FBI Director Comey calls on Congress to stop unlockable encryption. Good luck with that.

In remarks at the Brookings Institution on Thursday, Comey used the phrase “going dark” to describe the decisions by companies like Apple and Google to encrypt by default more and more of their services… The problem, Comey argued, is that the process locks away for good some data that could be useful to law enforcement as it fights crime.

It’s a complicated dynamic, and Comey appeared eager to punt the confusion over to Congress. He called for the House and Senate to begin rethinking the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, better known as CALEA, which empowers the FBI to access electronic communications. The 20-year old law, Comey argued, should require companies big and small to build into their systems “lawful intercept capabilities” that aren’t stymied by encryption.

Wait, this ass-clown thinks that Congress is going to actually go up against the interests of companies like Google or Apple?


HBO is finally ready to take my money without tying me into some stupid premium cable package:

Speaking at the Time Warner Inc. Investor Meeting today, Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO, announced that the company will offer a stand-alone HBO streaming service in 2015.  Following a portion of his presentation focused on HBO’s domestic business, during which he cited significant growth opportunities inside the pay-TV universe, Plepler then turned to the current ten million broadband-only homes, which is projected to grow.

While I’m almost certain that HBO will find a way to screw this up completely — they are owned by Time Warner, after all — I’m cautiously optimistic about it.1

  1. My wallet isn’t too crazy about the idea, of course, but since when do I listen to the whining of that thing? 

Darkness. No parents. Super-rich... Kinda makes it better. #NYCC

Darkness. No parents. Super-rich… Kinda makes it better. #NYCC

You REALLY shouldn't be doing whatever it is you're doing right there in public, Batman. #NYCC

You REALLY shouldn't be doing whatever it is you're doing right there in public, Batman. #NYCC

My favorite review of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus:

Last week I decided to test the most secretive, hotly anticipated smartphones on earth in a place where there was no danger of them being recognized or damaged or both: Disneyland.

This review comes via Matthew Panzarino on Techcrunch, and it’s full of stuff that non-nerds and nerds alike will find interesting — mainly, how the damn thing works in a real-life, not-going-to-sit-here-and-run-Geekbench-scores-or-some-such-garbage way. That also leads to my favorite passage of any review ever:

While we’re talking specs for a second, I have a confession to make: I don’t love technology.

I think that the ‘pure’ love of technology is somewhat pathological in the culture that TechCrunch often covers. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.

But what I do love is what technology, when it works in concert and for our benefit, can accomplish. Sometimes that’s curing diseases or enabling the impaired. And sometimes it’s as simple as capturing that perfect ‘daddy’s shodurs’ selfie.