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Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 4, Interesting) 198

Routinely destroying evidence to avoid implicating yourself could be a crime. However, having an automatic data retention policy likely would not be a crime. If you routinely back up your data to encrypted storage, a good practice, and then automatically delete old data you are being prudent, not a criminal. Just don't sit around with your partners in crime discussing how to thwart law enforcement by using data retention policies.

Intent matters. And intent is difficult to prove if there isn't any hard evidence and your actions have a legitimate purpose.

Comment Re:With whose water (Score 1) 453

Developers in the Southwest don't get and haven't ever gotten free land to build on, at least not in my lifetime.

The State of Arizona was deeded large amounts of federal land when Arizona gained statehood. The land was put into trust with the sale and leasing of the land required to pay for public schools. They don't give developers any of that land for free, one recent parcel went for over $1M/acre for unimproved land.

In 2013 they received over $300M from land sales and leases.

Oh, it actually was bootstrappy capitalists that built the original canals the make up the Salt River canal system in Phoenix, they were later bought by the federal government who still owns them today. Neither the bootstrappy capitalists or the federal government gave away the water from those canals for free. Not back then and not today.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 4, Insightful) 453

Earned is the correct word to use to refer to resources that were paid for with earnings.

I don't withhold my resources (ie my retained earnings) in order to extract labor from people. I've always just offered to pay people a fee for their labor, which happens to be the same way I earn most of my money.

If you don't have any resources I'd suggest a two step approach:
1) Perform labor for a fee
2) Don't spend all the money you were paid for your services

Now I do admit that it is far easier if you can just replace step 1) with "Have someone give you some of their stuff", I can assure you that not working and getting paid only works if the percentage of parasites is sufficiently small. Too many parasites and the host dies.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 2) 453

They are only slaves to the choices they freely made. Ranging from where they live, what they did to educate themselves and how far they are willing to travel to get a job that isn't at the neighborhood Burger King.

Choices have consequences and sometimes the consequence is only being able to work at a Burger King for minimum wage.

Comment Two choices (Score 5, Interesting) 765

Leave without notice and start working the next day at your new job:
Result: Guaranteed no lost income

Leave with two weeks notice:
Result #1: Company fires you on the spot, walks you out and you lose two weeks of income
Result #2: Company keeps you on the payroll the two weeks, no loss of pay

All the risk is yours when you give two weeks notice, you give all the options to the company. When the shoe is on the other foot it is pretty much guaranteed that the company won't give you two weeks notice that they are going to let you go and few will pay you two weeks even though they'll walk you out right after telling you that you are fired.

My suggestion is spend a day or two putting together a transition folder, hand it in on the day you quit and wish them the best. Tell them that for security reasons you can't provide two weeks notice.

Comment Hackers reduce our expectation of privacy (Score 1) 309

"For example, hacking is much more prevalent now than it was even nine years ago, and
the rise of computer hacking viathe Internet has changed the public's reasonable expectations of
privacy."

Perhaps the courts should rule that due to the prevalence of burglaries we no longer enjoy an expectation of privacy in our homes as well.

If the courts want to understand what people's expectations of privacy are they should merely ask. I r

Comment Re:This seems dangerous (Score 1) 482

They don't block cell phone signals, the founder of Yonder is quoted as saying:

"They have the phone in their pocket, but it's locked so if the phone vibrates they can step outside to text or call," Dugoni tells us.

I suppose if the ban is just on cellphones you are free to use an iPod touch or other non-phone device, possibly tethered to your bagged phone. Or an Apple watch could be used to text. Or more likely if you start waving any shiny rectangular object above your head security is just going to toss you out without concern whether it is a phone or a cigarette case.,

"Dugoni says the pouch serves two purposes. The artist can try out new material without worrying about it being leaked."

It won't stop people from secretly recording and leaking songs. There are plenty of available recording devices that can be easily concealed and a neoprene pouch can be easily cut or the unlocking mechanism compromised. But as a device for raising awareness that the artist doesn't care for people waving phones around, it probably does a fine job.

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