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Comment: Re:Technically, probably not a good move to dodge (Score 1) 153

by sydbarrett74 (#49507869) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

You are correct--in theory.

In practice, the NSA collectively view everyone outside of the Agency as foreigners and enemies. Therefore, due process of law even within the USA's borders means fuck-all to them. So in actually, Americans within the US have no more real protections than non-citizens, especially when you have pliant judges and magistrates who will sign on the dotted line cuz National Security.

In some rarefied Platonic universe, we all have natural, inalienable rights endowed us, but unless they are recognised, enforced, and vigilantly defended, they aren't worth the paper upon which they're enumerated.

Comment: Re:Supreme Court Decisions Have Consequences (Score 1) 46

by sydbarrett74 (#49453313) Attached to: The DEA Disinformation Campaign To Hide Surveillance Techniques
The ultimate purpose of the WoD was never to protect people from themselves--that is merely the pretext. The WoD is actually about class and race warfare (to wit, the disproportionate prosecution and conviction of ethnic and racial minorities and those lower on the socioeconomic ladder) and the aggrandisement of the PTB. Any other conclusion is untenable.

Comment: Re:Even worse - extensions == "chmod +x" ?!? (Score 1) 564

by sydbarrett74 (#49187491) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions
Why does it have to be either-or? Simply leverage MIME somehow (or another global repository of filetype metadata) and have a filename extension that specifies the filetype, for backwards compatibility for OS's and file systems that don't support a global filetype metadata infrastructure. The metadata solution, of course, would be the canonical and more trusted of the two.

Comment: Re:fees (Score 3, Interesting) 391

Yeah, I remember those days with Cavalier DSL here in Richmond, VA. There was a fault in my circuit (laid in the 1920's) and Cavalier placed a service request with Verizon, who sat on it for weeks before I finally had to get the State Corporation Commission involved. Wonderful times, indeed.

Comment: Re:I'm surprised we aren't hearing more from the b (Score 1) 562

by sydbarrett74 (#48843911) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications
Don't be surprised. I assure you that Billy Badass CEO has all of his communications suitably encrypted, and if he's ever charged with a crime, the authorities will probably 'lose' the device with data needing decryption and say they don't have any evidence to hold him. No, the target for this is the little guy. The people in power are always protected and excused from having to comply with those pesky laws foisted upon hoi polloi.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb

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