Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

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The title is a famous quote attributed to former English Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, “There are three types of lies- lies, damn lies, and statistics.” Whenever I think about the medias’ love for all things Apple and disdain for BlackBerry, that quote comes to mind. Recently #2 items helped to reinforce this twisted reality.

A few months back a ‘pro-iPhone website‘ featured an article claiming iPhone users had nothing to fear from the Heartbleed hack as iOS does not rely on open SSL. iPhonians everywhere rejoiced and went back about their daily lives happily shackled to their app launchers.

Then a mere 2 months later the English corporation Aviva was hacked via the Heartbleed hack. Now most rational, coherent people would expect the public outcry to be immense with the media disemboweling Apple and all their ‘iGeniuses’. But lo and behold the only response to date has been the sound of crickets chirping…

A few days ago a hacker (or group of hackers) released compromising photos of celebrities which were never intended for public consumption. Naturally the hackers should be held accountable for their actions, but that does not address the underlying issue – what vulnerability in the system facilitated this hack, and to take it one step further, were celebrities or any other customers given assurances that Apples’ iCloud was secure – if this were the case then legal action may be warranted.

So once again I’m sitting here waiting for the press to lambast Apple, waiting for the masses to march on Cupertino, torches and pitchforks in hand, but alas, the media is more concerned with reporting on ‘back-to-school’ specials instead of taking Apple to task for their unmitigated greed. How difficult would it be for ‘real journalists’ to factually represent the positive impact on important data and the information we take for granted had Aviva or the celebrities used a BlackBerry?

Rob

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