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Comment: Re:Because it's wireless. (Score 1) 303

by spinkham (#48748781) Attached to: FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

No, you may not. Under what exact circumstances the police may or may not is more dicey, but not too relevant to this case.

Stingrays are not collecting voice data, but metadata. More like a pen register than a phone line tap, but legally those require

The real truth is we don't have any real legal precedent on whether these are legal with or without warrants or not, as they and their workings have been systematically hidden from the courts. The FBI has been confiscating both the hardware and all details about them whenever people discover local law enforcement has been using them, sometimes in defiance of local judicial rulings.

Comment: Re:Advantages of Authoritarianism (Score 4, Informative) 202

by spinkham (#42560543) Attached to: All New Homes In China Must Have Fiber Optic Internet Connections

We have authoritarianism, it just gets its power from corporate lobbing and campaign donations instead.

NC started a few public fiber in some towns, so Time Warner lobbied and made broadband operating as any other public utility illegal, ignoring the protests of many local tech businesses and even the FCC.

Comment: Re:Firefox - spiritual benefits (Score 1) 665

by spinkham (#40882595) Attached to: Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

Actually, startup and memory use is the reason I don't use Chrome.

Firefox has a setting to only load tabs when you click on them, and Chrome doesn't. Because of how many tabs I keep open from session to session, Firefox is a much better choice for me at the moment.

If and when Chrome ever closes this bug, I may well jump ship too. But Firefox 15 will be out in a few weeks, and many of the memory leaks will be fixed, so we'll see. ;-)

Comment: Re:New versioning scheme (Score 1) 644

by spinkham (#38275102) Attached to: Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?

They do have a stable SDK with forward compatibility now, just most extensions were not written to use it as they were written before it was released. Like Chrome's API, it's less powerful than the XUL addons, but it covers what 95+% of addons need.

IMHO they should have released the SDK first and pushed for developers to use it, and then started rapid release, but that's not how they did it. ;-)

It's a legacy problem like that many other systems have. Getting big enough that people bitch about some of the early imperfect decisions you made is a problem many devs would like to have. ;-)

Comment: Re:Municipal broadband is on its way, then (Score 2) 397

by spinkham (#38237642) Attached to: Web Usage-Based Billing On Its Way

This is why Time Warner pushed a bill through NC to put lots of roadblocks up for municipal broadband here.

The local LUG was quite vocal in fighting this, but we don't have the resources of Time Warner.

Fuck you very much Time Warner.

Comment: Amazing! (Score 3, Interesting) 277

by spinkham (#38202444) Attached to: iPhone Auto-Combusts On Australian Airplane

Energetic chemistry is energetic.

Go find some RC enthusiasts and ask them if they've seen LiPos burn. There's a good chance they have.

That's why we charge our batteries in a lipo bag or other fireproof container.

Of course, RC batteries are abused much more than those in phones, but it's highly non-surprising that occasionally one lights on fire.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990