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Amazon Web Services

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2021 by andelino

We are all used to Amazon delivering packages to our doors and mailboxes. But did you know that Amazon also delivers virtually every filmed video in the United States to your screen?

According to an article at the American Prospect, Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides service to 32 percent of the Internet. However, the dominance of AWS expands further when examining digital video delivery in the United States.

“AWS is the back-end provider for Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Paramount+, Peacock, HBO Max, Discovery+, and of course, Amazon Prime. As of February of this year, that list includes the top six streaming services in the U.S. by subscribers; Discovery+, which is not on that list, is merging with HBO Max, and Paramount+ didn’t launch until March. Just from those top six, 558.8 million U.S. subscribers rely on AWS to get their streaming video. Yes, this is more people than live in the United States; that’s because, as you doubtless know, many people subscribe to more than one streaming service.”

Over 550 million streaming accounts in the U.S. are run by AWS. In addition, every major movie studio (Disney, Universal, Warner Bros., and Paramount) stream their new releases on services run by AWS. Even movie theaters receive their new releases via a cloud, which is run by, you guessed it, AWS.

Not only is movie distribution relying on Amazon Web Services for distribution and digital infrastructure, but over 1,600 television channels utilize AWS. That includes Fox, Viacom, CBS and the Discovery families of networks.

“If you are watching a filmed piece of entertainment on any screen at a theater, at home or on your phone through a digital direct-to-customer stream, on a television network, or on a streaming service, the odds are extremely likely that you’re making use of AWS.”

No matter which service you choose to use, Amazon has some amount of control in having it delivered to your screen: They have a phantom monopoly on the filmed media industry in the United States. This phantom monopoly should concern us all because Amazon has a track record of censoring content that does not align with its political agenda. Amazon has barely flexed its censorship muscles but has already shown what power it holds.

The most significant censorship by Amazon was the removal of Parler from its servers, giving the social media company only 24 hours’ notice on January 10. This was in conjunction with Apple and Google banning Parler from their app stores. Amazon claims Parler violated the service agreement by allowing violent content to be shared on its platform. The Amazon e-mail stated that it “cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others.”

After the January 6 protests, Parler did not ban content about election fraud, President Donald Trump or any other opinion. Other Big Tech companies banned President Trump and have since censored any content about election fraud, Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness, and the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. These opinions do not align with those of these tech giants.

While these Big Tech companies have blocked individuals or certain content, Amazon has the power to completely blot out websites at a whim. Thirty-two percent of the Internet is run on Amazon Web Services. That is a lot of power for a company that may decide your opinions “encourage or incite violence” or violate any of its vague service agreement clauses.

Another instance occurred when Amazon removed the documentary “Created Equal on Justice Clarence Thomas” from its streaming service with no warning or notice. According to the Wall Street Journal: Director Michael Pack said that Created Equal was doing well on Amazon, so it wasn’t pulled because no one wanted to see it. “For a while our film was, briefly, No. 1 in documentaries. And I think it’s still No. 25 or 30, so it’s been selling,” he said. Notably, he added, less-popular documentaries about Anita Hill and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continue to be available for streaming on Amazon. “So why don’t they offer Created Equal? There’s obviously customer demand.”

Amazon has not given an explanation on why it suddenly decided to remove a documentary on a conservative minded Supreme Court justice (contractually it is not required to provide an explanation). But this is not the first time Amazon has removed content, as WSJ explained:

“If this episode sounds familiar, it’s because Amazon pulled a similar stunt last fall. Eli Steele’s What Killed Michael Brown?—a critique of liberal social policies that was written and narrated by his father, the race scholar Shelby Steele—was slated to stream on Amazon in October, then held up for reasons the company never fully explained.”

Amazon eventually relented and made the film available, but only after these pages weighed in and made a fuss. The documentary was picked up by the Daily Wire and is available to view on its website. This is an example of Amazon censoring content it directly controls. But as seen through the Parler example, it can remove the support servers for any of the businesses that use AWS.

