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Comment Re:why (Score 1) 95

In the past domestic court use of spy logs had to be hidden from courts so interesting people would feel free to talk on a phone, use a fax, open a bank account, talk to their lawyers, offer a bribe, sell information... the GCHQ would get it all as the wider public never saw the legal results in open court..
Now years of domestic spy logs are legal in local courts. Encryption is junk and the UK gov can legally hack any computer or network it feels like with very few limitations.

Comment Re:Why did you let them do this? (Score 1) 95

The UK has always spied domestically and globally. The only thing that ever slowed the UK domestic spying down was budget issues and waiting for NSA contractors to install upgrades.
From the 1914 Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) to getting all calls to from Ireland, Government Technical Assistance Centre to National Technical Assistance Centre to todays legal domestic equipment interference and ISP logging.
Generations of UK politicians are addicted to the flow of domestic signals intelligence.

Comment Re:What if (Score 1) 29

The media and bloggers in different states can use FOIA or local laws to see what they can find.
Paper work should exist at the city and state level that covers budgets or support services for such devices.
It might not be listed digitally at a national or state level but a physical paper trail might still exist locally.
If your state has laws that allow state documents to be seen and copied a lot of local information could still be accessed.
Many state and city workers will request a person shows ID and then return days later to be told that no documents exist. Try to have budget papers, contracts printed in real time if state law supports that access request.
Most states know to hide federal task force support/funding/contractors. As local budgets can now cover device use, city and state funding becomes more clear.
City workers or local contractors will diligently track everything in a local budget for the public to request :) Florida's Constitution has some great reading on that type of local law.

Comment Re:Why can't this be detected (Score 1) 87

That shouldn't cause a lot of false lockups since it has to be different sites. How often do you even use your credit card on 2 different sites within one minute?

The real issue is, as you say, the crooks will just go low and slow to avoid the lockout. It's the same problem with password guessing. Since they don't care which particular card is solved when, they can just do many in parallel, all just below the lockout threshold and still solve cards at a high rate.

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 530

No, there isn't one. But this statement doesn't establish a clear separation of church and state. The way it has been historically interpreted by pretty much every Christian society, is that there should be a distinct secular leaders (and hierarchy under them) and religious leaders (and hierarchy under them), but they are not separate. The secular leaders have a duty to promote and spread religion, and protect it from attacks (including ideological attacks - punishing heresies etc). And the religious leaders preach that it's a religious duty to obey the [righteous] secular leaders, and bless their policies. This has been the case since Constantine, and the Greek even concocted a term for this arrangement - "symphonia of powers".

In practice, you still get a theocracy.

Comment Re: Bad Headline (Score 1) 530

Which part of the question is loaded?

It's very blunt and straightforward: if the Trump administration follows up on any of his campaign promises wrt Muslim registry, will you assist? Yes/no?

And it's not even out of the blue. It's not like it is a deliberately concocted hypothetical scenario. It is something that Trump himself has talked about, repeatedly. It's not at all unreasonable to ask companies whether they would be involved.

Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 1) 318

It does not mean precisely what you think it does. Trump has total and complete control of all houses of government, plus now the supreme court, and him and his party has complete freedom to quickly ram through their entire, radical agenda, which his appointments make clear he will do.

Right now he barely has control of his Twitter feed. And one thing that people on your side of the aisle are learning quickly, it's that things probably aren't going to work out the way you thought they would when you voted for him.

We'll see what happens.

Comment Re: More about eliminating WrongThink (Score 1) 318

Second, that popular vote "winning margin" is almost entirely in California...if you subtract California from both candidates' total votes, trump won the popular vote.

And if my aunt had balls, she'd be my uncle. You wanna start subtracting states? Can we subtract Texas, South Carolina and Mississippi too while we're at it?

The majority of Americans have accepted that the election is over and that Donald Trump won.

They also accept that he got 3 million fewer votes than his opponent. Will he be president? Almost certainly. Will he have a mandate? Certainly not. Will he be considered legitimate at any point in the 18 to 30 months he'll be president? Nope.

United Kingdom

For The UK's 'Snoopers' Charter', Politicians Voted Themselves An Exemption (independent.co.uk) 95

The "Snoopers' Charter" passed in the U.K. greatly expands the government's surveillance power. But before they'd enact the new Investigatory Powers Act, Britain's elected officials first voted to make themselves exempt from it. Sort of. An anonymous reader writes: While their internet browsing history will still be swept up, just like everyone else's, no one will ever be able to access it without specific approval from the Prime Minister. And according to The Independent, "That rule applies not only to members of the Westminster parliament but also politicians in the devolved assembly and members of the European Parliament."
The article adds that the exemption was the very first amendment they approved for the legislation. And for a very long time, the only amendment.

Comment Re: When will people wake up to the truth? (Score 1) 251

You can fork systemd, except you don't have a team to help you and a company to pay you, so in practice, you can't really.

I do not need to. I can use sysIV init. It is finished, reliable, reasonable fast. No need for maintenance. And in the same venue, I find that packaged that need boot-scripts but do not support sysIV init are not worth using anyways.

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