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Comment Re:another case of fundamental bad design (Score 1) 99

That's because only the dealership that originally sold the car can see who has access and manually remove someone from the app.

That is a problem on more than 1 level.

It's not bad design from the point of view of the dealer. This basically means that all used car sales will have to go through a dealership. It will be the end of private used car sales. This was probably by design.

Comment Re:No Different From Laptops (Score 1) 481

This is no different from the drill for laptops. On your travel day, back up your phone, encrypt the backup, send through your by vpn to a server stateside, reset the phone to factory defaults. Download the backup when safely stateside.

As soon as the customs officer sees your phone is set to factory defaults, he's going to want you to log into your accounts. That's no different from providing the password for your device.

Comment Re:Fyi - the actual law that Robart ruled on in Tr (Score 2) 56

But if you read the 9th Circuit Courts opinion, you'd see that the reason they decided as they did was that Trump's order was too broad, excluding not only "aliens", but also potentially lawful residents who are non-citizens, such as visa holders, and others who may have been lawfully in the United States and left temporarily. If the order had been limited to those with no legal standing in the U.S. at all, the opinion might have been different.

Comment Re:Well, yes. As they should. (Score 1) 502

This. Does anyone seriously advocate that someone who posts something like "Death to America!" and has images of ISIS flags all over their Facebook page NOT be stopped at the border??

No. But it is legitimate to ask if people should be required to divulge all of their social media accounts and unlock/decrypt all of their devices so agents can determine whether or not a person posted such comments in the first place.

Comment Re:Another solution (Score 2) 71

Another solution is to pass a law saying that all US citizen data has to be kept in servers in the US.

What about e-mail or other service providers that don't have servers in the U.S.? Would it be illegal, under your framework, for U.S. citizens to sign up for e-mail or other data accounts with foreign providers with no U.S. presence? How exactly would enforcement work?

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 1) 91

> California-based adult content-maker Dreamroom Productions claims it has made it much harder for producers to hunt down and flag infringing material, since the videos are not shared publicly.

Of course it's harder to find infringers when they aren't advertising to you that they're doing it.

Yeah, it's basically equivalent to using private trackers to share pirated movies, music and TV shows using the bittorrent protocol. You're much less likely to get an infringement notice that way.

Comment Re:Don't buy a smart TV (Score 1) 161

It will probably get harder and harder to find a TV without these "smart" features. If you don't want them, just don't give the TV your wifi password.

I've heard of TVs sniffing around for open access WiFi connections. So if any of your neighbors has open WiFi, or the coffee shop at the end of the street offers free public WiFi, your TV could be connecting anyway. And don't forget, the GPS in the TV will let them know where you live, so it won't give you any anonymity either.

I really think it is worth the extra money to get a non-smart TV if you can find one.

Comment Re:Encrypted is in the eye of the beholder (Score 1) 91

The goal is to stop mass surveillance. If GCHQ or the NSA really want that data, they will hack the site anyway.

By using HTTPS everywhere it just makes their job harder, so they can't spy on everyone by default.

Wrong. The NSA only needs to hack the CAs. Once they do that once, it takes no further effort on their part to engage in the kind of mass surveillance they did before people started using encryption for their web surfing. You're only fooling yourself if you think that using https is going to make the job any more difficult for the NSA.

Comment Re:oh no (Score 1) 295

Think of all those people who are going to die because of all those other people who aren't going to die!

Actually, people can donate not just one, but several organs: two kidneys, a liver, a heart, two lungs, etc. In other words, one person dead in an auto accident can translate to half a dozen or more lives saved. So yes, as paradoxical as it might sound, saving more lives on the road can actually lead to a total net loss of life.

Comment Why would games be different? (Score 1) 145

Why would games be different than any form of artistic expression, like books, movies, music, paintings, sculpture, architecture? Different people value different things, and sometimes even when there's some critical consensus, you might radically disagree with the critics. Check out Rotten Tomatoes sometime to see if there's any 95% fresh movies you hate or 37% fresh movies you love. I'm sure you'll find that there are indeed some.

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