While most of these streaming corporations lean left and allow unspeakably immoral content on their platform for millions of Americans to consume, it is doubtful any would allow their company to be destroyed for the sake of free speech. Amazon has enough leverage over the industry to cause universal censorship. This behavior has been manifest in another Amazon business line.

In addition to its dominance in the film industry, Amazon also controls 83 % of the book market. So what happens if the book you are selling does not align with Amazon’s opinions?

In early 2021, Amazon banned the book When Harry Became Sally, by conservative Ryan T. Anderson, which provides a different view on the transgender movement. The book was first released in 2018 and was one of the bestsellers on Amazon. The official Amazon policy states:

“We don’t sell certain content including content that we determine is hate speech, promotes the abuse or sexual exploitation of children, contains pornography, glorifies rape or pedophilia, advocates terrorism, or other material we deem inappropriate or offensive.”

Amazon sold the book in 2018, 2019 and 2020, but decided in 2021 that it is in violation of these guidelines. Three Republican senators wrote to Amazon asking for an explanation on the decision. Amazon responded by saying it has “chosen not to sell books that frame lgbtq+ identity as a mental illness.”

To add to the confusion, in May 2021 Amazon decided to keep selling Abigail Shrier’s book “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.” Nearly 500 Amazon employees have signed a petition to have the book removed. At least two Amazon employees have resigned in protest. In 2020, Amazon refused to allow paid promotions of Ms. Shrier’s book.

In addition to the books that challenge the radical-leftist view of transgenderism, Amazon also temporarily banned criticism of the reaction to Covid-19, as NBC News writes:

Last year, Amazon blocked the selling of a self-published e-book that claimed the harms of the coronavirus were overstated, but reversed its decision after Elon Musk tweeted that the company’s decision was “insane.”

Amazon has been so inconsistent and vague that its unpredictability only allows censorship to be easier in the future. Would Amazon ever leverage its dominance in the film and book industry to censor opposing opinions?

Amazon’s new CEO is left-leaning Andy Jassy, who was leading Amazon Web Services when it de-platformed Parler, he’s now over the entire company. Amazon has censored before, and it likely will again. The war over censorship is moving toward a climactic battle.

After the January 6 protests, Big Tech acted in a concerted manner to censor any news or opinions that claimed the riot was not a terrorist attack or insurrection. Michelle Obama wrote a letter to Big Tech CEO’s to censor Donald Trump and conservatives and they did her bidding. However, since the Biden administration has taken power, it has escalated to state-sponsored censorship.

The Wall Street Journal ran an article that quotes a letter from two Democrat representatives addressed to Amazon, Apple, Google and cable companies. It reported:

“The letter is a demand for more ideological censorship. Our country’s public discourse is plagued by misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories and lies,” write Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney. They quote a claim that right-wing media is “much more susceptible,” and demand to know why Amazon’s Fire TV carries certain conservative programs.

Since when have lawmakers asked private companies to censor their political opponents? On July 15, the New York Post reported that the Biden administration is compiling a list of posts for Facebook to censor: “White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is identifying ‘problematic’ posts for Facebook to censor because they contain ‘misinformation’ about Covid-19.”

Is Big Tech virtually another branch of the U.S. government? President Donald Trump is suing Facebook, Twitter and Google for censorship, claiming that the companies are acting as government agents, working hand-in-glove with the radical left. The battle over Big Tech censorship and free speech is ramping up.

Where is all of this leading? There will come a time in the future when free speech will be unavailable. The message coming from God’s work will disappear, like food disappearing in a famine. Amos also says that the “land is not able to bear all his words” (Amos 7:10). People in America will not be able to bear the message of warning and will seek to censor that message.

Besides the other tech giants, it is not hard to imagine how a company like Amazon, which has such a dominant influence on the Internet, film industry and online bookselling, could cause a famine of God’s Word.

That time is not here yet. God does deliver America from bitter affliction for a short period of time (2 Kings 14:26-27). What does this mean for you?

Watch and observe where Big Tech censorship is leading.

Apple’s Rotten Plans

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , on August 26, 2021 by andelino

Apple wants to keep child sexual abuse material off their iCloud servers and away from minors and has created an uproar among their fans and beyond. Because, however noble and necessary their cause, the technical implementation and unspoken general suspicion towards everyone sparks controversy. So what are Apple planning, how far can they go as a private company, and how are other service providers handling the issue? Let’s find out!

