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Submission + - FBI Drops Case Against Apple; May Have Way to Break Phone (

msm1267 writes: The FBI has dropped its case against Apple less than a day before a scheduled court hearing and showdown over its demands that Apple help unlock a terrorist’s iPhone.

The government late Monday afternoon filed a motion to vacate its case, putting a halt to a saga that began in mid-February when a federal magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI access a phone belonging to one of the shooters involved in last December’s attack that killed 14 in San Bernardino, Calif.

The motion also indicates that the FBI may have found a way onto the phone without Apple’s help. “On Sunday, March 20, 2016, an outside party demonstrated to the FBI a possible method for unlocking [shooter Syed] Farook’s iPhone,” the motion says. “Testing is required to determine whether it is a viable method that will not compromise data on Farook’s iPhone. If the method is viable, it should eliminate the need for the assistance from Apple Inc. (“Apple”) set forth in the All Writs Act Order in this case.”

Comment Re:sub-contrat signing offshore? (Score 1) 596

Right, because people of good character can never be coerced into becoming bad actors. Right. I guess, if you find someone with no remaining living relatives or friends and no addictions or unmet needs, you'll have found the one person in the world nobody can leverage in any way. Good luck with that.

Never is not available as an option. Like has there never been a failure of the legal system. Good character does not have to be perfect, it only has to be more reliable than the legal system. To increase reliability increase the number of signers of known good character required.

Comment Re:sub-contrat signing offshore? (Score 1) 596

So you just choose people of good character to do your signing for you. As government moves to outlaw good character by forcing everyone to be a stooge for the government, it means the rule of law will no longer be an effective way to enforce contracts. In such an environment, ancient concepts like character and reputation become even more important.

Comment sub-contrat signing offshore? (Score 2) 596

Could apple contract with a foreign person, outside the jurisdiction of any U.S. Court, to do all the key signing that apple currently does? The sub-contractor would work according to a contractually specified algorithm, that basically says to signs what apple wants it to sign, but refuses to sign anything coerced. The sub-contractor would store the signing key outside the jurisdiction of any US court. If this scheme is ruled illegal and apple is pushed to the wall, apple could move all of itself offshore, and the Justice department could take responsibility for the resulting job loss.

Comment Re:compelled speech. (Score 1) 259

Everything you do while working as a reporter for the New York Times is Commercial Speech? You clearly, do not know what you are talking about.

If it is non-political in nature yes. Because free speech is really about Politically based speech, not just any and all speech.

Great, your brilliance has revealed that first amendment protection for literary and religious speech does not exist! Nobody knew that before.

Riddle me this. If I write a script, and my boss

Hey idiot, the first amendment restricts the government and not your f*cking boss. You have once again proved that you do not know what you are talking about.

The first amendment applies to many aspects of civil society not just political speech, such as religion, taste, literature, philosophy. This has been settled law for as long as anyone can remember.

Comment compelled speech. (Score 1) 259

Source code is speech. Compelling someone to create or modify source is compelling speech.

The government is not going to pay the true cost of this operation. Suppose the developer ordered to create this code quits instead, as indeed he must do, to protect his personal integrity. Yes developers can be bought on the market but it takes months to years to bring a developer up to speed on a particular piece of software. This can costs millions. I doubt the government will pay the true cost for this.

This will destroy the trust enjoyed by apple and its OS. The value of this asset can not be estimated. "He who robs my purse steals trash." The government does not intend to pay for this.

By Citizens United, corporations have rights. Therefore anything they do to Apple they can do to you. The government will be able to destroy the honor of any individual with integrity, with a simple court order, turning her into a government fink.

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