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Comment: Tough Luck (Score 1) 284

by laing (#48163377) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption
These government employees have taken an oath to uphold the constitution. Many in government seem to have lost sight of who they serve. Citizens should not accept the argument that it is easier for them to do their job by collecting and analyzing the communications of US citizens without a warrant. Encryption protects US citizens against criminal activity by making it harder for the criminals to do THEIR job. The FBI can always get a warrant when they need one.

Comment: Re:Most Open & Transparent System? (Score 5, Informative) 111

by laing (#48158941) Attached to: Journalists Route Around White House Press Office
Yes, this administration has prosecuted more "leakers" than any before. This administration has ignored more FOIA requests than any before. This administration has delayed or ignored more congressional subpoenas than ever before. It's obvious that the Obama administration is more "transparent" than prior adminisrations. What is not obvious is the definition of transparency being referred to. I am seeing right through them.

Comment: Will you have the same answer.... (Score 1) 478

by laing (#47970645) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
...when you are 74 years old? Many people live healthy lives well into their 80's (and beyond). There is no single correct answer for everyone when it comes to how long you will live before you become a burden to someone, or lose the capacity to decide for yourself. Perspective is everything. Having recently crossed the half century mark, in my youth I figured I wouldn't make it to 30. I probably have fewer brain cells today than I did back then, but I also have more synaptic development and more "wisdom". Try it! You'll see that there is life after 75.

Comment: Wrongly Placed Blame (Score 1) 742

by laing (#46318417) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
Instead of blaming capitalism, why not place the blame on the responsible individuals? Other economic systems have had exactly the same problems with people who have behaved exactly like Gates and Balmer.

Only time will tell if things will be any different under Nadella. Right now it's too early to say that Microsoft has changed it's ways.

Comment: At least they're being more honest about it now (Score 1) 385

by laing (#46159997) Attached to: HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers
HP is not the same company it was before the Compaq merger, but I see this as an improvement over some of their recent past underhanded tactics. One example that comes to mind is the time that I had to pay >$1k for a "refurbished" tape drive (rather than forking out over twice that for a new one) after a firmware "upgrade" caused the drive to self destruct by adding a useless and stressing servo limit test at power up.
HP isn't the best at anything anymore, but they certainly still rake in the profits (largely from ink jet refill cartridges).
Save yourself some money and a future headache by buying a Xerox printer, a Fujitsu scanner, or a Dell computer.

Comment: My favorite quote (Score 4, Interesting) 129

by laing (#46075581) Attached to: Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984
"We think Unix is a pretty lousy operating system to put inside a workstation. It's old technology and it's really big and you need a Winchester so you can never make the workstations cheap..."
I'm glad that Jobs was open minded enough to recognize the value of Unix, and to eventually migrate MacOS to BSD Unix.
(I watched the video and typed this post from a laptop running Linux.)

Comment: Climate Change is the new Witchcraft (Score 0, Flamebait) 444

by laing (#45182111) Attached to: Scientists Say Climate Change Is Damaging Iowa Agriculture
As recently as a few hundred years ago, farmers turned to witchcraft while seeking blame for similar problems. People haven't changed very much. Science and education have improved over the past few hundred years. Science and big government now fulfil part of the role the church did in those days. Overall there isn't much difference between what happened then and what is happening now. When do the human sacrifices begin?

See: How a Bad Rye Crop Might Have Caused the Salem Witch Trials.

Comment: Thank You! (Score 1) 360

by laing (#45084555) Attached to: The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003
I remembered this incident when it occurred. Last month I spent an hour searching the Internet for any trace of it and came up empty. At the time I was taking an IT security course and I wanted to share the details of the incident with my classmates. Given recent events within the IT security community, this story seemed very relevant. I couldn't find anything at all so I eventually gave up.
Thank you for bringing this incident back to light.

+ - Ex felon and pedophile uses phantom twitter followers to silence critics->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Today Popehat's twitter account got hit with about 20,000 spam followers in the course of a couple of hours. That attack followed, by about an hour, my posting the Popehat Signal seeking help for bloggers sued by Brett Kimberlin. Some of the bloggers sued by Brett Kimberlin have also been attacked by surges of spam followers.

But I'm sure all that is just a coincidence."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Judges untrained in comms technology, that's ho (Score 5, Informative) 214

by laing (#44819341) Attached to: Court Declares Google Must Face Wiretap Charges For Wi-Fi Snooping
Analog cellular phone calls are covered by a separate law (The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986). It not only makes it illegal to record them, it makes it illegal to sell a radio that can receive them (or be easily modified to receive them). Thankfully all mobile phones are digital now. Unfortunately that law is still on the books.
Another court case conflicts with the Google ruling. Back when they were in popular use, the police sometimes recorded wireless phone calls from 46/49 MHz cordless phones (without a warrant). The police used these recordings in court to convict a drug dealer and the drug dealer argued that the communications were private. The courts ruled that they were not. Here is the court ruling from this case:

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken