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Since March of 2020, there have been so many lockdown stories, whether good or bad. People went nuts, or thrived. They read a billion books or got hooked on TikTok. The pandemic definitely showed us who we were, whether it was anxiety ridden or adaptable. Here’s my “lockdown” story. I say “lockdown” because I never […]

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My iPhone, My Enemy

 

I have been around computers since I was nine, so I know what early adoption of system updates can lead to. There was one update I am aware of that would permanently disable any device that received it. I have no idea how the manufacturer compensated their victims in that case. So on every new device part of my nesting routine is to make sure that automatic updates are turned off. Let them destroy someone else’s device, I need mine running.

So then I received a notification on my iPhone that I should leave the phone on overnight for an important update, the defective COVID-19 exposure detection app rejected by the UK because Apple and Google could not reliably distinguish between a signal three feet away and one 30 feet away with maybe a wall or two between, has now been integrated into iOS but, the message assured, use of the app would be entirely opt-in. So if I update my iPhone the defective app proposed to Europe to decide who is shoved pell-mell into forced quarantine will become a part of my configuration.

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On Monday night, my iPhone turned off and wouldn’t turn back on. That’s just a minor personal inconvenience with a straightforward, if not pricy, solution—right? So the next morning, I scheduled an appointment at a repair shop for that afternoon and tried to log in for work. And that’s where the “minor personal inconvenience” snowballed. […]

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A not-quite rebuttal to Susan’s post on the perils of contact tracing (when performed by government employees over the phone)… As I previously mentioned on R>, I’ve been intrigued by the Distributed Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (DP-3T) protocol as a voluntary way of notifying individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 without revealing how that […]

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I’m always torn when a major upgrade to any software I use comes out. Sometimes the update alters the way programs or features I use look or act, and I don’t like it (one reason I still use Microsoft Office 2003). Then the upgrade either doesn’t allow me to revert back to the previous version, or […]

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 I survived Hurricane Michael, but I can’t survive my Apple I-Phone. I attributed certain snafus as ‘storm related’. I was hesitant to call Verizon, as most of the Florida Panhandle is angry at Verizon. Suffering a massive hurricane, their services were down, as were others, but they have been slow to provide critical relief, or […]

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Friends, what are your thoughts on smartphone costs? What’s your setup, and what do you like (or not) about it? What prompts my interest is this week’s news that Apple has no qualms about setting $1,000 as the starting point for new iPhones, at least in America. I’ve never tried to keep up with the […]

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I’m trying to figure out the basis of the “right to repair.” Supporters of this “right” don’t help themselves by arguing “We have the right to repair everything we own.” I’m not the deepest logical analyst but I think that qualifies as a claim rather than argument. If you can find a better argument on that […]

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What about Guarding the Front Door?

 

iPhone_6_PLUS_preview_MG_1875Yesterday, we learned that US Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym ordered Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone of San Bernardino murderer Syed Rizwan Farook. Perhaps mindful of King Canute’s experience stopping the tide, the judge stopped short of commanding Farook’s phone to reveal the encrypted data directly, instead instructing Apple to reorient its developers from productive endeavors to undermining its own carefully constructed software- and hardware-based security architecture.

Not long ago, conservatives were appalled when Congress passed and the Supreme Court upheld a law requiring citizens to purchase a particular product — Obama-certified health insurance. Now we have a federal judge, drawing authority solely from the All Writs Act of 1789, ordering a private company to create a custom product for the government’s use. And what a product! If implemented, the judge’s order will create a weaponized piece of software capable of taking down the world’s second most valuable company. Collateral damage could include large swathes of our globally-connected economy. Hyperbole? Read the relevant portion of the order for yourself and imagine what malicious hackers could do with such an app:

Apple’s reasonable technical assistance shall accomplish the following three important functions: (1) it will bypass or disable the auto-erase function whether or not it has been enabled; (2) it will enable the FBI to submit passcodes to the SUBJECT DEVICE for testing electronically via the physical device port, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or other protocol available on the SUBJECT DEVICE and (3) it will ensure that when the FBI submits passcodes to the SUBJECT DEVICE, software running on the device will not purposefully introduce any additional delay between passcode attempts beyond what is incurred by Apple hardware.