Comment Re:FBI feigning incompetence? (Score 1) 101

Yes they are. The tech exists for different generations down to the city and state funded federal task forces.
The only trick is to keep the tech message out that its all NSA, GCHQ complex for every new generation of big brand product.
The its safe for criminals and police under internal affairs investigations to keep testing their communications and GPS devices.

Comment Re:Gallant works on smart roads.... (Score 1) 269

Nope. Metal to metal friction is much lower than tire on asphalt. Also, it's much easier to feed a train running on metal rails with electric power than a car on a road. No environmentally vile batteries required. Rail is still a good tech, despite how badly it's implemented in most of the US.

Comment Not worth it--wrong vision for California (Score 1) 269

Would the riders/economic benefit of such a railway ever support the interest payments on the billions? I'm skeptical on that point.

How about we invest $80B instead in "virtual presence" and better networking technology, so that people can stay home and their avatars can go to work, and business travel becomes unnecessary and archaic?

I think California has the wrong vision. Instead of making travel cheap, California should work on developing tech to make travel obsolete.


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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Rumors of Motorola layoffs swirl as future of Moto Z line potentially in jeopardy [Updated] - 9to5Google (


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Comment Re:Greykey is probably a criminal company (Score 1) 101

Mostly good, but your mistake is with the word "for" in the construct, "for circumvention."

Courts don't play word games, they're way stricter in how they use words than that. "For" in that case doesn't stick to any word you put next to it; it sticks to what they actually did. So it doesn't matter if you can describe their conduct as circumvention. You don't just then get to substitute the word circumvention instead of what they did.

If they were manufacturing it to sell to law enforcement, or to use on behalf of law enforcement, then it was manufactured for law enforcement purposes. Courts are strict about how they use words, and word games are also sometimes strict in how they use words, but that doesn't imply that a Court is going to listen to word games.

Also, if the statute says that law enforcement can do it, and you're claiming that somewhere else it says you actually can't help them do it because they used the word "circumvention" without modifiers, that's just not winnable. If you convince the Court that there is a conflict in the phrasing they don't say "you win," they look for a way to read it that is actually consistent and works. And here that is obvious; the exception applies to situations that legitimately involve law enforcement. So if you win the word game, you didn't win anything, the ruling would still be the same. You'd have to find some other reasonable, workable thing that Congress might have meant when they passed it, that if true would change the analysis. But this doesn't even make motions in that direction; it is obvious what Congress intended: Cops can do this, others can only do it if they're helping cops.

The case where the Court would even listen to your argument about the timing of the contracts is if the government arrested you and charged you with making a circumvention tool, and you were saying, "I was only going to sell it to cops, I promise!" And having a contract with cops is only one way you might defend yourself. If you haven't sold it to anybody yet, then just having a spreadsheet showing sales to cops would be enough for you to win, absent other evidence of your intent.

You did link to part of the DMCA, but only to make your post appear as if you had a clue. You didn't actually read it. If you did, you'd have seen that it doesn't just say "no manufacture," it goes on:

(2) No person shall manufacture, import, offer to the public, provide, or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, service, device, component, or part thereof, that—
(A) is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title;
(B) has only limited commercially significant purpose or use other than to circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title; or
(C) is marketed by that person or another acting in concert with that person with that person’s knowledge for use in circumventing a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title.

So actually, if you're usually selling it to cops but once in awhile you accidentally sell it to a criminal you might still be fine under this section. But clearly if you're manufacturing it with the intent of selling it to the government, you're golden; you don't even need to lean on the law enforcement exception, because the primary purpose of the tech is to access a physical device connected to a criminal investigation, not a copyrighted work. It doesn't matter if the safe might contain a painting, that doesn't make picking the lock into a copyright issue.

If your lawyer tried to raise these arguments, you'd not only lose, your lawyer would risk getting disbarred.

