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Category: Rant (Page 1 of 12)
The iPhone 7 is a definite “meh”. Same look, same system, same Apple repackaging of last year’s tech.
Apple keeps missing opportunities to innovate, and if they keep this trend going, more and more Apple fanatics are going to jump ship.
Off the top of my head, here some things I would like Apple to do with their iPhone line…
- Move the top camera behind the front screen so selfies and Facetime chats are “centered” and not focused on someone’s chin or forehead. The camera would “read” the colors in front of it (whatever pixels are on the display) and correct (ie: remove) them in the output. The camera would be invisible to the user and there would be no “black dots” on the screen. Video chats would finally look like they do in the movies where people look at the screen and not at the camera four inches over it.
- Open a mid-level API so advanced developers could make “high end” apps for the iPhone. Nothing that would tweak the core iOS, but things like real system theme changes, control over zooming and scaling, changing the mail fetch interval, reading tower signal strength, etc. All the new apps that use the mid-level API would be in an “advanced” section of the app store. If any of the apps caused problems, mid-level apps could be disabled in SETTINGS.
- Offer a battery enhanced model of all iPhones. They would be thicker than the “normal” versions, but with 300% more battery life. Bonus points if the battery could be hot-swapped for a “new” battery and a smaller internal battery would keep the iPhone working during the switch.
- On a related note, wireless charging for “standard” iPhones would be a long-overdue addition, but also add charging transfer for the battery enhanced iPhones to “standard” iPhones. Imagine being able to transfer power from one fully charged iPhone to another iPhone if they were touching back to back.
- Keep the existing microphone on the bottom of the iPhone, but add one microphone on the top to allow for “stereo” recordings. Put a built-in app that shows “left channel/right channel” sound editing for extra credit.
- Add a micro SD card port for storage and photo/file transfers already.
- Boost iCloud’s storage to half the iPhone’s current capacity. By default, 128s would get 64 gigs of cloud storage, 64s would get 32 gigs of storage and 16s would get 8 gigs of storage.
- Color changing LEDs have been around for awhile, so why not have the LED on the back of the phone that’s just a “white flash” change color too? Blue, yellow, soft white, etc. Add intensity control and the ability to specify color changes in the camera as the photo is being taken and Instagrammers will go bananas.
- Open AirDrop to all phone manufacturers so it becomes the standard for phone-to-phone wireless exchanges.
- Finally, a minor tweak to the iTunes store – allow for apps, movies and music purchased online to be completely transferred to another account once every five years.
Like I said, just off the top of my head, there’s a lot of things Apple can do to keep their iPhones popular and far ahead of their competitors. Releasing the same design with trivial changes isn’t going to be a sustainable business model no matter how much liquid cash they have in reserve.
The FBI has made no secret recently about their “need” to get into a recent terrorists’ iPhone, and have currently demanded the source code for the entire iPhone system in order to access a particular device as part of their investigation.
Here’s the problem. There’s already a legal system in place for problems like this.
When a law enforcement agency has a warrant, they get the right to obtain the stated information from that specific individual or group that is listed in the warrant. For example, if there is a warrant for John Doe to open the safe in his home, John Doe has to to open the safe in his home. If John Doe refuses to act on a legally served warrant. he is jailed until he does surrender the information and fully complies with the warrant.
There’s no onus on the safe company to provide a master key. There’s no mandate for all homes to have a master key on their deadbolt so warrants can be served. It is the legal obligation of the individual(s) named in the warrant to surrender the specifically stated information to law enforcement or face severe criminal consequences.
Think about how many times you have heard about reporters being jailed for refusing to disclose their sources. How many times informants are jailed for refusing to disclose their sources. There is no trial or judge for these people, and there is no release for them until they disclose what is specifically stated in the warrant. It is a perpetual prison for the individuals that does not end without compliance or a complete overturn of the original warrant.
If the FBI has a warrant to search the terrorist’s phones and they have refused to disclose their password, then the FBI can indefinitely hold the terrorists until they disclose the password needed to access their devices.
So what’s the problem here? Wasn’t that the original intent? Jail these vermin and wait them out.
The problem is too many politicians and knee-jerk reactionaries haven’t thought the reasons a “master password” or “law enforcement backdoor” is like putting a master key for all home deadbolts in place. Sure, a master key will give you the ability to get into any door you want, but then the “oh no, Godzilla!” part is if that master key gets out, it can be used by ANYONE. Anywhere. Anytime. You can’t control who copies it. You can kiss EVERYTHING that master key is attached to goodbye forever.
