One of the elements to this case by the FBI is that performing this work is not overly burdensome on Apple, because writing code is something apple already does, it has the staff and technical expertise in place to do the compelled work.
However, if Apple has to hire new employees to do this work, wouldn't that demolish that argument? The mere fact that they would have to hire new staff would counter the "already in place staff and skills" aspect of the argument at the very least.
And if Apple has to start firing highly-skilled engineers, with decades of experience, or engage in litigation of those same engineers to force them to honour their contracts and do that work, again, burdensome?
And what does it do with that tracking data? Upload it via unsecure http to the vendor's website for onsale to advertisers and availability (since it's now a business record) for government requests for users surfing habits?
But doesn't that only matter if you are on autopilot? If you are in manual flight mode, what relevance does the sat nav system have if you are not navigating by it?
I can see it mattering if you are on autopilot, because in autopilot you've said "navigate to point X (or waypoints X, Y, Z, etc.) as provided by the SatNav". So if you change the SatNav remotely to change where point X is, I can see the autopilot taking you to a place you weren't expecting.
But if you turn off the autpilot and use another navigation method to determine what course to manually steer the plane in (either a portable SatNav, or visual navigation using a map, ruler, compass, visual waypoints, or just "hey, I see a mountain over there, I'll just fly into it"), then does it matter if they override the SatNav?
If the NYPD isn't informing it's own officers of the judgement and it's requirements, maybe the Judge should order the NYPD to conduct an advertising campaign, at its own expense, to inform both its staff and the public of NY about the (il)legality of the stop and frisk procedure and what the public's rights and complaints procedures are.
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