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China's Alibaba is Investing Huge Sums in AI Research and Resources -- and It Is Building Tools To Challenge Google and Amazon ( 30

Alibaba is already using AI and machine learning to optimize its supply chain, personalize recommendations, and build products like Tmall Genie, a home device similar to the Amazon Echo. China's two other tech supergiants, Tencent and Baidu, are likewise pouring money into AI research. The government plans to build an AI industry worth around $150 billion by 2030 and has called on the country's researchers to dominate the field by then. But Alibaba's ambition is to be the leader in providing cloud-based AI. From a report: Like cloud storage (think Dropbox) or cloud computing (Amazon Web Services), cloud AI will make powerful resources cheaply and readily available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, enabling new kinds of businesses to grow. The real race in AI between China and the US, then, will be one between the two countries' big cloud companies, which will vie to be the provider of choice for companies and cities that want to make use of AI. And if Alibaba is anything to go by, China's tech giants are ready to compete with Google, Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft to serve up AI on tap. Which company dominates this industry will have a huge say in how AI evolves and how it is used.

[...] There have been other glimpses of Alibaba's progress in AI lately. Last month a research team at the company released an AI program capable of reading a piece of text, and answering simple questions about that text, more accurately than anything ever built before. The text was in English, not Chinese, because the program was trained on the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD), a benchmark used to test computerized question-and-answer systems. [...] One advantage China's tech companies have over their Western counterparts is the government's commitment to AI. Smart cities that use the kind of technology found in Shanghai's metro kiosks are likely to be in the country's future. One of Alibaba's cloud AI tools is a suite called City Brain, designed for tasks like managing traffic data and analyzing footage from city video cameras.

Comment Re:Climate Change is real. (Score 5, Insightful) 291

I don't think you quite grasp the scale of this issue for larger countries, and the inability to buy dykes and pumps for poor countries. The US would need more concrete than has ever been produced. Making concrete produces a lot of CO2, so producing the unprecedented quantities of concrete will help ensure those structures are ineffective.

Also, you don't need concrete to build dykes and if the Netherlands could do it with 17th century tech I'm sure most countries can manage either that or relocating people to slightly higher ground. It doesn't matter though because if you cannot handle a meter of sea level rise you could get wiped out tomorrow by a mid size storm.

Yeah, I'm going to have to side with the GP here, on a number of points:

Length of Coastline - 1,914 km
GDP - $770 billion
GDP / km of Coastline - $402 million / km

Length of Coastline - 133,312 km
GDP - $18.57 trillion
GDP / km of Coastline - $139 million / km

So, firstly, the cost to build dykes around the coast of the US would be, proportionally, about 3 times as expensive for them as it is for the Netherlands. Secondly, close to 2 orders of magnitude (well 70 times) more dykes would be required. Thirdly, you keep going on about storm surge being more pertinent than sea level rise, and while technically you're correct here the effects happen to be cumulative.

In fact, in addition to being cumulative, since storm surge is driven by storms (duh) and storms derive their strength from sea temperatures as sea level rises due to warming so to does the size of the storm surge.

I can't really be bothered to go deeply into the topic of materials, as I'm hungry, but again, unless you want to incur unsustainable upkeep costs for those dykes concrete is pretty much the only long term option available - and even then the upkeep will be merely astronomical. And, like the GP says, producing that quantity of concrete, if there's even enough of the right type of sand to make it all, would only exacerbate the problem.

Submission + - Regarding the term "Open Source" (

drinkypoo writes: Here on Slashdot, we have repeatedly had heated discussions about the origins of the term Open Source. I reached out to Lyle Ball, former head of public relations at Caldera, for his opinion on the subject, and he returned both an informative response and permission to publish it. I hereby share it with you now.

Mr. Ball, I was wondering if you could help me clear up a debate in the Open Source community due to your time spent with Caldera and Lineo. Numerous parties claim to have invented or co-invented the term "Open Source", with the latest supposedly authoritative claim being made by Christine Peterson. ( Caldera used the phrase "Open Source" in a press release in 1996 ( and as you were in charge of public relations at that time, I was wondering if you could shed some light on this apparent discrepancy. It seems to me very much like you and your colleagues at Caldera were tapped into this particular phenomenon before the leading lights of the Open Source Initiative. I grew up in Santa Cruz, chumming with a variety of SCO employees, and I personally recall the term being used from the mid-nineties. Would you be willing to help out with any information or anecdotes?

