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Posted on September 19th, 2015 at 15:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Catholic Bishop: When Priests Sexually Abuse Children, It’s Partly the Kids’ Fault

Posted on September 19th, 2015 at 15:19 by John Sinteur in category: News


The man’s lawyer asked Cunningham whether, in the eyes of the church, a child molested by a priest has committed a sin.

“The boy is culpable,” Cunningham said Oct. 14, 2011, according to a transcript of the deposition.

Later in the deposition, Cunningham backed off the statement somewhat, saying he’d have to know the child’s role.

“Well, I mean, without knowing the circumstances completely, did the boy encourage, go along with (it) in any way?” Cunningham said.

The lawyer asked Cunningham if he could imagine any circumstance in which a 14- or 15-year-old boy could be held responsible in the eyes of the church when a priest asks him to engage in sex.

“I would not — obviously, what the priest did was wrong,” Cunningham said. “You’re asking me if the young man had any culpability, and I can’t judge that.”

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  1. *snort* Off with his head!

A WikiLeaks document appears to show US plans to destabilize Syria back in 2006

Posted on September 19th, 2015 at 14:51 by John Sinteur in category: News



A WikiLeaks document of an alleged telegram sent from Damascus appears to show the US had big plans when it came to Syria — long before the conflict began in 2011.

In the 2006 document classified as “secret,” the US allegedly wrote plans to want to destabilize the Syrian government.

That in itself may not be very interesting; the US is not exactly known for its support for President Bashar al-Assad. The whole country has been listed as a “state sponsor of terrorism” since 1979. The devil, however, is in the details.

There have been several conspiracy theories when it comes to the US involvement with Daesh (ISIS) — creating the militant group to overthrow Assad and destabilize the region. This document appears to support some of those theories.

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Creepy Smartwatch Spies What You Type on a Keyboard

Posted on September 18th, 2015 at 19:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


Using the watch’s built-in motion sensors, more specifically data from the accelerometer and gyroscope, researchers were able to create a 3D map of the user’s hand movements while typing on a keyboard.

The researchers then created two algorithms, one for detecting what keys were being pressed, and one for guessing what word was typed.

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  1. This could be very useful. I shall wear one on each hand, or will that be too confusing?

Pluto ‘Wows’ in Spectacular New Backlit Panorama

Posted on September 18th, 2015 at 12:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


The latest images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft have scientists stunned – not only for their breathtaking views of Pluto’s majestic icy mountains, streams of frozen nitrogen and haunting low-lying hazes, but also for their strangely familiar, arctic look.

This new view of Pluto’s crescent — taken by New Horizons’ wide-angle Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC) on July 14 and downlinked to Earth on Sept. 13 — offers an oblique look across Plutonian landscapes with dramatic backlighting from the sun. It spectacularly highlights Pluto’s varied terrains and extended atmosphere. The scene measures 780 miles (1,250 kilometers) across.

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  1. Can we get back to calling it a planet again?

Brazil’s top court bans corporate political financing

Posted on September 18th, 2015 at 11:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday banned corporate contributions to political campaigns and parties, a hot issue as investigators in the nation’s biggest corruption scandal say such financing was used by businesses to win lucrative contracts with state-run oil company Petrobras.

The court ruled 8-3 to block such campaign financing — which in the most recent presidential elections represented well over 90 percent of the funding for leading candidates and eventual presidents.

Brazil’s bar association brought the case to the top court, which first took it up in 2013 but saw a conservative justice block a final vote until now.

“The influence of economic power culminates by turning the electoral process into a political game of marked cards, an odious pantomime that turns the voter into a puppet, crumbling in one blow citizenship and democracy,” said Justice Rosa Weber in voting to strike down the financing.

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  1. “Odious pantomime” – sounds like several other jurisdictions, I could name.

    All of them, actually.

Arrest of 14-Year-Old Student for Making a Clock: the Fruits of Sustained Fearmongering and Anti-Muslim Animus

Posted on September 17th, 2015 at 12:42 by John Sinteur in category: News


The behavior here is nothing short of demented. And it’s easy to mock, which in turn has the effect of belittling it and casting it as some sort of bizarre aberration. But it’s not that. It’s the opposite of aberrational. It’s the natural, inevitable byproduct of the culture of fear and demonization that has festered and been continuously inflamed for many years. The circumstances that led to this are systemic and cultural, not aberrational.


But perhaps the worst of all harms is how endless war degrades the culture and populace of the country that perpetrates it. You can’t have a government that has spent decades waging various forms of war against predominantly Muslim countries — bombing seven of them in the last six years alone — and then act surprised when a Muslim 14-year-old triggers vindictive fear and persecution because he makes a clock for school. That’s no more surprising than watching carrots sprout after you plant carrot seeds in fertile ground and then carefully water them. It’s natural and inevitable, not surprising or at all difficult to understand.

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  1. The divide between great and stupid is reflected everywhere.
    Trouble is, stupid has been told it’s worthy.

  2. And, according to https://boingboing.net/2015/09/17/irving-police-violated-ahmed-m.html his school principal wanted him to sign a confession before he was taken to the police…
    Ahmed Mohamed seems very calm, I can’t begin to describe the string of vitriol that would have poured from my lips if I had been put in the same situation and then given the chance to express my views at a press conference.

  3. I’m not sure what the school’s motivation is here, but could it just be a continuation of the absurd pattern of suspending kids for toy guns and 5 year-old’s for kissing classmates?

  4. Read a comment somewhere that if they really thought it was a bomb, they would’ve evacuated the school…

  5. What was also sad about this is that there was no teacher smart enough to know it was just a clock. Now that’s education!

  6. @Gene: I blame Hollywood. Every “bomb” in the movies has a bunch of wires, buttons and a prominent (usually red) LED display counting down…

  7. Read elsewhere that he was accused of bringing a “hoax bomb” to school. In other words “we all knew it wasn’t a bomb, we just decided he meant it to look like one”.

  8. Every time bomb has a clock in it! It didn’t seem to have any explosive, but that’s how “zero exceptions” work sometimes. Everything seemed overboard, but that how the system works. I suggest he take it to the airport next time.

  9. Why is the boy only referred to as Muslim? Did he really have a choice on which religion he is? Is this really racism, if it’s on the basis of his religion? Will Obama try to convert him? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Personally, I’m changing my religion to the Sun god and you can refer to me as Ra from now on. I belong to the Church of the Solar Panels.

  10. I would rather tip my had to the Church of My Lady of the Perpetual Exemption… praise be!

  11. @John – wasn’t that “Church of My Lady of the Perpetual Orgasm”? How else can immaculate conception happen?

  12. @mykolas no:

  13. @Will-Ra: Can I get a 2000W array on my garage roof, or do I have to pray to a Higher Being?

    p.s. My friend swears he attended “Our Lady of Fellatio” high school. I don’t think it was called that because of the nuns.

  14. @Will-Ra: I live at 45°N.

First Library to Support Tor Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

Posted on September 17th, 2015 at 12:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


In July, the Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, New Hampshire, was the first library in the country to become part of the anonymous Web surfing service Tor. The library allowed Tor users around the world to bounce their Internet traffic through the library, thus masking users’ locations.

Soon after state authorities received an email about it from an agent at the Department of Homeland Security.

“The Department of Homeland Security got in touch with our Police Department,” said Sean Fleming, the library director of the Lebanon Public Libraries.

After a meeting at which local police and city officials discussed how Tor could be exploited by criminals, the library pulled the plug on the project.


Update, Sept. 16, 2015: After this article was published, the library received overwhelming support from the community to restart its participation in the anonymous Web browsing project. The library board met Tuesday and decided to restart the effort.

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  1. Not for no reason is the state motto “Live Free or Die”.

Irving 9th-grader arrested after taking homemade clock to school: ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’

Posted on September 16th, 2015 at 15:41 by John Sinteur in category: News


Ahmed Mohamed — who makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart — hoped to impress his teachers when he brought a homemade clock to MacArthur High on Monday.

Instead, the school phoned police about Ahmed’s circuit-stuffed pencil case.

So the 14-year-old missed the student council meeting and took a trip in handcuffs to juvenile detention. His clock now sits in an evidence room. Police say they may yet charge him with making a hoax bomb — though they acknowledge he told everyone who would listen that it’s a clock.

In the meantime, Ahmed’s been suspended, his father is upset and the Council on American-Islamic Relations is once again eyeing claims of Islamophobia in Irving


Meanwhile, Ahmed is sitting home in his bedroom, tinkering with old gears and electrical converters, pronouncing words like “ethnicity” for what sounds like the first time.

