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 I use Déja Vu for targeted backups.
 Actually I think it's unlikely that there was widespread high-level intent. To clarify, the agencies themselves always tend to ask for whatever makes their jobs easiest, while we expect our elected representatives to make sure that they don't overreach. Unfortunately this act was a real rush job, with good intentions and a determination to do whatever it took to prevent a repeat of 9/11 outweighing caution and due diligence. It's a widely held belief that few politicians...
 I'm not sure about that. While it does contain provisions that have been interpreted to be in violation of various aspects of the constitution, those are really a small part of the overall act. Remove those, clarify some others (mostly in Title II), and what is left has little impact on US Citizens, while making it significantly easier to monitor potential hostile targets. The other criticisms mostly relate to erosion of rights of aliens, and while those probably should...
 The Patriot Act needs to be completely reworked, in my opinion - it simply has too widespread, open-ended and vague provisions that are easy to interpret in ways that, I would hope, were not originally intended.
 I don't disagree with the concerns over erosion of rights, but I don't think I follow your logic here.  The ability to do interesting things (assuming that's not a euphemism for illegal things), innovate, lead and challenge the status quo do not, per se, require any particular level of privacy, unless the results of government intrusion into your privacy are used to prevent such things. So far I've not seen or heard of evidence of these data being used in such ways. From...
 I completely agree with your assessment of the headaches that Apple may be giving the NSA (assuming that we are correct in believing that they do not have access).  I'm not convinced that the NSA (or whichever agencies may be involved) have either the authority (real or assumed) or the influence to go after such a powerful US company, especially during the continuing fallout from Snowden's tales. And, if they did manage to put together such a campaign, I would expect to...
 That's a plausible explanation of the assumptions and mistakes that might have led to the court's basic decision, but it doesn't really shed any more light on whether this is part a larger government scheme to subdue Apple or just a few incompetents at DoJ working with a prejudiced and ignorant judge. It's very tempting, but logically untenable, to regard the recent information about NSA surveillance activities as direct evidence for this hypothesized conspiracy. I'm...
 I've seen a very similar issue with one of my 23" Cinema displays, but it seems to be related to (caused by?) the video card that is driving it (in this case an NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT). Did you check whether this is a source -independent phenomenon? 
Currently sitting in a hotel room looking down on Union Square. I was surprised by the number of homeless people here - is it just this locale, or more widespread in SF?
A possible development of this idea might be to use a similar technique to that used for panoramas, but with the camera translated rather than rotated. The sensor would have a continuous view of the scene and the software could choose appropriate frames once it detects sufficient parallax. Probably already patented somewhere.
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