Following Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration on Wednesday that Apple is unable to decrypt devices using iOS 8, Google let it be known that the next version of Android will shield data on devices more effectively.
Android has supported user-controlled device encryption since the debut of version 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), with improvements over the years. But now Google plans to turn device encryption on by default. A company spokesperson told the Washington Post, "As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won't even have to think about turning it on."
So this prevents these companies from turning over certain information to the government. The government can still seize machines directly from owners, though the owner would be aware that this has happened. And as I understand it, it isn't clear that the owner can be compelled to supply passwords.
Much of what I've read suggests that the moves by Apple and now Google are mostly intended to take some PR heat off of them, but it isn't as if these companies have stopped collecting user data with a vengeance. Still, I appreciate the move. Anything to push back against ongoing Fourth Ammendment erosion. Between post-911 fear and the age of big data, the Fourth Ammendment is going the way of the incandescent light bulb.
This isn't legal pushback. It's just offering a modicum of automatic, extra protection to the less attentive user.
In other your-information-isn't-safe news, the NY Times is reporting on allegedly indifferent management at Home Depot that may have contributed to the leaking of some 50 million customer debit and credit cards numbers.
Antonio Smith was gunned down by four gang members who were looking for a rival to shoot and picked the innocent 9-year-old as he walked alone on a block claimed by another faction, police say. The new details were disclosed as police said they have arrested the four -- three 19-year-olds and a 22-year-old -- and are seeking first-degree murder charges against them.
What's unusual is the age of the victim in this type of shooting. Younger kids get shot, most often as bystanders or in accidents, but this kind of direct attack on a child, for merely walking down the wrong street at the wrong time, seems unusual even in the most gang-infested of violent neighborhoods.
This is, of course, the police department explanation and police departments have been known to get things very wrong. But the fact that the child was shot four times pretty much indicates that it was no accident and he was not a bystander.
That isn't clear, but later average bed time is associated with higher IQ. Study Magazine reports findings and speculation by Satoshi Kanazawa. Here are reported IQs with average sleep-wake schedules for 20-somethings:
Recently, I read about a young man who died in what has been characterized as a game of Russian Roulette. What really grabbed my attention was the name of the decedent. I'm almost sure I knew his father as a student at Our Lord of the Flies Junior High. Same first and last name, not a common name, same geographic area, and well within the right age range to be father and son. The father was quite a bit older than me, held back more than once and expelled after a physical confrontation with a vice principal who took him down hard.
It is located on West Lawrence Avenue, approximately 5 miles (8 km) north of downtown, in the Uptown neighborhood. Construction was completed in 1926. The Aragon was designed in the Moorish architectural style, with the interior resembling a Spanish village. Named for an autonomous community of Spain, the Aragon was an immediate success and remained a popular Chicago attraction throughout the 1940s. The Aragon's proximity to the Chicago 'L' (elevated railway) train provided patrons with easy access, and often crowds in excess of 18,000 would attend during each six-day business week. Each night, powerhouse radio station WGN broadcast an hour-long program from the hall to audiences throughout the Midwestern United States and Canada.
According to legend, the secret tunnels under the nearby Green Mill bar, a Prohibition-era hangout of Al Capone, lead to the Aragon's basement.
August 2014 marked 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, heir apparent to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The assassination triggered the commencement World War I.
My knowledge of WWI has always been rather limited. I knew about the assassination, the dates of the war, the participants and mustard gas, but my most significant exposure to the subject was a high school sophomore-year reading of All Quiet on the Western Front. I don't know if kids today still read it, but it was widely required reading when I was 15. Remarque's novel left me with an indelible impression of the horror of WWI. Along with reading the novel, we also also learned a bit about WWI history. And I'm pretty sure it was covered in a history class or two, but probably not in much depth.
For starters, compare what I see when I open the New York Times on my iPad with what I see when I open the Chicago Tribune. Pop open the images to fully appreciate the difference.
And now, the Tribune.
Notice you can't see links to any articles on the Tribune opening page? You have to scroll down, which as often as not leads me to accidentally click on ads. Navigating back to the front page isn't always so easy.
It all just gets worse from there. This is supposed to be a great cross-device design, functioning equally well on phones, tablets and laptop. I can't even sign in on my 7-inch android because a popup ad blocks the sign-in box. The ad is so big, the x to close the popup is off screen.
I've adjusted, to the new design on iPad and laptop, but it took considerable effort on my part. Still, efficient functionality are the last words I'd ever use to describe navigating the site. Unfortunately, this is the Tribune's great bid to save Chicago's oldest paper.
I've probably grumbled about the design less than many if not most readers, but another round of rage erupted in comments over there today, so I thought I'd show you what's going on at the Tribune that has so many people pissed off.