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Apple’s iMessage encryption trips up feds’ surveillance | Politics and Law – CNET News

The DEA has figured out that getting a wiretap order for an iPhone, executed at the phone company, doesn’t get them iMessage content. It’s pretty obvious the various TLAs engaged in law enforcement will use this as a concrete example to push the “Going Dark” initiative to get CALEA reinterpreted (or legislated) to cover various internet based communication services. And designing a service to use end-to-end protection will be right out. iMessage is a special case here, since it inserts itself into the normal text message user interface. It’s the phone’s preferred way to send messages, and from the user’s
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Categories: Crypto, IM, iPhone, Politics and Local Topics, and Rants and Rambling.

Political Fallout

It’s started. We knew it would. Japan current nuclear plant problem is real. I don’t want to take anything away from that. But the anti-nuclear rhetoric is already starting. This big scary nuke plants must be a danger to us all. And I freely admit, there are dangers involved. The only rational response I can think of, is a quote from Wikipedia: Comparing the historical safety record of civilian nuclear energy with other forms of electrical generation, Ball, Roberts, and Simpson, the IAEA, and the Paul Scherrer Institute found in separate studies that during the period from 1970 to 1992,
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Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop!, Politics and Local Topics, Rants and Rambling, and Tech.

iRobot Looj First Mission

I just completed my first use of the iRobot Looj™125. The bottom line is, it was better than I expected. When iRobot first announced the Looj, my reaction was along the line of “what were they thinking?” I couldn’t imagine that there was enough market in home gutter cleaning robots to warrant the R&D cost. But then we had new landscaping installed, and found a section being damaged by water overflowing the corner of one of our gutters. Candace said she’d fix that section of the flower bed, but not until I cleaned the gutters. The Looj had reached its
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Categories: Tech and Toys.

Get ‘Em While They’re Hot

Tesla Motors is now taking deposits for their über-cool Model S sedan, which is planned for production in 2011 — they’ll be sold off in first-come-first-served order. The claims are 0-60 mph in a smooth 5.6 seconds, with seating for 5 adults. And 300 miles on a charge. Base models start at $50,000 — which seems quite the bargain, when you consider that it’s likely to compete with luxury sedans for amenities. For a mere $5,000 ($4,950 of which can be refunded, at least as long as Tesla remains solvent), you can get your place in line.
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Categories: Eco-nerd, Tech, and Toys.

Gig-E, Screen Sharing, and Screen Sharing (Don’t try this at home)

Recursive Screen Sharing (After a minute or so, the switch turned off the port connected to the laptop…) Addendum: Today (22Dec), Byron, Phil, and I attempted VNC-doom: 3 laptops, 1 gigabit-ethernet switch, and an attempt at a full 3-way mesh of screen sharing. We found bugs. Lots of annoying little bugs. The most entertaining/frustrating version was inducing one-way visibility in the clients. So we didn’t get the full-mesh going today, but we got some really pretty pictures from having two loops running at once. Maybe after a round or two of bug fixing (if reports have any effect), we’ll give
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Categories: Entertainment, OS X, Silly Stuff, and Tech.