Congress Criticizes FBI Quest for iPhone ‘Backdoor’

Ed Hardy writing at Cult of Mac:

Congress has called the FBI on the carpet for its attempt to require Apple to build a backdoor into the iPhone. A letter went out today from a bi-partisan group of representatives accusing the law enforcement agency of over-stating difficulties in unlocked iPhones involved in crimes.

The ten congresspeople wrote that the FBI deliberately didn’t explore all the options to unlock the iPhone belonging to a mass shooter because they wanted an excuse to force Apple to modify iOS so it’s easy for law enforcement to access.

How to Check if Facebook Gave Your Data to Cambridge Analytica


This week, Facebook has started to alert the estimated 87 million users affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, advising in the News Feed if personal data for an account was obtained by the company. For users of the social network who haven’t yet seen a notification, there is a second way to manually check if their privacy was violated as part of the affair.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

Comprehensive and easy to follow instructions from iMore… nice.

“Facebook is facing criticism today — and losing its users’ trust — not because they’ve been naive about privacy, but because they’ve been devious about it.” (emphasis added)…


There simply is no middle-ground of Lincoln styling: every vehicle they make is either exquisite or shit (and there’s far more of the latter than the former).


Mac OS Ken: Encrypt-a-palooza-2016-mageddon-gate: The Vindication

Ken Ray on his Mac OS Ken podcast for March 29, 2018:

At the time the agency (FBI) said Apple was its only shot at getting into the phone. Now, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General has released a report that says the FBI didn’t do everything it could to find a solution before seeking a court order against Apple.

No real surprise there. This is just another case of Maslow’s Hammer (“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”)–we all know how very adept the government is at seeing everything and everyone as a nail…

Science in a bottle: 132-year-old experiment washed ashore in Australia

Kiona N. Smith at ARS Technica:

A 132-year-old message in a bottle turned up on an Australian beach earlier this year, but it’s not a love note or a treasure map: it’s a science experiment. […]

“This bottle was thrown overboard on 12th June 1886, in 32 degrees, 49 minutes latitude South and 105 degrees, 25 minutes longitude from Greenwich East,” it read. “From: Barque ship Paula. Home (port): Elsfleth.”

How cool is that?

Ed Hochuli retiring as NFL referee

Kevin Seifert writing at ESPN:

NFL referee Ed Hochuli has retired, the league announced Tuesday, ending a colorful career that made him one of the most recognized game officials in American sports.

Kevin Smith Tweets He Suffered a ‘Massive Heart Attack’

The Hollywood Reporter at

Kevin Smith (Clerks) in the early morning hours of Monday tweeted a selfie from a hospital bed, saying he had survived a “massive” heart attack.

The photo he posted on Twitter shortly after 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT showed him covered in tubes and wearing a hospital gown.

“After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack,” Smith tweeted. “The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”).”

Holy shit! Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Prince on film: from humble MTV beginnings to camp masterpiece “Purple Rain”

Michaelangelo Matos writing at Salon:

With all due respect to “Dirty Mind,” “Purple Rain,” “Parade,” and “Sign O’ the Times,” “1999” remains the most widely imitated record of Prince’s career.