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Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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Re: Porn? Oh, horror!

Idiots taking over?

Better stock up on guns!

(Note that I always stay out of gun-free zones. I don't like being the lowest rung in the food chain.)

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From Watson Jr to Watson AI: IBM's changed, and Papa Watson wouldn't approve

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Re: IBM had respect for the individual?

IBM is basically the republican party of IT (without the little boy molesting show, hopefully), what did you expect to happen to a transgender person?

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IBM gear was never particularly good...

It had the vague aura of Victorian-era staidness (just LOOK at those bezels and mainframe racks and the reassuring hum of salespersontransformer).

"No-one ever got fired for buying IBM", yes... but only companies pulling in serious money or swimming in taxpayer largesse could afford to buy IBM. Apparent (and, often with IBM, subsequently surfacing) costs of IT were not really a factor in IBM-acquiring companies.

The absolutely Good Thing about IBM is that it did/does its in-house blue-sky research and puts absolutely innovative stuff on the market. Unfortunately the IBM logo spoils the result, because it means awesomeness has been skillfully laminated with enough boring and ancient proprietary cruft to activate the PHB's hormonal system but maybe that's just me.

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Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

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Re: Human level computing?

> it is still a rather chilling realization that we have created a device with at least as much raw computing power as the best human.

Not really. We have motors that develop more power, materials that are stronger, vehicles that are faster, optical instruments that can see further ...

It's just another step in INGENUITY!

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Re: This is why AMD and NVidia are making ARM chips

Design errors [of ARM 32], like ... making every instruction conditional

I am totally not au fait with CPU instruction sets as I have abandoned that particular specialization after writing floating point arithmetic operations for NS32032 at uni, but are these instructions for "predicated execution" as used in IA-64 "Merced" and the Zuse Z-3, meant to reduce (or eliminate) branches?

See: Konrad Zuse deserves even more credit

The IEEE Computer Article referenced in the above is actually 'Challenges and Trends in Processor Design', Janet Wilson, IEEE Computer Magazone, January 1998, with the item "Introduction to Predicated Execution" by Web-mei Hwu, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where we read:

The story of Merced, Intel’s first processor based on its next-generation 64-bit architecture, will continue to unfold in 1998, Intel expects this product of its collaboration with Hewlett-Packard to reach volume production in 1999. To date, however, the two companies have released few details about Intel Architecture 64 (IA-64). One significant change they did admit to at the October 1997 Microprocessor Forum was the switch to full predicated execution, a technique that no other commercial general-purpose processor employs.

[IEEE Computer] wanted to give its readers advance notice of this promising technique. We invited Wen-mei Hwu, a prominent researcher in this area, to explain predication, a topic you may be hearing more about in 1998. -- Janet Wilson

Predicated execution is a mechanism that supports the conditional execution of individual operations. Compared to a conventional instruction set, an operation in a predicated-execution architecture has an additional input operand -a predicate- that can assume a value of true or false. During runtime, a predicated-execution processor fetches operations regardless of their prcdicatc value. The processor executes operations with true predicates normally; it nullifies operations with false predicates and prevents them from modifying the processor state. Using predication inherently changes the representation of a program’s control flow. A conventional instruction set requires all control flow to be explicitly represented in the form of branches, the only mechanism available to conditionally execute operations. An instruction set with predicated execution, however, can support conditional execution via either conventional branches or predicated operations.

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Providing compiler support for predicated execution is challenging. Current optimizing compilers rely on control flow representation as the foundation of analysis and optimization. Because predicated code changes the control flow representation, effectively handling it requires an extensive modification of the compiler infrastructure, particularly in the areas of classical and ILP optimizations, code scheduling, and register allocation. An effective compiler must balance the control flow and the use of predication. If resources become oversubscribed or dependence heights (the lengths of the chains of dependent operations) become unbalanced among paths, predicated execution can degrade performance.

