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Comment: Re:5th Admendment? (Score 1) 446

by jmcvetta (#48527469) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

Who are these little and big "guys" you are talking about? The distinction here is between citizens and the state.

What people are saying is that citizens - human beings - have certain consitutional and moral rights. These include, but are not limited to, freedom from intrusive surveillance ("unreasonable search and seizure") and freedom from being coerced to testify agains oneself. These rights come paired with the responsibilities of citizens, such as taxes and military conscription.

Few would assert these same rights for the state. If you do, I would be very curious to know your reasoning.

The state has many rights a citizen does not: the rights to wage war, operate a police force, build highways, seize land thru eminent domain, etc. Just as the state's rights differ from those of a citizen, so do its responsibilities differ. In the prevailing ideology of American democracy, the state is said to operate with the consent and direction of the people. Transparancy is but one part of this responsibility.

Comment: Re:Then demanding decryption will not be "reasonab (Score 1) 446

by jmcvetta (#48518391) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

I fully expect whatever illusions Google and Apple have about creating this "perfect" secrecy to protect the consumer will be overridden by the "need" for governments to combat terrorism.

Quick way to tell if your communications are "perfectly" secret: Look around, is there an FBI man physically tailing you? No? Okay, that's a good indication you don't have the knowledge/skills to do actually-secure communications.

Comment: Re:Number of interviews... (Score 1) 454

by jmcvetta (#48461867) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Most flunk on basic questions like "describe any sorting mechanism" (someone hands you 1000 sheets of paper, each with a page number out of order, walk me through the process you will use to sort them).

If you're writing your own sort algorithms, and you aren't hacking on the standard library of your language, you're probably doing it wrong.

Comment: Re:STEM is for suckers.. at least now. (Score 1) 454

by jmcvetta (#48461495) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Yup. I've been writing software for a decade, and I am ready to get the hell out. I've never even met anyone who earned enough money by writing code to afford decent property in California. Worse, salaryman programmers are treated like beasts of burden, while the VCs are trying to kill off independent consultants as a form of life.

I have not yet begun to byte!

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