The new technology would act as a 'kill switch' for smartphones, disabling any cameras on the devices and blocking their connection to mobile networks. Apple stresses that the function would be most likely used to prevent copyright theft, such as in cinemas, or to stop phone cameras being used in inappropriate places, like department store changing rooms. However ... the company adds that 'covert police or government operations may require complete blackout conditions'.If disrupting is the goal, this is unnecessary. An old-fashioned brute force jammer would do the job just as well. Rig up a powerful transmitter for the band used by iDevices; set it to sweep continually and randomly across all relevant freqs. That will disrupt all communications in the area, in a way that can't be counterhacked at the software level. Therefore I suspect disrupting isn't quite the full goal here. Smart governments don't want to eliminate all communications, because that leaves them 'deaf'. They'd rather be able to listen and pick up connections by traffic analysis. One thing we can be sure of: There won't be any mass boycotts or abandonments of Apple products. Leftists who normally worry about foreign sweatshops don't worry about Apple because Apple is cool. Leftists who think everything should be free have no problem with Apple's monopolistic pricing because Apple is cool. Earlier dictators weren't smart enough to figure this out. First establish yourself as the coolest thing in the world, then you'll be totally immune from all objections and protests and lawsuits. You can do absolutely anything you want.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.