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Comment Re:Self-incriminating password. (Score 1) 518

I believe the legal counter to this which is slowly starting to emerge is 'We're not ordering you to divulge your password. We're ordering you to decrypt the drive. We quite specifically don't want, or need, your password, nor do we care if the drive is encrypted with a passphrase, biometrics, physical token, whatever. We're just ordering you to decrypt it.'

Much like your 'papers' are immune to unreasonable search and seizure, but are subject to reasonable search and seizure, i.e. with a duly sworn out warrant and all that, so are your digital papers. I think this is the correct result.

I believe that, if the cops find a file in a locked file cabinet, said file being labelled 'Plans to murder my wife' and full of, well, plans to murder your wife, you don't get to have them declared inadmissible under the fifth; you get to refuse to answer questions like 'did you create these plans' and 'did you carry out these plans.' Seems to me that a directory full of documents, said directory being labelled 'plans to kill my wife' would be treated the same.

Comment Re:Opposite effect of that intended (Score 1) 319

And part of the modern tribalism problems are because Europeans drew some lines on a map and said 'This is now a country, surely you two tribes that have been in conflict for countless years can now just get along, yeah?'

Note that Europeans have done this to themselves; WW2 was a direct result of this sort of crap after WW1.

Comment Re:But the world is flat isn't it? (Score 1) 319

A few years back, I wrote a letter to a teacher who was teaching my daughter's public school class, I want to say around grade six, the whole Columbus fairy tale.

It was a lovely letter, full of references to Washington Irvine, Ancient Greek origins of geometry 'literally, earth measurement' and experiments demonstrating the globular nature of the Earth, and surprisingly accurate diameter calculations, the Catholic Church fully supporting and backing Columbus's journey, the whole nine yards.

I got back a terse reply that this was the curriculum, so shut it.

Did I mention that I live in Canada?

Comment Re:Plenty of precedent! (Score 1) 101

Well, there's a difference between a system where all the players a) are trained, b) are licensed, c) are insured, and d) are aware that they're assuming risk, and a system where some yahoo goes for a flight, in direct contravention of laws and custom, in a contrivance that is specifically uncontrollable and a hazard to navigation and safety, with the express intent of causing a disturbance.

Comment Re:GOOD. (Score 3, Insightful) 281

So how is Big Vax managing to hide all of the kids running around in polio braces? The walls full of iron lungs? All of the kids rendered sterile by mumps? All of the horrible pox scarring?

Measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, none of these are 'benign.' They're much more survivable, nowadays, due to much better palliative care, but it's also like saying that compound fractures or traumatic intestinal rupturing are 'benign' nowadays because they're not the instant death sentences they were a hundred years ago.

Comment Re:SubjectsSuck (Score 1) 1001

Let alone that poor, innocent, pure, virginal whiteboard, unsullied and untarnished, before a bunch of brutes come with their long, cylindrical, phallic markers, touching the whiteboard all over, leaving their marks, all over the poor thing, and finally, once they've used the whiteboard all they wanted, and left it there, marked up like some sort of property, what do they do? Brutally erase it all and leave it, naked and exposed, for the next time.

Something something patriarchy.

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