iOS and location tracking

Next version of iOS to include anti-tracking measures?

Why are iPhones checking out Wi-Fi networks in disguise? Because there’s an entire industry devoted to tracking customers through that signal. As The New York Times reported last summer, shops from Nordstrom’s to JC Penney have tried out the system. (London even tried out a system using public trash cans.) The system automatically logs any phone within Wi-Fi range, giving stores a complete record of who walked into the shop and when. But any phone using iOS 8 will be invisible to the process, potentially calling the whole system into question.

I hope this plays out as described.

Via The Verge

I like Ike

“Every gun that is made,” Eisenhower told his listeners, “every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” Any nation that pours its treasure into the purchase of armaments is spending more than mere money. “It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

— from The Tyranny of Defense Inc., The Atlantic Online. retrieved 2011-01-04.

I don’t know enough about his presidency to comment on all aspects of his government or his person, but he seems to have been able to see the future he was about to help create. I wonder if he ever envisioned a fighter jet costing $130 million?

Here is the audio of the full speech (from

Text of the full speech is available from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission