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Comment: B I N G O ! (Score 1) 200

by redelm (#49676259) Attached to: Judge: Warrantless Airport Seizure of Laptop 'Cannot Be Justified'

People do not realize the US has always exerted strong export controls. These accelerometers are most likely ECCN 7A001 (maybe 7A101) and software for their control 7D001 and drawings/specs 7E002 . All highly controlled.

I see no legal reason the border search exemption should be symmetric (incoming/outgoing) since the consequences are different -- inbound contraband can always be later seized; what is lost to outside is gone. DHS should have searched laptop and seized it if controlled material found (as in imminent danger of being experted.) Copy & release was very wrong.

I strongly suspect this ruling will be appealed and overturned, at least in part.

Comment: They reveal themselves ! (Score 5, Interesting) 65

by redelm (#49647563) Attached to: Cybersecurity Company Extorted Its Clients, Says Whistleblower

Hmm ... Iran has blueprints ... sounds bad. But of _course_ they have blueprints of that model helo -- the Shah bought them prior to 1979! Marine One is [usually] a Sikorski VH-3 "Sea King" which first flew in 1959.

When advocates make inflammatory claims that have innocent explanations, I consider them confidence crooks. They know their best arguments and have made them. Yet another example of lies being more revealing than the truth (so long as you already know it.)

Comment: Intimidating Cops guilty of assault with firearm ? (Score 1) 509

by redelm (#49637665) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

Most cops are polite -- with good reason: If anyone approaches you in a menacing tone, stance or attitude, they _are_ guilty of assault, with firearm if armed. Cops have no legal immunity except when arresting. Assault is the _threat_ of violence, battery/mayhem is the act.

With confidence they will not be prosecuted, some cops push the line. They make forceful requests they mean to be taken as orders. (Plausible deniability) One remedy is to ask: "Is this a request or an order?" "Will you use force if I refuse?" A longer-term remedy is to remove the cofidence, and particularly to have bad cops fear indictment by untampered grand juries and conviction by un-behelden prosecutors.

Comment: Technically possible ? (Score 1) 195

by redelm (#49628277) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

Leaving aside all the political questions, I doubt blackboxes are _technically_ possible. The summary said "communications from customers", so that means upstream traffic. With cloud sync data (especially of photos/vids), that's _a_lot_ of data:

Say uplink is 10 MB/d per user. Over 40M users that is a manageable 400 TB/d, but these laws typically have retention periods, 6 mo being the shortest. That takes 73,000 TB which even over a few dozen ISP sites is a major undertaking. Metadata is ~1% so might work. Download is 50+times so would not.

Comment: Re:x86 ecosphere horribly FIXABLE (Score 2) 134

by redelm (#49532811) Attached to: New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy On the CPU's Cache

This mem.thrasher pgm will be a very fat piggy -- load one core 100% and slow everything else _way_ down. I don't know about you, but I slaughter such beasts on principle.

Should this mem watching ever become a threat (keystroke time-gap reading?) then an easy counter-measure is to detune the high-res timers, say zero out the lower 24 bits of rdtsc() in the JSlib. Still leaves ~10ms resolution but will break any attempt to time cache-reloads.

Comment: Re:High-tech "An armed society is a polite society (Score 1) 254

by redelm (#49524877) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society
I said nothing about combat being allowed. You assume a "Wild West" lack of law enforcement. Like today, anyone threatening or using firearms without justification would be caught on camera, warrents would be issued, and police would serve them with a justified level of force (including SWAT for the really aggressive).

Comment: Re:Doh! Natural Selection (Score 1) 385

by redelm (#49504025) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
I would consider current [techno-]society as very much homo-sapiens "in the wild". Any outside influences/zookeepers are carefully hidden :)

But I agree hunter-gatherer societies find other traits more advantageous. Even industrialized societies have lower intelligence advantages than information societies. "Mate attraction" is obviously a second-order effect with lags (it is what used to pay). We are 10 generations into the start of industrialization but only 4 into info.

The gross advantages of intelligence are quite apparent and quite large. That intelligence is only slowly taking over implies the net advantages (after deducting disadvantages) are much smaller.

Comment: Re:Doh! Natural Selection (Score 1) 385

by redelm (#49503981) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?
Certainly -- renorming measures the Flynn Effect. If it helps your understanding, please read the quoted sentence as "... moved the IQ average intelligence level to what we currently consider 130, 150 ...". And since you apparently like pedantry, please learn the difference between ignorance and stupidity.

Comment: High-tech "An armed society is a polite society" (Score 3, Interesting) 254

by redelm (#49501403) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

... from Robert Heinlein. In both cases, the consequences of rude behaviour are much greater.

I worry most about the years-later consequences of surveillence on politicians and other leaders. They all seem to have sordid episodes, and this leaves them highly succeptible to hidden blackmail/pressure by data-holders. We will never know how they are manipulated and abuse their wide discretionary powers.

Not to protect "the little children" but to protect "the pervy pols."

Comment: Doh! Natural Selection (Score 2, Interesting) 385

by redelm (#49500737) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

If high intelligence were an unmitigated benefit, natural selection would have moved the IQ average to 130, 150 or whatever over the eons. There _must_ be commensurate down-sides. Depression? Slower reflexes? Go fetch!

As it is, we just have the Flynn effect of average IQs rising about 1 pt per decade over the past century. That might [or not] be considered as fast evolutionary change.

Comment: G I T M O for trespassing (Score 1) 629

Release? Released? Why should such a dangerous hax0r ever be released? He should be locked away forever in Gitmo or some SuperMax :)

Seriously, "unauthorized access" looks most like the cyber-equivalent of the ancient infraction of trespass. The same common-law defenses should apply (here the concept of "attractive nuisance").

Pandering to the fear of the ignorant with draconian punishments is the very opposite of liberty. And progress will suffer for the witchhunts (already has).

Programming is an unnatural act.