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Comment Re:Can you say... (Score 4, Interesting) 85

False positive? What is the rate of misidentifying two people who look alike as being the same? How do they plan to deal with this? It could be seriously problematic for the victims of such a mistake, worse than erroneously being on the no-fly list.

There was a report of twins applying for a learner's permit at the same time running into problems, so this can happen.

Applying for a second license under a false name seems to happen when the first license has lots of unpaid fines and/or the license is revoked. So if A has a perfectly fine license, and B applies for a license and happens to look exactly like A, this would look a lot less suspicious. Should be fine to give B his license and then investigate. On the other hand, if A's license is revoked, then this is more suspicious and more risky. The first idea would be to contact both A and B, and if they can both be contacted, it should be possibly to prove they are different. If A cannot be contacted, that makes it a bit tougher. You would ask B for evidence that he has existed for some time.

There's a difference to the no-fly list: That gets people into trouble at the airport, with very little time to sort out any problems.

Comment Re:Does this ever happen the other way? (Score 1) 73

There was a CIA agent who was involved with some rendition during the Bush Administration who got tried in absentia in Italy, found guilty and then shipped over there. Let me see if I can find it...yes. Here it is:

Not quite like that. Quite a few CIA agents have been tried and found guilty in absentia in Italy. (And the person they abducted was apparently innocent, but got tortured in the country that he was moved to and then let go. So these CIA agents were responsible for the torture of an innocent man). None of them was extradited from the USA. One of them made the mistake of going to Portugal and is now waiting for extradition. And she says she went for "to clear her name" - and not quite figuring out in her mind that Italy is s sovereign country, and that she has been convicted to a jail sentence in that country.

Comment How to change your phone number (Score 2) 82

Changing your phone number is mightily inconvenient. What would be really helpful would be if say Google and Apple set up something so that you change your number, tell Google and Apple about the change complete with a list of all people you want to know about it (that could be for example your address book on your phone), and then they go and update your phone number on all Android phones and iPhones where the user is on your list.

Comment Re:not what i expect (Score 1) 394

You're own link points to the fact that 2 of the 3 S7 models (the S7 and S7 Edge) passed Consumer reports water resistant test; only the Active failed (oddly enough) but was fully covered by warranty. How many iPhones 6's have the same level water resistance (5 feet for 30 minutes)?

The iPhone 6 and 6s are as water resistant as Apple promises. Samsung makes promises for the Active that are apparently just lies.

Comment Re: Why lock the car? (Score 1) 215

Heard a story of a friend of a friend who borrowed his car to a friend, who drove off without the key (the guy with the key in his pocket stood right besides the car); 100 miles later he filled the borrowed car up at petrol station and couldn't start the car again because he didn't have the key...

Comment Re: $1,000 a DAY was missing? (Score 1) 110

She can't. She's still guilty of theft, so this defense doesn't work on theft. It only works on being accused of using a computer without authorization when you steal lottery tickets you're authorized to print.

So if I, as a customer, sneaked into the store and printed thousand lottery tickets without paying, _that_ would be theft _and_ computer hacking because I was not authorized to print tickets. In her case, because she was authorized to print the ticket, it's only theft.

Comment "infinitesimally precise location data " my arse (Score 1) 134

Everyone knows that a GPS like TomTom doesn't rely on the GPS coordinates it's given. Instead it assumes that it is on a road, assuming slightly stronger that it is on the road it's supposed to be on than on a nearby road, and corrects it's position.

A TomTom would not be able to recognise for example that you are driving on the wrong side of the motorway. It would find your rough position (GPS is "rough" with an error of a few meters if you're lucky), detects your motion vector, the figures out the location on its map where you are most likely to be.

Comment Re:confusion about self-incrimination (Score 1) 233

I think that is what has actually happened in court cases: If the police doesn't have actual evidence that you know the password, then giving the password is quite obviously proof that you know it. And if the fact that you know the password is incriminating evidence, then giving the password is self incriminating.

On the other hand, if the police has evidence that the computer or phone is yours, and that you have repeatedly used the password to unlock it, then giving the password is not self incriminating.

Comment Re:just $1067.76 in damages? (Score 1) 115

$1067.76 per copy sounds a bit low compared to the typical damages per copied mp3.

That's because the law about statutory damages leads to strange consequences.

Statutory damages are up to $150,000 _per infringed work_. If you make one copy of a CD with 20 songs illegally, that's 20 infringed works - up to $3,000,000 damages for ocpying a CD, which is ridiculous. If you make 10 million copies of a CD with 20 songs illegally and sell them, that's 20 infringed works. $3,000,000 for 10 million CDs sold, not bad. If you make 500,000 copies as is claimed here for software that is sold for $1076 per copy, that's _one_ infringed work. $150,000 maximum instead of buying the software for $500 million total, that's a bargain.

Comment Re:A question of definitions? (Score 4, Insightful) 165

Uh.. you'd have a pretty hard time arguing I wasn't authorized to enter your home if you gave me a key. By virtue of giving me the key you've authorized me to enter your home.

Absolutely not. I can give my neighbours my house keys when I go on holiday, so they can enter if there is an emergency. That doesn't give them authority to enter without reason. I had my neighbour's key with authorisation to enter the kitchen to feed the cats while she was on holiday; that didn't give me authorisation to enter her living room or bedroom.

If you are renting, the landlord may have a key, the caretaker may have a key, they both have no authority to enter your home in most situations.

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