Predicated execution started as a software approach to avoiding conditional branches in early supercomputers. Vector architectures such as the Cray 1 and array-processing architectures such as Illiac IV adopted predication in the form of mask registers to allow effective vectorization of loops with conditional branches. During the era of mini-supercomputers, the Cydrome Cydra 5 became the first machine to support generalized predication. Parallel to the Cydra 5, the Multiflow Trace machine adopted partial predication by introducing a single instruction with a predicate input, a select instruction. Contemporary processors, such as the DEC Alpha and the Sparc V9, have adopted the partial-predication approach so they can maintain a 32-bit instruction encoding.

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Re: This is why AMD and NVidia are making ARM chips

But aren't the libraries all legacy code, in effect?

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Re: Well, on the omnipresent lack of real, solid info...

Yes. This Machine of the Rising Sun will be called the "Armato"!

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Israeli cybersecurity boom 'sustainable', argues industry’s father

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Re: Israel's cybersecurity industry

The doubt is very justified. What the NSA does, Israel does doubly so.

It is not even wise to be member of the BDS movement. What you said on the phone may come to hurt you.... and then you get a visit by an Israeli art student...

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Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

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I laugh yellowly!

Kinda a bit late to patent open tech?

Especially if done by a crazy jerk. It is likely that most or even all patents deflate within minutes and be minor variations of well-known "business methods" (like "see door, open door, go through door, close door") (still will be granted I fear).

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DARPA demands brand-new command … IN SPAAACE!

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Re: A big seat

It's like a remake of DEC Wars, but by JJ Abrams not by that fat unfunny guy.

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And it will be defeated by a bunch of peasants in orbit, armed with AK-47...

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Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

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Re: How exactly does this execute?

Aside from the JVM which is sometimes optional

My dear fellow!

It is 2106 and some people of the esteemed commentariat still are unsure about the difference between Java (or, more precisely, JVM bytecode) and JavaScript.

Previously under the impression that the incontinent moaning of the employers complaining of the lack of any adequate skills in IT was down to not being able to keep the cake that would be eaten, I am starting to understand their viewpoint.

I say!

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FBI's iPhone paid-for hack should be barred, say ex-govt officials

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Re: Basic Problem

A good example of this is shown in the movie "Tora, Tora, Tora".

Some would say that said message was suspiciously delayed, and General Marshell suspiciously not on his post at the time, being out doing horseback riding in spite of being fully aware that the Japanes Embassy would deliver a certain note at 07:30 Hawaiian Time. Luckily the aircraft carriers were not in port, eh?

Meanwhile, serious policing is serious: Dude Writes ‘ISIS Beer Funds!!!’ in Venmo Memo, Feds Impound His $42 Transfer

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Well if Herr Trump takes over there won't be a discovery phase at Gitmo for all the Muslims and then Democrats.

Cheap liberal demagoguery.

Is he going around threatening to FEMA-trail illegal undesirables and bleeding heart "bombing you hurts me more than it does you" Democrats?

No he isn't.

Though confused, guy's is probably less bad than Hillary, a rancid neocon zombie and pathological liar.

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You Acer holes! PC maker leaks payment cards in e-store hack

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Re: Bah!

Fukken saved!

There is a link for "Report abuse", but none for "Report excellent abuse". Pity.

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outside cybersecurity experts

Hopefully not one of the "cybersecurity" outfits taken down previously by actually skilled hackers.

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Get-rich quick trick Twitch snitch: Bots sued for fake video views

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Every follower needs to pay USD $1 per month to charity

Problem solved.

One could even rebuild that Kunduz hospital wrecked by US incompetents

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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Re: And suddenly their minds go

So its the girls fault?

Yes

Rather than teachers/parents suggesting that science and technology are not areas to be studied by girls?

This falls into "girls don't have their own minds" kind of trap.

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Re: Stop with the "programming" crap!

In the 60s and 70s when I was at school we all had to learn woodwork and metalwork.

I would like to exchange my lessons in sociology and "art across the ages" with that, please!!!

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Nearly every company I have ever worked with have war stories about a CompSci graduate that they have employed. The complaint nearly always boils down to: intelligent, but not actually much use for "our" business without spending two years (re-)training them.

Why is this? Why has this still not improved?

