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The NSA Wants Tech Companies To Give It "Front Door" Access To Encrypted Data 212

Posted by samzenpus
from the let-us-in dept.
An anonymous reader writes The National Security Agency is embroiled in a battle with tech companies over access to encrypted data that would allow it to spy (more easily) on millions of Americans and international citizens. Last month, companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple urged the Obama administration to put an end to the NSA's bulk collection of metadata. "National Security Agency officials are considering a range of options to ensure their surveillance efforts aren't stymied by the growing use of encryption, particularly in smartphones. Key among the solutions, according to The Washington Post, might be a requirement that technology companies create a digital key that can open any locked device to obtain text messages or other content, but divide the key into pieces so no one group could use it without the cooperation of other parties."

Comment: Re:Manufacturing profitibility is complicated (Score 1) 215

by idontgno (#49400063) Attached to: The Dystopian Lake Filled By the World's Tech Sludge

That's pretty irrelevant. Wal-Mart's success is fundamentally based on the premise that low immediate prices swamp all considerations of durability and reliability. You buy stuff at Wal-Mart because you don't really believe it's cheap fragile junk, and the low price gives you incentive to keep on foolin' yourself.

The retail prices are lower, at the point-of-sale. The average Joe Sixpack consumer is not doing a TCO calculation, so the sales model works for them.

Comment: Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 1) 124

by idontgno (#49370721) Attached to: SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag

I always thought the meal was happy because it was finally getting out of that God-forsaken place. Even being hauled away to be dismantled by a shrieking 4-year old and being consumed piece-by-piece is better than remaining within the confines of a McDonalds establishment.

I'm joking. I think.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.