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Comment Re:Hold down power button and ... (Score 5, Insightful) 432

(...) even people who have done nothing wrong (...). And anybody who has done something wrong should (...)

The problem is that everyone has some something wrong. There is some kind of law, statute or rule that you broke... or didn't follow strictly.
This day and age there are so many rule, such broad law, that everyone had some something. Even if it as minor as jaywalking. Or driving over the speed limit for a couple minutes. Or parking a little too far from the sidewalk. Or something else completely different that in a given place is a misdemeanor.

I'm not screaming "evil big government here". I'm actually a law student and an intern in a attorney office. We all break some law several times every day. But these are such minor things that the legal system simply don't care. Maybe it is not a criminal law, but only enough for a civil lawsuit. But we are still breaking the rules.

In the eyes of the law, no one is 100% guiltless, even if they are innocent.

This is one of the problems why the legal system doesn't work. We punish too many things, so we punish badly. And, in that scenario, when the policing forces (local, state or federal) get increased powers and broader mandates, they get carte blanche to so pretty much what they want to anyone they want. After all, everyone is guilty of something.

Things are only getting scarier.

Comment Re:"The reason for the order was not known" (Score 2) 110

Brazil wants information that they can't legally get.

Actually, they CAN legally have (I can provide you with the relevant laws, if you want).
However, they can't TECHNICALLY have. And thus, the judge, in a sadly usual display of technological ignorance, wants to force a square peg into a round hole.

As all other times before this, this decisions will soon be overthrown.

Comment Re:Web. Petition. (Score 2, Insightful) 634

A recent web petition revealed that a large majority of US citizens want Muslim immigration stopped.

I find it hard to believe that the majority (50%+1) of US citizens even participated on the petition, let along the vast majority.

And if it wasn't the vast majority actually participating, then you fall into statistics. And statistics require methodology. What was the methodology for the sampling? What was the error margin? Standard deviation?

No wonder you are posting anonymously. You are a moron.

Comment Re:biased article (Score 1) 158

Then said citizen, besides being a coward that won't name himself, is also a moron.
Giving the state arbitrary powers is much more damaging than any politician can do in his lifetime.

You should now stop watching "Cidade Alerta" and such "quality" program on TV and maybe read a little bit on WHY we have due process of law and constitutional guarantees, because you put your foot deeper inside your mouth.

Comment Re:Why is it an overstep (Score 3, Insightful) 158

This is Brazil, not the US.

You are correct. Instead of "Due Process of Law", it is called "Devido Processo Legal", specifically stated in the 1988 Constitution, article 5, LIV, among others.
If you want, I can cite specific articles from the process law (Código de Processo Penal) that are also applicable.

Comment Re:What data did they want? (Score 5, Informative) 83

It is data for an specific users, based on specified phone number, relating to an on going criminal case.
This is not a police investigation, but a court order, so there is at least enough evidence that there is a crime and who committed it to to warrant a criminal prosecution.

According to Brazilian law, law enforcement agencies can not request this kind of information without a court order and, to get that order, they have to show "just case", meaning evidence of authorship and materiality (that a crime really happened).

I don't agree with the prison order, which was disproportionate. But the request for data was legal and legitimate. Facebook is hiding behind the "the servers are not physically located in Brazil, so we don't have to comply" argument.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 4, Insightful) 311

Yeah, doesn't this require that all software that supports the format needs to be released as GPLv3 as well?

Who's bright idea was that?

The reference implementation is under GPLv3. Everyone is of course still free to create their own implementation and license it under whichever license they want.

Isn't that exactly the kind of thing that free software was supposed to avoid? Having to reinvent the wheel because some nitwit had it locked on copyright?

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