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Comment Re:This is bullcrap (Score 1) 516

They get a saw and cut your nice expensive safe open.

And then everyone whines and complains because Apple (or the encrypted device manufacturer) has the knowledge of how to use a saw to cut this type of nice, expensive safe open.

Frankly, I think using the physical device analogy is good though. If the hard-coded decryption key is etched into silicon and only readable by physical access and some very expensive equipment then having an unlock brings us to almost exactly the same point: legal custody (whether of the safe or the device) means that eventually the authorities will be able to get into it with a warrant and/or subpoena.

Comment Re:Redundant (Score 1) 141

It is better to block it at the SMTP level and refuse to accept the message in the first place.

You might think so, but do you REALLY think any spammer cares about or even looks at the bounces from their spam?

Unfortunately, the only way to "block it at the SMPT level" for users is to return error code 67 (IIRC) from procmail, and that doesn't work if you are using IMAP to pull email from a server that has already taken final delivery.

You're begging the question. SPAM is unwanted mail. You "wanted" it by opting in at some point (probably within the context of a purchase or something).

Someone who doesn't intend to spam will provide an opt-out link. It's 2017, not 2002. Use it.

If you can't reject at the SMTP level then that means you're not running your own mail server. Every ISP or mail service in the last 20 years has maintained abuse accounts and administrators that will accept spam reports and (eventually) configure their systems to reject messages at the SMTP level for you (or pre-filter it). Contact them.

Comment Re:Overboard, Sad! (Score 1) 358

Most murders are crimes of passion, or by mentally unstable people, that is the perpetrators don't consider the consequences when committing the crime. That isn't a valid comparison to someone who likely is in their right mind and is just pursuing a hobby.

Begging the question a little. Most jurisdictions distinguish murder from manslaughter by whether there was premeditation.

A true "crime of passion" usually gets manslaughter. Murder is when you're planning ahead and are shown to have fully considered your actions in advance.

Comment Theories on Indonesia and Pacifica abound (Score 1) 143

One of my favorite was from a book in '05 that pinned it pretty definitively in Indonesia. Although the author passed away soon after, fans of his (and some relatives) have been commenting upon some of the research at, which was the first thing I thought of when news of this broke.

Comment Re:I only hope (Score 1) 157

Why was THIS modded down? This would actually work... to some degree, if you had all the ad networks in there and didn't visit any malicious sites. (At least as far as for the *JavaScript* vector that is.)

That's basically ludicrous. You're better off disabling javascript and flash and leaving your hosts file untouched.

Actually, if you wanted a way to make the web more secure? Make all the browsers default only to Javascript 1.1 or some other ancient version with just enough built-in support for DOM tweaking to maybe update the status ticker, and then ban all cross-site loading of js files that's not HTTPS.

Comment Well, yes. As they should. (Score 4, Informative) 502

Apparently we've forgotten the folks (San Bernardino, etc) who had "clear evidence of ISIS sympathies" on their Facebook profiles and other public social media that we then asked why hadn't been caught when they were entering the country.

As the SCOTUS has repeatedly stated, aliens have no Right of Entry to the US, and non-citizens have reduced guarantees (and certainly reduced privileges). Even a US citizen may be searched on entry if anything unusual is suspected, and is legally obligated to declare possessions in a way that basically happens nowhere else domestically (except agricultural goods going into California).

This is a Good Thing. How is this not a Good Thing? That's what customs/border inspection is supposed to be doing.

Comment iPhones just one affected component (Score 1, Interesting) 128

I realize that was a consumer-level link, but still... I expect better from Slashdot.

There are plenty of other devices out there that are still liable to use 2G that are now effectively bricked. The iPhone is probably the least likely of them to cause a real concern for people. (Though, hell, until 2 years ago my parents were still on 2G PCS phones (not through AT&T though).)

How is rural 3G coverage these days? I remember when the analog shut down happened, there were folks out there who needed lots of repeaters to get anything... Some of whom decided to go back to HAM repeaters to patch into the phone network.

Comment Re:We are back to square one (Score 1) 212

So are you proposing a consumer pay-per search model, or a monthly subscription? Or is the search company supposed to be taking money from the sites who'll pay for higher rankings? Mapping probably only makes sense as a consumer subscription service.

Mapping companies could make money from advertising (cf. Mapquest) or subscription fees (other GPS navigation services). What they can't do is compete against Google Maps and Google Maps' backend, both of which are completely subsidized by Google's vertical monopoly but don't display ads on their own and couldn't survive *solely* through the apps they do display from AdWords independently. Using the market-dominant position in one industry (ads) to subsidize their position in another industry (online mapping), keeping prices (subscription and/or annoyance) artificially too low to make it worthwhile for anyone else to try to compete... is classic monopoly behavior.

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