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  • Apr 1st, 2016 @ 9:57am

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    I feel that Jonathan Zdziarski should win most insightful comment this week. He'd get my vote.

  • Mar 14th, 2016 @ 8:49am

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    Sounds like someone would fit in perfectly with a Trump Presidency. I can see him being nominated to head the FBI

  • Mar 11th, 2016 @ 7:25am

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    The FBI/DOJ argument is bad and they should feel bad. This is solely about precedent, and should they succeed, it will always be about "just this one phone", every time. You'd even think by now, with the AWA being some 200 years old now, give or take, that they'd have some better case law to rely upon.

    Consider this: At some point the FBI/DOJ, in an investigation, has came across documents written in code or a locked safe that might contain evidence of a crime. But when has the government tried to compel Microsoft to help them decode those documents because their software was used to write them? When have they tried to compel the makers of Liberty safes to crack open one of their safes because it might have evidence contained inside? After all, their arguments are that because they write software or created the security features that are now getting in the way, they should be compelled to assist the government. They didn't, because even though these situations aren't exactly the same, they knew it was a dead end, it would never work and they could never compel those companies to do what they now want Apple to do. There is no precedent, because they would not have succeeded before and because what they are asking for is completely ridiculous. And they should never succeed in this.

    I will say however, that should the FBI/DOJ ultimately succeed, I sincerely hope that Apple "accidentally" bricks that device and triggers a memory wipe too, so that iPhone can never provide them with what they seek and to make law enforcement in general think twice before asking Apple to help them.

  • Mar 7th, 2016 @ 7:43am

    Re: Re: Why idiots keep getting voted in.

    I think we all feel that way. The choices are usually bad and worse.

  • Mar 7th, 2016 @ 7:31am

    Re: Why idiots keep getting voted in.

    I think this quote from Douglas Adams is even more on point:

    It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

    While it is limited to discussing the President, I think it applies to pretty much any elected official.

  • Mar 7th, 2016 @ 7:02am

    Answer:

    Citizens continue to allow ignorant scared people to make such blatantly bad rules because they don't know any better. They are, largely, ignorant and scared too.

    Fear it seems is a good way for governments to grab more control over the people they are supposed to serve. Here in the US, we have plenty of similarly bad rules and laws bred from ignorance and fear. For example, we've been given things like DHS, the TSA and NSA mass surveillance of Americans "because terrorism". This is a problem not unique to France.

  • Mar 4th, 2016 @ 8:46am

    Pixie Dust

    One would hope that magistrate judge Sheri Pym knows better than to give any weight to an argument that is based on magic pixie dust fantasy-land arguments.

    One can hope, but lets be honest based on the already dangerous ruling issued in this case by Pym...it's much more likely that Michael Ramos has been the one supplying Pym with the Pixie Dust in the first place.

  • Mar 2nd, 2016 @ 7:14am

    Re: Super fast connections... for about two days

    I had a similar thought. Data caps basically make it useless anyway, unless they know something we don't with regards to what the FCC is planning or they have a long term plan for slowly increasing data caps.

    In any case, I voted this insightful, and I vote that you should get your own section in the weekly top funny/insightful article too. Keep up the great commentary please.

  • Feb 12th, 2016 @ 11:37am

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    I'd kind of like to see how Google responded to this as well. It probably wouldn't be as fun to read, but I bet it would be every bit as effective at telling them to go pound some sand.

  • Feb 12th, 2016 @ 8:46am

    Not sure if this has been suggested before

    Why limit RTBF to the internet? If such a right actually exists, and has to be applied globally, then let's do it.

    So all those criminals have a right to have those past crimes forgotten right? Robbed a house a couple of years ago, so what, it's old news and no one cares now, strike it from the arrest record. That murder from 15 years ago went cold, let's forget about it. I haven't heard Snowden's name tossed around as much lately as it was a couple of years ago, I guess we've moved on. He has the right to be forgotten too, and come back home and move on with his life. All those registered sex offenders who did their time in prison, let's forget about it and remove them from that list (which, can be found online).

