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Encryption

BlackBerry Comments on Canadian Police Eavesdropping Report (blackberry.com) 61

Last week, a report, citing court documents, claimed that Canadian police have had BlackBerry's global decryption key since 2010. Today BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially commented on the report. In a blog post, Chen reiterated that his company remains committed to doing what is "right for the citizenry," without confirming if the Candian police have the "global encryption key." "I have stated before that we are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good," Chen wrote, adding that the company's cooperation with the Canadian police resulted in shutting down a criminal organization. He adds: Regarding BlackBerry's assistance, I can reaffirm that we stood by our lawful access principles. Furthermore, at no point was BlackBerry's BES server involved. Our BES continues to be impenetrable -- also without the ability for backdoor access -- and is the most secure mobile platform for managing all mobile devices. That's why we are the gold standard in government and enterprise-grade security. For BlackBerry, there is a balance between doing what's right, such as helping to apprehend criminals, and preventing government abuse of invading citizen's privacy, including when we refused to give Pakistan access to our servers. (Update). We have been able to find this balance even as governments have pressured us to change our ethical grounds. Despite these pressures, our position has been unwavering and our actions are proof we commit to these principles. To recall, Chen criticized Apple last year when the iPhone maker refused to unlock a terrorist's iPhone. At the time, he said, Apple was "putting reputation above the greater good."

Comment Re:Timing,,, (Score 1) 1017

The chances are

1. he actually did it
2. this is a plot by US officials to get him
3. someone wants to make US officials seem sheer idiots making such ludicrous plots
4. someone wants to make someone against US look bad because everything under point 3 all is too ridiculous to be taken seriously
5. someone wants someone else look like plotting like in point 4
etc. going on basically switching 3 and 4...

If I had to guess, I'd say the correct answer is 11. or maybe 23.

Submission + - The Next Wave? (theregister.co.uk)

cedarhillbilly writes: From my perspective as a non-developer, Matt Asay consistently delivers way more insight into the emerging digital culture than anyone I customarily read. Today's essay in the Register takes on Google Wave from the perspective of visionary change versus incremental change and suggests that visionaries should be transforming the todayness of our lives rather than leapfrogging. Wondering if Google sensed this when they famously said they were worried about having too many geniuses http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/02/google_hiring_practrices/ Asay re-makes the point that the open source development model necessarily builds on a community of contributors and users and not the mad scientist in an ivory tower.
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My girlfriend asked if I value my car more than her.
I said getting a new car would cost more.

Comment Re:"Cause I'm the only judge of what is proper"... (Score 2, Interesting) 212

RIAA and the industry behind it are bound to vanish soon, so they have nothing to lose anymore and they can use any means they wish to gain small wins before the destruction. The problem is that the stupid laws they push will bug people for decades after the nowadays media industry has been buried and forgotten.

Almost every dying meme or institution works in a same aggressive and self-destructing way. Look at the news.

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Women feel soft
when touched.
They cry a lot
and live entirely
on carbohydrates.

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