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Comment: Math (Score 1) 154

The number of drives seems to be large. The calculations are exponential therefore as the cluster gets bugger the number of spare disks get much bigger.

Drives spares Total
5, 15, 20
10, 55, 65
30, 465, 495

That's a lot of disks. There is a point that space and power overcomes the human cost.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 278

by jklovanc (#48929663) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Actually, the social shunning/shaming of those who advocate positions that are detrimental to society

Name calling is not shunning or shaming. It is attaching the person and not the argument and therefore has no place on civil discourse.

All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

Today, all one needs to do is say the government wants it and many will assume it is bad. It is the flip side of the same coin.

You made some good points and I will think about them.

Comment: Re:LSM (Score 1) 242

by jklovanc (#48929639) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

On a one for one basis I can see your point. The calculations get different when you can replace banks of elevators with a couple of shafts. It also reduce the floors pace on each floor taken up by shafts. A LSM elevator can cost many times the cost of a rope elevator but still come out less expensive in the long run. Then there is the issue of vary tall building that even the new rope can not handle. Neither of us have the numbers so we have no idea where the break even point is.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 278

by jklovanc (#48928299) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

The main deterrent is knowing the police are in an area. Otherwise it falls into the category of being anywhere, so why not commit crime x here?

I live in a relatively small town and know how many police officers are on duty at one time. If I know where all those police offices are I also know where they are not.

Sorry but your "scenario" misses a huge piece. People do not go to jail for having beer spilled on their shirt. If the police can not prove alcohol over the limit in the person's body they do not go to jail.

You're innocent? Prove it.

It is called a breathalyzer/blood test that the police will perform.

You also completely missed the point that even if someone gets tracked an pulled over the general public was not privy to the exact location of that person.

Finally, do you realize the manpower needed to put that chain of events together? Sorry but a DWI charge is not enough to justify that amount of manpower to any police force.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 278

by jklovanc (#48917363) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Sorry but it is a pretty big leap from listening to phone calls and reading emails to "stripping an entire nation of its freedoms". There are several steps in between and none of those steps are inevitable. The closest I can get to "stripping an entire nation of its freedoms" is "strip an entire nation of some of its privacy".

worth saving a few theoretical citizens from outside attacks.

Tell that to the people of France.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 278

by jklovanc (#48915777) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

The security services infiltrate the group, which causes the group to talk to them.

How does the security service infiltrate the group when it has no ties to existing groups and can go from inception to action in a couple of weeks? The security service has to find the group before they infiltrate it.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 278

by jklovanc (#48915717) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

It never ceases to amaze me how many people don't understand the difference between saying two things are exactly alike and using analogies.

And I showed him how the differences make them not comparable.

So you've arbitrarily decided that everything in your house is magically private while everything outside of your house isn't,

And you have a similar arbitrary line between what is private and what is public. Everything you say about my line could be said about yours.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 278

by jklovanc (#48915591) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Personally, I'd rather have a few crimes occur and not live in a surveillance state thanks.

You are looking at this form a standpoint of everyday crime. That is not what mass surveillance is about. Pre-1995 there were very few terrorist attacks in North America. Today we have ISSIS and their supporters planning attacks. Another issue is that the internet speeds communications so that planning can be done much more quickly. The police need faster methods to keep up. So you would rather have a few incidents like what happened in France?

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 278

by jklovanc (#48915451) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

All it does is notify you when police are known to be nearby.

One of the deterrent effects of police is never knowing where they are. They could pop up anywhere. If criminals know where the police are they will just do their crimes elsewhere. Another issue is that there have been a number of police offices murdered while sitting in their cars. Knowing where the police are just makes those attacks easier.

Another issue is that mass storage and scanning of communications does not lead to public disclosure of an individual's location.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 278

by jklovanc (#48915327) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

You make it sound like the government has thousands of people reading individual emails and tracking all metadata that is produced. That is nowhere near what is happening. Most communications are scanned for key words and phrases. The few that are flagged are gone over by a person and them most of it is discarded. Only when something pops does it get thoroughly investigated.

when it's the police, we should have no restrictions or preventative measures unless someone can document that the police have committed a crime.

I never said anything of the sort. I completely believe in the need for a warrant/probable cause for physical searches.

They should be held to standards at least as high as you're proposing for civilians, and probably higher, given the special powers we invest in them.

So put so much restrictions on them that their special powers can not be used.

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