One might make an argument that eliminating guns reduces violence in general ...
Not a very good one. It seems not a weekend goes by that I'm not reading of knife fights in bars over the weekend in downtown Toronto. Eliminate guns and they'll resort to knives, baseball bats, their fists, ... There might be something to the argument for proscribing automatic weapons (to minimize the potential innocent bystanders) but even that's a bandaid solution. A determined killer will not be slowed by details like that. Marc Lepin used a rifle after all. How fast can you reload a rifle? The Columbine Kids had bombs they didn't find time to use.
Again just whining and stomping your feet without providing specific facts ...
If I handed the password to my corporate supplied laptop *to anyone*, I'd be breaking a non-disclosure agreement I signed with my client. They'd sue me into bankruptcy, and rightfully so.
If I let them have my password then let them take it from my sight, they could do any damned thing they pleased to it. This might include plugging in a previously infected USB key (cf. Stuxnet) or computer game CD (Sony).
If this is too hard for you to understand or you're unfamiliar with what I'm suggesting, you've no business discussing this situation. You're missing years of advanced training in the subject to even start.
Why would a person in their right mind have such files on their laptop whilst traveling on business?
Are you absolutely sure your software is robust, correctly configured, and up to date? Are you absolutely sure none of it's vulnerable to a zero-day exploit? Are you even knowledgeably trained enough to know?
Most people are not trained in CS and IT, and even those who are can be vulnerable to zero-day exploits, depending on their vendors to protect them. We read stories all the time about anonymous cracking military and LEO sites, and Chinese and Korean crackers getting into what they shouldn't. Ie. Sony (a deep-pocketed, "vicious multinational" which should be able to afford great security), multiple times over years.
Are you sure that machine you're typing on now is pristine clean? When was the last time you audited the tens (hundreds?) of things your web browser is reporting back to?
Practicing at a shooting range falls a long way short of military or police training for situations like this.
Considering police are shooting unarmed, fleeing civilians in the back or strangling them on camera these days, they're obviously not getting the training we need them to get, such as when to shoot or not shoot. I'd feel a lot safer around military these days (which is pretty wierd). I know what they think their job is. It seems police are a crapshoot. That recent mess in Waco pretty much sums it up to me.
I can understand a non-technically oriented mayor not seeing the potential repercussions, so here it is laid out for the non-technical. Given your passwords, chain of evidence disappears. Once in possession of your passwords, anything they say they found there, they found there. Prove them wrong. You can't. They can plant anything they want to be found, and you can't prove it wasn't there when in your possession.
Once you give it up *at all*, anyone could do anything. This sounds extraordinarily stupid. Don't do it!
USSR ca. 1960: "Papers!" US Customs and Border Control 2015: "Just let us bone you, fool. Drop your pants already, damnit!"
But forcing him to turn over the passwords is unusual, ...
Uh, yeah. "Unusual", you say? I'd say, "Fuck you and please die in a fire. Are you crazy?" My clients would not stand for me doing such things. My passwords? Are you nuts?!? I'd be sued to death if I allowed it, for good reason.
When a terrorist event occurs in Israel they report the details and the next day mortar and cement shows up to replace the rubble.
I was thinking the same thing about Canada. We even blank out streakers at football games. However, in the USA, it's 24/7 news coverage on all channels with lots of "Take away their guns, damnit! Screw the 2nd amendment."
What a nutbar country they've turned into. We're going to have to do something about them one day. Or, maybe they'll just implode (we can hope).
I'd been wondering what all those "Cameron + pig" stories I've been avoiding were all about. Now that I know, I'm not the least surprised. When the Brits are good, they're great. When they're bad, they're the worst; far, far worse than any others are capable of. The British "upperclass" is even worse than the British "lowerclass" for depths of depravity to which they'll dig. Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper?
Cameron's upholding long standing tradition well, making Popes appear to be saints in comparison.
Like children around a cookie jar when mom & dad aren't looking.
I'd like to think a lot more of all my fellow human beings, but this sort of crap isn't encouraging. Unlike cookie theft, these guys aren't even trying to hide it behind their backs when caught. It's more a "Nyaa, nyaa, you can't stop me!" insolence kind of thing. They need to be spanked (but that's abusive nowadays, I suppose).
Pathetic. They're wandering around tossing economic hand grenades. It's depressing that they'll likely get away with it. Remember that line from the first "Rollerball" movie: "We just lost the 13th Century." QED.