aslo higgens said:
Oh, by the way, Gates was on Bloomberg this morning offering a very smart, balanced view regarding the current situation. He said earlier reports clearly were incorrect when characterizing his position. This entire thread is irrelevant.
I hope the US government gives them an ultimatum to pay their taxes that they've been evading for years or deport them all to Ireland
And in the meantime other news state that the FBI already has the next 12 iPhones ready and waiting to be unlocked "just this one and only once. Promised"edt: here is the link to the WSJ article: http://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-seeks-to-force-apple-to-extract-data-from-about-12-other-iphones-1456202213
Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he disagrees with Apple's decision to not provide the FBI with a software workaround that breaks iOS, and instead sides with a narrow reading of the government's request for assistance that supposedly precludes wider dissemination of the as-yet-uncreated expoit.
Gates weighed in on the hot button topic on Tuesday, telling the Financial Times that technology companies, including Apple, should comply with government requests for assistance pertaining to investigations into terrorist activity. Further, he disputes Apple's claims that the creation of a so-called backdoor would set precedent both for the Justice Department and international state players looking to get their hands on consumer data.
"This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case," Gates said. "It is no different than [the question of] should anybody ever have been able to tell the phone company to get information, should anybody be able to get at bank records. Let's say the bank had tied a ribbon round the disk drive and said 'don't make me cut this ribbon because you'll make me cut it many times'."
The U.S. Department of Justice, as well as FBI Director James Comey and the White House, argue much the same, noting the requested software workaround would be limited to an iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Ryzwan Farook. A federal magistrate judge last week ordered Apple comply with FBI requests to assist in the unlocking of Farook's iPhone, which is currently protected by a passcode.
For its part, Apple and CEO Tim Cook contend that the mere existence of a proof-of-concept exploit inherently weakens iOS safeguards, which is why the company is pushing back in court. Apple has been working with law enforcement officials on the San Bernardino case since January, and in doing so provided iCloud backups associated with Farook's device.
Despite a cavalcade of tech industry bigwigs coming out in support of Apple, a Pew Research Center poll on Monday showed a majority of respondents side with the government. It is unclear if the poll group understood the underlying digital security issues, as 51 percent of respondents said Apple should "unlock the iPhone."
The situation is made more confusing with the DOJ's side campaign for public opinion. It came out over the weekend that U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker and San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos asked a California lawyer Stephen Larson to file an amicus brief on behalf of the government. Larson's filing represents an unknown number of victims and families affected by the San Bernardino attack.
I wonder how the US government would react if the the country which was asking for back door tool from Apple was Iran or China?
Slippery slope, Bill, slippery slope.
It's not a slippery slope. Legal president is more like a jagged cliff.
Slippery slope, Bill, slippery slope.
Bill is allowed to respectfully disagree if he wants to. While this is red meat for a lot of Apple enthusiasts, keep in mind that this issue is not black and white and is really complex not just from a technical standpoint but from a moral standpoint as well.
Philantrope up my a**!
Even FB's Mark Suckenducker took stand for the good in this case!
FBI should simply admit they are wankers and ask NSA for help
2 - FBI could have gotten the data but instead they changed the password. There's no chance that was lost on them. What they want is not data, they want backdoors.
3 - Bill Gates is not a smart person. He invented spam. He has ruined 100x more value than he's created and he's probably causing irreparable damage with 95% of his charity projects - because of exactly the brand of cluelessness that would lead him to think complying with FBI is a good idea.
Bill basically reiterates the same flawed arguments that the FBI is making; it' only this one time, but we already know that the DOJ, not to mention other Law Enforcement Agencies have many more iPhones that they want opened.
And there's this: