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Judge Favors Apple In iPhone Unlocking Case In New York ( 114

The Washington Post reports that Apple has prevailed for the moment in its fight with the FBI over the agency's demand that Apple help them break the security of an iPhone — but not in the California case about the phone belonging to San Bernadino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook -- that more famous case, as we mentioned the other day, is of course not the only case with a phone the FBI would like to peek into. New York federal judge James Orenstein scoffs in his 50-page decision at government arguments that Apple should be compelled to produce a software solution that would give them full access to content of the phone belonging to a drug dealer's phone. [Orenstein] found that the All Writs Act does not apply in instances where Congress had the opportunity but failed to create an authority for the government to get the type of help it was seeking, such as having firms ensure they have a way to obtain data from encrypted phones.

He also found that ordering Apple to help the government by extracting data from the iPhone- which belonged to a drug dealer --would place an unreasonable burden on the company....

He also expressed concern about conferring too much authority in the government. "Nothing in the government's arguments suggests any principled limit on how far a court may go in requiring a person or company to violate the most deeply-rooted values to provide assistance to the government the court deems necessary," he said.
Whether the same logic will prevail in California is yet unclear; the New York decision is not binding on any other court.

Comment Re:Bad data (Score 2) 105

Well, I'd rather save $2k - $3k every month and have housemates. That's $36k per year of extra cash for Christ's sake. You roll that into Tesla in the beginning of this year and now it's $150k (okay you'd need to be quite lucky to do this); or you roll that into BitCoins whenever there's a panic; or you just save it up and wait for the next market crash. But as you can see.. if you save and invest that, it becomes Porsche or even Ferrari money pretty quickly.

... and... that's still not enough for a good house :(

Comment Re:Bad data (Score 1) 105

If you're a fresh grad or a young person making good salary, you can always rent a single family house and share it with a few teammates. I've been doing this for 2 years now and rent expenditure has been pretty low for me.

The real problem though.. is even if you make $200k+ per year here, it's still difficult to buy a house in a decent school district.

Comment Re:C'mon, idiots. (Score 1) 602

If a person with AS, who knows he has AS, doesn't find his AS attribute negatively affect his progression in life...

Then, there's little reason for him to regard it as a disorder.

It doesn't matter what you think of him, you are not him. You can only make educated guesses, at best.

Apple and HTC Settle Patent Dispute 179

An anonymous reader writes "HTC and Apple have reached a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a ten-year license agreement. The license extends to current and future patents held by both parties. The terms of the settlement are confidential. From the article: '"HTC is pleased to have resolved its dispute with Apple, so HTC can focus on innovation instead of litigation," Peter Chou, HTC's chief executive, said in a statement. Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, also expressed relief in a statement. "We will continue to stay laser focused on product innovation," he said.'"

Comment Sell it! (Score 1) 358

There's a lot of trash talk in startup circles (the, I work 120 hours per week and everyone in my team is a rockstar, kind. or, I'm sure my company will be worth 10x more than Facebook, kind. etc.) - but in the end of the day, $million dollar offers don't occur every day considering how many people are looking for exactly what you're being offered. I once had a $2M offer for my startup when business was good, but as soon as business went south for various reasons, everything is gone. I don't regret it too much - I got a nice job in a different company after my startup folded - but I'm not a millionaire now.

Yes, I'm sure you think your company will be worth $10B+ in a 5 years down the road right now - everybody does. And I can bet a big part of that perception is caused by the VCs and other entrepreneurs you talked to. Let me give you a clear answer to that as someone who has-been: even considering you're someone extraordinary, that's extremely unlikely. I don't mean to break your spirit, but you need a lot more than just being smart, hard working and charismatic to do that.
The Courts

Judge Suggests Apple, Motorola Should Play Nice 140

sl4shd0rk writes "Federal Judge Richard Posner seems to be a man who gets the screwed up patent system in the U.S. As Apple pressed for more injunctions against Motorola regarding alleged patent infringement, Judge Posner has stressed the two companies should just 'get along' and pay each other royalties. A jury trial set to start last week was cancelled when Posner ruled that neither side could prove damages, and grilled Apple's legal team saying an injunction against Motorola would be 'contrary to the public interest.' Furthermore, as Apple tried to plead its injunction case concerning four patents, Posner called the U.S. patent system 'chaos' and said an order barring the sale of Motorola phones could have 'catastrophic effects.'"

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