users, who, in most instances, could do fuck all with that knowledge, anyway.
It is not that bloody hard to switch to another platform in the case of an OS flaw, or hardware vendor in the case of something like the Samsung keyboard hack. A hassle? Yes. But certainly not a case where a user "could do fuck all" at least now iOS and Samsung users can make an informed decision whether to take the risk of sticking with their device or move elsewhere.
On the other hand, there are other people who could make use of that knowledge, and that's who you want to keep in the dark
Which is why responsible researchers wait for a reasonable time before releasing their findings to the public, in this case they waited the 6 months requested from them by Apple.
but free speech itself is still alive and well
Not as well as it used to be, and if corporations continue having the influence over lawmakers they have today things are going to get much worse before getting better. For an example look into the so called food libel lawsfood libel laws and for examples of how these laws effectively have made people cautious to the extreme in bringing forward even the most modest of criticisms, watch the documentary Food, Inc.
Original source: http://researchcenter.paloalto...
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