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Comment Re:Does this case fit the precedent? (Score 1) 520

This is sloppy legal analysis. If the court was even remotely consistent then the vast number of times that I have had to deal with that answer (and, the followup objection by defense counsel: asked and answered) to subjects that the witness does not want to discuss in deposition would disappear in a puff of legal logic.

On occasion I've let the weasel slide and during the body of the deposition I've inserted questions along the line of:
Are your parents still living? When did your father pass? When did your mother pass?
What was the address that you lived at when you left for college?
Please state all of your past employers that paid you enough to require that you file a tax return?
What is your wedding anniversary?
What is the day and month of your spouse's birthday? (each of the kids follow)
Who was your favorite college prof? What class or classes did you take? Do you remember your grade(s)?

When did you receive the notice of this deposition?

What did you have for breakfast?

What color tie is your attorney wearing?

I toss those in over 2-3 hours and then ask the question that the deponent could not remember (so conveniently).

I draw two objections - asked and answered and argumentative.

I always ask that we call the judge to get a ruling.

I explain that I've just asked the deponent questions covering many decades about minutia that most people would not recall and the deponent has answered each question without objection from defense counsel. I wish to explore the "memory hole" and how only the fact critical to the case is the ONLY matter that the deponent cannot remember.

Usually the judge gives me a little leeway - but, the record is clear - the deponent's memory is just fine until the fact that will hurt is brought up.

Of course a 5th Amendment objection ends the inquiry (I'm a civil litigator).

The willingness to tolerate the mendacity of poor memory on a daily basis in civil actions puts the lie to this "convenient" ruling.

Comment we should be speeding up, not slowing down (Score 1) 602

Cars in the 1970's were big, slow to get up to speed, slow to stop, and handled like they were riding on marshmallows. And the United States had a 55MPH speed limit across the country. Cars got better, much better, and the speed limits have gone up accordingly. Horrific looking accidents are far more survivable now because of massively improved safety standards. In many regions, time spent in traffic is improved because people are free to drive up to 75MPH on many interstates while staying in sync with the flow of traffic. Getting people moving faster allows the highways to allow more vehicles to travel on them per day. We should be figuring out how to safely get the speed limits up, not down.

I don't know about other countries, but in the US the redaction of the white line will give a license for a whole new level of passive-aggressive driving (as well as more overtly aggressive). We already have problems now with people who hog the fast lane, or who speed up and slow down to prevent other motorists from overtaking them or otherwise joining their lane. I can see that same class of jerk swerving back and forth to hog more of the road for themselves.

Sounds like a great recipe for increased accidents, road rage, and congestion. No, thanks.

Comment Re:Mostly for criminals (Score 4, Insightful) 117

Nobody ever said that Free Software = Cheap. "Free as in speech, not as in beer" is often heard. This is Free Software 101 stuff.

As for not imagining anyone spending that kind of money on a workstation, compared to what it'll get you in the Apple Store, some would call it a bargain. Note that it's being called a "workstation" and not a "desktop". For some people, there is a real difference.

Comment 2 things: (Score 2) 172

1. Use your own modem. Your ISP should have a hardware compatibility list. Pick a model off of that list and you're good to go. I ended up picking one with no internal WiFi capabilities, because I had something better in mind.
2. I can't speak highly enough about the combination of a pfSense based router (I run mine on Netgate hardware) and Ubiquiti UniFi wireless equipment. I've got access points at opposite ends of my property to blanket the whole house and yard with WiFi coverage and it works very well. The AP's work cooperatively together, and I've been able to get creative about how I provide guest networking with this combination.

Comment semicolon except sometimes they do (Score 3, Interesting) 160

Strange commentary about your menses aside, there are valid applications for internet-connected refrigerators. Whether you can imagine them or not is another matter all together.

How about a refrigerator that knows its own inventory based on RFID tag scanning, and can automatically add items to your grocery shopping list when inventory is depleted? All of the parts to make this happen are there now. If you buy your food at a store that has embraced RFID. the part you may be missing is the smart fridge.

But none of it is relevant to this article; your refrigerator is going to have access to conventional WiFi when the time comes. This is much more likely about things like connecting municipal signage & traffic control devices, letting people at bus stops know how far away the bus is, etc. (or more likely smart adverts at the bus stops). Existing WiFi protocols are impractical to implement for devices that are rather spread out like this, and which don't require the kind of throughput that your mobile device or laptop would.

Comment IPv6 compatibility w/ FOSS projects (Score 2) 294

What's really sobering is when you look at relatively new but very successful FOSS ecosystems like that surrounding Docker, you'll see poor considerations for IPv6. If you're working on new bleeding edge stuff and you're still developing for an IPv4 world, you're needlessly wasting a huge opportunity to help the world move beyond IPv4. I really want to call out CoreOS's fleet project for using IPv4 private networks for cross-container communications where IPv6 would have been a much better fit.

Comment Re:Hidden Service (Score 1) 43

But Tor can do nothing about the path between the exit node and the endpoint. It can't protect you against an endpoint that is a bad actor. That's where the hidden service comes in handy; the Tor user has a completely hidden connection to the endpoint without the normal problems associated with malevolent exit nodes, or the path between the exit and the endpoint. Yes, good habits are still required between the hidden service user and the hidden service.

Comment gun show (Score 4, Informative) 81

That quote is ridiculous. Anybody who's ever been to a gun show can tell you it's one of the safest most orderly mass congregations of people you'll ever have the pleasure of attending. The stuff that's for sale adheres to strict local, state, and federal laws. And there is no tolerance by the show management, attendees, or other vendors of shenanigans.

Comment Useless. Let me save you a click. (Score 1) 24

How did this make it to the front page?

1. The summary doesn't even have a link.
2. Once you find the obscure link in the header, and watch the video, you just see some unfinished blob of a heavy lift drone taking off and hovering with some royalty free techno music behind it.

There's nothing here that is informative or newsworthy. Looks like more paid astroturfing.

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