Why Apple has to stand up to the FBI

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“The only way we know is to write a piece of software that we view as the software equivalent of cancer.”

Apple’s Tim Cook in an interview with ABC News.

The ongoing debate of whether Apple should help the FBI in accessing the phone of one of the San Bernardino killers has sparked global debate. Whilst Apple strongly feels that the FBI should not have access to the phone at all costs, is this really a justified response from Apple?

Recent polls conducted suggested that 51% of Americans asked believed that the company should comply with the FBI. Even though many technology companies, such as Microsoft and Google, have backed Apple’s decision, most have stayed mute. Many big figures are also backing the FBI, such as Bill Gates, who said that the tech giant should comply in this particular instance. All of this makes one question, is Apple really doing the right thing…

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How to Know You’re From a Small Town in 7 Ways

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I grew up in a small town. Not a terribly small town. I mean we got a McDonald’s when I was a kid and that was a huge deal, and then Starbucks eventually showed up, but there were no stoplights. It was a drinking town with a railroad problem 😉

That small town feel though…I wouldn’t change it at all. I liked growing up that way. I felt privileged over other kids because everyone did know your name, and you knew everyone else’s.

Anyway, when you grow up in a small town there’s a few things you’ve noticed over the years. And even now, I’ve moved away, but only to a slightly larger town. It’s slightly larger in the sense that it has plenty of stop lights, a Target, In-n-Out, and 6 Starbucks!

1. Everything shuts down at 9:00 pm

You’re starting to get hungry and it’s 8:00 pm. You…

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You can make it through

Dearest Someone,

Every now and then I’m faced with situations where I have to sit down and tell myself that I can make it through –  these aren’t situations such as panic attacks, they’re just normal, everyday situations. I find myself thinking “you can do this, you’ve just got to get through this day,” or “later on you’ll be back home and it’ll all be over” – situations like this have included, in the past, things such as exams, long journeys, job interviews, meetings, stressful workloads and, of course some pretty intense stuff (trauma). So I think, when I’ve had standard everyday stuff that’s left me feeling the same way, then I am, inevitably exhausted once I managed to get through whatever it was that was causing such stress.

This past week has been one of them “you’ve gotta get through this” kinda weeks; it’s just been a pretty tense week. I…

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Red Haired Motoko?

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There’s been a rather large flap over the casting of Scarlett Johansen as the Motoko character in the live action Ghost In The Shell.  This may be misplaced.  Now I’m not certain that Spielberg and DreamWorks are going for the look of “Ghost In The Shell 2 man-machine interface” or not, but if that’s the case, red hair and Anglo is exactly the right casting.

http://www.goodmanga.net/ghost_in_the_shell_2_manmachine_interface/chapter/3/32

Which means that Scarlett Johansen fits the suit very well.

The other casting choices seem to fit as well.

http://nerdist.com/takeshi-kitano-joins-ghost-in-the-shell-as-section-9-chief/

The thing is that by the point of Ghost In The Shell   Man-machine Interface, Motoko has blended with a powerful AI and has the ability to change prosthetic bodies, or for that matter almost any body, at will. She’s also trying to more or less hide herself from her old companions at Section…

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