Because companies' IT departments (except for cookie-cutter companies of 3 people selling travel advice for example) cover very specific business areas, have created very specific, often undocumented and lore-rich environments that have grown over a long history of non-standard trial-and-error adventures, management changes and incompatible "solutions". Add to this the vagaries, frank retardation and change-for-change sake of low-brow "solutions" like Windows and its hanger-ons and add-ons and two years in training sounds actually pretty good.

The complaint seems to be mainly the usual manglement gripe of not getting something for nothing, again.

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Re: Do we really want more computer scientists?

When the grads turn up in the workplace they typically can't code, better to get someone with a Maths degree who can

Either you are looking fora "coder" who may or may not be able to code, or you are looking for a person able to get a Math degree who, again, may or may not be able to code, but who is at least interested in IT. This actually means getting a "Computer Scientist"

Getting a "Math degree" person and asking him to do coding is not a good idea. Knowing how to do multidimensional differential geometry is not often a useful thing in the workplace. And algebra is basic knowledge, isn't it?

In fact, you want more a "Computer Engineer" than a "Computer Scientist", really - the scientist should do the science at work at IBM Research, if that still exists and hasn't be wrecked by Wall Street gyrations.

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Re: Please....

Reposting due to great success: Kids can't use computers... and this is why it should worry you

Abstract: TL;DR? Why not just go watch another five second video of a kitten with its head in a toilet roll, or a 140 character description of a meal your friend just stuffed in their mouth. "nom nom". This blog post is not for you.

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Re: Lack of qualified people

Lack of qualified people. Coupled with a tale of qualified people being replaced by (cheap) unqualified people. Does not compute.

Yes it does.

There is no law that hinders a business to take bad decisions and go under as a consequence.

Nor should there be.

Capitalism! It's worth trying!

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Neither does the attack on Charlie Hebdo have anything to do with US foreign policy

This is patently wrong. Those guys were Al Qaeda in Yemen, an organization which was not a factor until the US got an invitation by the Saudis to help bomb the shit out of that country to make sure "Iranians" would not take over (although no-one ever spotted Iranians taking over there, but that detail was never up for examination). Now Al Qaeda has a vast base there directly south of Saudi Arabia. Good job, US! I guess it has to do with stashes of T-Bills in Saudi vaults...

The only satisfaction is that Saudi Arabia now starts to have slight problems with chicken coming home to roost, blowing up Shia mosques and menacing the glitterati.

Charlie Hebdo was annoying shit anyway but Cabu was pretty good.

Ceterum censeo, I agree with the following article at the un-PC "Unz Review", which has nothing to do with anything except that it highlights that crimethink and duckspeak are the bread and butter of major political representatives nowadays, but here goes:

What Would Obama Have Said If Dylann Roof Were Muslim?

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: Different approach

It's called the "Wile E. Coyote" landing.

You just need a highly visible sensor unsuccessfully checking whether there is ground underneath before fatal excursion event.

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Running on fumes ... of the hippie kind.

Are you stark raving bonkers?

If they were licensing that, no rocket would be flying yet.

In April 2015, the SABRE engine concept passed a theoretical feasibility review conducted by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, the lab will reveal two-stage-to-orbit SABRE concepts in the near future, they believe that a single-stage-to-orbit Skylon space plane is "technically very risky as a first application of SABRE engine ," and this is why they are developing two-stage-to-orbit concepts.[24] In August 2015 the European Commission competition authority approved UK government funding of £50 million for further development of the SABRE project. This was approved on the grounds that money raised from private equity had been insufficient to bring the project to completion. Then in October 2015, British company BAE Systems agreed to buy a 20% stake in the company for £20.6 million as part of an agreement to help develop the SABRE hypersonic engine.

Yeah, incomplete project and BAE gets involved, that's gonna be a good engine for launches with minimal red tape... NOT!!!

You actually want stuff that works, sooner rather than later. Cutting edge does not need to go into self-cutting bleeding edge.

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Laser probers sniff more gravitational waves from mega black hole smash

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Re: Why LIGO Is a Scam

You can't "teleport the sun hundreds of light years away". Especially not in GR (ads opposed to in Star Trek for example). But we can observe black holes in rapid motion and check whether what we observe is what we can numerically obtain.