Like I ranted earlier, there’s no resetting a embedded backdoor and/or “master password” software on systems without “hands on” access. Once it’s out, there’s no way to erase it, no way to change it and no way to block it. Once a master password is out in the open, it’s fair game. To everyone.
Even if the government manages to keep a master password on a For-Your-Eyes-Only-Roger-Moore level, look how often the government itself gets hacked. The IRS. The FBI. Take your pick. Target A-1 is going to be that master password, and whatever hacker finds it will gain peer immortality.
A master password on a mass-produced consumer device is a critical national security risk. This idea needs to die right now.
“AFTER THE POST” EDIT: For argument’s sake, let’s say a master password / backdoor does get installed in the iPhone system to “keep us safe”.
- Does every law enforcement agency get the master password / backdoor? All the way down to the local two-officer town level?
- Who is to judge the need of an investigation to get the master password / backdoor? Will it be for all investigations? Or just ones of a certain type?
- How can the use of this master password / backdoor be tied to properly issued warrants and not abused as part of a “fishing” investigation?
- What happens when a law enforcement individual leaves their employer and enters the private sector? Does their knowledge of this master password / backdoor cease to exist for them? What restrictions could possibly be put in place to ensure they do not use the master password / backdoor for their own benefit?
- Will this master password / backdoor be shared with foreign countries? If so, how?
- Can the use of a master password / backdoor to obtain information in a criminal case be used in a civil case?
I understand fireworks on the 4th of July. I understand fireworks on New Year’s Eve. I don’t understand fireworks on Christmas Eve.
Especially around midnight.
This isn’t Jesus’ Independence Day, people! The three wise men didnt bring gifts of Glock, H&K and Sig. There’s no “fweeeeee….. POOOM” in “Silent Night”.
Keep the small explosives locked up until the 30th. Try that “peace on earth” thing just for today.
A sincere Merry Christmas to all from the Christmas fireworks Grinch.
CISA was just signed into law on the same day the new Star Wars movie came out.
CISA was attached to the Omnibus “keep the lights on” spending bill, flew through congress and was signed by the president. Few people knew about it, and even fewer people said anything online as it was happening.
Meanwhile, the Star Wars movie has hundreds of thousands of people rage posting on social websites in a relentless and concentrated attempt to block “spoilers” from getting out.
And, once again, to everyone mad at Obama for sneaking CISA into the Omnibus bill, you do realize this was done by a Republican controlled congress, right? Both congress and/or Obama could have raised hell about CISA in the Omnibus bill and the gross loss of our online privacy. Neither did.
Welcome to the new world of no online privacy and warrant-less searches. Enjoy the movie.
To everyone who still says 9/11 was an inside job since “jet fuel can’t melt steel beams”, please watch this little 2 minute video.
Steel strength can be compromised at temperatures FAR below its’ melting point.
To put it in “kitchen” terms, grab a big handful of spaghetti. Tie the bunch together with a little string, and stand them straight up on their end. Now put a salt shaker on top. It holds the weight!
Now put that handful of spaghetti in a pot of boiling water for just three minutes. Take them out and try the same thing again.
Water can’t melt pasta. The spaghetti isn’t melted, but its’ strength has been significantly compromised and the salt shaker will not hold anymore.
So, to sum up….
- Terrorists suck and need to be express-laned to Valhalla
- That guy in the video has an awesome shop
- I need to walk away when people start talking about conspiracy theories
EDIT: There’s also this video from National Geographic. Jump to 3:48 for the short version.
To everyone saying the solution is to ban or turn away all Syrian refugees, let me ask you a few questions…
- Have you considered using the refugees AGAINST the supposed ISIS infiltrators? You know… roll out the red carpet, make them feel at home, show them how wonderful America really is/can be?
- All this talk from certain people about monitoring and observing refugees and certain religions… that doesn’t sound Orwellian at all? If someone said “mandatory IDs” and “cameras in churches” in any other context, what would your reaction be?
- How many people from foreign countries do you know? Or have you known? Seriously?
Let the fireballs commence!
We need you to wait in the elements overnight and get into physical altercations with borderline psychotics to feed the homeless.
YOU’RE CRAZY! WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO DO THAT?
We need you to wait in the elements overnight and get into physical altercations with borderline psychotics to save $20 on a TV.
HOT DAMN! CAN I DO THAT EVERY YEAR? SIGN ME UP!