Re: FBI vs Apple
The iPhone was not encrypted with the intention of keeping the government out, it was to keep bad guys out. Creating any mechanism for subverting that, whether you call it a backdoor or not, defeats that purpose. The government can't guarantee their access won't be subverted by someone else, those morons can't even keep our IRS data safe. Or my VA nurse wife identity information secure. Apple is just trying to keep people from stealing our money and our identity. Like all good things, the bad guys will find ways to take advantage of that for their purposes.
I find it humorous Bill Gates decided to weigh in on this. His product never had this problem, it enabled the malware infested world we live in. Who needs a court order, a 10 year old with an internet connection and a laptop can get whatever they want out of his products.
Where does this end? A ban on apps like Snapchat which autodestroy communications? No end to end encryption because you can't wiretap anymore? Just where do you want to draw this line so court orders can be enforced?
Technology is pretty much here where all of us can be GPS tracked and video monitored at all times. Gov can certainly argue that would make us all safer and make crime fighting so much easier for them. We ready for that? And in the end, does any of that protect you from the nutcases in San Benadino or Kalamazoo? To live is to risk dying and at some point the reduction in risk becomes marginal, you'll never make it zero.