“I’m getting my daughter, a high school freshman, an iPhone.”
“Oh, that’s great,” I replied. Having made the plunge myself for my son, who was also headed to high school, I couldn’t help but reflect on how well-prepared our children were with new technology. After all, the iPhone has quite a bit more computing power than the old Apple //e I started high school with but cost several times as much!”
Then, I read this news article:
Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, from any public gathering or venue they deem “sensitive”, and “protected from externalities.”
In other words, these powers will have control over what can and cannot be documented on wireless devices during any public event. Source: RT
What?!? Are you kidding me? Let me put this in simpler language–Apple will help the Government block transmission of information, video and photographs at public gatherings. Who makes that decision? The government officials.
I don’t know about you, but democracy works because we know that human beings are flawed. Walking down the aisle at our local restaurant, I couldn’t help but notice how many people, young and old, had iPhones in their hands. It may be too late.
Not that Windows users are any safer:
After startling news that someone – probably a government agency – was exploiting a vulnerability in Firefox to spy on its supposedly anonymous users, the TOR Project is now asking everyone to take a step back and stop using Windows.
It’s not just this latest episode of snooping, though. Windows just isn’t a great operating system in terms of security in general, they say.
“Really, switching away from Windows is probably a good security move for many reasons,” the TOR Project said in a security advisory.
But for this specific exploit it was especially bad since the hackers – probably a government agency – specifically targeted Windows users.
While I’m not an anti-government activist, I do vote in elections and it’s becoming impossible to find a candidate that respects the U.S. Constitution and won’t sacrifice basic freedoms Americans have given their lives to preserve.
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