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  • Feb 13th, 2018 @ 5:04am

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    Would prefer that the camera makers not include encryption. If I need my pictures encrypted, I can just pull the sdcard, insert into a laptop or other device and copy/encrypt the pictures. "Only pictures on that camera, Officer, are ones from the wildlife preserve. Totally worth the trip!"

    Besides, if camera makers started encrypting pictures, how long before they tried using the DMCA to lock users into a certain brand of photo processing software?

  • Feb 12th, 2018 @ 12:39pm


    The seller of a dumb TV only makes money on the sale of what is now pretty much a low margin commodity item.

    If they sell you a 'smart' TV with spy features, not only do they get the small profit from the sale of the TV, they get a continuing income stream from selling all of that data they collect on what you watch, when, with whom, etc. Plus they can get yet more money feeding you targeted ads based on that data.

  • Jan 31st, 2018 @ 9:32am

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    If I have modified fingerprint security on a phone such that a left index finger unlocks and a right index finger encrypts with a random key, is the decision of which finger to provide 'Testimony' in the courts opinion?

    Part of this ruling was that providing a finger didn't require "The use of his mind". Having to decide which finger to use would require "use of mind".

  • Dec 26th, 2017 @ 4:29pm

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    If this case involved an individual loading software on Apple's computers that degraded the performance of Apple's corporate network, the FBI would spring into action investigating possible violations of various computer crimes acts involving causing harm over a telecommunications network.

    When Apple does it to thousands of individual portable computers, it is considered Situation Normal.

  • Dec 15th, 2017 @ 7:30am

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    The sad thing is the company should have a record of every purchase made, by who, and for what amount. Should be easy to roll everything back. Not like they are having to refund real money.

    Worse is the fact they didn't see this coming and have a published plan/warning about using copyright content on the custom clothing.

    The sad thing is they probably DO need to worry about some copyright holder suing over game players using copyright images in game.

  • Dec 15th, 2017 @ 7:19am

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    If knowing more then an US Attorney is a crime, a lot of us are screwed.

    I would make an argument that knowing the terms relating to crowd control would identify a person as someone that HAS covered police-crowd interactions at protests in the past, aka a Journalist. One that does his/her research about a story.

  • Dec 1st, 2017 @ 11:28am

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    From the NSA report pdf, the phone was used by her boyfriend's son, boyfriend, her daughter, and her sister.

    I can believe that if that many folks that she knew and likely lived with used the same phone, it would be a number easily recalled.

    I don't remember my cell number, never call it.

    The NSA training class should either provide a list of approved training test numbers or an instruction to use a number ONLY used by the trainee.

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 9:54am

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    I do wonder what percent of a substance has to be cocaine under TX law to be considered cocaine? If a few grams of cocaine mixed with pounds of random power is legally pounds of cocaine for sentencing purposes, is a few grams of cocaine mixed into load of sand in a dump truck also legally tons of cocaine? Hell of a way for LEOs to pad the stats of cocaine intercepted.

    Anyone know what sentence, if any, the cop that stole the real mostly pure cocaine received? Should receive an equivalent 15 year sentence for transport of real cocaine, a theft charge, a corruption charge, and probably more.

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 9:42am

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    Okie here. An article in the local paper said the DA's Council is playing a word game by claiming the Letter and accompanying $184 bill was NOT a citation, getting around the problem of a private company that isn't a deputized law enforcement agency issuing a legal summons. The Council further muddies the waters by claiming they are merely comparing your license plate to a list of properly insured plates and sending you a advisory letter if your plate isn't on the list. The question is raised about what happens if someone doesn't pay the "not a fine" bill of $184 issued by a company the recipient has no business relationship with.

    Might be time to stock up on popcorn.

  • Nov 15th, 2017 @ 4:46pm

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    A site I frequent had this installed somehow. They removed it as soon as folks notified them. Used the web developer tools in Firefox to view the site code. Saw the call to the coinhive domain. Between Malwarebytes and Noscript, the coinhive thing never had a chance to fire off on my PC.

    Added to the always block rule on my stand alone firewall appliance as another layer of defense.

    It is crap like this that totally destroy the "But we have to have auto load via javascript ads in order to survive" arguments many websites make. If you can't secure your main page, how are you going to secure the automated sell to highest bidder auto load script ad?

