Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Always some new scandal

In case you've been living under a rock recently there has been some hubbub over the tracking information a researcher found in some unprotected file on the iPhone.  Google and Microsoft have come out and said how they collect this data and what it is used for, Apple is taking a bit more time to answer why there is an open ended collection of location based data from where the user has been.

The trouble I have with Steve Job's "we don't track anyone" line (the same trouble I have with Google's "accidental" war driving) is that features of software don't just happen.  Someone wrote that piece of code, that piece of code was checked in and added to the test and then approved and moved into production.  Software isn't magic.

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