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Comment Re:Senator Wyden: (Score 1) 52

Would *you* risk getting detained for an indefinite period, however illegally, just because you want to assert that your constitutional rights are being violated? Of course I can appreciate the sentiment behind what you are saying, but people are bending over and taking this kind of crap at the borders not because they particularly *want* any appearance of increased security, but because they just want to fucking go home, and cooperating fully with the border agents, even the ones who might abuse their position, and even if your rights are being violated, is generally expected to be the most expedient path to that end.

Comment Re:Great. Why not six years ago? (Score 1) 52

Most of that has been tested in courts over the decades AC.
e.g. level of suspicion for canal drug smuggling.
The issue of any particular vehicle been covered by an administrative warrant so roving patrols could counter border smuggling.
Recall Congress gave a lot of new power to search for terrorists over the past years. The need to uncover terrorist communications was also considered.
No US court or gov is going to allow sanctuary to terrorist material and has given the legal ability to search at a boarder.
No level of suspicion is needed. No person can block a search with demands for dignity or claim privacy interests.
Just as a bag is searched, a camera card for images, deleted images i.e. searches of property.
No ability to get into the US using laptops, CDs, MP3 players, cellular phones, and digital cameras with terrorist communications or any other material thats illegal in the USA.

If any person has sensitive business information, academic materials and did not expect a search?
They should have consider that and used a computer network or other ways of moving time sensitive data around.
Lots of nations will ask a lot of questions. The US can too thanks to powers granted by Congress.

Why do "travelers" now get to hide things in their laptops or on social networks when entering the USA?
Their support for, funding of and membership of different designated terrorist groups might just show on their social media account.
Images, faces, location... why is all that now given US legal cover to be hidden?
Why not give US CBP agents all the powers they need to search any device, ask for accounts, look at any images on entry to the USA?
If a person is using technical countermeasures, like ‘burner’ laptops and mobile devices? Find that out and ask why? Wait for the lie and then deport.

Re 'warrant before conducting any device searches"? That will slow the ability to search and allow lawyers to enter the search process.
If every search has to be slowed for a warrant, fewer people will be search. More interesting people will just slip into the USA.
Re "demand is likely to be mirrored by foreign governments, which will demand passwords from U.S. citizens"
If another nation wants to keep their nation safe, thats their legal system.

Comment Bug report (Score 4, Informative) 18

This was buried at the very end of the story:

During a second, unofficial demonstration of the HorseFly for UPS on Monday, some sort of interference – possibly from the broadcast reporters’ cameras - caused an issue with the drone’s compass. The drone aborted its launch, tried to land on top of the UPS truck, fell to the side and was nearly crushed by the still-closing lid of the vehicle.

“We’ve never seen it before,” said Burns, of the glitch.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 4

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

Comment Re:Paid news is hopeless against the internet (Score 1) 364

There are so many free sources of news, it may be impossible to sell it in the near future.

But how do those news sources get filtered and curated? The problem today is that there is so much news that you can find someone writing absolutely any story you want, regardless of the facts, and regardless of the relevance or importance.

Comment Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 5

IIRC you're Canadian (if in the US you'll need insurance) and should be able to get CrystaLens implants for an extra $2,000. They cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts.

I ran Suse back in 2003 and liked it, but moved to Mandrake because my TV didn;t like it; I was using the TV as a monitor with an S-video cable. Still trying to find a distro that will run on an old Gateway laptop.

Comment Re:In next weeks news get your nails done at Autoz (Score 1) 39

Wow - this is some pretty cool stuff and I commend Netflix for doing it, but really? Netflix?

It's a tool developed for internal, corporate users, to make Netflix's own operations more secure. They've decided to open source it, probably in hope that others will have good ideas to make it better.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 4, Insightful) 264

They already had this. It's called citing your sources and peer review.

Unless you're the president, in which case you can just make up any old bullshit that sounds good, even about nonexistent terrorist attacks, the "historical" margin of your electoral victory or the size of your inauguration attendance. Just because it makes you and your supporters feel good, which is the most important thing.

Comment Re:Seen this before... (Score 1) 129

Yep. Exactly. Gotta love government IT workers!

I love my government IT job. After years of working for Fortune 500 IT teams, I'm finally working with the best pros in the industry. ;)

Second best.

I spent 15 years as a consultant, working with both fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Government agencies tend to have one of two personalities; either they're quite good or they're horribly bad. Sounds like you got into a good one. Corporate IT departments of non-IT companies tend to be more middle of the road, though variance is huge. But the top tier information technology companies tend to have almost uniformly excellent people.

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