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Re: Why LIGO Is a Scam

Clueless jerk detected!

Amazingly, the Einstein Gravity calculations work out pretty well. Exceedingly well.

And GR has nothing to do with the graviton, which is QFT, which is another can of worms. Go back to cave regardless.

Or stop grunting and start here: Is Newton's Law of Gravity consistent with General Relativity?

> rebelscience

Nothing says more than "I'm a 14-year-old homeschooler with delusions of grandeur and asperger's" than "rebelscience".

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Re: Dark matter

Not at all. Because "micro-singularities" are micro and, same as with magnetic monopoles, none has ever been detected and the energetic burst of evaporating micro black holes are not being observed.

The holes in this story are decidedly macro, leftovers from stellar burns.

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Lone hacker claims to have broken into US Democrat servers

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Hillary's obsession with P.U.T.I.N. as the MUSTACHIOED NAZI MAN

One would think that anything that doesn't go quite right with the Democratic Powwow will be laid at the feet of P.U.T.I.N. and his merry men.

Doesn't mean any of that is true.

(Meanwhile, democratic mobs will attack Trumpsters in the street, but that's for another discussion)

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Google Research opens machine intelligence base in Zurich

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Re: Even Leberkäse (or allegedly Fleischkäse in CH)

These guys are calvinists.

Back when I profited from the excellent Computer Science Department of ETHZ, there were the usual noise and protests from the corner of the boisterous youthful leftist out to anticapitalistically Change the World. Forces of the Law and Order always quickly put a lid on that (I vaguely remember that they were a bit overwhelmed by the rightists/trumpists and the "kurdish immigrants" though)

I have to go back and visit that town again.

As to Google, there wIll probably be a large, spooky building at "Tessier-Ashpool Strasse 1"...

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Re: Is this the end of humor on The Register?

Oh, I just thought the old handles had slowly died off.

There really was a purge after Fukushima?

RIP Lester, he's gone to the special projects bureau in the sky

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Sofacy NotSoGood: Time to switch up our Trojan-slinging tactics

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"Government entities"

Do they come with cavernous voices and hair-raising moans?

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Safari 10 dumps Flash, Java, Silverlight, QuickTime in the trash

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Re: Doing away with the cruft?

One of the rules of practical computing is that you never can do away with cruft. It will ooze back through the backdoor, stickier and oozier than before.

(It has to with it being easier to go into technical debt and compound on it than to to actually design and think, and easier to hire hapless knuckle-dragging coders than to retain capable software developers who can understand a problem and formulate a solution. I guess.)

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Admins in outcry as Microsoft fix borks Group Policy

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Re: Testing?

Or, you know, there could be some analyzable logic behind the system instead of hacked code looking like a quilt from the thrift shop? Just an idea. It would make sense I guess.

I really want a Plinkett icon...

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Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC

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Re: A exercise run for new recruits

Apparently at least 5 people are completely unaware about how "campaigns" actually work and who those "donors" are. AIPAC does not stand for "American Indians for Peace and Cooperation".

Also note that pathological liar Hillary is the candidate of choice for the reboot of PNAC. Yeah, we will see more of "Victoria Nuland", "Color Revolutions", "Surges in faraway lands", "Putin is Hitler", "China containment", "Nuclear renewal" and "Responsibility to Protect" nation wrecking and induced ultrakill under that woman'spsycho's watch.

Not ok with pathological liar description? Here is what she has to say about Orlando:

“The attack in Orlando makes it even more clear, we cannot contain this threat. We must defeat it. And the good news is that the coalition effort in Syria and Iraq has made recent gains in the last months.

“So we should keep the pressure on ramping up the air campaign, accelerating support for our friends fighting to take and hold ground and pushing our partners in the region to do even more.

“We also need continued American leadership to help resolve the political conflicts that fuel ISIS recruitment efforts.

“But as ISIS loses actual ground in Iraq and Syria, it will seek to stage more attacks and gain stronger footholds wherever it can, from Afghanistan, to Libya, to Europe.

“The threat is metastasizing….”

Nothing of the above fits any reality I am aware of.

