Colorado River At Hoover Dam

The colorado river flows out of the hydroelectric plant at Hoover Dam.

January 11, 2012
iPhone 4S, Shutter: 1/863, f12/5, ISO: 64

The Best Parts from Apple's Motion To Vacate

This afternoon Apple posted a motion in response to the order brought by the court on behalf of the FBI:

APPLE INC’S MOTION TO VACATE ORDER COMPELLING APPLE INC. TO ASSIST AGENTS IN SEARCH, AND OPPOSITION TO GOVERNMENT’S MOTION TO COMPEL ASSISTANCE

You can read the entire document if you’re interested.

What I find brilliant about this particular motion is that it’s clearly written in a manner meant to be quoted from. Some sections almost read as a collection of sound bites more than a legal argument. That said, make no mistake, this is a thorough dressing-down of the FBI’s request.

Below you’ll find my favorite quotes from the document.

In fact, no court has ever authorized what the government now seeks, no law supports such unlimited and sweeping use of the judicial process, and the Constitution forbids it.

In short, the government wants to compel Apple to create a crippled and insecure product.

Finally, given the government’s boundless interpretation of the All Writs Act, it is hard to conceive of any limits on the orders the government could obtain in the future. For example, if Apple can be forced to write code in this case to bypass security features and create new accessibility, what is to stop the government from demanding that Apple write code to turn on the microphone in aid of government surveillance, activate the video camera, surreptitiously record conversations, or turn on location services to track the phone’s user? Nothing.

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Photo Posts

I’ve wanted to add photography to my site for a long time, but never had a good way to add photo posts. It was always a chore to copy the file, resize it into multiple sizes, find the filenames and copy them where they needed to go, then create the post and add the image tags, link it all up, and finally push the update.

So I finally wrote a script to do it all for me.

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Sunset Behind The White Tanks

The sun sets beyond the White Tanks, in central Arizona.

February 22, 2016
Canon EOS 60D, Shutter: 1/80, f13/1, ISO: 100

Early Morning Cholla

Cholla cactus in the early morning in the Sonoran desert.

February 22, 2016
iPhone 6s, Shutter: 1/1241, f11/5, ISO: 25