More Science & Technology

Keeping up on the recent spate of curious science and technology-related news….

First it was the discovery that there may in fact be a lot of water deep inside the earth where we wouldn’t have suspected to find any.  It’s a discovery that Genesis at least hints at in the story of Noah, but which hasn’t really been taken very seriously in the past few hundred years.

Then it was the possibility that the theoretical existence of black holes may be completely bogus, literally a mathematical impossibility.

Now, it seems that there is water on the earth that is older than the sun.  That may not sound like any big deal, except that Genesis 1 hints at this very thing, describing the creation of oceans (vs. 9-10) as preceding the formation of the stars and the sun and the moon (vs. 14-18).  Curiouser and curiouser, no?

Finally, in less stellar news, the Mrs. and I recently upgraded to smart phones.  iPhones, even.  Not new ones of course (well, they’re new, just not the new iPhone 6).  I’d really like to thank all the technophiles out there who slept in lines for days and spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get the top of the line, brand-spankin’ new iPhone 6, because that means the hopeless outdated and boring iPhones 4 & 5 are really, really, really cheap.  In some cases, even free.  I can’t bring myself to pay hundreds of dollars for a supercomputer phone.  For me, it’s all about the keyboard.

But one appealing aspect of the iPhone 6 is that it supports by default the encryption of user data at the device level.  E-mails, photos, and other personal data will be encrypted using a unique user-created code.  Which means that if (when) the government demands that Apple turn over customer data, what Apple will turn over will be encrypted gobbledy-gook, because not even Apple will be able to decrypt the data.

Of course the government is already crying about how this is unfair and ridiculous, about how the alleged goals of protecting citizens outweigh the individual’s right to complete secrecy.  But those arguments are a tad thin when we know for a fact that our government is collecting information on millions and millions and millions of citizens who are not criminals, are not suspected of being criminals, and are not part of any criminal investigation.

I applaud Apple for having the nerve (and technology) to give individual’s the right to expect their data will be kept private.

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