What happened? Apple announced that, beginning this fall in the US, they will add three new features to iPhones, iPad and macOS devices meant to combat abuse and sexual molestation of children. A focal point will be detecting CSAM (child sexual abuse material), preventing its spread and reporting offenders to the authorities. That’s a great idea and no cause for concern, right? Let’s look at the new features in detail, starting with Siri and Search. In the future, users who come in contact with CSAM by whatever means will be offered information on how to report the material. Users who actively search for CSAM will be notified of its harmfulness and given information to seek professional help for their condition. Things will get more interesting for iMessage users under the age of 13: Their in and outgoing messages will be locally scanned for CSAM, provided users have Family Sharing enabled and parental approval has been given. Findings will be initially blurred and minors required to actively confirm to view the images, after which parents will be notified of the action–without either them or Apple ever seeing the relevant material.

The bone of contention. While these two features alone have already created quite a stir, it’s the third one that takes the cake. All photos scheduled for iCloud uploading will be checked against a special CSAM database. Here’s how: The files will be scanned and analyzed locally to generate a hash value using Apple’s new NeuralHash procedure. Think of hash values as fairly unique digital fingerprints, like human DNA. The values will then be compared against said database that contains hash values of known CSAM images. This method is said to also compensate for minor modifications, like size adjustments or compression artifacts. Positive matches won’t be reported immediately, Apple has set a threshold of around 30 matches before findings will be manually reviewed by a human. If the images are then confirmed to be CSAM, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) will be notified, including law enforcement agencies by extension. Affected user accounts will be suspended but users will receive no warning either when the first match occurs or when the threshold is exceed.

What does Apple say? Naturally, Apple insist they have found the optimal solution, also with regard to user privacy. They are particularly proud the scanning will take place on user devices so Apple will only learn about positive matches and only once the threshold is exceeded. In addition, false positives are said to be nigh impossible and users will have the right to object to their accounts being suspended. Since the image analysis isn’t pixel-perfect and is performed through machine learning, the system will be both flexible and robust. Each image will be uploaded along with a safety voucher that deems it safe or unsafe. There is said to be a one-in-a-trillion chance of false positives. So all is well? It’s not the current, or near-future, state of affairs that critics fear, it’s the general trend this approach may have just ushered in.

Controversial even at Apple. Apple is known for secrecy and discretion but, this time, details about a lively debate among their employees have come out. The staff in Cupertino fear a disproportionate expansion of the new measures, e.g. driven by all too nosy governments, and a departure from the “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone” mantra that has long been part of Apple’s DNA. The fear of interference by international intelligence agencies is already all too real: In mainland China, all iCloud data is being routed through local data centers–with a premium focus on data privacy, I’m sure. Then there’s the never-ending fight between US authorities and everything encrypted and/or inaccessible to them–with the EU being a close second. Both here and there, efforts are underway to undermine encryption and monitor messages and chats on a massive scale. After all, citizens could potentially use their privacy to break the law.

Encrypted = suspicious. Governments across the globe have long dreaded encrypted communication between users. And there have been several unsuccessful requests made by US authorities to Apple to unlock iPhones of suspected criminals. So far, Apple never complied, usually stating their unwillingness to create a precedent and their general technological inability, e.g. because of encryption. Once the above described iMessage and iCloud scanning is in place, the latter argument will likely fall flat. Both law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be having a field day. Since the scanning will take place before the uploaded files are encrypted, this will also compromise a holy grail of communication: end-to-end encryption. Many critics consider this a wide-open backdoor: Once the technology is installed, what’s to stop Apple, or others, from scanning for different material as well?