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A exercise run for new recruits

An analysis of the servers showed that no financial, donor or personal information had been accessed or stolen by the two teams, the DNC said

That would bejust the list of the pulsating-neon-ultra-hard-right members of Israeli "democracy", it can be had from Wikipedia too.

Also shady people with real estate "interests", wall street types and other rifraf.

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Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

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Patent for living in universe supporting Archimedes's principle

Amazingly, this article has not been penned by O'rly

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Raspberry Pi distributor Premier Farnell in £792m Swiss buyout deal

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Muh profits!!!

> along with the profits

Mercantilist thinking!

Consider:

1) Profits will be in GBP

2) To "go abroad" they need to be converted to CHF

3) This conversion increases the value of the CHF but depresses the one of the GBP

4) Owners of GBP (i.e. Island inhabitants) will be able to import more for less GBP

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Clueless s’kiddies using exploit kits are behind ransomware surge

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Re: low-skilled criminals continued

"Because it hasn't been picked yet?"

Philosoraptor.jpg!

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: Canada?

It's just like a sect. A neverending circlejerk of the self-promoters where there are "friends" that are not friends and "news" that are not news and into which you are forced to put half an hour or so per day, possibly by a "mobile device solution" while on the move to increase the obnoxious encroachment on your mind. Then the Nigerian Prince texts you.

Adios.

At least the Cortana is designed to look sexually attractive to young males.

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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

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So it's boring and mainstream?

Can we go back to actual problems now?

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Berners-Lee: WWW is spy net

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Re: Tim is a Scientist Guy...

As Captain Nemo once said when his Boot was grabbed by the Kraken:

Frenchman: "It got us. What are you going to do?"

Nemo: "We shall surface and eliminate the whole brood!"

Not a Green Attitude, but there you go.

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Re: Who's this Berners-Lee to complain?

Expecting people to discuss security considerations of URLs in 1994?

Really????

Well, it WAS the dark harbinger times of the Freeh FBI, Attorney General Janet Reno, the Clipper Chip (and also the X-Files), but you can't fault people for not pulling in information from the future about technology that doesn't even exist yet and discuss it in an RFC that is basically orthogonal to the not-as-yet-formed security considerations.

Let's check the covers of "Communications of the ACM" of 1994 to see how far away that year is now: "Hypermedia" is featured in February and "Internet Technology" in August

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Government regulation will clip coders' wings, says Bruce Schneier

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I don't understand.

IoT devices do not necessarily need to be "smart", they just need to have some kind of control function.

They certainly will not be "all the time connected". Maybe do some I/O when they have harvested enpugh energy to power on the radio interface. Indeed, it will liked be a security feature to NOT have the damned stuff online all the time.

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Even less Microsoft in the market?

Good!

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Re: More Hype

You will meet Doctor IoT at the hospital. You can be sure of this.

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: I wouldn't blame Windows 10 @Anonymous Coward

You have a good point historically -- Henry Ford (hardly a philanthropist otherwise) paid better wages so his many workers could afford to buy a Ford.

Realistically, most buyers of Ford were NOT Ford workers.

What made Fords buyable were not higher wages at Ford, but mass production and thus LOWER wages per unit produced (aka "cheapening").

This is also why you can buy an iPhone under USD 10'000 at all: cheapening.

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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Re: Ahh but....

That's "Bilderberg".

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Calling Obama "amusing" is like calling Pinochet "uplifting"

The "sassy black guy" spiel of the drone-and-nuclear-renewal president is really old now.

Meanwhile: PNAC is baaackk (Well, it never went away, really)

The substance of the document is about what one would expect from an iteration of PNAC. The paper cites a highly revisionist history of post-World War II American policymaking, complete with a celebration of America’s selfless motives for every action. Left out is any mention of overthrowing democratically elected and popular governments for US business, or the subsequent blowback for such actions in Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere.

For the neocons and liberal interventionists at the Center for a New American Security, the United States has always acted for the benefit of all.

The paper primarily focuses on the economy and defense budget, and American security interests in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Supporting the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are considered the highest priority, as they will bind the main drivers of the US-led “liberal world order”—the US and Europe—closer together.

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