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Comment Re:The whole idea is stupid (Score 1) 162

Three are actually some good reasons for providing a real ID and paper trail for hazmat truck drivers. Hamat disposal has often been simply _discarded_, dumped in open sewer drains or in inappropriate landfill, or dumped out at sea. The results have included medical refuse washing up on beaches and mercury in water supplies. Other hazmat materials have crashed and _leaked_ in residential areas where they were legally forbidden from travel. A basic ID and criminal check for handling such materials may exist for anti-terrorism reasons, but it has sensible use to prevent truck drivers who've been convicted of mishandling hazardous material in one state from being re-employed in another state.

Because of the money involved, and the opportunity to increase profits by cutting corners, hazmat _needs_ to be carefully regulated. Even if it's promoted for "security theater" reasons, it's a field where safety and verifying the source and delivery of material is important to commerce and safety.

Comment Re:Death to publishers (Score 1) 95

"You are not allowed to advertise our business without paying us for the privilege"
"Oh, and you are obliged to advertise our business"
Patently absurd when applied to any business, except publishing apparently. It's a brilliant plan, really. The EU values a healthy, independent press. Even though I use the term independent very lightly, it wouldn't be good if government were seen to subsidise the perss directly. So instead they give them the power to tax private parties with deep pockets.

Comment Re:You have no rights when applying for entry to a (Score 2) 162

U.S. Constitutional rights are limited to everyone (citizens, foreigners, illegals) in certain U.S. territories. 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. This is precisely why Bush put a POW prison camp in Guantanamo Bay. While Guantanamo is controlled by the U.S., it is Cuban territory. And thus prisoners there would not be protected by the U.S. Constitution. (At least until Boumediene v. Bush which decided since the U.S. maintained "de facto sovereignty" over the base, it could be considered U.S. territory.)

Whether U.S. citizens enjoy U.S. Constitutional protections when abroad is an unsettled matter too. The recent drone killings of U.S. citizens fighting for ISIS abroad were done under the presumption that the answer is "no". They are not entitled to due process guaranteed by the 5th and 14th Amendments. If you extend that reasoning (not saying this is correct, just saying if you extend that reasoning), then U.S. citizens trying to re-enter the U.S. do not enjoy Constitutional protection until after they have been admitted.

That's why DHS trying to extend this territorial exclusion to a 100 mile bubble around U.S. entry points (borders and international airports) was so ridiculous and troubling. They were basically trying to make it so anyone within 100 miles of the U.S. border or an international airport did not have Constitutional protection.

Comment Re:I don't normally swear online (Score 1) 276

Invented in the mid 1970s, any patent on it expired in the mid 90s at the latest

Which brings us right back to the FDA only having approved one such product. The patent (and its expiration) is mostly irrelevant. Given that an EpiPen is frequently used in a life-or-death situation, no other manufacturer wants to assume the product liability associated with such a device unless the can shield themselves with the "FDA-approved" label. And the FDA is glacially slow at approving these things; so slow that manufacturers probably figure it's not worth the investment to even bother trying. Thus leaving one company with a government-granted monopoly (just like cable Internet service, whee).

Comment Re:AES (Score 1) 45

I thought the whole point of asymmetric keys is that you can send the "encode" key in band and keep the secret "decode" key yourself.

If you're exchanging symmetric keys over IP wouldn't someone in the middle be able to sniff it out?

>if 3DES and Blowfish are symmetric, and they are used over the Internet, someone must have figured out how to exchange the key that I don't know about.

>off to quick research
>find out about diffie-hellman key exchange of symmetric keys

I know far too little about cryptography but this sent me in a good direction.



Submission + - Is there such a thing as bad publicity? If so, someone should tell the Donald (chicagotribune.com)

shanen writes: Top news story right now is Trump's attempted political exploitation of another gun tragedy for his political advantage. It appears that he has captured the headlines with two tweets. I think the angle of Trump's response is fundamentally racist, but what is giving me a deep feeling of disgust is the abuse of another person's tragedy. Trump knows he has 11 million followers. (How many Blocks besides mine? Twitter should post that statistic, too.)

In case it isn't obvious, I think the Donald lacks the wisdom to serve as president. Only one of many personal deficiencies, but I think it's the most important disqualification.

Comment Re: It's research... (Score 1) 133

Tee hee! Back in the day, one of the points I made to the old farts was that I had passed the 20 WPM exam and had my K6BP call to show for it, but refused to use the code on the air until the requirement was gone. Nobody spat at me or punched me out, the worst that ever happened was a poor behaving slim using my call and a postcard from the ARRL observer who thouht it was me.

Comment Re:It only takes one... (Score 3, Informative) 50

Other courts have said that an IP address is not a person.

This is why a lot of other cases haven't advanced. Blindly suing people that might not even exist angers courts (Prenda).

>84 john does

"you're making too much work for the court with nonsense" is what's going to happen.

>reasonable doubt

In civil cases, it's preponderance of the evidence a lesser standard.


Comment Re:It's research... (Score 2) 133

WSPR tells you when communication paths are open between two points at a specific frequency and S/N ratio. This is useful but does not span the extent of research that HAARP is directed to. One of the most interesting things about HAARP is that it can incite the formation of radio-reflective regions in the ionosphere. That takes a lot of power.

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