Reliability concerns. Though Apple’s approach is based on somewhat new technology, we’ve had AI-driven software-based scanning and filters for many years now. And we’ve had false positives time and time again. In the case of Apple, this would mean users being locked out of their accounts and data without notice. Something similar happened last year when some users were locked out of their Microsoft accounts without comment or warning. They had uploaded images of their babies in the bathtub (more or less naked or not wearing diapers) to OneDrive and were banned as a result. “You’d better not subscribe if you have photos of you wearing a skin-colored bra” users in some forums scoffed. That these images are perfectly legal in some countries, e.g. Germany, and that users are often totally unaware OneDrive syncing is active is completely irrelevant–to Microsoft. The company hides behind passages in their terms and conditions that ban “nudity, brutality and pornography” and leave ample room for interpretation. Apple users could now be facing a similar fate, especially since many are unaware they have iCloud syncing enabled. Cloud providers like to push their services by setting them as defaults or, some say, (re)enabling them after system updates–by accident, of course. In the case of Apple devices, this means that images will be proactively scanned for CSAM in the near future.

How others are handling the situation. As a rule of thumb: Everything you upload to the cloud or social networks will be scanned for illegal content. This includes Facebook and Twitter as well as Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive, with either Microsoft’s PhotoDNA or Google’s Bedspread detector being used. Since providers can be held accountable for hosted files, this makes perfect sense. Numerous email providers act the same way, including Apple’s iCloud-based email service that has included sporadic checks for years. Google’s Gmail has been scanning for illegal content and collaborated with law enforcement agencies since 2014.

Doubts remain. Does the end (of CSAM?) justify the means or does this shotgun approach put every decent citizen under general suspicion while every criminal with half a brain has already fled to the Darknet and hidden behind complex encryption procedures? I believe it pays to adopt a critical stance and not condone everything just to avoid being dubbed a contrarian or someone who has “something to hide.” It’s also strange that private companies are given so much leeway here and only face sanctions in the event of serious law infringement. Maybe an international and unbiased oversight committee could provide assistance and assess procedures but we’re not there yet. But is it legal for Apple to use my resources (battery, processor, time) to scan a device which they don’t own? Is this a noble fight against child pornography or the prelude to mass surveillance on an unprecedented scale, as Edward Snowden fears?

You see, I’m on the fence about this development, however much I support the fight against child pornography. If you’ve already made up your mind, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

How To Survive Big Tech

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2021 by andelino

The largest technology companies in the United States don’t like you very much. Conservatives will have their voices silenced just like the dissenters in China.

So, what should you do to survive “The Purge”

Social Media

Start by recognizing that you can’t fix the tech platforms that are bent on eradicating your “Social Media” point-of-views. You’ll have to go elsewhere or be exiled. So consider alternative social media platforms focusing on freedom of speech like Parler, Gab, MeWee, Rumble, etc.

Search Engines

Google kicked Parler off its app store because it disagreed with posts that users published. Weak, lame, silly, petty. Yeah, but it is what it is. You can’t fix Google, so avoid it.

DuckDuckGo is a fantastic search engine, they don’t track you, don’t sell your data and do not have the algorithmic political bias that Google does. Go HERE to see how to change the search engine you use from Google to ANYTHING else.

Another great search engine is Brave, a fast, private and secure web browser for PC, Mac and mobile. Download now to enjoy a faster ad-free browsing experience that saves data and battery life by blocking tracking software.

Tech Choices

Apple and Google kicked free speech company Parler off of its app store. If you have an iPhone or a Pixel, you’re financially supporting their actions.

While Samsung still uses Google’s Android OS, picking a phone not made by Apple or Google nets the monopolistic demons much less revenue than buying their phones.

You can also “de-Google” your Android phone to completely release you from Big Tech’s grasp:

The ultimate idea is to make sure you aren’t stuck on a single platform, with a single provider, on a single device. You must decentralize your communications so that you can get the information you need.

While luxuriating in Tahiti, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made a shameful but bold decision: He removed thousands of conservative voices from his platform, including GrrrGraphics. You can follow GrrrGraphics on Gab with same ID @GRRRGRAPHICS.

Our mass violation? We were all pro-Trump. Dorsey “lied” and said we were promoting ”violence” while he allowed “hang Pence” messages to stay.

Not to be outdone, Jeff Bezos also “cleansed” the Twitter alternative, Parler, from his company’s cloud servers. Trump supporters are now being smeared as “terrorists” by the far left mega billionaires.

