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Comment Re:Passing the buck? (Score 1) 140

Say FedEx was knowingly carrying packages that carried illegal child pornography. And say they knew which customers were shipping them and could easily stop just those packages. They could raise this kind of argument: "We aren't materially contributing to the distribution of the child pornography because if we didn't ship them, they would just drive them themselves. So there's no point in us refusing to knowingly transport illegal child pornography. Don't even ask us."

Comment They must say no. (Score 1) 417

They must say no. They have a duty of loyalty to their employer. They know that their employer is being compelled to direct them to write this code and does not actually want them to write it. To comply with their duty of loyalty, the must refuse. At that point, it would take a court order that specifically named those employees. It will be interesting to see if any court is willing to go that far.

Comment Re:Relevant? (Score 1) 367

As Apple said in it is brief:

"The government also implicitly threatens that if Apple does not acquiesce, the government will seek to compel Apple to turn over its source code and private
electronic signature. ... The catastrophic security implications of that threat only highlight the government’s fundamental misunderstanding or reckless
disregard of the technology at issue and the security risks implicated by its suggestion."

Comment FV-M8 $30 (Score 1) 291

San Jose Navigation's FV-M8 GPS module is available everywhere (including from Amazon) for less than $30. It has an NMEA output and a 1 PPS output for time synchronization. I haven't measured the time accuracy of this module, but the module it replaces had a measured time accuracy of better than 100 microseconds, the limit of the equipment I had to measure with.

Comment Re:What about "Import Grade" (Score 1) 70

For a variety of reasons including incompetence, collateral damage, organizational dysfunction, pandering to win elections, and prioritization of small short-term goals over significant long-term goals. But it's incredibly naive and misguided to fail to appreciate two things:

1) The United States has both statutory and institutional controls over law enforcement and national intelligence that are much stronger than many other country's.

2) Foreign governments do in fact use their foreign intelligence capabilities against United States citizens and businesses, just as we do to foreign companies and individuals.

Comment Re:Why not (Score 1) 70

I'm ignoring the legal and moral issues and looking only at the technical ones.

If access was only for national security, that might work. But the problem is that law enforcement around the country wants access to this information any time any judge anywhere issues a warrant. That would mean the database of such passwords would be accessed by thousands of people around the country every day.

Some of those passwords would protect a twelve year old's text messages with their friends. Some of them would protect critical industrial secrets.

That's totally unworkable. It's like storing the Mona Lisa the same place everyone keeps their wallet.

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