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But this is what Boeing and Lockheed wanted. Keeping in mind Boeing/Lockheed have a space launch vehicle non compete consortium in partnership with the U.S. government. The Air Force has done absolutely whatever it could to prevent them from using Space X - and the very cosy relationship with Lockheed and Boeing probably has something to do with this. Just look at who's profits might be threatened and follow the money.
The more public support it appears this gains, the more likely it is that we can get some push back on our road to total surveillance. Much better than just saying it's got no chance and not doing anything.
Looking at what we've learned over the last 2 years and then the statement of what NZ wants to do - makes me wonder if the governments of all (thats the really troubling part, all) the western democracies have completely lost their minds. Nobody has stood up for the privacy of their citizens, and privacy is vital for the long term survival of democracy.
These poor guys in Switzerland all worried their industry is going to go under need to take a deep breath - these are smartwatches that will become obsolete in a few years...Apple will sell some of these, but until they can replace the phone itself (that time will come) the compelling justification for them (expensive short lifed smartwatches) just isn't there., IMHO...saying that as someone who likes Apples products.
At this point, internationally, seems like you really want a burner phone with the bare minimum of what you'll need only on that trip.
That's not being paranoid, that's just being realistic. You could say all that paranoid stuff (and tinfoil hat stuff) several years ago, but now that we know (some of) what the five eyes have been doing, just about the worst things the tinfoil hatters were saying, turned out to be true.
These folks (the creator of PGP is one of the leaders of the company) represent one of the only avenues for a general consumer to be able get something somewhat locked down out of the box, (not from a U.S. company as well), if they want. Amazes me the constant attacks they've taken.
We need to ask the Google/Microsoft/NSA to turnover all those e-mails since they are logged/kept, I believe. The Democratic primaries might be more open than was anticipated.
They're probably not a honeypot as I trust Phil. They're also developing a secure e-mail replacement protocol (forward encryption and no open headers) that they'll release as open source after they finish it (working with the Lavabit owner on that). Now, of course, if they are genuine (Phil was no friend of the Govt)...the NSA would want people to disparage and cast doubt on their products/services. For most folks (who can't/don't want to void their Android warranty and install CyanogenMod, which is 98% of phone users - this is one of the very few options out there. I hope they're very successful.
VirnetX also sued Microsoft and Cisco on these same patents. Just the NSA arranging the board so they could run it going forward. Software shouldn't have patents IMHO...simply because of the documented abuse of the U.S. government's proxy in these matters. Supposedly the NSA has other proxy patent holding companies as well.
Looking forward to more details....