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Comment Re:The spin that title implies is a problem (Score 1) 108

Yes, Amazon is claiming First Amendment protections for their users of Alexa and NOT for Alexa "herself".

But let's not have that interfere with the sensational title of the linked article: "Amazon argues that Alexa is protected by the First Amendment in a murder trial".

Contrary to that title the author wrote:

The heart of Amazon's claim is that Alexa devices could provide insights into a person's entire life, and having two days worth of audio would be an unreasonable invasion of that privacy. Knowing that law enforcement has the ability to request data from these devices and peruse them at will would have a chilling effect on people using the services--which clearly would be bad news for Amazon's business.

"Such government demands inevitably chill users from exercising their First Amendment rights to seek and receive information and expressive content in the privacy of their own home," Amazon lawyers wrote, "conduct which lies at the core of the Constitution."

[adding bold and underlining, clearing up smartquotes and another annoyances]

Well, in that case, maybe they shouldn't have made something that relies so heavily on snooping on their owners? I could only hope that abortions of privacy like Echo / Google Home are tainted by this investigation and subsequent realization by the public that they're adding to their own police dossier.

Comment Re:Isn't it the victim's Echo they want info from? (Score 1) 108

Amazon likely doesn't want to reveal what it's recording (everything) and how long it holds onto it (forever).

Bingo. I barely trust Apple (I make sure the hands-free Siri is turned off at all times), but Amazon? They're too busy competing with everyone to let ethics slow them down.

Comment Re:Weak/nonexistent punishments for faulty notices (Score 1) 79

All patent applications are signed under penalty of perjury. However, the US Patent and Trademark office disbanded its enforcement department in 1974. So, you can perjure yourself on a patent application with impunity.

Unless it's testimony in a criminal case, or the perjury trap in front of a grand jury, or something they want to prosecute like lying on your tax form, the Federal government is in general lassiez faire about perjury, or even encouraging of it with their reluctance to prosecute, especially perjury committed by a so-called intellectual property holder.

Comment Re:"Former" engineer - tells you all you need to k (Score 1) 904

She says she took screenshots. There is no independent evidence beyond what she says, and her story doesn't seem credible.

According to her, there are independent witnesses who were both also sexually harassed by the same man and actively lied to by HR using the same lie.

This claim should be super easy to prove if true, and super easy to disprove if false.

Comment Re:An allegation has been made. (Score 1) 904

I'm expecting that whoever does this investigation is going to act in the shareholders' best interest, which among other things means not exposing the company to massive liabilities in court. If the investigation supports the allegations, then those responsible are going to get canned.

-jcr

Comment Re:ECC (Score 1) 263

No boot ROM means that a hardware device constructed from discrete logic and analog chips directly demodulates digital data from the radio, addresses the memory, and writes the data. Once this process is completed, it de-asserts the RESET line of the CPU and the CPU starts executing from an address in memory. Really no ROM!

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