Dear David Cameron

From The Independent:

David Cameron is a right-wing reactionary neocon in the same mold as Darth Cheny and Bush II, so this isn’t surprising. At all.

The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.

Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime also encrypt their data, and could fall under the ban along with other encrypted chat apps like Telegram.

This next one, probably meant to be rhetorical, actually has a real answer:

“In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which […] we cannot read?”

Yes, we do.

Between this and the noises that US law enforcement have been making over Apple’s and Google’s encryption by default, 2015 should be a very interesting time in the new crypto war.

Update: WhatsApp is bigger than SMS, and iMessage, being huge, might also be.

Apple’s Lost Functional High Ground

[I have to agree with Marco here](http://www.marco.org/2015/01/04/apple-lost-functional-high-ground):

> We don’t need major OS releases every year. We don’t need each OS release to have a huge list of new features. We need our computers, phones, and tablets to work well first so we can enjoy new features released at a healthy, gradual, sustainable pace.

My iPhone won’t reliably sync with iCloud, and my iPad Air 2 often has problems with rotation animations, resulting in the screen just redrawing itself. That’s something we were all making fun of android tablets for doing three-four years ago. iCloud sync is great when it works (and right now, it works great between my Mac and iPad), but infuriating when it doesn’t. And that’s ignoring things like the WiFi issue, Aperture/Photos, and the bluetooth MFi controller bug.

Go Microsoft!

Seriously, I really hope MS prevails here, the US government has completely gotten out of control. Global jurisdiction? Sure, why not?

Anyway, its beyond time for everyone to just encrypt all the things and for all cloud services to use TNO end-to-end encryption. The government (all of them) has shown it cannot be trusted with the power it claims.

No Thanks Twitter

Buried in a Twitter support page:

To help build a more personal Twitter experience for you, we are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on your mobile device so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in.

The big questions is, how does this get past iOS app review? This is quite possibly the creepiest thing I’ve seen on the platform since, well forever. Luckily there’s an easy fix:

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–> Two people have been arrested for leaking ‘The Expendables 3′

From The Verge:

Two men have been arrested in connection with the leak of The Expendables 3 this past July. A DVD-quality version of the entire film found its way onto torrent sites three weeks before The Expendables 3 premiered in US theaters.

We’ve heard that lecture many times now, so here’s the lesson you should take away from this case: steal money from Sylvester Stallone, and they’ll never stop hunting you down.

The obvious question is: When are they going to arrest Stallone for continuing to make Expendables movies?

Me on Gruber on Ive on the  Watch

DF:

“Just yesterday, somebody was saying, ‘Wow, do you know what I just did? I set the alarm in the morning, and it woke just me by tapping my wrist. It didn’t wake my wife or my baby,’” he recounted. “Isn’t that fantastic?”

How exactly is that going to be useful if you need to charge it nightly?

More than that, I seriously doubt a gentle tap on the wrist is ever going to wake me up in the morning. I need my alarm to blast me out of bed and my coffee to slap me in the face.

Zero Tolerance

Ars:

A movie theater industry group and the Motion Picture Association of America updated their anti-piracy policies and said that “wearable devices” must be powered off at show time.

The joint statement Wednesday, meanwhile, said “we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown.”

And that would be why I have a zero-attendance policy towards movie theaters.

Seriously, I haven’t stepped foot in a movie theater since the first Captain America movie in 2011. I see everything first via iTunes or Blu-ray.

RMS and LLVM

To paraphrase our toe jam-eating friend, RMS, since clang and LLVM don’t share the same political views I do, and let anyone, even that bastion of evil, Apple, use it to compile software I don’t think should exist, you should still use our old, inferior compiler because reasons.

Like unicorns.

With neckbeards*.

I swear, if I didn’t already have LLVM running as my default compiler, I would switch just because of this.

*Don’t run an image search for “unicorn neckbeard”. My eyes are still bleeding.