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Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 1) 216

by omfgnosis (#49626565) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

I think there's some truth to what you're saying, but it's overly simplistic. Rights and technology are orthogonal. The record is hardly a progression of the powerful using new technologies to trample our rights; it's hardly the opposite either. Rights are demanded, and taken, by threat of loss of legitimacy for the powerful who refuse us those rights; they're lost when that threat is unsupportable. It may be that technology and disparity of power have advanced to the point that that threat is empty now, in which case your point is spot on. But I don't think we've reached that point. Yet.

I will say that the all is lost attitude isn't helping though.

Comment: Re:Extract your cranium from your anus, buddy. (Score 3, Insightful) 216

by omfgnosis (#49626153) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

'broadcasting' in the tech sense, yes, but NOT in the usual PUBLIC SENSE. convenient that you leave that part out.

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Broadcasting can't be said to be being done in any one particular sense. It's broadcasting, PERIOD. Your cellphone, when operating in normal, customary mode, (not off, or in airplane mode, etc.,) is sending out a radio signal identifying itself to cell towers; without cellphones doing this, the cellular telephone system wouldn't work.

While I won't bother getting in the middle of the rest of the dispute, you're making a technical argument about a legal, non-technical distinction. I can see how you'd make that mistake, because the context also makes some technical claims. But let's be clear: in legal terms, "broadcast" (sending data over radio waves) is not the same as "broadcast" (making content available to an audience). Writing an email on the bus doesn't give the riders permission to read its contents, just as downloading a song does not constitute a public performance.

This is an important distinction.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 3, Interesting) 216

by omfgnosis (#49626053) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

Any person with sufficiently sensitive equipment can essentially intercept any transmission, and discover a whole lot that isn't an explicit transmission. By this logic, we cannot legally expect to defend any form of privacy once it is compromised. That certainly appears to be the realpolitik, but it doesn't have to be accepted or defended. It certainly isn't justified by the fact that sound and light waves can be perceived by ears and eyes.

Comment: Re:Haskell? (Score 2) 138

by omfgnosis (#49591031) Attached to: Paul Hudak, Co-creator of Haskell, Has Died

You've more or less described almost every functional programming language. And many of them, quite old, are gaining in popularity well past their introduction, in no small part because functional programming turns out to be well suited for parallel computing (and therefore to distributed computing and multiple processor cores). It should not be surprising to hear more about languages like Erlang (1986) and Haskell (1990), or to see new functional languages introduced going forward.

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