February 6th, 2016

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Rotten Apple

Let me tell you how much I hate Apple: If there were a way for Apple to play against the New England Patriots, I would root for the Patriots. Just as we were about to achieve the dream of computers that would enable us to pick up the material world from a safe distance with words and numbers, “Blow” Jobs and the Lizard of Woz started a process that would turn them into television that also watches us. I have always liked the Zen idea that we are owned by our possessions. More and more devices work to literalize that image; they spy on us, they find new ways to extract money from us, and they control how we can use them. Here is Apple again, breaking your phone if you let it be touched by ritually unclean hands.

Thanx to Metafilter

ETA: Oops! See first comment, by someone who knows. This particular fix is good security, even though it’s handled in a screw-the-customer fashion.