But there was still a browser exploit involved, right? What version of what browser was being used?
As usual, under the guise of "protecting consumers" or "it's for our own safety," government is giving itself a bit more power over the peasant class.
No kidding. I just bought my wife a Core i3 laptop with 4GB/750GB and a 15" LED display for just a few bucks more than that... installed Mint on it and it works just fine for her.
The larger impact of all of this NSA spying is going to be pushing countries like Colombia and Brazil over the edge, where they will distance themselves from the US and align instead with Bolivarian Socialist states in SA.
Brazil has already been moving that way for some time, but this may be the final nail in the coffin for any hope of avoiding becoming another despotic socialist state.
"Retention" and "Collection" do not mean the same thing.
I stopped using credit cards at retail a long time ago because I was sick and tired of having my credit card numbers stolen every few months. And, these days there are always the privacy implications, knowing that government is collecting every transaction you make with a credit card.
No... it is that human wickedness being what it is, the main sick desire of people is to be a little god, and that means being worshipped by one's neighbors. But it also means being able to rule them, to punish them, to enforce one's own view of justice on them. I see that every day, in that those who haven't recognized their wickedness and begun to battle it, really collide and irk each other. Those who *do* have power lord it over the others; those who *don't* have power get incredibly angry.
More than that, those who do have power actively work to destroy those who don't, while at the same time, criticizing their victims for not wanting better for themselves.
So if you give people a utopia, what are they going to do with it? They'll find a way to fulfill themselves. That means, they'll find a way to fulfill their wicked desires. Now, yes, the woman in the story goes on her little vacations to do exactly that, and it gets her excited... but that is not the only way wickedness plays out. And where there's a will, there's a way. People will find ways to destroy each other that are "under the radar". No computer can outdo a human in creativity, especially when the goal is so illogical (but makes one feel oh, so good).
Moreover, what doesn't feed the wickedness isn't going to give a person motivation. So again, the society isn't going to magically progress. It might devolve into computer games, where people can play out their fantasies, or board games, or sports... but it won't progress.
As to your point about the manna system being fully practical and possible, I'm not so sure about that. It seems to me that scheduling is NP-hard. So, if your manna system is going to "perfectly schedule" the business, it'll fail. However, if it's going to be "pretty good", then it can possibly succeed.
But it also could well fail in another way: what the author describes would surely lead to destruction of the systems and civil disorder, even civil war, long before it came to welfare tube-house prisons.
Moreover, every single manna-run country would be ripe targets for crackers (and how would taking out an entire nation of smug billionaires do for a person's wicked desires?) or conquest by military might.
Moreover, as a government's laws destroy an economy -- and these employers in the story are governments unto themselves -- they drive a black market. The black market is going to drive crime, which will eventually overwhelm the nation.
I don't foresee it happening the way the author says. I do foresee it possibly starting, though.
the Nyquist limit of the audio sampling hardware of a cell phone over instruction rate of a modern CPU is a pretty small fraction.
The "audio" in question is most likely all below 24 kHz, that being the Nyquist limit for the 48 kHz sampling hardware, unless it happens that some phones can actually sample faster, and have microphones that can respond to higher frequencies.
The instruction rate of the CPUs in question is many times that frequency.
It doesn't sound likely.
Using multiple cores turns out to help the attack (by shifting down the signal frequencies).
Say what? Through what mechanism would multiple cores shift down the frequency? And what about parallel instruction streams contributing to noise?