Re: Security is hard!
An old chestnut in the automotive world: "The French copy no one, and no one copies the French"
(mine's the one with the non-wireless fob in the pocket...)
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... and the idea of DaaS from anyone (especially Microsoft) is repugnant beyond description.
Sadly, I use my computers to do things (I do not own any games, consoles, etc.) that require certain pieces of software, almost none of which are currently available for anything other than Windows.
I hadn't even considered the printer issues others have encountered.
What are people like me to do?
Apart from asking software vendors if they wouldn't mind awfully to stop fixing bugs and adding features to create a version of their software for the handful of us Don Quixotes, pretty please?
Like those odds? Me neither.
Is this a bridge too far for Microsoft? Philosophically, yes. Practically, I fear not. And they know it.
I have seen the future, and it is sad.
My new TV tells me it's a 'Smart TV'.
I have not connected it to the internet and never will.
It does what I want to quite nicely using the 1950s technology (antenna) in the attic.
That's my idea of 'Smart'.
I quite agree with the author's concerns about data and the term formerly known as privacy.
It's a shame more people don't care - perhaps then something would be done about it.
I just read somewhere that people are leaving FB in significant numbers.
There may just be home for humanity after all.
Here's one to a world without "social" media. (beverage of your choice, of course.)
So, all the matter we see (and still don't see, but think we can detect) magically comes into existence, organizes itself into (nearly) intelligent, sentient life on a planet that just happens to be rich in water and other ingredients required to support life
and surrounds itself with unique invisible barriers that shield its occupants from nasty radiation
and pops into a remarkably stable orbit around another magically self-generated source of energy which emits sufficient but not excessive energy to sustain said life. And the whole affair runs like clockwork.
Like those absurdly simplified odds?
Someone mentioned Occam's razor.
Accept that an intelligent being beyond our puny understanding created what we see and are and everything false neatly into place (excepting Facebook).
"Smithers, are we still pouring dollars into that chip plant on Taiwan?"
"Why, yes, Mr. Burns, per your instruct..."
"Good God, man, don't you know that plant and the rest of the island will under Chinese control before you can say 'bite me'?
We might as well just sign a check to chairman She!"
"Uh, I think you mean chairman Xi, sir."
"I don't care what her name is, just find us another place to make our chips, pronto!"
Just grabbing the Mackintosh on the way out the door...
"Solar power collected in space has the advantage of being unaffected by weather or that pesky thing called "night"."
This is not my area of expertise, but it seems to me that for this to work, the gizmo in the sky must be geosynchronous above the receiver gizmo.
If that is the case, won't both objects be in the dark at night?
Mine's the one with telescope that doesn't see as many stars at night as it used to in the pocket.
If I want to invest in bitcoin, et al, which I do not, why would I buy shares of Tesla, Micro Strategy (couldn't come up with a Mega Strategy?) instead of buying bitcoin? Or vice versa?
I'm not an investment banker, but it seems to me Tesla and, possibly Micro Strategy, have inextricably linked their futures to bitcoin, for better or worse. Likely the latter.
Which is one more reason I'm glad I'm not a Tesla shareholder.
but as we're waxing nostalgic...
I was around, as were many here, for "DOS isn't done until 123 won't run." as well the time period when you could not buy a pre-built PC without MS-DOS in the US. Too bad SCO chose to score in its own goal. Sigh.
To see Gates still whinging his fantasy "the (US) government was punishing us for being successful..." is enough to make one seek the restroom.
“What started as a curiosity-driven, fundamental discovery project has now become the breakthrough
strategy used by countless researchers working to help improve the human condition,” Doudna said.
Frightened yet? We should be.
I can't express it any better than Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) did in Jurassic Park:
"The lack of humility before nature being displayed here staggers me..."
and "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should."
Movies aren't real life, of course, but art does imitate life.
Sadly, it's often when humans tragically tinker with forces they only think they understand, justifying their experimentations with tantalizing
visions of perfect implementations of idealistic concepts.
Thalidomide, anyone? Spoken to anyone from Pripyat lately have you?
Would it be wonderful to eliminate disease? Who could argue against that?
Reverse the aging process? Where do I sign?
Make every man tall, dark, and handsome? Well...
Remove the troublesome habit of of thinking in liberal/conservative/libertarian/etc. ways? Hmm...
How long do you think it will be before CRISPR becomes a weapon?
As is most of human history when viewed objectively.
China stole so much IP from US companies, anyway?
or have they?
Just wondering how one empire might steal IP from another...
Does the US have evidence they don't want to reveal for fear of alerting the opponent of their capabilities?
Can you ever prove - or disprove - a conspiracy?
Who will win the next cup final?
(sorry for slipping in a bit of reality there.)
"The DirectStorage API, like other members of the DirectX family, will bypass many of the steps taken by existing storage APIs to improve performance."
As long as security and/or stability aren't compromised in the process.
And Microsoft would *never* do anything like that, would they. Would they?
...reaches for Windows NT Ring 0 Programming for Dummies book...