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Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 1) 226

They aren't stupid, they bit copy (dd) the device when it's seized. Now a local police agency might not do this but anything involving the fed's is going to be copied the second they get their hands on the data, even if it's encrypted. This is directly to prevent challenges on data integrity and to prevent dead man switches.

It is a good thing then that there is no way to overcome this by storing the encryption key in such a way that it will be destroyed (or at least plausibly destroyed) in the act of seizing it.

Implementing a dead man switch for an encryption key is much easier then doing the same for volumes of data.

Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 1) 226

That's mostly true, however, as soon as you have reason to believe your prudent step of automated data deletion MIGHT be deleting something that is likely to be considered evidence in some kind of litigation, you had better turn it off. Letting it run can (and will likely) be construed as destruction of evidence.

Storage space is not infinite so how does that work if your backup onto media organized as a circular buffer? After being notified that you must retain all data, new data cannot be stored and gets lost. If the new data is backed up, then old data is overwritten. Heads they win and tails you lose?

Comment Re:In other words, Moore's law will continue (Score 1) 128

In actual reality, most of Moore's law has stopped 6-8 years ago. Just compare a midrange CPU from back then with one from today in actual performance. Not so much of a difference.

Moore's law still applied; instead of an increase in performance, it manifested as a smaller die size which required a lower power.

Comment Vertical Density? (Score 1) 128

It still might not be the end of Moore's remarkable observation, though. The report adds that processors could still continue to fulfill Moore's Law with increased vertical density.

Nope, high performance logic is already limited by the ratio of power density to surface area and it has been this way for almost a decade now. Increasing vertical density just makes this worse.

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 1) 315

Cite? If they can seize property, why can't they compel decryption? The whole basis of their argument (accepted by the courts) is that the constitution doesn't apply at the border.

Compelling decryption is ambiguous because of the testimonial nature of requiring someone to reveal a password or knowledge of a password and protection from the 5th amendment. There is no restriction on decrypting seized data if they can.

As a practical manner, enforcing this would also require proof that the subject knows the password and there are ways for the subject to prevent this. People sometimes joke about self destructing passwords because state can always be restored but with careful planning by somebody who wants to retain their privacy, this can be defeated.

The endgame for this is government restrictions on encryption which require key escrow or recovery. Criminals of course will be exempt.

Comment Re:Spying? (Score 1) 104

When I had AT&T U-Verse, running a VPN from the St. Louis area to the west coast was *faster* with lower latency and more reliable than the native path. It was even faster for contacting endpoints in the local area.

As far as I was able to tell, AT&T runs various transparent proxies and maybe routes all traffic through a central location for easy government access. The encrypted VPN traffic would be too obtuse for this.

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