And his response:


I joined Caldera in November of 1995, and we certainly used "open source" broadly at that time. We were building software. I can't imagine a world where we did not use the specific phrase "open source software". And we were not alone. The term "Open Source" was used broadly by Linus Torvalds (who at the time was a student...I had dinner with Linus and his then-girlfriend Ute in Germany while he was still a student), John "Mad Dog" Hall who was a major voice in the community (he worked at COMPAQ at the time), and many, many others.

I think you will find it easy to get additional references from Linus and John...either directly or by search.

The foundation of my career was in open source. My claim, which I've never tested publicly, is that I was the first full-time employee at an open source company over marketing and international markets. I don't have interest in trying to vet that claim nor use it. But I was that early in the game.

Caldera was founded by Ray Noorda, after his extremely successful exit from Novell. Our mission was first to promote "open source", Linus Torvalds, Linux, and the open source community at large. I literally had an unlimited budget to fund a small team of Caldera evangelists...we flew around the world to promote open source, Linus and the Linux community....we specifically taught the analysts houses (i.e. Gartner, Forrester) and media outlets (in all major markets and languages in North America, Europe and Asia.)

The news release from 1996 was one of many tools I personally wrote and distributed to these traditional media outlets (pre-internet marketing).

My team and I also created the first unified gatherings of vendors attempting to monetize open source. I personally worked with the organizers of COMDEX to create the "open source pavilion"...then invited all of the open source vendors to join Caldera there...we did not view them as competitors, but rather as fellow team members attempting to educate the world on open source, and build multiple revenue streams that would pay for full-time salaries and research projects to accelerate the advancement or open source.

While Mr. Noorda expected us to try to self-fund our ventures through revenues, he was significantly more interested in creating new energy in the software world by establishing a new technology base that could force the very closed systems (from Microsoft to SUN...across software and hardware platforms) to work together and provide greater value to individuals and businesses. He strongly believed that those early companies held monopolies (literal or figurative) in each of the new areas of tech...and needed legitimate competition and fear of losing their leaders status to propel them to advance technologies at a fast rate...ultimately benefiting end users. Caldera was in part a philanthropic adventure for Mr. Noorda.

I am grateful to have been there...among the very first evangelists of open source...and heavily encouraged and funded by Mr. Noorda.

I hope this helps you with your interest.

You may share/publish any of this. Should you do so, please notify me so I can see the context of your interest.



While Caldera is remembered today largely for becoming The SCO Group and being used by Microsoft to attack Linux (and indeed, Open Source itself), it began as an (or perhaps the) commercial Open Source pioneer, and even its former members aren't claiming to have coined the phrase "Open Source". It would be fascinating to know what John Hall or Linus Torvalds has to say on this subject...

Comment Bought Cheap iPhone Cracking Tech (Score 1) 101

Buyer beware. I imagine using cheap 3rd party stuff on the iPhone will void the warranty. But, to be fair, the official "iCrack" software from Apple is *super* expensive - and you have to get a reservation at an Apple store Genius Bar, wait in line, drop the phone off, talk to a guy with a goatee, etc ...

Comment I don't use a program (Score 1) 84

I don't know what an app is but i use duckduckgo and search this "summer movie releases 2018" and i get a list of all the movies to be released this summer. Oh they are called programs,not apps. amazing how so many fall for tech marketing gimmick names Apps ,cloud...ok im done :}

Feed Techdirt: News Publishers Ask For Monopoly Powers To Fight Back Against Google/Facebook Monopoly (

Cool. Cool. More two wrongs make a right legislation is being routed through the federal government. The first wrong? Facebook and Google have "too much" power, apparently, and they're strangling the life out of news agencies. Allegedly. This would seem to raise antitrust issues, if they're actually big enough to throttle newspapers and other publishers into submission. That's a big if, but why wait until the facts are in to decide? How do you fight a supposed monopoly? By allowing more monopoly, apparently.

Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) plans to introduce a bill that would exempt publishers from antitrust enforcement so they can negotiate collectively over terms for distributing their content. Cicilline says the bill is designed to level the playing field between publishers and the tech giants, not dictate the outcome. Without an exemption, collective action by publishers could run afoul of antitrust laws around colluding over price or refusal to deal with competitors.

Oddly enough, several media companies are onboard with this hot monopoly-on-monopoly action. The News Media Alliance -- representing 2,000 newspapers across the US and Canada -- thinks it doesn't have enough leverage to negotiate with social media companies. So, it wants to be allowed to break the law to make things more fair. It seems that if the problem is a social media/search engine monopoly, then legislators might want to have a word with the monopolists before allowing another set of media companies to collude to make the internet a shitty place to find news.

To make this plea for government-blessed collusion, the head of the NMA, David Chavern, has decided to belittle the internet and the people who use it.

[C]havern believes the news business warrants intervention because of its role in a healthy democracy. “The republic is not going to suffer terribly if we have bad cat video or even bad movies or bad TV. The republic will suffer if we have bad journalism,” he says, pointing to data from Pew that shows newspaper advertising fell by $4 billion from 2014 to 2016, even though web traffic for the top U.S. newspapers grew 42 percent during the same time period.

This is some prime elitist claptrap. The internet can be used for more than one thing. People who watch cat videos also read local reporting. People who enjoy bad TV also enjoy in-depth journalism. None of this is mutually exclusive and none of this has anything to do with Google or Facebook or media companies seeking permission to get the band back together and engage in monopolistic behavior. If you're so dead set on "saving the republic," why is your first move to punch holes in antitrust laws? Are you that obtuse? Do you think that hole won't be made wider by competitors for consumers' attention, resulting in even less traffic and ad revenue for news publishers?

While I understand the desire to "level" the playing field, the mechanism is completely wrong. Many, many publishers have complained about Facebook and Google destroying them but none have ever put their remaining money where their mouth is and walked away from whatever these tech companies have offered. Maybe they feel a bad deal is better than no deal at all. Or maybe they actually recognize these companies drive traffic to their sites -- traffic they wouldn't have otherwise.

At the bottom of this is a demand for money. Publishers want Google and Facebook to pay (more) for sending them traffic. Since they can't produce enough leverage to sell this worthless bill of goods, they want the government to give them a pass on antitrust charges until they get the payout they want. This won't work out the way they want it to and it will create a hole in antitrust laws others will exploit, all in the name of "fairness."

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Documents Prove Local Cops Have Bought Cheap iPhone Cracking Tech ( 101

GrayShift is a new company that promises to unlock even iPhones running the latest version of iOS for a relatively cheap price. From a report: In a sign of how hacking technology often trickles down from more well-funded federal agencies to local bodies, at least one regional police department has already signed up for GrayShift's services, according to documents and emails obtained by Motherboard. As Forbes reported on Monday, GrayShift is an American company which appears to be run by an ex-Apple security engineer and others who have long held contracts with intelligence agencies. In its marketing materials, GrayShift offers a tool called GrayKey, an offline version of which costs $30,000 and comes with an unlimited number of uses. For $15,000, customers can instead buy the online version, which grants 300 iPhones unlocks.

This is what the Indiana State Police bought, judging by a purchase order obtained by Motherboard. The document, dated February 21, is for one GrayKey unit costing $500, and a "GrayKey annual license -- online -- 300 uses," for $14,500. The order, and an accompanying request for quotation, indicate the unlocking service was intended for Indiana State Police's cybercrime department. A quotation document emblazoned with GrayShift's logo shows the company gave Indiana State Police a $500 dollar discount for their first year of the service. Importantly, according to the marketing material cited by Forbes, GrayKey can unlock iPhones running modern versions of Apple's mobile operating system, such as iOS 10 and 11, as well as the most up to date Apple hardware, like the iPhone 8 and X.

Comment Re:Trash (Score 1) 36

If you care about latency you're going to want to just keep your shit in RAM. That's the trend on the enterprise side.

Consumers and even high end gamers do not benefit from that small latency advantage. Optane drives only beat traditional drives when you do synthetic, random access tests or crank the queue depth down for no reason. People moving large files don't benefit. Gamers don't benefit - assets are loaded from sequential blobs and (ideally) kept in RAM/VRAM. People working with media and shit don't benefit as their video/design/etc. files are big sequential blobs.

About the only real life, consumer level workloads that I can see benefiting are virus scans and code compiling.

The focus on latency by review sites is because INTEL IS PAYING THEM.

This started back with the 900P on PC Perspective. PC Perspective developed their own benchmark just for reviewing these new drives from Intel.

Except, that's not what happened. What happened was Intel approached "Shrout Research", which is run by Ryan Shrout of PC Perspective. Intel paid him money for a "white paper", gave him samples of the product for that white paper, and gave him direction on what the white paper should say and how to test things.

PC Perspective then took the conclusions from the white paper and presented it as an unbiased review, without disclosing the fact that the site owner was paid for that shit, or that the site was using the samples given for the "white paper" as the samples tested in the review (which is why they had so many to test with when other sites were lucky to get one), or that they white paper even existed.

PC Perspective got called out on all of this. Their response? Adding a vague disclaimer to the very end of the very last page of the review.


Ownership of PC Perspective also operates consulting firm Shrout Research. Shrout Research has provided research, consulting, and analysis for many companies in the high-tech industry including AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Arm. A white paper was published by Shrout Research using 900P engineering samples and was commissioned by Intel. All testing for this review was conducted separately and on retail samples of the 900P. This review was not commissioned or sponsored by Intel.

That disclaimer should actually say: Intel paid for this review and our new testing methodology that focuses on the only thing that Optane is good at.

We know that the review testing was not conducted separately from the white paper (people have gone through both and shown that shit was copied) and we know that they didn't buy their own retail products to test with (based on the date the review was published and the availability of the product).

PC Perspective has been scrambling to downplay this and spin it ever since some Scottish YouTube guy called them out on this shit. But at the end of the day, tech sites that review these things are suddenly starting to care about latency as the biggest thing? GEE, I WONDER WHY!

Comment Re:Climate Change is real. (Score 2) 291

You are missing the whole point of my post. Sea level rise is maybe 40cm by 2100. A strong storm can have a 400cm surge. A strong storm can easily cause an extra meter or two of storm surge over that which makes the sea level rise irrelevant. The storms will kill people well before the sea level rise will if better barriers aren't built or people don't leave the area. I also mentioned sea level rise doesn't happen overnight. You have plenty of time (think decades) to evacuate a couple of miles down the road on a bit higher ground - people don't tend to die moving a couple of miles. Storms do happen overnight.

Also, you don't need concrete to build dykes and if the Netherlands could do it with 17th century tech I'm sure most countries can manage either that or relocating people to slightly higher ground. It doesn't matter though because if you cannot handle a meter of sea level rise you could get wiped out tomorrow by a mid size storm.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Hands-on with Android P—Is this the beginning of a new design language? - Ars Technica (

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Hands-on with Android P—Is this the beginning of a new design language?
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Android P in depth: An up-close look at what's new with securityComputerworld
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Comment I don't get what the damn mystery is here (Score 1) 112

This tech has been around for decades. Its currently in use.

Here is a demo from decades ago:

Ultrasonic beat waves/interference is what this looked like from the beginning. Reverse engineering isn't necessary to discover this.

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Waymo officially expands self-driving effort into trucks - 9to5Google (


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Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving company born out of Google X, is seen by many as the leader in the field of self-driving. After focusing on autonomous passenger cars to soon launch a self-driving ride-hailing service, the company is now expanding the ...
Waymo announces new efforts in self-driving trucksAndroid Police
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Comment Re:Statistics are fun. (Score 1) 268

Nothing needs re-evaluated, I'm well aware of tech demos....but as engineer I know why things are not done that way and won't be for a very long time if ever.

don't be fooled by venture capitalists doing absurdly expensive things in an area with absurdly expensive real estate (that will crash soon, btw) such as Bay area.

