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Comment Re:I imagine it's to set a precedent (Score 1) 802 802

You don't understand how thoroughly rigged the process is if you think the FBI would ever be required to do that.

There's also the possibility that it isn't possible, because they can't image the drives. At least some of the drives appear to have that particular problem in this case.

Comment Re:What kind of encryption did the FBI break? (Score 1) 802 802

If you read the linked court filing, they don't actually have anything.

They found an emule log of downloads (which are pretty sick and if he actually downloaded the files that one would think they are, he's probably guilty -- but they haven't proven that). They can't even prove (only because they're not intelligent enough, but that's to be expected dealing with feds and computers), which drives were connected or that the drive letters in the logs go to. They can't even prove that any of the drives they found were ever actually plugged into the computer.

That's why they want him to decrypt the drives for them. They have essentially zero case against him otherwise.

Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 348 348

Which is why they will never be allowed to go mainstream. There is not a single country on Earth that would be ok with allowing its citizens to have the ability to produce weapons.

If that were the case, why do they allow mills and lathes? Anyone can make a functional weapon with a mill and a lathe -- and ironically enough, a 3d printer can make weapon parts but cannot make a complete weapon. You still need the machine tools to make things like barrels that cannot (and never will) be made on a 3d printer.

Comment Re: Some how I doubt it will matter (Score 1) 156 156

The evidence presented to the jury (or judge or whatever Finland does) was tampered with, ergo the conviction is invalid. What the police may or may not have had is irrelevant.

How Finnish law deals with the appeal, who knows. But the conviction on tampered evidence is still wrong.

Comment Re:Law and 3D printing will be on hell of a clash. (Score 1) 1862 1862

You can buy machine tools readily and fairly inexpensively (especially compared to a good 3d printer) on the second-hand market. There is no license required to machine things, no license required to own lathes and mills, and you can produce anything with those tools that you can with a 3D printer. It simply takes a little more skill.

Comment Re:Cart Before Horse, Please! (Score 2) 323 323

It's all in the SDK and the polish that Apple offers and Google doesn't. Android's GUI development tools and stock widgets are absolutely horrid. I'll stick with Android anyway, on the off chance Google will ever get around to fixing it. That's where they need to put their money -- not in developing more apps. Make the platform inviting to develop for, and the developers will come.

A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.

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