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Comment: There we have it (Score 1) 229

by sjames (#47436885) Attached to: William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

With each accusation, the NSA has 'admitted' to a small bit and denied the rest. Each denial has been proven to be a lie. They have proven now that nothing they say can ever be trusted. They have lied under oath. They have lied to Congress, and they have lied to the People. Repeatedly.

Since we can never trust anything they say, why should we continue to employ them? The entire organization is rotten to the core. The only possible cure is to disband them and start over. A mere re-org would just be moving the deck chairs.

+ - In New Zealand The Right To Silence And Presumption Of Innocence Are In Danger->

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cold fjord (826450) writes "The New Zealand Herald reports, "Fundamental pillars of the criminal justice system may be eroded whichever party wins the election this year, as both National's and Labour's proposals would look into changing the right to silence or the presumption of innocence in rape cases. Both major parties claim the current system is not upholding justice for victims, and are looking at changes that would effectively make it easier for prosecutors to obtain convictions. National wants to explore allowing a judge or jury to see an accused's refusal to give evidence in a negative light, while Labour wants to shift the burden of proof of consent from the alleged victim to the accused.""
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Comment: Re: Seems appropriate (Score 1) 336

by sjames (#47435779) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Alas, no. Your suggestions would determine that he knew it before he was arrested, none suggest his on-going memory of the password.

It's harder because the other questions only have to look at state of mind for a particular moment in the past before police activity could have influenced it.

This is closer to Heisenberg. The act of questioning can cause the accused to forget. That is exactly why this is a screwed up law.

Have you truly never heard someone say "If you hadn't asked, I could have told you?"

You've never known anyone who can type their password by muscle memory but cannot consciously call it out other than by watching themselves type it?

There are a great many factors that can confound memory and all must be ruled out to eliminate reasonable doubt. Furthermore because memory can be malleable and tricky, even evidence that he later recalled the password isn't evidence that he could recall it when asked. It's actually common for an answer to pop into mind once all pressure to remember has passed.

OTOH, there's really only one reason to arrange to meet someone in an out of the way place and take a gun, gloves, and a body bag with you. The prosecution and the judge don't have to determine what the defendant is thinking NOW.

+ - Rocket Scientist Designs 'Flare' Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Oxford University engineering professor Dr Thomas Povey just invented a new cooking pot that heats food 40% faster. The pot is made from cast aluminum, and it features fins that direct flames across the bottom and up the sides, capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted. The pot is set to hit the market next month in the UK."
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Comment: Re:Puppet. (Score 2) 238

by sjames (#47434447) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

How, exactly, do you snapshot and test the production VM before the maintenance window and guarantee you won't affect (and by "affect", I mean anything that changes behavior in any way that is not expected by the users) any services running on that VM?

Clone it. upgrade the clone and make sure it works. If so, wipe the clone, snapshot the production VM and upgrade it. If it fails, roll back. Make sure your infrastructure is set up so the clone CAN be properly tested. Yes, sometimes you will have to do that rollback, but with an adequate test setup, frequently you won't.

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