Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How to Destroy the American Tech Industry in One Easy Step

Give the FBI a back-door key to everything. They still want the ability to come and rummage through your electronic shit whenever it pleases them to do so.

Even if the FBI promises that they would never, ever look at your shit without a court order, the NSA is not so hindered. Which will mean that the international market for American devices, such as iPhones, will decline precipitously once everyone knows that those devices come with a FBI/NSA-enabled back door.

And if you travel overseas, the same "we doan need to cho you no steenkin' warrant" rule applies to the lovable goons who rummage through your underwear when you enter the U.S. They could use the government-mandated back-door to look through your phone, tablet or laptop. (Which is why seasoned travelers take sterile devices with them.)

As for the FBI's promises that they'd never, ever look at your shit without a court order, I submit that we all know what such assurances have been worth in the past: Absolutely nothing.

It would be like giving a copy of your house key to the cops if they promise that they never, ever would even think of coming by without a warrant, or any of the pasta-gazillion warrant exceptions that let them enter on their well-testilied whims.


Borepatch said...

Never mind that the Sooper Sekret backdoor technique would be known to the Chinese and Russians in about 45 seconds flat, and that the Chinese and Russians would use this to get data on the FBI.

It's astonishing that these people think like this.

Comrade Misfit said...

This truly is a bipartisan issue, as those who care about preserving our electronic freedom come from all sides of the political spectrum.

As do the statist bastards who are intent on eradicating such freedom,

hans said...

Such a spot-on I had to repost it on my blog... that way I can link to it from Facebook. For reasons! posting a direct link from Just an Earth-Bound into FB results in a big garbled mess [thanks Zuck] ... or do you post stuff to a FB account already? and if so, can you point me to it?

Comrade Misfit said...

Hans, I have no idea why it works that way. I don't cross-post to FB.

hans said...

Well, you hit some outta the park from time to time so I'll just employ my present workaround for thise occasions... cheers n all