Dell Cameron
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10/10/19
3:10 PM
3

Good question. Grand juries can force immunity on witnesses, which means they don’t have the option of “pleading the 5th.”

9/30/19
9:11 PM
3

I get your point on the Kmart thing. Readers can misinterpret. But I thought the point was important to make. I should have gone more into how states/cities sometimes use these stats to claim they’re “one of lowest crime areas” or w/e and that FBI really tries to discourage it.  Read more

9/30/19
7:43 PM
10

First, the Kmart example is about “serious offenses” not violent crime and the article says that. It’s an example of how when crime stats are reported in aggregate they can end up meaning nothing.
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9/30/19
7:22 PM
7

The FBI’s figures are based on the number of people who come forward, which the story says (“...the figures are entirely based on the number of victims who come forward...”). BJS’s figures, though, do include crimes that have not been reported to police. I linked to BJS’s methodology so you can dive into that, if Read more

9/26/19
11:08 AM
8

Fuck it, I’ll just nix that. Not super relevant. Thanks for flagging. 

9/26/19
11:03 AM
1

Typed from memory, but I thought an established SAP was granted a code word specifically for compartmentalization. Am I just employing the term incorrectly?

9/18/19
5:12 PM
1

Thanks for the suggestion. I was also just checking out a paper by Nathalie Marechal about “networked authoritarianism” post-Snowden:
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7/25/19
9:14 PM
21

No one wants a “federal system” for voting — at least, I’ve never heard anyone call for that. What Wyden (and many other security experts) say is necessary is a federal law *requiring* states take certain measures, including paper ballots and risk-limiting audits. The argument against it, which is a legally dubious one Read more

7/12/19
5:29 PM
1

Sry, typo. That was supposed to say “latter of whom,” but I imagine your point stands. 

7/10/19
6:36 PM
5

For this particular application, I think that’s true, but also they’re amassing a wealth of data to compare it against, in some cases by pilfering state-run databases of motorists without their knowledge. Some people may assume that border control agents have access to their personal information and that’s fine, but Read more

7/10/19
9:15 AM
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The company is over a decade old. These metaphors — “magical one-and-done,” “waive of the magic wand” — seem to imply it’s still in its infancy. They’ve had years to come to terms with the deluge of terroristic threats that are today a core part of the user experience. They are even lagging behind Facebook, as if Read more

6/7/19
12:53 AM
3

I don’t think the point is to demonstrate it’s overrun like they’ve taken over the place. Or that other people shouldn’t use it. It’s not like Twitter. These supporters are segregated within the app because that how it works. But the sample is pretty large: over 630 groups and channels, which were monitored for over a Read more

5/31/19
11:59 PM
7

Read the letter linked to above. Her decision not to testify is not about protecting Assange. 

5/31/19
11:55 PM
10

It’s not as simple as declaring “I’ll never comply!” All authority here belongs to the judge. It’s his prerogative whether or not she remains confined, and it’s up to her and her legal team to personally convince him that she’ll never cooperate. There are no magic words. Read more

5/31/19
4:16 PM
1

I’m also from Dallas actually. I too find this very disappointing, but it isn’t surprising. Typically telecoms justify this by claiming people living in lower income areas won’t be able to initially afford the hardware anyway, but that’s total bullshit given how payment plans are structured these days. People who make Read more