This weeks links (2017-12-18)

In brief:

* Geekbench and Reddit think they’ve cracked why iPhones get slower over time [Updated] (2017-Dec-20) [ARS Technica]

* iPhone Performance and Battery Age (2017-Dec-18) [Geek Bench]
Users expect either full performance, or reduced performance with a notification that their phone is in low-power mode. This fix creates a third, unexpected state. While this state is created to mask a deficiency in battery power, users may believe that the slow down is due to CPU performance, instead of battery performance, which is triggering an Apple introduced CPU slow-down. This fix will also cause users to think, “my phone is slow so I should replace it” not, “my phone is slow so I should replace its battery”. This will likely feed into the “planned obsolecense” narritive.

* Health open data bungle meant Aussies could be identified (207-Dec-18) [IT News]
Researchers from the University of Melbourne have been able to easily re-identify patients from confidential data released by the federal Health department, without using decryption methods.

The paper on patient re-identification in the MBS/PBS sample dataset is here:
The nontechnical writeup of MBS/PBS re-identification:





Some reading/listening:


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