    Point is, why is it OK to be forgotten on the internet, but not in any other aspect of your life? Especially when that aspect is records kept by the government?

  • Feb 11th, 2016 @ 9:04am

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    Your wireless mouse is surely a remote detonator, prepare to surrender it.

    A wireless mouse without a readily identifiable receiver attached to the laptop will require a full cavity search.

    Leftover crumbs from your morning doughnut that managed to find their way into your keyboard are probably leftover explosive residue. Any attempts to use compressed air or shake out the crumbs is a sign you are trying to hide your misdeeds and a tacit admission of guilt. You will be detained and violated, probably including forced X-Rays, MRI's and enema's.

    Laptops with wireless capability are especially suspect, since we are all master hackers and could easily take over the plane and cause the engine to blow itself up. Or take over the plane and fly into something. This may only apply to first class passengers, since you probably need a bit of elbow room to do your hacking.

  • Feb 10th, 2016 @ 6:40am

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    The first step is to admit you have a problem. It would seem our congressmen haven't made it to this point, while the FCC has. These congressmen (and women) seem more intent on acting like alcoholics begging their newly sober friends to go out and have a drink with them, rather than representing the interests of the people that elected them.

  • Jan 20th, 2016 @ 10:23am

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    Going Dark is not a problem, and it does not need to be solved.

    What Going Dark is, is the new buzzword that some government officials are throwing around to bring new life to the increasingly stale "terrorism" phrase they've used to drive the Surveillance State.

  • Jan 8th, 2016 @ 7:18am

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    Maybe it's me, but with Governments of all kinds wanting more data, these cities and AT&T seem to make perfect partners. I can imagine that the conversation went something like this:

    AT&T: We can help you gather more data on your citizens, and mask it as an attempt to make their lives better by telling them they can live in a "Smart City"...

    Cities: Dreams do come true! Where do we sign?

  • Dec 11th, 2015 @ 11:03am

    It's a shame

    ...that this isn't serious. For a moment I daydreamed of a world where scared politicians did ban pen and paper and the Post Office had to stop bringing me junk mail.

  • Sep 23rd, 2015 @ 7:07am

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    http://xkcd.com/1581/

  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 8:26am

    They want it both ways.

    Of course our government wants us to believe that strong encryption would be devastating to life. They can't protect us from terrorists, other nations or ourselves without it.

    But, they don't want it to apply to them either. They wouldn't stop using encryption or give other countries a back door so that they can spy on America. Imagine the laughter if a Russian Diplomat stopped by and said, do you mind building us a back door to your military encryption, we promise not to use it very much and only with a warrant, it'll be completely safe. Even though it's essentially the same line of bullshit they try to cram down our throats, they wouldn't give in to the demand either, so why should we?

    Maybe, if they wanted to have a real conversation, they could explain why it's vital for them to have encryption for the things THEY don't want others to know, but I am supposed to give up my right to keep things confidential from the spying eyes of other countries, or even my own. But they cant do that, because it will never fit in with their narrative of having to have control over everyone and everything while they enjoy the same privileges we are supposed to give up.

    So, when they are ready and willing to put their money where their mouths are, and give up encryption too, I'll be ready and willing to side with them and support the anti-encryption cause for the good of kidnapped children everywhere.

  • Jul 31st, 2015 @ 4:39am

    I see what happened

    You see, our government loves acronyms and obfuscation. NHTSA is really a cleverly disguised division of the FBI created in the wake of 9/11 and we've all been duped.

    Here, NHTSA is the National Homemade Terrorist Surveillance Association and the funding is used to push the FCC agenda (Find, Create, Convict).

  • Jul 17th, 2015 @ 7:33am

    Re:

    No one has a right to not be offended. Period.

  • Jun 3rd, 2015 @ 6:53am

    I'm optimistic that things will change...

    But not for the better.

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