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Comment Re: Technical Controls (Score 1) 95

Right now? The phone generally complains about the lack of encryption. Same thing that happens when you go to a site with an invalid SSL certificate.

Grandma may still click "Continue", despite the warnings, but the people who care will have the info they need to make an informed decision.

Comment Re: Which planet? (Score 0) 95

Trump will release his tax returns when the voluntary action buys him more than giving up his privacy loses.

Nobody has a right to his tax returns but the IRS, so there is no real reason for him to release them. The same goes for Hillary and her health records. The difference between the two is that Hillary's health is visibly bad, and Trump's finances are visibly good.

Comment Re: Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 161

The non-replaceable batteries are more a function of being smaller and smaller. With quick charge, it's less necessary the first few years, and it's actually not too hard to replace the batteries with the right tools, or going to a shop.

As for the upgradable storage, that was more a function of the OS than anything else. Memory cards were originally mass storage devices running variants of FAT. While convenient, this caused a lot of problems - the Android security model requires processes not writing to each other's data or reading it (otherwise your games can steal credentials from your online banking, for example).

When running FAT on the memory card, any app with SD permissions could read all the files (a very bad thing), and it led to some real problems (such as very bad things being possible for users of LoJack, which included many Samsung Phones by preload. Disconnecting the mass storage would break apps that required the files on the card.

Addressing these issues first required the use of something like MTP (which uses a daemon and doesn't require exclusive access to the SD card). This makes it possible to write and read without breaking apps. Next, the card needed to be encrypted in order to protect the user data - otherwise, anyone who steals the phone can extract all the data on it. Locked boot loaders are designed to wipe the device when being unlocked for the first time, so that stolen devices aren't easily hacked.

Finally, cards needed to get fast enough to be functional as internal storage. Android marshmallow added support for external storage being treated as internal once those requirements could be met (accessible, secure, fast enough), and now we have phones that have external storage again. Apple does their own thing, but on the android side, it was more technical reasons than anything else for the lack of upgradable storage. It caused a lot of problems and took up space, so companies removed them.

You can see this with the Moto X. The X2 (second edition) took SD cards out. The pure edition added them back, using the same tray as the SIM card. Samsung's S5 had removeable batteries and external storage. The S6 took those out (for size and technical reasons). The S7 added the card back, but added quick charge instead of a removable battery, because the technical issues for the SD card have been addressed, but the size constraints stay.

Apple, on the other hand, wants to charge a bundle for more storage. They are control freaks, too, but the embedded encryption make external flash storage a viable option for them without losing that control. They may relax this requirement at some point - they finally made RAW photos an option in IOS 10, coming off external SD card. All data from an SD card has to be imported in their own app - it can't be read directly by other apps.

Comment Re: Stop chasing the shiny (Score 2) 161

The biggest advantage to buying new cars is consistency and ability to plan.

I've been running the same car since 2012. It had a catastrophic engine failure, just a little past the warranty. It cost me $8,000 to fix.

With a leased car (or a new car), I know exactly what my costs are, and if it breaks (like mine did on occasion during the warranty period), it's not my problem - it's theirs.

Comment Re: So? (Score 1) 751

As the head of the executive branch, Obama has selectively refused to enforce the law, reducing actual deportations significantly. President Trump is free to make enforcement of existing law a priority.

Illegal immigrants are already criminals; Trump won't need congressional approval to ramp up deportations significantly.

Comment Re: So? (Score 1) 751

Absolutely.

More people increases GDP, but it does not increase wages, nor standard of living. Losing that GDP is ok, if there is upwards pressure on wages due to decreased supply, and increased disposable income to pay the now increased prices.

In other words, the country is poorer, but it's people (the working and middle class) are wealthier. I'm fine with that.

Comment Re: So? (Score 1) 751

Statistics Canada concluded that every 10% shift in the labour market resulted in a 4% shift in wages in the other direction.

In other words, more immigrants, poorer citizens and vice versa. Ultimately, immigrants increase the GDP, but that's not good for people with jobs. It's good for the government.

Comment Re:Errrrrrr, NO (Score 4, Interesting) 313

I wouldn't because it's safer not to. The stats are really clear. If you try to use your own weapon for self defence your likelihood of being shot dramatically increases.

That's not true at all.

There are two main ways of looking at the statistics. Both have their error rates. The first is to look at people who died by a gun who own a gun. This tends to lead to false positives, as it includes (for example) people who buy a gun but don't use it, as well as people who buy a gun because someone threatened them - they were going to end up shot anyway.

The second approach is to look at people who die by their own gun. This leads to false negatives, as there are indeed cases where drawing a firearm escalates a situation where there would not have been a homicide.

In addition to going with data gathering that includes false positives, the anti-gun crowd tends to lump in suicides in the "firearm deaths" statistics, which leads to more false positives (cases where people were going to kill themselves anyway). They also like to compare only "odds of dying from a firearm" between owners and non-owners, which is of course higher, for exactly the same reason that "odds of dying from a car" is higher when you own a car. The problem with this approach, is that it does not include the chance of self-defence, so it's impossible to have any other outcome. Even though the odds of dying may be lower, the odds of dying from a gun go up.

Recognizing that, even using the pessimistic numbers, you're still almost certainly safer with a firearm than without. Here's why:

http://www.brookings.edu/~/med...

In the US, if you are not a 18-25 year old black male, you are actually safer with a firearm than without. That single segment is responsible for a huge portion of both homicide victims and perpetrators.

