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Comment Re:wtf (Score 2) 662

So you're telling me if you provide any information whatsoever, you're legally obliged to answer every single question, even if it leads to self incrimination?

No, you're not obliged to do shit. But if you choose not to answer a particular question, they can use that against you. If you get arrested then you have additional rights, but if you're not arrested and just spilling your guts to the police and then clam up on one particular question, they can bring that fact up in court. The moral of the story, obviously, is to not answer any questions.

Comment Re:Proof or STFU (Score 1) 419

If they did they'd be tipping off terrorists on how they caught on to them, so the terrorists would revise their communication methods.

So what? So we have to have our rights violated to make someone's job at tracking people easier? I don't think so, pal, I'm not willing to make that trade. Let the terrorists know, let them stop using cell phones. I'm not giving up my fourth amendment rights so that terrorists can feel good about using a cell phone.

There's no right answer here.

There really is, and it starts with this: don't violate constitutional rights.

Comment Re:I'm sure it's effective (Score 1) 419

I'm sure it's effective That's not the problem.

That's spot on, the government narrative about this has been pretty predictable, because it's the same narrative they use whenever they get questioned about things like the Patriot Act, "enhanced interrogation", TSA scanners, etc. They jump straight to how useful these things are. No one is screaming that these programs should be dismantled because they are useless, the government is responding to an argument that no one is making. The argument is that they are possibly illegal and certainly in opposition to the constitution. I don't want Obama to tell me how useful these things are, I'm sure that the ability to tap all communications is incredibly useful to any government that wants to conduct surveillance. I want Obama to try and explain how this fits into the constitution, I want him to explain how this does not infringe upon our rights. He should be able to do that, seeing as how he's a constitutional lawyer. If he can't explain that then we have a problem. And I'm not going to accept the finding by a secret court whose decisions are classified, I want a clear explanation about what exactly these programs do, and why our rights are not being violated.

Comment Re:It should be illegal but isn't, that's the prob (Score 3, Insightful) 323

One of the best comments was from John Oliver on the Daily Show.

His best line was something like "we're not accusing you of breaking any laws, we're just surprised you didn't."

He also pointed out how the FISA courts, which are there to oversee any surveillance requests, have literally never denied a request. That's some good rubber-stamping action there.

Comment Re:It is all software, really (Score 1) 509

I specifically declined all attempts to update the system over the network until I had some people over for movies. I was making snacks and my cousin or wife (neither will fess up to it) put the movie we rented in. It said the console required and update and they said ok. By the time I showed up it was too late to do anything about it.

That sounds like an excellent vector for malware.

Comment Re:It is all software, really (Score 1) 509

Possibly true, but as long as it doesn't need a network connection *ever*, I'll try to live with that.

The console won't, especially if you don't update it. That new game you really want might in fact require a connection though. And it might also require the OS update that it shipped with. Your tradeoff might be not being able to play some of the games you want to play in order to maintain your autonomy. But at least it's an option with Sony. Sort of like OtherOS was an option. At one point.

Comment Re:Worthless propoganda (Score 1) 317

Can we have a counter channel with a play-by-play according to the other sides?

I guess "we" can have whatever "we" want as long as "we" are willing to do it. Surely you wouldn't expect the IDF to play characters of the other side and post what they thought would have been said. If "we" can find sources of what was going on in the command centers of the other armies, then I guess "we" could make a Twitter account and start posting that stuff. Or maybe Egypt, Syria, and Jordan can find the time to post that material between dealing with refugees, civil war, protests, etc. Otherwise, shut your hummus hole and don't be surprised that Israel's reporting of a war that they were involved in somehow manages to contain the information as they saw it. It's still historically interesting because it is the account of one party in a war, which is interesting regardless of which war it is, who the parties are, and how much you happen to hate one of them.

Comment Re:Physical Access (Score 3, Insightful) 201

Mines from a $5 (shipped) job from Hong Kong, charges quite fast. I assure you it's not licensed, knock off lightning cable and all.

I'm not sure what point you're trying to argue, but it sounds like you're a perfect candidate for a charger that distributes malware. How would you know if your current charger is not sending your data back to China?

Comment Re:Kind of a biased group? (Score 3, Interesting) 559

The concern with the stated metrics is not that the electric powerplant emissions being included, but that "total footprint" includes all the way back to coal mining techniques while the total footprint of gasoline vehicles stops at the gas tank.

That's exactly what I came to say. If they are going to factor in the total cost of producing the electricity that runs the vehicle, then they need to compare that with a gas vehicle where they also include the environmental cost to extract the oil, transport the oil to a refinery, refine the oil into gasoline, transport the gas to a distributor, and then worry about the emissions of the actual vehicle consuming the fuel. Likewise, if they want to factor in the cost to manufacture the batteries and motors, then they also need to factor in the cost to manufacture the engines. It's not a meaningful comparison otherwise.

Comment Re:Gosh!!! (Score 1) 318

So while there is no current case that I know of involving website TOS and browsers so far the courts have ruled pretty consistently in favor of the courts, no matter that in the case of shrink wraps its completely lop sided and thanks to the fact nobody will take back software once its been opened unlike TOS and EULAs you can't escape without penalty. Considering how heavily they have ruled in favor of licenses it really wouldn't surprise me one bit if a website could scream DMCA violation and win, in fact I can't even think of a case where the court ruled against the corp when it comes to DMCA with the exception of fair use such as parodies or background music such as "dancing Prince baby".

I don't see how it's possible for the situation described by the person I was replying to to happen. A website TOS saying that I am not allowed to run my own Javascript code or a modified version of their Javascript code is about the same as saying that I'm not allowed to play Solitaire or drink a beer while I'm using their site. It doesn't affect them at all, and they are in no position to try and enforce something like that. If I want to write some Javascript, and execute it on my browser while it has their site loaded, then there's no reason I shouldn't be allowed to do that.

And speaking of NYCL, I haven't seen that guy around here in years. We used to get occasional stories from him. It looks like he still updates his blog though.

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