The Not-A-Breach Edition Monday, July 25, 2016

Apple’s Touch ID Blocks Feds—armed With Warrant—from Unlocking iPhone, by David Kravets, Ars Technica

Ever since 2013, when Apple popularized this form of unlocking technology, legal experts have predicted that these types of government demands would slowly become more common. Experts also warned these demands are probably not a breach of the Fifth Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination.

Which Body Parts Do And Don't Work With Touch ID?, by Sasha Muller, PC Authority

Apple's Touch ID technology is capable of recognising your fingerprints in a split second, but what about all those other parts of your body that you might (or might not) want to use? Could you use your face? Your elbow? Your nose?

One And Only

2016 MacBook – Two Months Later, by Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac

The MacBook is a capable machine; it can generally hold its own on all but the most processor-intensive tasks. And when you do encounter an issue, such as when editing 4K video, there’s wonderful software like Final Cut Pro X to help pick up the slack.

Child Safe

Access Denied: Our Favorite, Free Parental Control Software, by Brandon Widder, Yahoo

Your computer is seemingly connected to everything, and that being the case, it’s not a bad place to begin exercising a little parental caution on behalf of your kids. The parental controls for both Windows and Mac OS X are built directly into each operating system’s innate preferences, providing a convenient and acceptable means for restricting Web access and chat functionality, along with viewing detailed logs and monitoring email exchanges.

Objects Objects Everywhere

Goodbye, Object Oriented Programming, by Charles Scalfani, Medium

Well, OO sure promised a lot in the early days. And these promises are still being made to naive programmers sitting in classrooms, reading blogs and taking online courses.

It’s taken me years to realize how OO lied to me. I too was wide-eyed and inexperienced and trusting.

And I got burned.

The Chips Business

ARM: The $32B Pivot And Revolution, by Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note

Having survived the 2000 dot-com bubble and the 2008 financial crisis with a personal fortune estimated at $17B, Son isn’t shy about criticizing the short-term views of US investors and their fixation on “shareholder value” at the expense of other longer-term metrics and societal contributions.

With his accomplishments and maverick attitudes in mind, we must conclude that Son sees many more ARM-based chips in our future, some with a revenue-per-unit that’s higher than today’s 10 cents.

But where does he see them?

Transistors Will Stop Shrinking In 2021, Moore’s Law Roadmap Predicts, Rachel Courtland, IEEE

After more than 50 years of miniaturization, the transistor could stop shrinking in just five years. That is the prediction of the 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, which was officially released earlier this month.

After 2021, the report forecasts, it will no longer be economically desirable for companies to continue to shrink the dimensions of transistors in microprocessors. Instead, chip manufacturers will turn to other means of boosting density, namely turning the transistor from a horizontal to a vertical geometry and building multiple layers of circuitry, one on top of another.

The Directory Business

As Expected, Verizon Says It Will Buy Yahoo For $4.83 Billion, by Kara Swisher, Recode

Verizon has entered into a agreement to buy Yahoo in an all-cash deal of $4.83 billion. The core business of the Silicon Valley internet giant will be integrated with AOL, the other iconic Web brand that the telco behemoth bought last year for $4.4 billion.

Yes, it’s over. Verizon is keeping the Yahoo brand, of course, but in terms of being an independent company and internet company that couldn’t, it’s done.

Last Yahoo CEO Standing: Here’s Marissa Mayer’s Letter To Employees On Sale, by Kara Swisher, Recode

CEO Marissa Mayer is trying mightily to put a shiny, happy face on a deal that will effectively be taking away her job and washing away her efforts to turn around Yahoo as what has turned out to be its last CEO. [...] While Mayer says she is planning to stay for now — “For me personally, I’m planning to stay. I love Yahoo, and I believe in all of you. It’s important to me to see Yahoo into its next chapter” — sources said she would likely go after the deal is officially struck in six to nine months.


Why Did Google Erase Dennis Cooper’s Beloved Literary Blog?, by Jennifer Krasinski, New Yorker

Either way, Cooper’s ordeal is a chilling reminder that those of us who use the Internet to house our creative work do so at the mercy of the platforms who host us. [...] Last Friday, Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of the pen American Center, released a public statement supporting Cooper’s appeal for an answer. In an e-mail to me that same day, she outlined the critical tension that exists between artists and online platforms that peddle in privatized public spaces. “Internet companies have found important ways to monetize that creative output and staying power,” she said. “Implicit in this exchange is that people like Dennis Cooper are trusting a platform as the keeper of their creative work‎. If that trust can be betrayed, especially summarily and without expectation, it breaches the bond.”

Larry The Lobster, Clawing At 15 Minutes Of Fame, Is Headed To Maine, by Ray Routhier, Portland Press Herald

If somebody doesn’t make a movie about the week Larry the lobster just had, Hollywood isn’t doing its job.

The nearly 15-pound crustacean barely escaped becoming Lobster Oreganata at a Florida restaurant, caught the attention of an animal rescue group in Costa Rica, got a one-way ticket to the Maine State Aquarium, and has now became the latest cause célèbre for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA.

Only the most inventive screenwriters would dare guess what lies ahead for Larry.