He’s vowed never to take an invention to school again.

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  1. Oh I really, really, really, really, REALLY, hope The Donald ™ has something to say about this tonight during the republican debate!!!

  2. Forget The Donald, someone else had an enlightened comment on this:

EFF Shows Evidence That AT&T, Verizon And Sprint Helped NSA With Mass Collection Of Phone Records

Posted on September 15th, 2015 at 17:40 by John Sinteur in category: News


Despite all the revelations in the media from Snowden’s documents and other sources that the U.S. government is collecting citizens’ information, the administration is still claiming that either individuals or organizations such as the EFF have “no standing” to sue because they can’t prove that they were spied upon.

Of course, this kind of argument quickly turns into circular logic, because such evidence is often secret and can’t be easily given away via FOIA requests either (the released documents are often heavily redacted to the point of being useless). Therefore, you can’t prove you were spied upon because that information is typically classified.

Still, this time the EFF managed to get some evidence that AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint were involved in helping NSA with the mass collection of phone records, from filings made to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that were recently made public.

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Demand that mother remove home video from YouTube backfires

Posted on September 15th, 2015 at 17:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


A music company’s demand that YouTube take down a 29-second home video of two children dancing to a song by Prince backfired Monday when a federal appeals court used the case to make it harder for copyright-holders to act against brief, non-commercial uses of their material.

Recording companies, motion picture studios and other copyright owners issue numerous takedown notices each day, targeting everything from home videos to campaign ads that include segments of songs or newscasts. When a copyright-holder tells a website like YouTube that one of its postings violates the holder’s exclusive rights to license the material, federal law requires that the posting be removed immediately.

But the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the copyright-holder must first consider whether such a video amounts to “fair use” of the work, making it eligible to be legally posted. Fair use includes journalistic accounts and criticism, educational uses for teaching or research, and brief, private postings that don’t damage the commercial market for the work.

The law “requires copyright-holders to consider fair use before sending a takedown notification,” and those that fail to do so can be held liable for damages, said Judge Richard Tallman in the 3-0 ruling, the first on the issue by any appeals court.

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I find this very appeeling.

Posted on September 14th, 2015 at 17:28 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. I got some of those today! No bones to get stuck in the teeth! :-)

Show me the science!

Posted on September 14th, 2015 at 16:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Just a reminder, in the run-up to an election year in the U.S., that the idiots are basically a lively scum on the surface of the country.

No One Murdered Because Of This Image

Posted on September 13th, 2015 at 12:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened, sources reported Thursday. The image of the Hebrew prophet Moses high-fiving Jesus Christ as both are having their erect penises vigorously masturbated by Ganesha, all while the Hindu deity anally penetrates Buddha with his fist, reportedly went online at 6:45 p.m. EDT, after which not a single bomb threat was made against the organization responsible, nor did the person who created the cartoon go home fearing for his life in any way. Though some members of the Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist faiths were reportedly offended by the image, sources confirmed that upon seeing it, they simply shook their heads, rolled their eyes, and continued on with their day.


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  1. Seems like we’re more than ready to demean other people’s religion to make a point that everyone already knows. Islam is dangerous. Treat it like a live bomb.

Extinct Tree Resurrected from Ancient Seeds is now a Dad

Posted on September 13th, 2015 at 8:11 by John Sinteur in category: News


For thousands of years, the date palm was a staple crop in the Kingdom of Judea, as it was a source of food, shelter and shade.  Thick forests of the palms towering up to 80 feet and spreading for 7 miles covered the Jordan River valley from the Sea of Galilee in the north to the shores of the Dead Sea in the south.

So valued was the tree that it became a recognized as a symbol of good fortune in Judea.  It is chronicled in the Bible, Quran and ancient literature for its diverse powers, from an aphrodisiac to a contraceptive, and as a cure for a wide range of diseases including cancer, malaria and toothache.

However, its value was also the source of its demise and eventual extinction.  The tree so defined the local economy that it became a prime resource for the invading Roman army to destroy.  Once the Roman Empire took control of the kingdom in 70 AD, the date palms were wiped out in an attempt to cripple the Jewish economy. They eventually succeeded and by 500 AD the once plentiful palm had completely disappeared, driven to extinction for the sake of conquest.


