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Comment Re:not buying it (Score 1) 117

- That the government has not demonstrated that delving into the user's private search history is relevant or may advance the case at all,

A search warrant merely needs probable cause. One user's history seems like "a particular place or thing to be searched". The gov't doesn't have to prove that any evidence seized will even be used.

- That the data is not the property of the individual but rather a trade secret, or

That might work for a civil lawsuit, but it's absolutely not gonna fly in a murder case.

- That Amazon is an unrelated 3rd party and should not be compelled to cooperate in something which it is peripherally related.

Doesn't work for banks, telephone companies, Internet providers, etc. It doesn't work for a retailer with security cameras. This also isn't a fishing expedition; it's probable (at least according to the judge who approved the warrant) that Amazon has evidence that may be relevant. Besides, for all we know, they have exculpatory evidence. Both sides have the right to compulsory process.

All that said, I have a modest proposal.

If Amazon intends to keep recordings and use them for profit, they should be compelled to produce those recordings when the public interest so demands.

If Amazon wants to be exempt from that, they can submit to rigorous and frequent government audits to prove they are not recording anything, in the public interest of privacy of citizens.

Comment Re:Anonymous travel (Score 1) 428

Commercial aircraft operators (and possibly other common carriers) are required to keep a passenger (pax) manifest, for notification purposes in case of an accident or an incident involving a passenger. I think this was first required by the Warsaw Convention (now Montreal Convention). In theory it applies only to international air travel, but many nations have applied it to domestic air travel as well, because what is or is not "international air travel" under the Convention is a convoluted definition. Easier just to have everyone keep a manifest.

Comment other sports are FAR worse (Score 1) 216

I'm not backing the NFL here, but this blackout rule doesn't bother me much and it has at least some basis in reality and fairness: to have a full stadium experience (I won't argue whether that's really worth it these days). IIRC, the doesn't kick in until 72 hours before kickoff, it only applies to networks within 75 miles and it only applies to local broadcast/cable TV (you still get the game on Sunday Ticket). And, in most cases, local businesses will buy up the unused tickets to give to charity, and the NFL relents, and the whole issue is moot.

I'm far more pissed with the blackout rules for MLB. I live in Las Vegas, I have the MLB.TV package, and I am blacked out from at least 6 teams (Dodgers, Angels, D-Backs, Padres, A's, Giants). None of those teams are within 300 miles of me, so I'm not driving to home games. And yet, I can't watch any of those teams, because (in theory) I should have access to those teams from my local cable network. But the cable cos and the networks like to bitch about retransmission fees and so I haven't seen the Dodgers all year.

The REALLY stupid blackout rule: Hawaii is blacked out from the Giants & A's. HAWAII !!!! I know there's kayaks in McCovey Cove every game, but I have yet to see any Polynesian catamarans.

Comment 2 simple rules (Score 1) 282

I have 2 simple rules:

1) If the job is really terrible -- crazy boss, lousy environment, not enough funding -- it should be obvious within 30 days or so. At most companies this is a probationary period anyway. I've quit a couple of jobs quickly for these reasons, and I've found that HR (if not the boss) is generally okay with this. Act professionally, of course, give notice and all that, but It's better to cut ties early if you feel that you and the employer are not a good match.

2) Assuming I get past 30 days and still like it, I've always tried to make it to 2 years before trading up. I've found that after year 1, I'll get a bonus or a bump in salary almost automatically. Year 2 is when the employer starts to look for something more out of me, and also when I'll get a better idea of possible career paths within the company.

My experience is that job hopping is not a big deal as long as you have good reasons, and as long as it's not TOO often. Good reasons include relocation, a substantial (I'd say 25%+) bump in pay, or changing jobs to do what you really want to do. No one will care that you only worked 3 months at The Gap before finding a Web developer job.

Comment same thing (Score 1) 188

I'd say you follow the same process: inform them, wait 1/3/7 days or whatever, then go public. If you suspect the exploit is deliberate, informing the manufacturer isn't telling them anything they didn't already know. Or, maybe it IS telling them, since in the case of open source, the exploit could have been introduced surreptitiously by a developer who's long gone, and the current developers have no idea of the exploit's existence.

Caveat: if you suspect revealing the bug will cause blowback to you. If you think the NSA/FBI/CIA will come after you for threatening to reveal it, I'd say just go public immediately, and include major press orgs so they can't just silence you.

Comment Re:Suppression of Air Defenses is NOT humanitarian (Score 1) 203

Minor quibble with this. SEAD is a combat tactic which assumes you're already at war and suppressing defenses to advance a specific mission. A no-fly zone is a strategic patrol. It tells the enemy that you have overwhelming air superiority within the theater, and it assumes the enemy isn't willing to risk testing the no-fly zone. In the past no-fly zones have been more or less declared and imposed, and actually SEAD missions were unnecessary.

To be sure, actually enforcing a no-fly zone could require SEAD missions, in which case, it's not so no-fly. But yeah, it's still a dumb idea here, and it could provoke a wider war.

Comment Suppression of Air Defenses is NOT humanitarian (Score 1) 203

Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD aka Wild Weasel) is a combat tactic intended to reduce friendly losses and improve the effectiveness of air strikes. That is, to kill more of them and less of us. How in hell does someone consider that "humanitarian"?

This is one of the most Orwellian pieces of doublespeak I've read all year.

Comment Re:Um, no (Score 1) 211

No. Experts in their field shouldn't need to be taught how to understand your system; that's part of being an expert ( or indeed, even a professional).

I completely agree but how are we even calling this "expert" or "professional"? Do I need to educate someone, a "programmer" let's say, about the fundamentals of Java? About electronics? About physics? How to type? How to use the toilet?

Maybe that's over the top, but at some point, if someone claims they can do X, we assume a basic level of skill. To use a car analogy: cars basically all work the same way. The car dealer doesn't make you take a test before you buy it and drive it home. They have to make sure you have a valid license, of course, but licensure is not their problem, and licensure by the state assumes that the basics of driving are the same across different models of cars.

Comment Re:Most disturbing; buffered charges (Score 1) 192

You address it through the statute of limitations and the 6th Amendment. Only the most heinous crimes have no limitations, and for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies, the prosecution must file charges within 2-7 years (depending on the state and crime). Once charges are filed, the right to a speedy trial attaches. Also, it's not really practical for a prosecutor to run serial trials. They basically have to go to all the same trouble, but it ends up costing more time and money since it's not done all at once, and it will piss off most judges royally. Prosecutors are also usually elected, so they don't often get away with this tactic. The only time it's really useful is if you have a defendant who you can charge with, say, burglary, while gathering evidence toward a murder charge. This is more to prevent the defendant from fleeing, but they still might get bail on the lesser charge. Lots of episodes of "Law & Order" use this as a plot device.

Comment Re:it always baffles me (Score 1) 113

I can appreciate your sentiment, but I think it's wishful thinking. We can certainly argue that these devices SHOULD not be connected to the Internet, but the simple fact is that a great deal of them ARE connected, and many that are not "intended" to be connected will end up connected, and those systems need to be designed with that possibility in mind. They are currently designed with no more security than my pull-start lawn mower.

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