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Waymo announces new efforts in self-driving trucks
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Waymo, one of the main players in self-driving cars, announced today in a blog post that it is expanding its autonomous vehicle technology into big rig trucks. Though the company has been testing this tech for a little while now, it is ready to begin a ...
Waymo self-driving trucks are hauling gear for Google data centersArs Technica
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Google's autonomous vehicle unit to test semis in Atlanta - WTOP (

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Google's autonomous vehicle unit to test semis in Atlanta
DETROIT (AP) — Just days after ride-hailing service Uber announced it was testing tractor-trailers that drive themselves, Google's autonomous vehicle operation announced similar testing in Georgia. Waymo says that starting next week it will run self ...
Waymo and Google launch a self-driving truck pilot in AtlantaTechCrunch
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Broadcom seeks to reassure lawmakers on national security worries - The Hill (

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Broadcom seeks to reassure lawmakers on national security worries
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Comment Re:Trifecta! (Score 1) 65 says your profit is 2.66 bucks a day using 2x 580 cards with 60 MH/s mining speed. You would recover your investment after... 1354 days of NON STOP mining, provided the cards hold for that long, which I highly, highly doubt.

This solution is one of the most retarded I've heard of.

If you are already heating with electricity, your "cost of electricity" is effective $0.00/kwh rather than $0.10/kwh since you are paying for the energy whether you run this rig or not.

Using it seems like right now the system would generate $3.27/day working on Ethereum(ETH), so it would take 1101 days of heating to generate the $3,600 purchase price. That's 3 years and 5 days of heating - much better than the 3 years, 8 and a half months if you are paying $0.10/kwh, but still probably not a worthwhile financial investment.

Now, if you were confident that the device would last for a really long time, this heater at least looks fairly nice so it might fit well into someone's decor. This place sells 500W heaters for around $600, so maybe there are people willing to spend $3600 on looks alone.


So, if you were going to spend thousands of bucks on a heater anyway, this might not be a bad purchase in comparison to other options, but used as a "regular" heater one wouldn't have much chance of it paying for itself. Spending $3600 on solar panels seems "safer".

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FBI Director Chris Wray was back on the "going dark" stump this week. In a speech [PDF] at Boston College, Wray again stated, without evidence, that it wasn't impossible to create weakened encryption that isn't weakened. (via Cyrus Farivar at Ars Technica)

We have a whole bunch of folks at FBI Headquarters devoted to explaining this challenge and working with stakeholders to find a way forward. But we need and want the private sector’s help. We need them to respond to lawfully issued court orders, in a way that is consistent with both the rule of law and strong cybersecurity. We need to have both, and can have both. I recognize this entails varying degrees of innovation by the industry to ensure lawful access is available. But I just don’t buy the claim that it’s impossible.

It really doesn't matter whether or not Wray "buys" this claim. If you deliberately weaken encryption -- either through key escrow or by making it easier to bypass -- the encryption no longer offers the protection it did before it was compromised. That's the thing about facts. They're not like cult leaders. They don't need a bunch of true believers hanging around to retain their strength.

Yet Wray continues to believe this can be done. He has yet to provide Senator Ron Wyden with a list of tech experts who feel the same way. The "going dark" part of his remarks is filled with incongruity and non sequiturs. Like this, in which Wray says he doesn't want backdoors, but rather instant access to encrypted data and communications almost like a backdoor of some sort.

We’re not looking for a “back door” – which I understand to mean some type of secret, insecure means of access. What we’re asking for is the ability to access the device once we’ve obtained a warrant from an independent judge, who has said we have probable cause.

If by "backdoor," he means insecure exploit, then he's technically correct. If by "not a backdoor," he means another door located on the front or side or connected to the basement or whatever, then what difference does the door's location really make? A door is door and it provides an opening where there wasn't one previously.

