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Comment Re:"They" don't have to understand anything (Score 1) 726

You mean like forcing people to
  • drive on the right side of the street?
  • stop at a red light or sign?
  • make way for ambulances?
  • pay taxes?
  • allow poor kids of a different race to attend otherwise homogenous schools?
  • treat folks who show up at emergency rooms without insurance and a bullet in their gut?

Submission + - Due process is under assault in America (washingtonexaminer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Due process isn’t the sexiest part of the Constitution. It doesn’t get all the attention like the First or Second Amendments. But it is so incredibly important to the foundation of our country that it’s painful to see the hits it’s been taking these past few years.

The latest attempt has been incredibly direct, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., declaring that “due process is what’s killing us right now.” Manchin’s comments came in response to the Orlando terrorist attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 more. Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Manchin said that due process was keeping legislators from banning those on the Terrorist Watch List from purchasing guns.

“The problem we have, and really the firewall we have right now, is due process,” Manchin said Thursday. “It’s all due process.”

Darn that pesky due process and its constitutional protections!

Manchin is just the latest pol to advocate trampling on Americans’ constitutional rights. On Wednesday, a number of pols told my colleague Joel Gehrke that the presumption of innocence was unnecessary when government seeks to deprive someone of a constitutional right.

Submission + - http compression continues to put encrypted communications at risk (computerworld.com)

monkeyFuzz writes: According to the article:
Security researchers have expanded and improved a three-year-old attack that exploits the compression mechanism used to speed up browsing in order to recover sensitive information from encrypted Web traffic.

The attack, known as BREACH, takes advantage of the gzip/DEFLATE algorithm used by many Web servers to reduce latency when responding to HTTP requests. This compression mechanism leaks information about encrypted connections and allows man-in-the-middle attackers to recover authentication cookies and other sensitive information.

Comment What about censorship exercised on our conduct? (Score 1) 400

Ever notice we never see pictures of the actual effects of our foreign policies in the news at home? Say, the bodies of dead dismembered kids or any number of untold horrific scenes that are the consequence of our bombings in - pick any place we're engaged in? Foreign media will show the gruesome images and makes the concrete effects of our actions very visceral. As well articulated in the "Manufacture of Consent", the policies of local media serves the purpose of maintaining whatever support can be mustered in the public to continue our own terrorist actions.

Submission + - Number of billionaires globally doubles since start of financial crisis (westmeathexaminer.ie)

monkeyFuzz writes: According to the article, since the financial crisis began, the number of billionaires worldwide has more than doubled and interestingly enough apparently, if the world's three richest people were to spend $1m every single day each, it would take each one of them around 200 years to exhaust all of their wealth

Submission + - DoJ justifies identity theft (buzzfeed.com)

monkeyFuzz writes: Apparently it's ok to fake a Facebook account without consent for "law enforcement" purposes. At this rate even avoiding Facebook to protect yourself may not be viable. I think a comment I read recently here on /. is sound advice : create your FB account with a super hard random password that's long and throw it away. How else to prevent such shenanigans?

Submission + - US says it can hack into foreign-based servers without warrants (arstechnica.com)

Advocatus Diaboli writes: The US government may hack into servers outside the country without a warrant, the Justice Department said in a new legal filling in the ongoing prosecution of Ross Ulbricht. The government believes that Ulbricht is the operator of the Silk Road illicit drug website. Monday's filing in New York federal court centers on the legal brouhaha of how the government found the Silk Road servers in Iceland. Ulbricht said last week that the government's position—that a leaky CAPTCHA on the site's login led them to the IP address—was "implausible" and that the government (perhaps the National Security Agency) may have unlawfully hacked into the site to discover its whereabouts

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