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.