The iPhone feature that wipes out the memory when the password is being guessed, that is a fairly aggressive feature. But Congress has not outlawed the feature and there are companies that want the feature so that they do not lose secret information when devices are lost or stolen.
Must Apple provide a way around the memory-wipe feature when there are court orders ? Well, Congress has not required a backdoor on secure devices.
It's not one phone that the government wants into but the first phone that the government wants into.
And so essentially, it's a requirement that the mobile phone company make a backdoor into their operating system and hold the backdoor waiting on warrants.
But then this situation largely represents failed legislation that didn't go forward. The government should just go back to the legislative process instead of asserting a commanding power.
And these particular terrorists are not even high value targets in the first place. The government is just making a ploy against the failed legislation.
Trump agrees with Obama on the issue. The suggestion of a Apple boycott is a Trump flourish.
Remember there are failed legislative proposals of giving the police a backdoor into computers.
Really, I could invoke the Second Amendment. The people's right should not be infringed by who ? And there is a suggestion of limiting the reach of the government.
So now the government is working on a case-by-case method of a computer backdoor. But if the government wins then the computer companies must, as a practical matter, keep a backdoor and wait for warrants. The problem is the number of personnel that work on an operating system development and the possibility of the backdoor being sold by personnel.
Is that a gain, that the company holds the backdoor instead of the government holding it ?
Also there's the issue of the government requiring that a company make something for it. Really, the company's participation is voluntary and a diplomatic government would know that.
See, the government doesn't have anything without the legislative requirement on all computer companies
But see, the NSA doesn't have a backdoor into the iPhone because the NSA, working through Homeland Security, is now allowed to work with the police.
And if the NSA doesn't have a backdoor into the iPhone then who does ?
If an iPhone backdoor technique is created then personnel can sell it to foreign governments for $30 to $50 million.
Then with all the people in the world that use iPhones, espionage will be more effective.
One of the brilliant arguments against Apple is that Apple is just concerned with its business model. Well you see, Apple has a right to its business model according to anti-trust laws. And the shareholders of Apple have rights.
Are they going to offer TV over satellite, telephone over copper, and internet over cable ? I guess so. Or both telephone and internet over cable ?
The satellite TV marketing is no better than cable. The so-called top 120 channels are just the channels you have to buy to begin with and that's why they are popular. It doesn't include any of the actually popular non-premium movie channels.
The mobile phone company can refuse the court order faced by the company if they show that it is burdensome. See, the company faces a court order to perform IT services while the mobile phone customer faces a search warrant on their personal phone.
The reason why the court order faced by the company is burdensome is the difficulty of keeping the backdoor technique a secret.
And so, the company's help can only be voluntary to a search warrant on a customer when the situation is burdensome to the company. The company itself can't be under a court order to perform.
Well, James Bond could fly into Johannesburg, rent a car, drive to Rustenburg, hang out in a local bar, and find out how the mine stope-ing is going.
All we can do here is watch the tote board.
Or did he go to Mokopane ?
Another of SB's key points was that everything is a tablet.
But if Win 10 has significantly different modes for not-connected-to-touchscreen versus connected-to-touchscreen then everything is not a tablet.
It's shocking that it didn't take everything in the world for MS to "get there". It just took a couple of little things. Well, they still miss out on two obvious cell phone strategies and a few other things.
Also, take a look at the 12.5" Dell XPS 2-in-1 at $999. That's 2.8 pounds including the keyboard.
And there's a 10.8" Dell Venue Pro tablet at $349 and another one at $649. Those do have optional keyboards.
One of SB's key points was the Surface running an ARM processor.
Well, the Surface 3 dropped the ARM processor and went to an IA processor.
I'll have to go look up sales of the Surface versus sales of the Surface Pro but they both now run IA processors.
Now, Win 10 has a mode for touch screen but a different mode for non touch screen. Hopefully that means that Win 10 uses less processing resources when connected to a non touch screen.