In addition, there's also the matter of training. Parents who own pools are more likely to have their kids drown (unsurprisingly). Parents who teach their kids to swim are less likely than those who don't, even if they own a pool (also unsurprisingly). Likewise, the firearm statistics include people who carry that are stupid and untrained. Don't be one of those people, and your odds get even better still.

Likewise, if you have children who don't know how to use firearms, keeping loaded guns around the house makes negligent deaths far more likely. If you don't have kids, you're much safer.

On top of that, whether or not you are safer depends on whether you are likely to be a victim, and how strong you are. My 85 year old grandmother (for example) is not in a position to defend herself from a violent attacker. She has no children in the house whatsoever. For her, a bedside firearm is far, far, far more likely to defend her than to be used against her, as she's already in a position of weakness to any likely attacker.

I prefer to defend myself with gun control and a more equal, fair society

So, you prefer rule of the strong and the many. Good for you. Some of us have been assaulted (and have family members that have been, too). What would you say to rape victims - "just sit back and let it happen"? Scream, and hope he gives up? Guess what, he didn't.

On balance, that seems to work better than the American model.

If you subtract the black population, the firearms homicide rate is on the higher end of Europe. If you subtract the Hispanic population, the rate is closer to the low end of Europe.

The US doesn't have a gun problem. It has a minorities with guns problem.

Comment Re:Federal Law (Score 1) 55

The CFAA limits itself to protected computers, which largely applies to government, but does have a section for "knowingly and with intent to defraud, accesses a protected computer without authorization, or exceeds authorized access".

There was no intent to defraud here.

Alternatively, there is another section,

"knowingly causes the transmission of a program, information, code, or command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally causes damage without authorization, to a protected computer;
(B) intentionally accesses a protected computer without authorization, and as a result of such conduct, recklessly causes damage; or
(C) intentionally accesses a protected computer without authorization, and as a result of such conduct, causes damage and loss."

There was no damage to the computer here, nor loss.

"knowingly and with intent to defraud traffics (as defined in section 1029) in any password or similar information "

There was no trafficing in access codes.

"with intent to extort from any person any money or other thing of value"

There was no intent to extort.

Hackers usually get caught for fraud or extortion. Sometimes, they get "without authorization", but that applies mainly to government computers, bank computers, or things deemed important to national security. Damage works too, but that's more rare.

As an example, the guy who hacked AT&T picked a lot of the wrong data to grab.

According to authorities, they obtained the ICC-ID and e-mail address for about 120,000 iPad users, including dozens of elite iPad early adopters such as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, anchorwoman Diane Sawyer of ABC News, New York Times CEO Janet Robinson and Col. William Eldredge, commander of the 28th Operations Group at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, as well as dozens of people at NASA, the Justice Department, the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security and other government offices.

He also bragged about dropping AT&T's stock price, and using it to pump his security company's brand. He was convicted of fraud, and had previously been quoted as saying "I hack, I ruin, I make piles of money. I make people afraid for their lives.". He was in New Jersey, and exceeded access in furtherance of a tortious act. He was found guilty of conspiracy, the objects of which were "to cause monetary and reputational damage to AT&T and to create monetary and reputuational benefits for themselves".

These guys, as researchers, are not in the same league at all.

Comment Re:slippery slope (Score 1) 822

Apart from that being the only report that makes the claim "porn access reduces rape,"

I'm trying to stick with things that are reasonably open access.

Ferguson, Christopher J., and Richard D. Hartley. "The pleasure is momentary the expense damnable?: The influence of pornography on rape and sexual assault." Aggression and violent behavior 14.5 (2009): 323-329.

PDF at http://christopherjferguson.co...

Victimization rates for rape in the United States demonstrate an inverse
relationship between pornography consumption and rape rates
. Data from other nations have suggested
similar relationships. Although these data cannot be used to determine that pornography has a cathartic
effect on rape behavior, combined with the weak evidence in support of negative causal hypotheses from the
scientific literature, it is concluded that it is time to discard the hypothesis that pornography contributes to
increased sexual assault behavior.

Fisher, William A., et al. "Pornography, sex crime, and paraphilia." Current psychiatry reports 15.6 (2013): 1-8.

PDF at https://www.researchgate.net/p...

On page 362, they have a chart showing that from 1995 to 2011, rates of forcible rape went from 37.1 per 100,000 to 26.6.

While we would not go as far as Ferguson and Hartley, it
does seem to us that in the context of very widespread and
unfettered access to essentially all types of sexually explicit
materials, rates of sex crime, indexed in a variety of ways,
have not increased and may have decreased

There are other studies that show a similar trend.

Comment Re:slippery slope (Score 3, Informative) 822

I'd like to see the study that not only shows correlation, but causation between access to porn and rape statistics.

There is a correlation, but it's in the other direction.

http://idei.fr/sites/default/f...

The results above suggest that potential rapists perceive pornography as a
substitute for rape. With the mass market introduction of the world wide web in the late-
1990’s, both pecuniary and non-pecuniary prices for pornography fell. The associated
decline in rape illustrated in the analysis here is consistent with a theory, such as that in
Posner (1994), in which pornography is a complement for masturbation or consensual
sex, which are themselves substitutes for rape, making pornography a net substitute for
rape.

There is research that suggests porn might have a causative relationship for reductions in rape, which would make a certain degree of sense, given that there will be fewer sexually frustrated men.

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