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Comment Re: H1B Visa? (Score 2) 258

I watched someone go down for life with a felony for stealing a bathmat. It was "violent" in theory, but not practically.

It was on the back porch. The owner was home. There was a railing, which meant the bathmat was "in" the house. The house was occupied, and burglary of an occupied residence is a violent felony (they treat it like home invasion).

I had a "violent" felony for making a firecracker. They go off the federal classifications, and flash powder can be a high explosive if you have enough of it. Reckless, intentional, or negligent possession of high explosives is a "violent" felony.

Mandatory minimum 5 year sentence, and treated the same as someone who had a pipe bomb. I pled guilty to avoid the sentence, and it was reduced to a misdemeanour in a year or so.

It's easier than people think to get screwed by three strikes.

Comment Re:One small problem... (Score 1) 112

"That's a wiretap"

No, it's not. It's deep packet inspection for purpose of network management.

"blocking a service without a DMCA notice is criminal."

No, it's not. First, the world is bigger than the US, and second, we do it as sysadmins all the time. We blacklist spammers, and people involved DDoS attacks.

None of this matters, however, to a system like this, which involves watermarking the content, and blocking it on the upstream side. The provider watermarks all the streams of their videos, and when it shows up on the internet somewhere, that subscriber is shut off. Perfectly, completely legal.

Comment Re:Doesn't sound plausible (Score 2) 112

"So every single stream is going to have a unique watermark embedded in the audio or visual data? The original will be decompressed, the mark added, then recompressed and streamed to each specific subscriber to allow identification? Tens or hundreds of thousands, simultaneously?"

No. The watermarking technology is put in the decoder - the set top box, the Widevine DRM module (in browsers), in iTunes. The stream is watermarked so capturing it and re-encoding it will have the watermark present.

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


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.

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