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Comment: Fruit of the poisoned vine (Score 1) 263

by phorm (#46824305) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

The biggest issue I see is what apparently happens with dragnet surveillance, etc.

You *aren't* allowed to convict somebody on illegally obtained evidence, with this following a certain amount down the chain. However, what does happen is that somebody gets "evidence" using illegal means, then calls in an anonymous tip saying "Bob has pot plants in his trunk", followed by Bob being busted.

When Bob goes to court, the court never hears that they the police initially heard about his plants by spying through the OnStar system without a warrant, just that he was pulled over based on an "anonymous tip"

Comment: Re:Schools are operated by cowards (Score 1) 76

by phorm (#46824037) Attached to: Parents' Privacy Concerns Kill 'Personalized Learning' Initiative

Because school officials, in their fear and ignorance, assume that somehow it's all going to be breached - and here's the key part - and that they will be responsible and bear some degree of liability.

Maybe those school officials, familiar with history and similar systems, have a bit more education on the subject than yourself...

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 293

by phorm (#46782893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Yup, this is what I've seen. Changes tend to come in three types

a) Routine: A known change that occurs regularly and doesn't deviate much from a standard pattern. Stuff like swapping tapes, etc. It still gets logged and can be reviewed, but doesn't need approval.
b) Standard: Goes through an approval process before being implemented. These are basically known changes that can be planned ahead of time, but they don't necessarily have a standard set of steps
c) Emergency: Basically a form of (b) that needs to get done FAST. They can be reviewed by the CAB, but don't go through the normal approval process (they may need sign-off from one uber-admin, or none depending). This is intended for stuff that can't be pre-planned and is high-impact/danger if left unhandled. For example, patching may be a standard thing, but patching openSSL due to heartbleed would probably have been an emergency in many cases.

Comment: Re:Strange.. (Score 1) 320

When I give change to a homeless guy, i know that 100% of my money is going to do that homeless guy some good

Been burned by this too many times to make such an assumption. One guy I gave some money, then watched him go into the grocery store aaannd... buy scratch (lottery) tickets.

Another guy, I bought him lunch figuring that way I knew the money wasn't going towards drugs/alcohol. Felt it had done some good until I saw him finish the sandwich and go out to meet his wife/partner and the SHOPPING CART FULL OF BOOZE they had blown their own money on.

That's why I don't give anymore - or at least rarely - not because of any cellphone.

Comment: Re:Wrong, it's not the tech (Score 1) 320

maintain the status quo that creates them

And what is that 'status quo'

Yes, there are definitely situations widening the rich/poor gap, but a lot of people I see on the streets are for reasons already mentioned by others: drugs, alcohol, or (in the summer) because they want to be *free*

Seriously, in summer we get a flood of what are often referred to as "dog people." Those that are accompanied by a canine companion who hitch-hike across the country, begging their way for food and transportation (as well as other substances where available). They aren't looking for work. They don't want to be part of the "system"

Comment: Re:also (Score 1) 171

by phorm (#46760991) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Well, here's the thing. They had enough on the guy to get the warrant to plant the camera. No encryption (or in the case of heartbleed, broken encryption), and they can likely find ways to snarf all that information without a warrant, in which case it could (more easily) become a case of "find people fitting profiles we don't like, then sift through all this information and look for something that sticks"

Comment: Re:Bullet, meet foot (Score 1) 575

by phorm (#46757821) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Windows 8.x is stable and in many regards is better than Windows 7
I call bullshit on this. Faster, potentially yes (on some newer hardware). More stable... tell that to the system I reinstalled the OS on *REPEATEDLY* over the course of 10 days trying to get the thing to *not* get stuck in a mysterious stuck-on-boot-logo loop. Win7 worked fine, win8.1 had some hate on for software/hardware I've commonly use across other OS's without issue

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