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Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1146 1146

In other words, if a stranger wanders onto your property, you shoot them and ask questions later.

If a stranger wanders onto your property carried along on the back of a foot long drone, then I think any reasonable person would assume an alien invasion by really tiny people (or ants) is in progress and do their patriotic duty and start shooting.

In the words of the wise: "How can you be expected to teach children to read if they can't fit inside the building?"

Comment Re:"...the same as trespassing." (Score 1) 1146 1146

Depends on what you shoot at it with.

Shooting at the sky is bad. Falling bullets can kill.

And that was one of the charges. I think the facts of the particular case are important rather than the principles at stake. Of course he had an expectation of privacy and below a certain height (I think it is 500 feet or so) the other person was trespassing with the drone. Did shooting it out of the sky reasonably endanger anyone... How far from the property line was it? What direction did he shoot? This was a shotgun, so pellets generally have a shorter range than a rifle or hand gun. The fact that only the drone was damaged and no one was actually hurt should count for a lot.

Comment Snowden modbombing in 3,2,1... (Score 1) 586 586

It is funny you try to claim he is a whistleblower when he made no effort to be a whistleblower. Selling IC secrets to the highest bidder is hardly whistleblowing.

It's even worse when one proves it by using it to gain safe passage between one hellhole(China) and the next(Russia). Those plane tickets weren't free, y'know.

Comment Re:Never butt-dialed anyone. (Score 1) 179 179

I have a Note 3 and on both stock and custom roms have had this same issue.

Intent is of utmost importance with the law, I'd argue that this judge made a serious error in ruling, likely related to confusion with technical terms overshadowing common sense and precedent.

Comment Re:Nonsense law still can't be ignored (Score 1) 157 157

It is no more "bullshit" than a bank being required to open a safety deposit box when a warrant is presented against whoever is leasing the safety deposit box. That search is happening on bank property, but the bank does not have legal standing to challenge the warrant.

We do NOT need internet-enabled corporations running rampant over the law as if they had no legal responsibilities nor limitations on the scope on what they're allowed to do. There are often CLEAR examples of similar situations with physical property, but the weasels in the "new" digital world would like to claim that they're above those precedents.

When I upload pictures or make a post on Facebook I am conveying Facebook certain rights to that content through their terms of service and that is what should give them standing. Facebook isn't merely holding some information for me like a storage provider or "safety deposit box". They are creating information about their transactions with me. They are hosting content which I have conveyed some ownership rights to. These are business records owned in some way by the business. Companies don't have standing to represent me (unless I have given them permission to do so through their terms of service which should be updated to convey the right to do so in this type of situation), but they should and must have standing to represent themselves and their own interests in protecting their data from unlawful searches.

If I write about someone in my journal. Say a transaction log. And put it in a locked cabinet in my home. Then that is my information and not owned by the person I am writing about. If the government then wants my journal and wants me to provide the key, then I certainly have standing to challenge a government demand for the key to the cabinet where my journal is held.

Facebook is the same. They are the ones keeping the journal, the logs, the databases. I don't have a key to Facebook's server room or a colocated server in their facility. There is no analogy to a bank's safety deposit box that makes sense or applies here.

Comment On the contrary (Score 1) 162 162

That's a case of being inordinately lucky. On the other hand, the US system doesn't need such good fortune - as education is not locked out like it is in other parts of the world.

What of individuals that routinely get stuck in a low-tier track but show high-tier competence at the wrong time?

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams