The more we hear from Apple about how secure one's privacy is with their devices and how much they want to continue to insist they will do nothing in the future to compromise privacy the more I wonder how many back doors they have in their equipment. Take a look at the recent planting of code in hard drive firmware as drives were allegedly intercepted during shipment as an example that Apple might not be able to do anything about the security of privacy. Apple buys hard drives by the millions and probably doesn't know if they have been intercepted during shipment or even after they've been installed in a computer.
I read an article in the Atlantic many years ago about the legality of conspiracy charges in the USA. It turns out, IIRC, that almost anyone can be convicted of conspiracy - kind of a last resort of prosecutors when they can't find evidence that someone was actually involved in a crime. It turns out that the co-conspirators don't even have to know each other or ever met.
Most, if not all, the comments here are about the law and Google. What about Internet subscribers? These folks will be missing an important resource used for getting the news which they might not get any other way. Would subscribers get around the law and access their missing news by accessing a foreign, Spanish language news aggregator by using a VPN? I don't know the answer. Besides, I don't think Spain can tax foreign aggregators of Spanish news.
In most of Comcast's service area it is basically a monopoly as far as high speed internet is concerned. For pay TV service there are the two satellite companies and maybe a telephone company, but for high speed internet service it's the only game in town. So why should they spend money on customer service? It's better to recover some or all of that cost by making it a sales organization by turning CSRs into sales reps through their compensation structure.
I'm concerned about where these chips might be used and then disabled. Could they be used in:
- Equipment at police departments and fire departments for emergency response purposes?
- 911 systems?
- Building alarm systems?
- Medical devices in hospitals' emergency rooms, operating rooms, intensive care rooms where failure could cause death?
and the list goes on.
I'm not sure widows operates some of these devices and would be connected to the Internet for update. Both producers of the fake devices, if they could be discovered, and the company writing the stupid dll should be in deep trouble if serious problems resulted form their actions.
Our city of ~450,000 people put one of these on a main thoroughfare just next to downtown; just this one in the whole city. They shortened the yellow in the 25 MPH zone from something like four seconds to two seconds and rear end collisions at that intersection skyrocketed. Also, they had to put two full time cops on the duty of looking at all the pictures this setup took and writing the tickets to be mailed. The increase in ticketing, both for red light camera and accidents, put a big strain on the police and the city court where the tickets were to be adjudicated. Finally, people learned to avoid this camera by driving one block east of this four-lane road to a much more residential two lane drive. The final result: after less than a year the system was removed and no more talk of red light cameras has been heard since.
It's my understanding that TrueCrypt code is not open source because of it's license restrictions. The code is available and others can use to code to fork the application but it a forked app cannot be used for commercial users.
This new device must have an internet connection: Ipv4 and Ipv6 capable, 802.11 a, b, n, ac, gigabit ethernet. This so newer, more intrusive firmware and DRM can be installed to defeat any hacks and provide more useful, controlled options. Control through a lan connected device, including lap top or desktop computer, iOS or Android phone or tablet. Optional 11.6 inch monitor and Bluetooth keyboard can be had. The March of Technology.
Seems to me that there was another case of police/sheriff abuse of a prisoner in the news recently. A man was tossed into a room for two years and basically forgotten about. Somehow he got some food but after he got out he looked skeletal with a long beard and hair and is clothing was in tatters. No toilet facilities were in the room, so you can imagine what that caused. I can't remember what it cost the jurisdictions in this case or whether it has been resolved. I'm not sure I want to travel through New Mexico under any circumstances much less live there.
Those Dell servers in use are now worthless - no one's going to buy them. Trust Dell in the pay of NSA to remove the offending malware, I don't think so. What about folks accessing those servers on the public Internet? Dell's been on the precipice for sometime and this may destroy their server business and cause them to fall over that cliff. I love my Dell laptop, but probably won't be getting another one any time soon. Good bye, Dell.