Throughout 2020, Facebook was busy “censoring” conservative voices on their platform. Mark Zuckerberg is good friends with China’s President Xi.

Zuckerberg speaks Chinese. He asked Xi to name his child. Zuckerberg clearly interfered with the election by refusing to allow any comments or links to Hunter’s notorious laptop. Facebook went the Hillary route of lying and said with zero proof that it was “Russian disinformation.”

Try using Google for any searches of conservative opinions and you’ll see page after page of leftist opinions stating why conservatives are wrong. Goggle does “evil” and it’s now nothing more than a “socialist propaganda arm” and not a search engine.

Many on the left claim it’s perfectly fine for these CEOs to burn conservative opinions. After all, they are private companies and can do whatever they want. Not exactly. They are publicly-held companies. Twitter’s stock got slammed the other day and rightfully so. Let’s hope the mega billionaires are all taken down a peg or two, but more importantly, we all need to point out the hypocrisy of the left for blatantly violating our First Amendment.

The lefty mega billionaires know their plans for us are unpopular. Their ideas don’t stand up in the marketplace of ideas, so they want to limit and control that marketplace.  They know this is not aligned with our Constitution, but they don’t care. They admire the “Chicoms” system more. Hence their naked display of reckless power.

They must be awfully “afraid” if they’re resorting to “silencing” millions of Americans.

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The vilification and purge is not so much about Trump as it is about you

Wilhelm Tell Overture

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2020 by andelino

Bronx Barmaid Alexandria “Sandy” Ocasio-Cortez, better known by her initials AOC, went live on her Instagram to “rant” about the US Presidency to provide more testing and to support the effort of local and state governments.

According to “Sandy”  the president has not been supportive enough of the governors and that medical supplies and local funding is needed.

“So that’s what we need to do. If you want your freedom, if you want to end the shutdown, then tell your president to make some damn test and to support the state governments. It is outrageous. So, if you wanna make sure we reopen the economy, while don’t you turn around, match over to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and protest this president, who is not supporting the governors in making sure that we get the test, the medical equipment, the hospital funding and the state and local funding so that we can all get on with our lives. That’s what I got to say about that.” 

Unhappy with the House Republicans, Barmaid “Sandy” returned to Congress for a second time to denounce the aid Stimulus package for small businesses, (which she actually voted for despite her claims to the contrary) saying it’s unconscionable that Republicans in the house were not willing to vote for money to fund hospitals and testing.

Venting on the House floor she whined “It is a joke when Republicans say that they have urgency around this bill…you are not trying fix this bill for mom & pops. We have to fight to fund hospitals. Fighting to fund testing. That is what er are fighting for in this bill. It is unconscionable.”

In frustration Barmaid “Sandy” returned for a third time to Congress to release some of her “anger” while conducting the 1812  Wilhelm Tell Overture without her mandatory face mask.

Note: Turn your sound up to experience the full benefit of this video.

All that was missing was the Apple and a crossbow arrow piercing her “mushy” brains.

Trump iPhone

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2017 by andelino

Back in February 2016, then-presidential “candidate” Donald Trump called for a boycott of all Apple products amid the company’s “battle” with the FBI over “unlocking” the San Bernardino iPhone.

Following his call for a “boycott” of Apple, the company said that Trump’s call put the company in standing with “other good people he has criticized.”

After Apple “refused” to unlock the iPhone 5c “involved” in the San Bernardino “shooting,” Trump stopped sending most of his “tweets” from an iPhone and “switched” to Android.

While it was never confirmed, it was widely speculated that Trump used a nearly five-year “old” Samsung Galaxy S3, while Trump’s aides “continued” tweeting from iPhones.

Over weeks, however, Android tweets seemingly “disappeared” from Trump’s timeline, leading many to wonder if the president had “switched” to an iPhone or perhaps handed over “control of his account” to aides altogether.

Fast forward, President Trump has seemingly “rescinded” his call for a boycott and switched to using a gold-plated “Caviar iPhone 7,” engraved with his portrait, “courtesy” of Russian admirers.

