So I read What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, which is great, btw. My only complaint is that it should be like three times longer because more is better. But I love this comic.
Reeking of desperation, the Justice Department pulls out the classic chestnut, “Think of the children!” to try to get Apply to provide backdoor decryption for iPhones. How sad.
I knew I should have bought Goat Simulator when it was on sale last week. Dang it.
Hey, look! A shut-it-down supercut
There’s something about this quote I don’t like.
“The FBI has a sworn duty to keep every American safe from crime and terrorism, and technology has become the tool of choice for some very dangerous people,” Comey said in the speech at the Brookings Institution.
I don’t quite know what it is, but it just doesn’t sound right. Something about keeping safe rather than investigating crimes. Anyway, the FBI is still upset that Apple can’t unencrypt phones at the FBIs whim and probably won’t rest until they have access to everything you own.
A 1994 law, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, forces telephone companies to build surveillance technologies into their networks to allow law enforcement to install wiretaps. But the law hasn’t been updated and doesn’t cover new networks and devices.
Comey called for Congress to revise the law to create a “level playing field” so that Google, Apple, and Facebook have the same obligation as AT&T and Verizon to help police.
I think they should level the playing field by un-obligating AT&T and Verizon from spying on us.
Here’s a shocker. Sneak and peek warrants designed to be used to fight terrorism are being used for anything but that. Who could have seen that coming? Oh wait… everyone saw that coming. I’m pretty sure it was considered a feature.
Can we repeal the Patriot Act, get rid of the TSA and dismantle the Department of Homeland Security yet?
Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t be prepared for an Ebola outbreak (or hurricane or earthquake or other disaster). There are reasonable steps to take, like not going near ebola-infected people or countries. Not touching dead or sick people. For those of us that aren’t medical professionals, it shouldn’t be too hard to stay safe. This is not the same thing as panicking.
Also, I notice how two of the three people in the US that have ebola have acted contrary to public interest. Now, there are plenty of other people in America that were in West Africa and haven’t been incredibly stupid. But so far, they don’t have ebola. I don’t like saying it, but the government needs to implement some sort of control over the movements of those that have a reasonable chance of being infected.