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Comment Re:Not a strong enough tie (Score 1) 236

I'm not sure what "you people" you imagine me to be part of.

As to the "you never call" bit, FISA doesn't apply or do what you think it does if you're seriously suggesting that. Even if we imagine some alternate world where it were entirely different but kept that name, you might want to look into "sovereign immunity" as a doctrine. It does not alone decide the issue (see also the "stripping doctrine"), but there are many hurdles to meet to do as you say even were it basically plausible. Which it is not.

Comment Not a strong enough tie (Score 1) 236

I accept and believe Snowden performed treason. No doubt in my mind. But I don't think making a movie about it, absent any other strong ties, amounts to support; we have all sorts of movies about criminals as well as current events that happen to be illegal. Without some actual ties, I'd prefer to err on the side of having robust public discussion of these matters rather than worrying about this kind of thing.

Comment Re:What NEEDS to happen... (Score 1) 536

Do you expect those of us who have been bluetooth-only to go along with this?

I get the DRM reasoning. It makes sense to be worried about that. But I also don't like how physical connectors tend to break. I used to go through a headset every month because I'm pretty rough on devices; the cables always broke. Some years ago I switched to bluetooth headphones and that problem stopped. Entirely. I need to make sure I keep them charged, but it's well worth that hassle.

What this means is for my current and previous phone, I have never plugged anything into the headphone jack for the entire time I've had the devices. Which means I don't need that port. Which makes it feel about as useful as a PS/2 port on a modern computer.

Comment How does this differ from the Pixel? (Score 2) 138

I'm a SRE at a large (non-Google) tech company, and I have a Chromebook Pixel as a secondary system I use all the time, at work and at home. It's incredibly useful and I'm quite happy with it (with ChromeOS in developer mode, which just gives me a shell that's occasionally useful). The idea of high-end Chromebooks makes a lot of sense (for some people) even though I couldn't've guessed it would before I had one. Still, right now to me "Pro" is just a word. It's unclear to me how it'd be different from what I already have.

Comment Brief answer (Score 4, Interesting) 245

No. Obviously not and the guy stirring up trouble is either underinformed or irresponsible.

Most of the hardware in your computer isn't something you get (or could get) a gate diagram from. You'd never know if something is in there that theoretically could be triggered to do something. That's the way hardware is. This guy is fussing over a publicly known feature that people are using in the enterprise to manage systems en masse. It doesn't open some magic wormhole to the control system - it requires a clear path of access and a setup and all that fun stuff. Meaning if you want to use IME, you need to set it up on all the systems for your network environment and debug it and build tooling around it. It's not fun to get that stuff right, and often not that easy.

It's not impossible that there's a backdoor in IME, but it's just as easy to imagine a backdoor anywhere else in your system. It's hard to imagine how one could ever be confident that that's not the case. So the focus and the anger is misaimed.

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