Buried beneath the rubble, Yadin unearthed a small stockpile of seeds stowed in a clay jar dating back 2,000 years. For the next four decades, the ancient seeds were kept in a drawer at Tel Aviv’s Bar-Ilan University. But then, in 2005, botanical researcher Elaine Solowey, director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, decided to plant one and see what, if anything, would sprout.

“I assumed the food in the seed would be no good after all that time. How could it be?” said Solowey. She was soon proven wrong.

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Apple, in refusing backdoor access to data, may face fines

Posted on September 12th, 2015 at 11:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Justice Dept.’s ongoing, sealed case against against Apple could escalate from the federal court it’s at now — if it hasn’t already — to the same secretive Washington DC-based surveillance court to which Yahoo was summoned. Security expert Bruce Schneier said in a recent blog post that there is “a persistent rumor going around that Apple is in the secret FISA Court, fighting a government order to make its platform more surveillance-friendly — and they’re losing.”

Apple declined to comment on the record.


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  1. How this may end. Like PC clones, there will be smart phone clones on which you can put your own OS and lock it down. Yes, only the tech savvy may be at first be able to do this, but that will change. And the leaders of the savvy pack may indeed be the ones that are most dangerous to the public good. The gov is shooting themselves in the foot as the technology for evasiveness abounds and will only grow. If they (govs) persist, then they will be able to harvest only a motherload of mom n pop messages without any decrease in the threat to the public by nefarious characters. Incredibly stupid approach.

“Sorry, I’m not sure what you want me to change.”

Posted on September 11th, 2015 at 19:49 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Huh?

  2. Siri, I imagine. Do I win the internet?

Check Out The Massive Apple Campus Under Construction

Posted on September 11th, 2015 at 13:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. They can always re-purpose it as a particle accelerator at some point :-)

This terrifying new Windows 10 feature could ‘out’ kids to their parents

Posted on September 11th, 2015 at 12:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


Computers running Windows 10 could be automatically telling parents that their teens are visiting LGBT support websites – and emailing them details of their sexual fantasies.

The new operating system, which was rolled out last month as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and 8, has raised concern over the new ‘activity reports‘ feature.

The feature is enabled by default for users who have set up registered ‘family’ accounts, sending weekly breakdowns of browsing history to the parents – even if the kids browse anonymously or try to clear it.

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Microsoft is downloading Windows 10 to your machine ‘just in case’

Posted on September 11th, 2015 at 11:21 by John Sinteur in category: News


MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that Windows 10 is being downloaded to computers whether or not users have opted in.

An INQUIRER reader pointed out to us that, despite not having ‘reserved’ a copy of Windows 10, he had found that the ~BT folder, which has been the home of images of the new operating system since before rollout began, had appeared on his system. He had no plans to upgrade and had not put in a reservation request.

He told us: “The symptoms are repeated failed ‘Upgrade to Windows 10’ in the WU update history and a huge 3.5GB to 6GB hidden folder labelled ‘$Windows.~BT’. I thought Microsoft [said] this ‘upgrade’ was optional. If so, why is it being pushed out to so many computers where it wasn’t reserved, and why does it try to install over and over again?

“I know of two instances where people on metered connections went over their data cap for August because of this unwanted download. My own internet (slow DSL) was crawling for a week or so until I discovered this problem. In fact, that’s what led me to it. Not only does it download, it tries to install every time the computer is booted.”


Microsoft told us: “For individuals who have chosen to receive automatic updates through Windows Update, we help upgradable devices get ready for Windows 10 by downloading the files they’ll need if they decide to upgrade.

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  1. Yet another reason to turn auto update off (besides the bugs)

National Geographic

Posted on September 10th, 2015 at 21:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


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9-8-15 NEW British Airways Fire ATC Mayday Call

Posted on September 10th, 2015 at 18:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This idiot is running for governor of Kentucky, by the way

Posted on September 10th, 2015 at 15:20 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. I think someone put idiot pills in the water. I think the reason why these idiots are against birth control and abortion is so that more idiots can/will procreate, producing more idiots. Reminds me of that movie “Idiocracy”… We seem to be getting there faster than one would have thunk a few years ago. :-(

Climate change denier Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic, which gives grants to scientists

Posted on September 10th, 2015 at 14:33 by Paul Jay in category: News



The National Geographic magazine has been a nonprofit publication since inception in 1888, but that ends today. The long-running American publication becomes very much for-profit under a $725 million dollar deal announced today with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company controlled by the family of Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch is a notorious climate change denier, and his family’s Fox media empire is the world’s primary source of global warming misinformation. Which would be no big deal here, I guess, were it not for the fact that the National Geographic Society’s mission includes giving grants to scientists.

