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Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 184

by mrbester (#47958221) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

I find odd that someone with such a low UID would think this. Proof of posting just means you have a piece of paper that verifies you entered into a contract to have something delivered, something you don't get from just using a postbox. There's nothing to say that it will be delivered or even when, just your interaction.

Comment: Re:Black letter law (Score 2) 125

by mrbester (#47953641) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

Ireland *has* ratified it, as part of being in EU and implementing directives. The absolute minimum that can be implemented is that it is illegal for data belonging to EU nationals to leave EU without the *owner's* permission. Everything else is window dressing.

Written into the Act (2003) is the get-out clause (section 8), where data can leave without permission (say for US subpoena purposes). However, this is not a carte blanche instant compliance thing and requires the owner be informed as to the transfer with a maximum of 40 days before it can occur to allow an appeal against it. Failure to do so is the illegal act.

Comment: Re:Why purchase service from provider in US then? (Score 1) 125

by mrbester (#47953543) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

USA LEOs can subpoena all they like. However, if the data belongs to a foreign national (say, British) and is held on a foreign server (say, in Ireland) then Microsoft would be breaking EU law in handing it over as *that* is the law that applies, not US. Thus, as coercion to commit a criminal act is itself illegal in both US and EU, Microsoft refused to comply. This has nothing to do with the constitution.

If it was the other way around, for example data belonging to a US citizen stored anywhere else on the planet being subpoena'd by any other country on the planet, US would tell them to go fuck themselves. And they'd get applauded for it.

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 0) 920

by mrbester (#47900945) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Atheists are as arrogant as Theists in that they are convinced what they say is correct with no room for argument. Atheists cite lack of proof as proof itself, Theists cite lack of proof as a deliberate action on the part of what they believe (thus faith). Agnostics recognise that no one is omniscient; the lack of proof of something can merely be that this proof hasn't been discovered yet and they are willing to accept that it may be forthcoming. See Higg's boson.

Comment: Re:Dear Lord, what has happened to Slashdot?! (Score 2) 41

by mrbester (#47800365) Attached to: Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During the Voyager Flybys

The fact that you recognised both sci-fi references is also of note.

I find that the more we learn about Saturn's rings (and is thus applicable to all planets with rings and shepherd moons) the greater the fascination that such structures aren't just a bunch of small rocks orbiting a planet but have behaviour that is of interest to chaos and complexity mathematicians that can only lead to greater understanding of the dynamics of such systems.

(Is this the kind of comment you were hoping for?)

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