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I'm glad Apple has taken an aggressive approach in disabling vulnerable plugins (first Java, now Flash). Me, I've uninstalled Flash altogether and haven't looked back. If there's flash content I need to view, I'll fire up Chrome, which has Flash embedded. Then when I'm done viewing, I switch back to Safari. I will not have my machine infected due to some crappy plugin! BTW, most newer YouTube videos work in Safari HTML5 just fine.
  How conspiratorial of you.    If that were true, they would've done it with an real proper backdoor, and secured the rest.  If designed as such (which it is not), it would be trivial for law enforcement to get a warrant, read off the IMEI number off the back, and the manufacturer would be able to remotely unlock it.  But they don't.  And Apple continues to fix these bugs as soon as they're discovered.   I think these flaws merely show how hard it is to really lock down...
Frankly, I'm glad there are jailbreakers.  They serve two purposes:   they provide a service that allows those who want to, to jailbreak their phone (a right that is protected by law (at least in the US), and they find critical bugs for Apple to fix, making the OS ultimately safer for the rest of us!
    Generally speaking, I tend to be a bit more sanguine about these exposed hacks.  I would rather hackers discover and publicize these exploits, and force the vendors to fix them.  Rather than discovering holes, not disclose them, and the use the exploits later for nefarious purposes (witness: chinese military hacking into our corporations).   Granted it may not be exactly the same because here you at least have to have the device in hand.  But the principle's the...
    For convenience, Siri (as well as a few other things, like Passbook) is treated separately from the lock screen, and essentially allowed to bypass it.    If you're concerned about what people can do on your phone with Siri, even while locked, then you can control/turn that off that was well.  Look in:   Settings > General > Passcode Lock   Furthermore, you can lock it down even further by enabling 'Restrictions' and turning off the camera, and now that will not...
  Perhaps you've already gone through these steps, but I'm curious if you've tried troubleshooting by resetting your carrier connection and other tips:   http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/assistant/calls/#section_2   Did those have any effect?
    Like everyone before me who's already disagreed– My wife has a 4S (on AT&T, for whatever that's worth) and never knew there was supposed to be a problem... no issues here!
  Siri is shockingly convenient and much faster than doing certain things manually.  It's great for texting ("text my wife that I'm heading home").  It's a LOT easier for setting reminders or alarms ("wake me up at 6 am tomorrow" or "remind me to make a doctors appointment for tomorrow morning").  It takes a fraction of time and effort, versus tapping and typing.
  Yes, there is ALWAYS potential for abuse or mistakes;  whether it's a bad employee, a hacker, or a prankster (like on Wikipedia or OpenStreetMaps).     Wikipedia has proven to be at least as, if not more than, accurate than leading commercial encyclopedias and text books.  I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if OpenStreetMaps contains no more or less errors as Google, Apple, Nokia, or others.   The difference is that at least with the "open" sites, mistakes are also...
    Not that I doubt that you're experiencing that personally, but I have four different Macs at home (an iMac, a 11" MacBook Air, and two MacBook Pro's) and haven't experienced any of those symptoms on any of them.   Just sayin'... maybe there's an issue with your computer, specifically?   -Rick
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