The Trump iPhone 7 is outfitted with a “gold plate” on the rear, and has the US President-elect’s “portrait” etched on the upper half of the device.

His full name “Donald John Trump” encircles Trump’s portrait. Just below the giant “TRUMP” branding at the rear bottom of the handset, you can also see Donald Trump’s tagline “Make America Great Again.” Caviar didn’t forget to place the United States’ “coat of arms” in the middle of the golden slab on the back. The “custom” Trump iPhone 7 “costs” 197,000 rubles or about $3042.

The special-edition has been “produced” by Moscow-based brand “Caviar” better known for their “designs” featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A Caviar-designed iPhone “decorated” with a portrait of Russian leader Vladimir Putin features an image of the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula and the words, “Crimea: In the hearts of the people.”

It’s worth “pointing” out that the Trump iPhone 7 costs “less” than Caviar’s top-tier Putin iPhone, which is “priced” at $3,766.

The company says buying a Putin iPhone was the “best way to express patriotism.” Putin has become the “symbol” of the new generation. “People see him as a strong-willed and decisive leader,” said Caviar.

Caviar says that the Trump phone is a symbol of “hope” for better Russian-U.S. ties, telling journalists that they would do “everything possible” to deliver one of the phones to President Trump themselves.

But it is too soon to “imagine” Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin calling each other with their respective “Caviar iPhones.” Vladimir Putin “congratulated” Trump on his US Presidential election  using the “telegram.”

“Russia’s leader once again congratulated Mr. Trump on his victory in the presidential election, wished him success in implementing his campaign platform, and expressed willingness to build a collaborative dialogue with the new administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and noninterference in the other’s internal affairs,” the Kremlin’s press release said.

Donald Trump is believed to have cozy relations with Vladimir Putin. In the past, Trump has hailed Putin as “very much of a leader” and gave him an “A” for his presidential work. The Russian President has said he was looking forward to “working with Trump” to bolster Russia-US relations.

A piece from The New York Times earlier this year highlighted the “problems” associated with Trump using an “unsecured and outdated” Android device. The report explained that many of Trump’s advisors and aides, not to mention the Secret Service, had issue with the president using the “old, unsecured Android phone.”

Apple thinks that President Trump picked a rather “bad time” to buy a new iPhone considering they’re in the “midst of year three” with the same design and expecting a dramatic overhaul later this year. It’s also unlikely that Trump will be using the new RED iPhone 7.

Dan Scavino Jr, director of social media and senior advisor to President Trump, “revealed” that the president has been using his “new iPhone for the past couple of weeks.” Scavino also “confirmed” that yes, it’s still President Trump “himself” behind most of those tweets.

“Anyone want to guess what iPhone President Trump is using? Offer up your thoughts and guesses down in the comments. .@POTUS @realDonaldTrump has been using his new iPhone for the past couple of weeks here on Twitter. Yes, it is #POTUS45 reading & tweeting!” — Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) March 29, 2017

Wikileaks just released info “detailing” how the CIA effectively “hack every Apple device on the planet.”

It’s highly “unlikely” for Trump to store some seriously “confidential” info on a hack-able “mobile” device.

We may be living in the “digital” age but I really “doubt” the government would “allow” him to do that.

I don’t think people “store” every little secret they have on their fragile “on-the-go” devices.

Anyone who does that is a “complete” retard.

Now We Know — Apple Can Unlock iPhones, Here’s How to Hack-Proof your Device

iPhone Encryption

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by andelino

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In December, 14 people were “killed” and 22 were seriously injured in a “terrorist” attack in San Bernardino, California. The two terrorists, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, were later killed in a shootout with police.

Law enforcement recovered Farook’s “iPhone 5c,” which they believe may contain information relevant to the terror investigation.

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Farook’s iPhone is protected by a “security code” set to wipe the contents of the Smartphone after “10 attempts” to log in with the wrong code. A federal court in California has ordered Apple to “provide reasonable technical assistance” by either creating a special version of the operating system that’s currently on Farook’s phone, in order to “disable” the 10-try maximum and allow a computer to “connect” to the phone and guess every “possible” security code, or to provide an alternative means of accessing the phone.

