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  • Apple details user privacy, security features built into its CSAM scanning system

    The cause is good and just, and Apple's solution is glitzy.  I'm just not going to be a perpetual suspect for the possession and transmission of child pornography by having blinded hashes from NCMEC on my phone.

    That's it.  Because that is the same kind of treatment real-live pedos receive when they get out of prison and want to have a computer and smartphone, the FBI installs software to keep an eye on what they're doing.

    Sorry Apple, the pedo experience isn't happening here.
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+ repair difficulty, camera aperture details exposed in teardown

    No one will buy this junk , so it won’t matter.

    Haven't you heard?  Android enjoys the greatest user loyalty.


    Now, I think the conclusion of the data is wrong because it fails to consider that Android is also the cheapest, but that is another matter.

    I won a Samsung tablet a few months ago.  I have always wanted to try a Samsung product and give Android a spin.  Glad I didn't spend money on something like one of these phones because that tablet and Android are icky.

  • Comcast's Xfinity Mobile simplifies phone number theft with default '0000' PIN

    chasm said:
    genovelle said:
    This sounds like they were trying way to hard to make it easy. The FCC will have a field day with this one.
    This corrupt FCC we have now? They’ll do nothing and say nothing about this.
    This administration is not when corruption in the FCC began. It was corrupt before too.

    That's not an excuse nor is it even remotely footed in reality.  The FCC under Pai is so capricious in its rulings favoring big telco and cable that it doesn't even bother with trying to disguise what it is doing.

  • Bill Maher declares Apple CSAM tools a 'blatant constitutional breach'

    Heh Appleinsider writers. You are repeatedly characterizing this technology as just fine because of hashes. If you think it’s great, I guess that’s your opinion. However, other people have very different opinions. Such as—clever technology does not negate the fact that this is an invasion of privacy—like the comedian says, without probable cause. Believing the method makes that ok is ridiculous. You can be very polite while you break into someone’s home. You could even mostly close your eyes. But ,you are still breaking in. 
    Except they aren’t. You’re paying to use iCloud Photos, a commercial cloud service. They won’t let you store child porn on it. They scan the hash of the images prior to uploading to their commercial server. I see no problem with this. Don’t like it, don’t use iCloud Photos. 

    Google, Microsoft, Dropbox have done the same for years. Nobody allows images to be stored on their servers w/o scanning to ensure it isn't child porn. Microsoft has PhotoDNA, and Google has its own tools:



    Where was your outrage?

    What makes you think this person wasn't outraged?  They very well could have found out and quit using the aforementioned services in disgust.

    The point isn't that cloud services scan for CSAM, the issue people are having is that it will now be done on the device.  The nuance of where it gets done is a pretty strong privacy issue for people.