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Comment Re:Coding (Score 1) 342

First one I could find was 3 years old but yeah iOS ones exist obviously.

I don't think it'd be a bad idea starting off kids at even first grade level with simple things, then advancing throughout the grades. I'd even go as far to say this is far more beneficial to a child than universal pre-k. Troy Hunt also started off his kid on coding, he has a writeup here:

Comment Brute Force (Score 1) 610

idk if it's been stated before, but the court order sounds more like "help us brute force the key" not "help us decrypt the data". I guess philosophically it's one in the same, but slightly technically different. Here's the exact text.

important functions: (1) it will bypass or disable the auto-erase function whether or not it has been enabled; (2) it will enable the FBI to submit passcodes to the SUBJECT DEVICE for testing electronically via the physical device port, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or other protocol available on the SUBJECT DEVICE and (3) it will ensure that when the FBI submits passcodes to the SUBJECT DEVICE, software running on the device will not purposefully introduce any additional delay between passcode attempts beyond what is incurred by Apple hardware. Apple's reasonable technical assistance may include, but is not limited to: providing the FBI with a signed iPhone Software file, recovery bundle, or other Software Image File ("SIF") that can be loaded onto the SUBJECT DEVICE. The SIF will load and run from Random Access Memory and will not modify the iOS on the actual phone, the user data partition or system partition on the device's flash memory. The SIF will be coded by Apple with a unique identifier of the phone so that the SIF would only load and execute on the SUBJECT DEVICE. The SIF will be loaded via Device Firmware Upgrade ("DFU") mode, recovery mode, or other applicable mode available to the FBI. Once active on the SUBJECT DEVICE, the SIF will accomplish the three functions specified in paragraph 2. The SIF will be loaded on the SUBJECT DEVICE at either a government facility, or alternatively, at an Apple facility; if the latter, Apple shall provide the government with remote access to the SUBJECT DEVICE through a computer allowing the government to conduct passcode recovery analysis. If Apple determines that it can achieve the three functions stated above in paragraph 2, as well as the functionality set forth in paragraph 3, using an alternate technological means from that recommended by the government, and the government concurs, Apple may comply with this Order in that way.

Comment Relativity (Score 1) 203

Having lived within walking distance, less than a handful of blocks away from LGA for the better half of the last decade, I've seen countless improvements to LGA over the past 3 years. It doesn't make sense to now close the airport after upgrading the terminals, adding new buildings, and adding the new ATC tower with the new radar antenna situated on top. Having flown from LGA on numerous occasions, I really don't see it being a 3rd world country airport at all. Is it shittier than JFK, yes, it doesn't have a gigantic mall in it like JFK does. But who goes to airports for the shopping? Or for the scenery? I suggest people take a flight to a 3rd world airport and see the conditions there. I've been to HK Intl too (to the new airport, not the old one), and in comparison, JFK is far shittier than that airport. It's all relative.

Comment Re:50% of us have an iPhone (Score 1) 495

There are tons of options in the settings that allow you to restrict what apps have access to resources like geolocation, social media, contacts, pics, etc. I'm not too sure what you mean by allow us to decide what software we run to do so. Do you mean that the app store doesn't have enough variety for your tastes? It's a difficult juggling act to please your desire for a secure environment while at the same time allowing you to run any piece of untrusted/verified code out there. Personally, obviously I think, I'm happy with the balance now.

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