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The Obama administration defended the Justice Department’s request, vowing that the government would solely use the new program on Farook’s phone.

Apple is currently “refusing” to comply with the request. Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a statement, “A Message To Our Customers”, in which he says, “The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

What is the case against “complying” with the order?

Opponents of the order fear that it gives the government power over the Smartphone’s encryption technology by building a “backdoor” to the iPhone. As Tim Cook claims,

“The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.”

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Some would argue that “building” a backdoor for just “one iPhone” is a simple, clean-cut solution. But it “ignores” both the basics of “digital security” and the significance of what the government is “demanding” in this case.

In today’s digital world, the “key” to an encrypted system is a piece of information that “unlocks” the data, and it is only as secure as the “protections” around it. Once the information is “known,” or a way to bypass the code is “revealed,” the encryption can be “defeated” by anyone with that knowledge.

The government suggests this “tool” could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s “simply” not true. Once created, the technique could be used “over and over” again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a “master key,” capable of opening hundreds of millions of “locks,” from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai agreed with Cook, saying on Twitter that “forcing” tech companies to hack users’ devices “could be a troubling precedent.”

Many privacy rights groups have also weighed in, claiming that, once created, this “backdoor” could be exploited by criminals or “abused” by the government.

What is the case for “complying” with the order?

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Advocates of complying with the order claim that the fears of critics are overblown and that Apple is merely grandstanding to ingratiate themselves with privacy-rights advocates.

As Gabriel Malor explains, until this week, no one claimed that removing the auto-erase and delay features of pass codes constituted a “backdoor.” “Uses of the term to refer to the order in this case are thus misleading,” says Malor. “This order does not require Apple to hand over a key to its encryption that could be used on other devices.”

Malor also says this case would not set a new precedent since it already relies on an old precedent:

“The All Writs Act derives from the Founders’ acknowledgment that sometimes courts require aid from third parties to administer justice. To the extent that Apple and other phone manufactures worry they may be asked to help law enforcement in the future, the Supreme Court set that precedent in a 1977 case called United States v. New York Telephone Co.”

Gus Hurwitz says that Apple’s refusal actually does more harm than good for the privacy-rights cause:

“Cook’s concerns at best overstate the threat, and by doing so make it harder rather than easier to get some consensus around legitimately difficult but very important issues: the ongoing technological disruption of the delicate relationship between individuals and the state — between privacy and liberty on the one hand, and security on the other.”

Hurwitz also explains why we should not be concerned about this issue:

“Contrary to Tim Cook’s concerns, courts do not have plenary authority to “intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.” And, where they may have some authority to authorize such conduct, it is limited at least by the 4th Amendment and usually limited even further by statute. The All Writs Act doesn’t expand a court’s authority — it only allows them to exercise what authority they clearly do have, including by commandeering the assistance of those who would otherwise deliberately obstruct a lawful court order.”

Charles Krauthammer adds, “The grandstanding that Apple is doing I think is deplorable.” He says the solution is simple: “What you do is, you go to Apple and you say, ‘Look, you take this, you take this one phone, you open it wherever you want, in some secret lab, underwater, off the Pacific Isles, all we want is the information. If you like, you can incinerate the phone after all this is done — give us the information.”

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Is there a way to “resolve” the issue?

Apple will “appeal” the case, but will likely “lose” the legal battle and may be “forced” to comply with the order.

However, an alternative “solution” has been offered by John McAfee, the controversial “cyber security expert” who is running for “president” as a member of the Libertarian Party.

McAfee says,

“So here is my offer to the FBI. I will, free of charge, decrypt the information on the San Bernardino phone, with my team. We will primarily use social engineering, and it will take us three weeks. If you accept my offer, then you will not need to ask Apple to place a back door in its product, which will be the beginning of the end of America.”

If you “doubt” my credentials, Google “cybersecurity legend” and see whose name is the “only” name that appears in the first “10” results out of more than a “quarter of a million.”

Yes, it has gotten this bad. In language simple enough for even a child to understand, John McAfee explains for the world and to the FBI how to hack an iPhone or any computer that is in physical custody. No need for network-connected backdoors. Batteries included.

Now… why could the FBI possibly still want that backdoor?

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Gay CEO Tim Cook

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2015 by andelino

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

“We will never tolerate discrimination. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous.”

However, since Apple still “sells” many iPhones in African and Middle-East nations where “homosexuality” is punishable by “death,” many are finding this statement “hypocritical.”

Some conservative “heterosexuals” have called for Apple to be “consistent” and pull out of all these “gay-killing” nations.

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Obviously, Apple is using “different” books for different “geographical” areas. THINK DIFFERENT!

We are having a “dilemma” here.

We cannot “allow” conservative heterosexuals to be the champions of “oppressed” minorities.

We cannot allow the “slumbering” masses to see our adversaries “using” our own tactics.

Apple’s desire to make a “bold” statement has “backfired” by revealing that they were more interested in making a “capitalistic” profit off gay-hating “practitioners” of the Islamic “Religion of Peace” than in preventing “discrimination” by conservative business owners who “object” to participating in “gay” activities.

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We need to find “creative” ways to “cover up” our gay brother’s “hypocrisy” and stop the “execution and torture” of gays worldwide.

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The problem with this “statement” is that God didn’t give you this “gift,” you made a deliberate “free will” choice to be gay.

Enjoy your “self-identified” lifestyle.

Gay Phones

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 4, 2014 by andelino

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After Apple CEO, Tim Cook, came out of the “closest as being gay,” Islamic jihadists decide to “dump” their iPhones and switch to a “cell phone” company not run by a “filthy” homosexual.

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Sorry fans of Apple, I love suck Dicks.

So Cook’s gay “announcement” actually had a benefit…”it freaked out Muslim and ISIS terrorist.”

Tim’s revelation is also causing trouble in other Muslim areas too.

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Shekh Abdulaziz Abassy.

A leading “firebrand” Saudi cleric spoke out in response to Cook “revealing” himself to be gay, declaring the iPhones 5 and 6, “developed” under Cook’s tenure, as “sinful.”

“It is imperative that fans of Apple immediately switch to the fourth generation handset, but not the 4S, else find themselves open to corrupt forces,” said Shekh Abdulaziz Abassy in his “weekly” podcast.

iPad users were also warned, with the iPads 3 and 4, iPad Mini and iPad Air labeled “haram” by Abassy.

“And those who look into the advanced retina display of the 13-inch Macbook Pro will find themselves vulnerable to immoral Western principles,” he added.

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Neat “opening” move, Tim, invoking your “own belief in God” to neutralize the religious “bigots,” and to make the point that your “homosexuality” is as inherent as “heterosexuality.”

Actually, God didn’t give you a “gift”…He gave you a “free will” to choose “being” gay.

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For those who “believe” in the teachings of God’s Word, the “Bible,” here is what God “said” in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV)

“9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men. 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

If you leave God “out of the equation” you are nothing more than another “homosexual” pervert.

With all due respect, nobody cares about your “free will choices” with the exception of Muslims who “hate” your self-proclaimed “lifestyle” and “hang” gays.

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If you felt “uncomfortable” telling the world you’re “gay,” that’s on you. That you felt “compelled” to is also on you.

We, the world, “don’t give a damn.” Neither did Steven Paul Jobs aka “Steve”

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October 30, 2014
I am so turning in my grave right now.

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Steve Jobs

Posted in uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2011 by andelino

In the now-classic commencement speech at Stanford University, Steve Jobs talked about his experience of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, as well as what he hoped would be a permanent cure. In this speech we learn about the life and wisdom of Steve Job who dispensed this advice about how to live before you die:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and Polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Thank you all very much.”

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

As the dust settles, my thoughts turn not to an Apple without Jobs but to a world without him. The morbidity of the death watch is an unseemly subject, but it is the elephant in the room. Jobs’ final thing was to compartmentalize his health and assure shareholders with winks and nods that there would be life after him, even if the tech press wasn’t in on the secret. In a world where what’s good for Apple is also usually good for America, that is one of Jobs’ most remarkable achievements.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

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