Or had you forgotten? Here’s a refresh for you, a fun little interview with Murdoch on his climate change views.

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  1. Sigh. That subscription was a childhood birthday gift from my dad. I had fabulous maps of the ocean floors and the moon on my bedroom walls…the freaking moon!

New human-like species discovered in S Africa

Posted on September 10th, 2015 at 14:31 by Paul Jay in category: awesome



Scientists have discovered a new human-like species in a burial chamber deep in a cave system in South Africa.

The discovery of 15 partial skeletons is the largest single discovery of its type in Africa.

The researchers claim that the discovery will change ideas about our human ancestors.

The studies which have been published in the journal Elife also indicate that these individuals were capable of ritual behaviour.

The species, which has been named naledi, has been classified in the grouping, or genus, Homo, to which modern humans belong.

The researchers who made the find have not been able to find out how long ago these creatures lived – but the scientist who led the team, Prof Lee Berger, told BBC News that he believed they could be among the first of our kind (genus Homo) and could have lived in Africa up to three million years ago.


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Posted on September 10th, 2015 at 12:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Hey! I stole that joke :-)

Caption competition

Posted on September 10th, 2015 at 2:35 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News



Who is the guy with the fake nose and glasses?”

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  1. My dear, those are just marvelous! Where did you get them?

Trump Brings His Breathtaking Cynicism to the Gathering of the Unhinged

Posted on September 9th, 2015 at 22:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


The rally on Wednesday was an incredible parade of retired military bloodworms, outright grifters, washed-up geopolitical sorcerers, and mutton-witted drive-time radio cowboys. Donald Trump, whatever you may think of him, is none of those. He knows what a festival of fruitcakes he joined on Wednesday. The way you know this is that his remarks did not contain warnings of electro-magnetic pulses or Iranian missiles launched from secret South American bases. There was nary a single mention of Neville Chamberlain. (I considered voting for him for a fraction of a sliver of a millisecond on that basis alone.) He declined to enter a gargoyle in the design contest. The worst he said about the agreement that had brought everyone out on such a miserably hot and humid day was that it was “incompetent,” which is the mildest thing anyone called it all afternoon. And then, when he got off the stage, he told a jostling knot of reporters that the Iran agreement was a “done deal” and that the only solution would be to “vote those people out of office.” A completely reasonable reaction, but one that would have gotten his head spitted on an iron gatepost if he’d said it from the stage. It was a moment of almost crystallized cynicism.

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  1. Trump may be a racist, misogynistic dickhead, but he is not stupid. He knows his audience, and how to talk down to them without seeming to insult them, which just goes to show how stupid THEY are!

  2. IMO, it’s more complicated than just saying the audience is stupid. They are willfully doing this.

    They feel that they are losers (not really, but that’s also complicated) and their conditioning makes them follow some authority figure who promises to restore their rightful .

    (I agree with Charlie, no laughing matter.)

On what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 69th birthday…

Posted on September 9th, 2015 at 14:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. (although my personal favorites tributes are this and this

  2. (and for reference, the real thing)

EFF Applauds Apple’s Refusal of Government Demand for iMessage Backdoor

Posted on September 9th, 2015 at 9:12 by John Sinteur in category: News


Earlier this summer, when FBI Director James Comey made his case for backdooring strong encryption, he told us that he wanted to hash out the policy considerations surrounding encryption, law enforcement, and security in public: “Democracies resolve such tensions through robust debate.” This week, we learned that Comey apparently actually meant that he wanted the debate resolved in secret, before a judge known only to the government, by way of a sealed wiretap order.

In a brief article in Monday’s New York Times, the paper confirmed a rumor that has been circulating since the beginning of this summer. Apple has been involved in a dispute with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding iMessage encryption, with the DOJ demanding that Apple give them plaintext copies of iMessages in real time, pursuant to a wiretap order. Because iMessage uses end-to-end encryption, where only the users hold the keys, Apple is unable to comply with such an order unless it compromises its system and implements a backdoor for the U.S. government. This would compromise the security of every iMessage user, something that Apple has steadfastly refused to do.

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