Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

1 February 2016

RT @verge: Dutch police are training eagles to take out drones [theverge.com] [pic.twitter.com]

3 February

RT @BenedictEvans: Charging an Apple pencil from the iPad exemplifies the difference between design as ‘what it looks like’ and design as ‘how it works’

RT @glassbottommeg: I wonder if the 3D drawing tools in VR will create a few traditionally animated 3D movies. that would be pretty damn cool.

RT @chockenberry: One unexpected consequence of the Apple Watch: learning that standing up and getting away from a computer to think is more productive.

5 February

Every time I go to a friend’s and Citymapper doesn’t offer to load his address from my contacts I want to delete the app in a fit of rage.

6 February

As an IRC veteran I’d find it very funny if Twitter screwed up its product so much that everyone fled to Slack.

Of course the drawback would be worsening the echochamber aspect of Twitter, but… the communities are quite closed already.

RT @justinofclark: Curious how stuff like this happens? Here you go. No one in Silicon Valley talks to anyone outside Silicon Valley. [twitter.com]

9 February

RT @me1000: I hate that Inbox/Gmail does not use modifier keys for shortcuts. How is that good idea in an app where I spend most of my time typing?

10 February

RT @kommen: Apple just sent back my radar about [t.co] urls not working in Safari, saying it’s fixed in latest 10.11.4 beta. #finally

12 February

That’s it? No more information? Way to inspire confidence, 2Do.

Time for the weekly “Reboot iPhone, open App Store’s updates tab to reinstall the apps iOS silently deleted when the update failed somehow.”

RT @danielpunkass: If Apple strived to make the Sanbdbox fulfill more needs, I think many more apps would be sandboxed. Four years ago: [red-sweater.com]

16 February

RT @williamscraigm: Need lots of accessories for your Surface? Just slap a LEGO baseplate on it and stick them to it [m.imgur.com]

RT @mrgan: Love the idea that Apple software isn’t bad, “people have always complained.” Also we’ve always hated bankers, so there was no 2008 crisis.

How do I stop OS X from replacing TM with ™ and how does anyone type “TMI” on a Mac? I’ve removed it in System Prefs, no change.

17 February

Oh, I was wondering why Reddit comment threads suddenly made Chrome unresponsive — it was just the Pocket extension’s HTML injection. Yay.

I’m confused by “A Message to Our Customers”. As explained by news reports and in Cook’s letter itself, the FBI request and court order aren’t about adding a backdoor to future versions of iOS to be installed on customers’ phones (that’ll be coming soon enough from the legislature), but to install a hacked OS on one individual phone that’s currently sitting in an evidence locker.

The whole point of device encryption was that Apple said for the last two years that such a process would be completely impossible. Yet the open letter never says so, and implies that they could absolutely do it, they just don’t want to. Am I missing something?

RT @normative: This isn’t even REALLY about crypto. It’s about whether developers can be conscripted to write spyware. [apple.com]

RT @ACLU: The Constitution doesn’t permit the govt to force companies to hack into their customers’ devices. [aclu.org] #Apple #FBI

It bugs me every year that the file picker isn’t at the bottom of this page

Thanks a lot for the total lack of UI on this, Apple

Guess I’m rebooting in safe mode to access the keychain in a clean system?

Most of my timeline is completely misrepresenting the FBI’s demands and it annoys me that Tim Cook did all he could to fuel that confusion.

RT @holman: I looked at the Fox News comments on the Apple encryption story so you don’t have to! Here are the winners: [pic.twitter.com]

The more I think about it (and I can’t seem to stop), the more puzzled I am by Apple’s strategy here. I imagine the crux of the issue was avoiding at all costs to be in the headlines for helping the FBI’s case by hacking into an iPhone. Or, yeah, maybe they’re sincerely that hung up about privacy, whatever — aside from questions about the legality of forcing a company to develop software to aid an investigation, from the pure privacy and ethics perspectives this case isn’t very different from all the earlier times Apple helped law enforcement get into a locked iPhone. It’s an obsolete iPhone; it’s less secure than more recent iPhones; Apple is able to access its data.

Instead:

  • They’re emphatically acknowleding that an iPhone’s data is completely vulnerable and, in an effort to muddy the waters and make the case appear more general than it is, they’ve even avoided pointing out that any iPhone 5s, 6 or 6s would be completely immune from this form of attack.

  • Instead of fighting the issue on broad, abstract terms when it is inevitably discussed in Congress, they’ve taken their stand on a case where their opponents can literally accuse them of aiding terrorists.

  • By making a big splash now instead of waiting for legislative debates, they’re making it a presidential campaign issue — and I’ll bet that very few candidates will choose to be on Apple’s side.

How on earth can this be a good PR strategy? Oh, sure, they have the nerds’ support. Fat load of good that will do, for them and for us.

18 February

“Apple Unlocked iPhones for the Feds 70 Times Before”
(The article is muddy on the differences between unlocking different iPhones but, as I wrote yesterday, that’s Apple’s fault.)

20 February

RT @PGourevitch: Apple asked FBI to request iPhone hack under seal—FBI went public. So it’s not just one phone—Feds wanted showdown. [nytimes.com]

21 February

22 February

24 February

RT @MattRix: Hey @AppStore, I fixed your “Games Are Art” feature by using text directly from the App Store Review Guidelines: [pic.twitter.com]

25 February

Here’s hoping that Siri on OS X was held up while they improved the handling of multiple devices and multiple voices with Hey, Siri.

Odds that calling it “9-inch iPad Pro” entails changing the entry model to 32GB and $599?

What’s the benefit of tying the Pencil to the “Pro” tag? I can’t be the only one wishing for a Pencil-enabled iPad mini.

27 February

RT @stroughtonsmith: How can Apple keep their iOS signing keys secret & secure if not a custom FBIOS ramdisk? 😜

28 February

29 February

RT @dhh: “You’re splitting my attention into a thousand tiny pieces”, [medium.com] – chat as the primary/sole mode of collaboration is 💀🔫

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