaper with litigation because—wait for it—his name was used in print without his permission. 'Use my name again unauthorized and you'll be paying for an Attorney. Your rights stop where mine start,' Kirby Delauter, the councilman, posted on his Facebook page. He added: 'So let me be not contact me and do not use my name or reference me in an authorized form in the future.'

Comment Re:Going Cable! (Score 1) 135

The Packers used to play a couple of home games every season in the old Milwaukee County Stadium. They haven't done that since the '90s (and County Stadium was razed in 2000) but Milwaukee is still considered part of the Packers home media market.

Submission + - Limiting the teaching of the scientific process in Ohio (

frdmfghtr writes: Over at Ars Technica, there's a story about a bill in the Ohio legislature that wants to downplay the teaching of the scientific process. From the article:
"Specifically prohibiting a discussion of the scientific process is a recipe for educational chaos. To begin with, it leaves the knowledge the kids will still receive—the things we have learned through science—completely unmoored from any indication of how that knowledge was generated or whether it's likely to be reliable. The scientific process is also useful in that it can help people understand the world around them and the information they're bombarded with; it can also help people assess the reliability of various sources of information."

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 200

Thanks for the clarification. When I read WinRT, I thought it was shorthand for "Windows RT".

Knowing that, I'll stand by my original comment and clarify that I meant "Windows RT", the tablet OS that looks and feels like Windows but won't run regular Windows apps like a Surface Pro can (or am I mistaken about the Surface Pro too?) then it needs to go away or a name change. It generates confusion. I mean, the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro is the feature set, but they run the same applications. The difference between a Surface and Surface Pro is much greater than that, unless you consider "running the same applications" just a "feature."

Comment Re:Good (Score 4, Interesting) 200

Before I agree or disagree, I have to ask: are you equating the Modern UI with WinRT? Unless I'm mistaken, they are not the same thing. WinRT uses the Modern UI but the Modern UI is not exclusive to WinRT.

Having said that, I would disagree and state that WinRT does need to go away; if it looks like Windows and feels like Windows but doesn't run Windows apps then it's confusing.

At the same time, I recently upgraded my laptop from Win7 to Win 8.1 (I got the $15 upgrade to Win8 Pro way back when) and I'm getting used to the Start menu now being the Modern UI Start screen. When I remote in using Remote Desktop from my iPad, it feels quite natural and useful. When I'm at my machine and using a mouse, not so much.

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