Category Archives: Media

Siri Spy

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Apple doesn’t want to let Siri spy on you.

The Guardian reports, “When Apple announced in 2014 that it would no longer be able to break into its iPhones even under a court order, law enforcement agencies reacted with rage.”

The government is citing the All Writs Act of 1789 to force Apple to write code to open the iPhone of a dead San Bernardino terrorist.

Wired quotes Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontiers Foundation saying,”The FBI “chose this case very carefully”. The feds want backdoors built into devices so they can access information. He thinks this is the “perfect case” to push for “backdoor” legislation.

Siri Spy

Apple says that courts recognize computer code as a form of speech. Compelling the company to make speech against its will could be a first amendment violation.

Apple asks, “what’s to prevent the government from forcing a computer company to write code to turn on the microphone, or the camera to spy on a suspect?”

Nilay Patel explains the legal case in The Verge. He thinks it will go to the Supreme Court.

 

iPhone Smarter Than Uncle Sam

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Michael Hayden, the former head of the NSA, is on Apple’s side in the fight over cracking the iPhone of dead terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. So is Ted Olson, former Solicitor General for George W. Bush. His wife was killed in the original 9/11 attack.

iPhone Smarter Than Uncle Sam

The FBI says Apple’s reluctance to co-operate is a marketing stunt. The government’s computers can be hacked but the government can’t hack Apple’s phone.

Seems hard to blame Apple for wanting us to know about it.

 

Lightweight Reporter

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The master of political incorrectness says he refuses to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo because it would be politically incorrect. In other words he’s calling her a bimbo. He also called her a lightweight reporter.

Trump took a break from charming his way to the White House by sitting out last night’s debate. He raised funds for veterans instead.

Lightweight Reporter

That left the remaining candidates fully exposed to Kelly’s heavyweight questioning. She came down especially hard on Cruz and Rubio, confronting them with video evidence of their flip-flops on immigration. Cruz insists his enthusiastic support of amendments to pass an amnesty bill were really poison pills to kill it.

Down Dow

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As I post this the Dow is up 175 points.

Fear of Bernie Sanders

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The NYT reports that Team Clinton is attacking Bernie Sanders for pushing its progressive ideas too successfully.

Chelsea complained that he wants to dismantle Obamacare and move to single payer. Claire McCaskill  says if he’s the nominee Republicans will break out hammer and sickle ads. And David Brock, publisher of the left wing Media Matters, called Sanders a Socialist Wackadoodle. 

Bernie Sanders

Bernie is 12.6 points ahead of Hillary in the Real Clear Politics new Hampshire poll average.