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Comment: Re:Lawful access is uneffected. (Score 1) 337

It is unsettled law whether the 5th Amendment protects against subpoenaing someone for their disk encryption keys, without giving them immunity for whatever they find. Current case law seems to be leaning toward that it is.

Note that after the final case discussed in that presentation was decided, a state supreme court decided opposite. But federal circuit court decisions are probably more compelling than state court decisions.

State courts do stupid shit pretty frequently.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 2) 447

by linuxrocks123 (#48914951) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

The way this has been phrased, you would almost imagine that there are anti-police death squads roaming the city, looking for isolated police units far away from backup and slowly picking them off with a sniper rifle.

Dude ... don't give away the plot for the next Die Hard movie!

Comment: Re: What did you expect? (Score 4, Interesting) 191

by linuxrocks123 (#48902559) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

Sure you can. It's called PGP, or GPG if you want the name of the best implementation rather than the protocol, and Wikileaks was incompetent if it wasn't using it in 2012.

"Well they can outlaw PGP"...maybe, but they haven't, and US courts may very well look unkindly on such laws and find them unconstitutional.

Better tech is often an integral part of fixing bad government policy in an imperfect world.

Comment: Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (Score 1) 209

by linuxrocks123 (#48901413) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

With respect, I think you're far too apologetic wrt China's government ... and more than a little to cynical about the US's. Yeah, if China's government introduced democracy the wrong way, things could get hairy. But there have been several countries that went from totalitarianism to democracy without civil war. Russia is one, though Putin has taken the country a decade or two backwards. And your post borders on banal moral relativism: it is just WRONG to imprison people because of their political views, and just because China doesn't see it that way doesn't make it right. Some Islamists think it's fine to oppress women in a multitude of ways; they are not less wretched for doing this just because they don't see it's wrong.

Anyone in China's government with good intentions has a hard problem to solve, which is how to safely democratize the country, because democracy is really the only option for a government that long-term is both stable and respectful of human rights. Unfortunately, the government is going backwards, as evidenced by their increasing (and ineffective and therefore stupid, but that's another matter) escalation of Internet blocking and continuing intolerance of political dissent. They have a hard problem to solve, so it's wrong to be too hard on them. They appear to be making no efforts to solve it, though, and it's okay to observe that and criticize them for it.

Comment: Re:I was just there, can verify this is the case. (Score 1) 209

by linuxrocks123 (#48900531) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

I know I've criticized the US government in the past on Slashdot, so I'm not sure why you didn't find anything, but whatever. Pretty much any post I made on the DMCA probably criticized the US government.

But, regardless, the US government is much, much better regarding respecting the freedoms of citizens. It's not perfect; no government is, but it's not in the same league as China. For instance, yeah, the NSA shouldn't be reading everyone's email and stuff. But the government doesn't use that information to track down people who disagree with the party in power and silence them by throwing them in jail. China does that.

There's no comparison. And, as a debating tactic, it's best not to try to make a comparison with China or similarly authoritarian countries when complaining about the US government's failings. It's such hyperbole that many people will just ignore you if you do that. We shouldn't try to compare ourselves to China. We should aspire to be much, much better than that. And we are. For now.

Comment: Re:I was just there, can verify this is the case. (Score 1) 209

by linuxrocks123 (#48896809) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

I have no idea how you got from either of our posts that either ZackSchil or I hates China. Hate is a very strong word, and I most certainly do not "hate China". China is a country with a very rich history, many awesome tourist destinations, and many good people just trying to live their lives. It is also a country with a very unhealthy governmental structure and a sad recent history as a dictatorship with a decidedly non-benevolent dictator (see "Mao", "Great Chinese Famine", and "Cultural Revolution"). However, I have no doubt that there are many well-intentioned people in the government, despite its overall unhealthy structure.

Hating a country is not a healthy attitude to have. Countries are important social constructs, but they are composed of a wide variety of people, and there is no way each and every one of them has personally offended you such that it is fair for you to hate the country as a whole.

I don't like China's government. I can't speak for ZackSchil, but many in the West do not like China's government. The structure is undemocratic and has many other serious structural flaws, such as potential reversion to dictatorship and potential civil war due to its unstable power structure. The government doesn't provide to its citizens things I and many in the West value such as free speech, free association, etc.

But that's a structural critique. I don't "hate" China's government on an emotional level. I just think it's unfortunate that over a billion people have to live under such a dysfunctional system. I don't know enough about any individual Chinese politician to "hate" him, either, and I'm sure some in the government are probably working to try to fix some of the governmental structural flaws as best they can.

By the way, I don't "hate" North Korea either. I pity the millions of North Koreans who are currently suffering and hope those in power manage to reform that government soon, so that their suffering will end. I imagine most educated Westerners feel pretty much the same way about that hell on Earth.

You really need to start taking a less binary view of the world. It's not right to "hate" people you've never met just because they have the misfortune of living under a substandard government. Most of those people are victims, not perpetrators.

Comment: Re:I was just there, can verify this is the case. (Score 2) 209

by linuxrocks123 (#48892631) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

I was in China last summer. Essentially exactly the same thing happened to me, although I was using SOCKS5/ssh not PPTP. My girlfriend and I subsequently had a hell of a time playing Heroes 3 for Linux remotely even when not using ssh, so they must have shit-listed my IP address. Then, a few months later, everything magically started working again and the ssh proxy my girlfriend was using worked fine. So did Heroes 3, thankfully.

During the shit-listed time, I came across this list:

Another option might be this:

One of these options might be enough into fooling them the traffic isn't encrypted. Ultimately, if there's a way of exchanging data, there's a way of getting around the block. It's just a question of obfuscation.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 2) 253

by linuxrocks123 (#48885231) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

The only way congress has of reforming it is to cut funding.

That's an idiotic view. Congress has many ways of reforming a government agency. Cutting funding is simply spiteful and unproductive and potentially allows tax cheats to get away with their fraud.

Who the fuck defends the IRS anyway?

Those with mental maturity within the double digits and IQs outside the double digits.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 3, Insightful) 253

by linuxrocks123 (#48875821) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Yeah, that's a pretty damn stupid attitude.

"I'm sorry, nose. If you didn't want to get cut off you shouldn't have sneezed on your watch. You have only yourself to blame."

The government needs funding. We can't get rid of the IRS. We can reform it if it's corrupt, those there's really no evidence it was in recent history (the "Tea Party was targeted!!!" thing is essentially a conservative myth).

But I guess the Republicans would rather enable tax chiefs than appoint an independent auditor to make sure the agency doesn't target anyone inappropriately. Weird. Maybe the politicians are tax cheats themselves? Who knows.

Comment: Re:One has to wonder (Score 4, Informative) 253

by linuxrocks123 (#48875765) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

It's even more innocuous than that. The IRS was targeting political groups who applied for 501(c)(3) charity status to make sure they really qualified, because there are restrictions on how political your mission can be if you try to qualify as a charity under 501(c)(3). They targeted both Tea Party and progressive groups because, guess what, those groups tend to engage in potentially prohibited political activity as part of their missions.

They actually targeted more left-leaning than right-leaning groups for scrutiny, but all anyone ever whines about is how The Government oppressed those poor tea partiers.

Comment: Re:Problems in C++ (Score 1) 383

by linuxrocks123 (#48868525) Attached to: Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Eh, sometimes you want two copies of the but often you don't. And your example seems like it would be much better served by containment than multiple inheritance.

I'm all for MI, though. Java and C# have spent the past two decades adding MI back in. Have a look at Java's "default interface implementations" for a laugh sometime.

The Wright Bothers weren't the first to fly. They were just the first not to crash.