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Comment: traitor or not is irrelevant (Score 1) 441

by jandar (#46047961) Attached to: Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

It's irrelevant what kind of people a law is targeted at. If you can't prove them guilty in proper style you have to let them go. If they (or the jury) are denied relevant information, they can't be prosecuted.

This asssumes you are living in a country with proper free government under the law. Apparently the USA doesn't qualify.

Comment: It's not only RAM (Score 4, Informative) 262

by jandar (#45779071) Attached to: Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

The company I work for compiles almost all programms with 32 bits on x86-64 CPUs. It's not only cheap RAM usage, it's also expensive cache which is wasted with 64 pointer and 64 bit int. Since 3 GB is much more than our programms are using, x86-64 would be foolish. I'm eager waiting for a x32 SuSE version.

Comment: Btrfs send/receive (Score 4, Informative) 227

by jandar (#44384007) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Asynchronous RAID-1 Free Software Backup For Laptops?

Btrfs send/receive should possible be doing the trick. After first cloning the disk and before every subsequent transfer create a reference-snapshot on the laptop and delete the previous one after the transfer.

$ btrfs subvolume snapshot /mnt/data/orig /mnt/data/backup43
$ btrfs send -p /mnt/data/backup42 /mnt/data/backup43 | btrfs receive /mnt/backupdata
$ btrfs subvolume delete /mnt/data/backup42

I havn't tried this for myself, so the necessary disclaimer: this may eat your disk or kill a kitten ;-)

Comment: Re:Wrong by law (Score 1) 601

by jandar (#44142467) Attached to: Edward Snowden is ...

You confuse me only by misleading comments. The notion of "by law enforcement" was missing in your initial wording and given that the whole topic was about secret services this is a major change of meaning.

Nevertheless I stand by my first remark about spying on own citizens. If a case involves foreign citizens and local ones, no secret service would gather only half of the information because own citizens are sacrosanct.

Comment: Re:Wrong by law (Score 1) 601

by jandar (#44138779) Attached to: Edward Snowden is ...

Once you allow any domestic spying, it inevitably deteriorates into that. The only way to avoid that is to subject domestic surveillance to judicial review and hold abusers legally responsible.

So you say: there is absolutely no way domestic spying can be allowed, unless you do in a special way. Doesn't this seem to be contradictory?

Comment: Re:Wrong by law (Score 1) 601

by jandar (#44137155) Attached to: Edward Snowden is ...

What isn't normal or acceptable is that a nation spies on its own citizens

A little bit spying on own citizens is acceptable if there is a current cause. Not acceptable is the dragnet type of surveillance with all-encompassing records of every citizen. This is a major characteristic trait of totalitarianism.

The former communist countries have mostly overcome dictatorship, some with more remaining autocratic elements some with less. Even Chinese have now more personal freedom and demand accountability from persons in high positions. To counter this trend the USA swings to the other side.

Comment: Re:Wrong by law (Score 1) 601

by jandar (#44136849) Attached to: Edward Snowden is ...

you don't know that the chinese knew

This spying into everything of everyone by NSA was a secret to the same degree as the existence of an Israeli atom-bomb is. Known to every person on earth (with possible exception of a few US Americans) but not officially admitted. Given that China resides on earth they knew.

"Indecision is the basis of flexibility" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.