  • Nov 14th, 2017 @ 10:05am

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    In my mind, the monkey in the picture IS Naruto. It is far more fun to imagine that PETA has wasted years and money representing a monkey that has no standing(assuming of course, that ANY monkey can have standing) because they identified the wrong monkey as the real Naruto.

    In any other reality, news stories about monkeys suing over copyright would be "Fake News". Sadly, we are not in one of those realities.

  • Nov 1st, 2017 @ 12:53pm

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    The real problem is that Verizon considers the real consumers are the companies purchasing the vast troves of data that Verizon collects on folks paying for ISP/Cable/Cell service. The folks purchasing the ISP etc services are just data generators that are funding the data collection infrastructure. Anything that limits the ability to collect and market data is a direct threat to Verizon's bottom line. The profit margin on the data sales is probably near 100%, The profit margin on providing ISP etc services is a lot less.

  • Nov 1st, 2017 @ 12:46pm


    I think "Resisting Arrest" is often a CYA charge in case the subject/victim requires medical attention either then or later. If he/she was 'resisting', then the injuries obviously occurred during the arrest attempt and are wholly the responsibility of the person being arrested. Otherwise, why is the person the LEO's were interfacing with covered in injuries? The Resisting charge is often coupled with "Attempting to Flee". Have seen this done on enough "Cops" shows when all the person did was take a step or two the wrong way or didn't immediately comply with the cop's request. And these are arrests they don't mind being televised.

  • Oct 23rd, 2017 @ 5:39am

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    Smart phone owners need the following fingerprint app:
    One finger gives "Warning - permanent erase in 10-9..., press to abort." Not aborting just unlocks the phone.
    A different finger does the silent reset to factory specs.

    In this case, it would be the Police that erased the phone, since the owner was compelled to provide the finger and the police did the actual pressing.

  • Oct 7th, 2017 @ 9:31am

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    Cameras aid in the after the fact investigation. Even if a camera is pointed at the perfect place at the perfect time and the video is seen and acted on in seconds by a human, the reaction time of LEO's will still likely be minutes.

    Given this guy's wealth and time spent planning, we are lucky he chose to use guns. He could have easily rented a truck, filled it with explosive, and drove it into the crowd and detonated it. Or purchased a used jet, filled it with fuel and dove it into the crowd. In either case, we would likely be talking about thousands of deaths, not a number in the 50s. Speaking as one who felt, from a safe distance, the explosion of the truck at the Murrah building.

  • Oct 7th, 2017 @ 9:13am

    Re: Doesn't anybody call bullshit on this tidbit?

    If the prosecutors are serious, they should add a Conspiracy charge. This had to have been planned and coordinated by the Sheriff, his head deputies and school officials. The advance planning by several people to commit a crime pretty well defines Conspiracy.

  • Oct 4th, 2017 @ 9:59am

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    I looked over his Senate campaign site. Several of his stated positions are pretty good and will likely attract a fair number of Libertarian party followers. Given his documented past history, there is no certainty that if elected, he would pay any attention to his stated platform.

    From his website since it seems relevant to the topic in this post.

    "Craig believes the First Amendment protects all speech without limits. He will repeal many unconstitutional regulations on speech."

    Seems rather at odds with his use of courts to limit other's free speech.

  • Sep 27th, 2017 @ 2:07pm

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    Both major parties qualify. Both want to strip rights from other citizens but leave themselves unfettered. The main difference is which rights are most threatened by which party.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 5:50pm

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    One solution is to trash the ink jet printer and buy a laser. Bought a HP LJ1200 many years ago and it is still working fine. Depending on type of documents printed, get 2000~4000 sheets per toner cartridge. Picked up a Dell CN3100 color laser from their outlet store for $295 delivered. Came with a set of full toners. Years later, still on original set. Big advantage of laser printers is the toners don't dry out between print jobs. Printer can set there months before the next job and print just fine. Neither printer is allowed access to the Internet so no unexpected updates to foul up the works.

  • Sep 19th, 2017 @ 10:30am

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    Any bank that offers online banking. Most sex traffickers expect to turn a profit and will deposit those profits somewhere. If they ever use the online portal to make a payment to their ISP or domain registrar, that bank is now assisting with sex trafficking.

    Verizon - Yahoo - Tumbler - Porn - Sex Trafficking.

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