More about why Feds hate encryption
Mar 18th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Gov’t acci­den­tal­ly pub­lish­es tar­get of Lavabit probe: It’s Snow­den. In the sum­mer of 2013, secure e-mail ser­vice Lavabit was ordered by a fed­er­al judge to pro­vide real-time e-mail mon­i­tor­ing of one of its users. Rather than com­ply with the order, Lev­i­son shut down his entire com­pa­ny. He said what the gov­ern­ment was seek­ing would have endan­gered the pri­va­cy of all of his 410,000 users.

Lat­er, he did pro­vide the pri­vate key as a lengthy print­out in tiny type.

In court papers relat­ed to the Lavabit con­tro­ver­sy, the tar­get of the inves­ti­ga­tion was redact­ed, but it was wide­ly assumed to be Edward Snow­den. He was known to have used the ser­vice, and the charges against the tar­get were espi­onage and theft of gov­ern­ment prop­er­ty, the same charges Snow­den faced. [Ars Tech­ni­ca]

This is anoth­er illus­tra­tion of what the Fed­er­al Baby Incin­er­a­tors are talk­ing about when they demand that encryp­tion be ren­dered worth­less in order to fight “ter­ror­ism.” What they real­ly mean is to spy on polit­i­cal dis­si­dents, along with oth­er Gestapo-worthy goals such as impris­on­ing peo­ple who pre­vent pup­py­cide.

Blog fixed
Mar 18th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

The prob­lem I was hav­ing with my blog soft­ware has been fixed, thanks to MacHighway’s sup­port peo­ple. It’s nice to do busi­ness with a com­pa­ny that actu­al­ly cares about their cus­tomers!

Blog glitch
Mar 16th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

In the past few days some­thing has start­ed inter­fer­ing with WordPress’s XML-RPC inter­face. That’s a prob­lem because MarsEd­it, the client app I use, depends on it. Although they ini­tial­ly denied it, my host­ing provider is now admit­ting that it’s their fault. I’m hop­ing I can con­vince them to fix the prob­lem.

Lucky woman escapes the legal system
Mar 8th, 2016 by Ken Hagler

Jury Acquits Woman Arrest­ed for Pro­tect­ing Her Dog From a Cop. [Hit & Run]

There are a few note­wor­thy things in this sto­ry. First, there’s this quote:

…[the cop] “tes­ti­fied that he was not afraid of the dog, but was fol­low­ing train­ing that required him to kill all dogs that approach him, even if it was chained and wag­ging its tail as Bud­dy was doing in this case.”

It’s been obvi­ous for years that this is the case, but I’ve nev­er heard of a cop actu­al­ly admit­ting it in pub­lic before. Then there’s this:

Hupp told PINAC her case hinged on her husband’s video, which they did not have for weeks after the inci­dent because Cook con­fis­cat­ed the phone, which he was unable to access because it was pro­tect­ed by a pass­word.

When the Evil Empire insists that it needs to be able to break into your phone at will in order to con­vict crim­i­nals, this is exact­ly what they mean.

Job listings can get pretty stupid
Mar 1st, 2016 by Ken Hagler

While look­ing through job list­ings, I occa­sion­al­ly come across one that makes me won­der how the poster man­aged to oper­ate a com­put­er long enough to post the list­ing. Con­sid­er this one, seen on Craigslist:

We’ve part­nered with a small com­pa­ny in Austin who is look­ing for an iOS devel­op­er. Our client has the wire­frame, design and back­end com­plet­ed. Now they need a strong devel­op­er to tie every­thing togeth­er.

This project can be done out­side of your nor­mal work hours, but must be test­ed and com­plet­ed by March 9th in time for SXSW.

In oth­er words, they need an iOS app fin­ished in eight days and they’re only just now post­ing the job list­ing. I pre­dict dis­ap­point­ment in their future.

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