Dial tone: The crazy is coming from inside the iPhone – Macworld

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Already this week we’ve learned that the San Bernardino iPhone that Apple won’t make a whole new operating system to unlock could contain the plans for a nuclear attack. It almost certainly does not but… scary! Right? So, it was really only a matter of time before the phone was said to contain mythical dangers.

Turns out it was two days.

“San Bernardino DA says seized iPhone may hold ‘dormant cyber pathogen’”

A whatnow?

“The iPhone is a county owned telephone that may have connected to the San Bernardino County computer network. The seized iPhone may contain evidence that can only be found on the seized phone that it was used as a weapon to introduce a lying dormant cyber pathogen that endangers San Bernardino’s infrastructure,” according to a court filing by Michael Ramos, the San Bernardino County district attorney.

In a moment we’ll hear from an expert who says this is not a real thing, but first let’s consider who is to blame for this veritable slide whistle of an argument? Would you be surprised to hear the horny one say that we all are?

For years we have promulgated in fiction the idea of the tough, hard-bitten district attorney who’s not afraid to bend the law or make the tough decisions (like when to make things up) in order to bring down the bad guys. It’s probably a lot to live up to. Let’s look at the case of Laurel Lance on TV’s Arrow. In secret Ms. Lance is the vigilante known as the Black Canary who shuts down bad men by yelling at them.

It’s basically the opposite of what happens to women on Twitter.

We don’t really even know if she’s any good at her day job because we hardly ever see her attorneying her district. Mostly she’s clobbering criminals with a nightstick. Presumably when she’s not sleeping off a night of crime fighting at her desk, she’s prosecuting the same criminals she fought the previous night, which is a pretty big conflict of interests. But desperate times call for desperate measures, like training to fight and dressing up in black and using a sonic scream.

Dial tone: The crazy is coming from inside the iPhone – Macworld