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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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