Solutions have been provided. There's no shortage of people suggesting workarounds. Metadata is valuable even if Wray continues to downplay it. It's a weird position for him to take considering the agency's long reliance on metadata swept up by the NSA. Devices can be hacked, but Wray continues to assert this isn't a solution either, even after Cellebrite made the stunning announcement it could crack any iPhone, including the latest models. There are a variety of third parties hosting communications in cloud services, all of which could be approached to gain access to at least some evidence. Even public enemy #1, Apple, stores encryption keys for its iCloud services, which would give law enforcement much of what can't be obtained from a locked device.

Wray doesn't want a solution that isn't forced subservience of tech companies. That's become plainly apparent as he continues his anti-encryption crusade. Tech experts are ignored. Hacking breakthroughs like Cellebrite's aren't even cited. Legislators, for the most part, have offered no support for anti-encryption legislation, and yet Wray continues to push for technical access he can't define and proclaim his rightness despite having no expertise in the subject matter.

He also mentioned the stack of cellphones the agency claims it can't access -- 7,800 devices or more than half of those the FBI tried to access last year. But the number is meaningless. Wray claims they're all tied to investigations in one way or another, but does not describe what efforts were made to access their contents. Were the phones owners approached and asked for passcodes? Were the phones owners presented with the option of unlocking the devices or facing contempt charges? Were phones sent to Cellebrite or its competitors? Or has the FBI simply shrugged its shoulders, thrown them in a big pile, and decided to let the problem go unaddressed until it has enough legislators on its side?

In this discussion of The 7,800 Phones That Couldn't Be Broken, Wray mentioned something that shows the FBI won't be happy until it has mandated access to all encrypted data -- not just data at rest on locked devices.

Being unable to access nearly 78-hundred devices is a major public safety issue. That’s more than half of all the devices we attempted to access in that timeframe. And that’s just at the FBI. That’s not even counting devices sought by other law enforcement agencies – our state, local, and foreign counterparts. It also doesn’t count important situations outside of accessing a specific device, like when terrorists, spies, and criminals use encrypted messaging apps to communicate, which is an increasingly widespread problem.

Wray ended his speech as he always does -- with emotional appeals meant to throw shade on the tech experts who've told him his safely-broken encryption dreams are impossible.

After all, America leads the world in innovation. We have the brightest minds doing and creating fantastic things. A responsible solution will incorporate the best of two great American traditions – the rule of law and innovation. But for this to work, the private sector needs to recognize that it’s part of the solution. Again, I’m open to all kinds of ideas. But I reject this notion that there could be such a place that no matter what kind of lawful authority you have, it’s utterly beyond reach to protect innocent citizens. I also can’t accept that anyone out there reasonably thinks the state of play as it exists now – much less the direction it’s going – is acceptable.

Broken down, his final thoughts on "going dark" run like this:

1. Smart people refuse to help us.

2. They are irresponsible.

3. They are part of the problem.

4. They are making America unsafe.

Christ, what an asshole. The private sector is doing far more to "protect innocent citizens" than the FBI is. Encryption makes communications and data transfer much, much safer. Wray wants this weakened for one reason: to give law enforcement immediate access. Will this make America safer? The answer is no. Default encryption has been available for years now and there's been no corresponding spike in criminal activity and no loud chorus of united law enforcement officials lamenting their inability to close cases or prosecute people. America's jails are as full as they've ever been and crime rates remain far lower than they were prior to the advent of smartphones and encryption-by-default. It's only a very small number of law enforcement officials that seem to have a problem with this, but they're by far the loudest and most visible.

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Comment Re: What makes you think taxi drivers are paid mor (Score 1) 92

Uh, no they didn't, they said that the $3 figure was incorrect and that, when they corrected it, they found that the median profit was $8.55 per hour, rather than $3.37, and only 8% of drivers lose money on on-demand platforms. Using another methodology, he added, the median rises to $10 per hour and only 4% of drivers lose money. Oh, and Uber's initial complaint argued that their drivers average hour earnings were $15.68, not the $23/hr that you claim.

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