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Comment Re:You have no rights when applying for entry to a (Score 1) 220


I'm not in any way disagreeing with this. I am simply refuting the misstatement that USA constitutional rights apply to citizens only.

In the context of the debate, it might be a fine, geekish point, but once someone is in a line waiting to get into the country, they don't magically become a non-person, Once they are in the country, they are afforded full constitutional protection, even if they overstay their visa, or even entered under false pretences! The law, backed by the constitution, will allow for them to be tried, punished and removed.

Comment Re:You have no rights when applying for entry to a (Score 2) 220

When you're trying to enter the U.S. and are held up at Customs and Immigration, you are not yet considered to be on U.S. soil, so you do not enjoy the protection of U.S. Constitutional rights.

Reductio ad absurdum So, non-citizens lacking any rights whatsoever, Customs & Immigration could happily kill them on a whim? You are not within the USA, so a lawless zone exists? Free-fire anyone?

If you are not on U.S. soil, why do non-citizens need a visa to transit? Fly from Asia to Europe via the USA and you need a visa. Almost every other country simply provides a transit lounge where you wait while you change planes.

It seems both obvious, and likely to withstand legal challenge, that when you are on the wrong side of the Customs & Immigration barrier, you are nevertheless under U.S. control, in U.S. jurisdiction, and under the mantle of the U.S. Constitution. You have not yet been admitted, according to due legal process, into the country. You might be denied entry, and sent back. You might be arrested because you are in fact a terrorist.

I agree with you, the current issues with Guantanamo and the 100mi limit show what happens when people try to create places where the law doesn't apply to 'them' (because 'they' are the good guys).

Comment Re:You have no rights when applying for entry to a (Score 5, Informative) 220

USA constitutional rights apply to citizens only.

No. You fail civics,

The Supreme Court has insisted for more than a century that foreign nationals living among us are "persons" within the meaning of the Constitution, and are protected by those rights that the Constitution does not expressly reserve to citizens. The Constitution expressly limits to citizens only the rights to vote and to run for federal elective office.

Here, have a little light reading.

Comment Re:ZFS needs ECC RAM (Score 1) 249

You said "ZFS needs ECC RAM". Implying that ZFS is special is this regard. The link however contains the following:

7 Beyond ZFS
In addition to ZFS, we have applied the same fault injec- tion framework used in Section 5 to a simpler filesystem, ext2. Our initial results indicate that ext2 is also vulner- able to memory corruptions. For example, corrupt data can be returned to the user or written to disk. When cer- tain fields of a VFS inode are corrupted, operations on that inode fail or the whole system crashes. If the inode is dirty, the corrupted fields of the VFS inode are propa- gated to the inode in the page cache and are then written to disk, making the corruptions permanent. Moreover, if the superblock in the page cache is corrupted and flushed to disk, it might result in an unmountable filesystem.
In summary, so far we have studied two extremes: ZFS, a complex filesystem with many techniques to maintain on-disk data integrity, and ext2, a simpler filesystem with few mechanisms to provide extra relia- bility. Both are vulnerable to memory corruptions. It seems that regardless of the complexity of the file sys- tem and the amount of machinery used to protect against disk corruptions, memory corruptions are still a problem.

ZFS needs ECC as much as every other file system.

Comment Re:ZFS needs ECC RAM (Score 1) 249

ZFS requires an absurd amount of RAM dedicated to managing storage.

And ZFS needs ECC RAM, errors must be detected because with ZFS there can be a write to the hard drive to fix a mismatched "checksum" when the software is requesting a read. Bad RAM is a much bigger problem with ZFS than other file systems. Its really not a good idea for consumer hardware.

Disputed, to put it mildly.

Comment Re:Use password strength as the criterion (Score 2) 232

That is essentially what they are doing. But, added to the simple rule based strength measure is a set of current rainbow tables. If they are throwing out the other silly rules, like mixed case, numerals etc and just looking at objectively weak passwords (a password in a rainbow table is objectively weak) then this sounds great.

Comment Re:All of the above (Score 1) 229


Local backup (with per user snapshots) to a dedicated backup server, which has RAID, and snapshots the backups (the backup server has ZFS).

The backup server is itself backed up to the cloud.

Local mail gets its own server and an extra layer of backup.

Yes, I am paranoid. I only worry that I'm not paranoid enough.

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