If I understand this article correctly, the security flaws that "Exposed Her Emails To Foreign Spies" include using her own server (probably insecure but we don't know that for a fact) and using off-site backups (also probably insecure but we don't know that for a fact either). Did I miss anything?
On the one hand, many of his bits, including News from Outside the Bubble, News of the Warm, Apologies of the Week, Tales of Airport Security, and his comedic sketches are excellent. On the other hand, I find many others tired or way off the mark, including the aforementioned "So They Say" bit.
Plus, I was really taken aback recently when I heard him criticizing the use of nitrogen gas, of all things, in a chemical plant, insinuating that it's toxic. Because of that I just decided to maybe not be such a dedicated listener any more. But if you can separate the wheat from the chaff, you'll get some good wheat.
This article is very weak sauce. They have every right and, if you ask personal injury lawyers, the obligation, to prevent users from burning themselves up. Would rather see TechDirt focusing on dirtier dirt.
OTOH, the overall practice of pushing software updates with unknown and undocumented effects is a very rich vein to mine in terms of bad practice by companies. Consumers should very much be told in advance what their updates are doing.
I thought this was going to be about the asymmetry between the information hoarders, who have all the data and the tools and budgets to analyze and act on it, and the information paupers, (everyone else) who have nothing and yet pay for the hoarders' activities through taxes. It's a kind of strategic flanking. That much power has never been assembled not to be used, and used it will be, against us all, sooner or later, if not already.
I know they do not want encryption and are undermining it, but to state they are "fighting encryption" when they are also saying "fighting terrorism" and "fighting drugs" puts the encryption issue in a whole different light. It would be as if they are saying encryption is terrorism.