Like most programming languages, it has no formal logical or mathematical basis and is just a bundle of nostrums, as it seemed good in someone’s judgement. The lack of definition leads to uncontrolled growth.
20 posts • joined 2 Jan 2016
Nothing happens in China without the concurrence of the PLA, who own a share of most industries. To quote an economist acquaintance, the PRC is the first economically successful, technological, totalitarian regime. It’s beyond implausible that they are not using their tech kit to gather intelligence world-wide. By all means read Ken Thompson’s Turing Award paper mentioned above. Would be nice to see some studies of who’s phoning home.
My thought was that the exploits relied on there being normally privileged data in an unprotected cache and the timing was used to access this. Perhaps then the IBM with its apparently thoroughgoing approach to security might maintain the privilege of the data even in cache.
But apparently not. IBM announces patches for their “i” system which seems to be the current descendant of Fortress R.
Blackberry appeared unbearably arrogant. They were punished in the market. But much of their tech and concepts were good. Gaining control of QNX, which makes Android, iOS, etc. look pretty tired amd ancient, and developing BB10 should have led to a revival. The Passport, however flawed its build, is even now a view of the future; its design is a prototype of that combination of phone and tablet that will probably be the single standard device until miniaturized holographic hands free systems arrive.
First, where do you get a Passport with that cool gold frame ?
To think that a QNX based product should fall to such depths. It must be that the Gods are still angry with the original arrogance of RIM.
Perhaps Blackberry will have the decency to open-source BB 10 ? It would open the possibility for the first real posix phone.
That Swiss thing is pretty tired sauce. For 25K one would hope for a nice real thing, not just a sub-thing with attached polemical notions. Apple charges somewhat too much, but they do seem to be trying to offer a real thing. All it would take is commercialization of one of the exotic new battery technologies and another step in miniaturization and Apple could dispense with the tiresome recharge burden and the iPhone. Mr. Cook ?
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