With apologies to Mae West for this awful paraphrase.
When (or if) quantum computers become practical they will make existing forms of encryption useless.
Uh, no. It will only make breaking certain popular public-key cryptosystems practical. There are quantum-safe public-key systems, and most symmetric ones are also safe (at best, using a quantum computer with symmetric systems is equivalent to halving the key size — with an obvious way to compensate).
Edward Geist received his Ph.D. in history....His research interests include emergency management in nuclear disasters, Soviet politics and culture, and the history of nuclear power and weapons.
Once again, Slashdot editors fail to do basic vetting of sources. The only qualification for something to be posted here appears to be whether it will work as click-bait. You also have to love how the summary refers to him as "Stanford's Edward Moore Geist". You hear dear readers? He's from Stanford! That means academic authority! So, is he in Stanford's computer science department? Or engineering perhaps?
The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
I'd almost wish it would go back to being accessible only by Universities, the government, and the military.
This, as well as hi anti-freedom of speech commentary, is in line with the statist views he often expresses.
The real degeneracy of Slashdot and the Internet at large is comprised of the stifling effects on free speech driven by governments and a number number of other institutions, with kheldan being one of their cheerleaders. The best times on Slashdot were not during kheldan's early years, as he would have you believe; I well remember them as the years before he ever joined and brought his odious statist, elitist views.
And kheldan: I've seen innumerous much more thoughtful, eloquent, insightful, and — above all — honest posts on 4chan than the shitposting record you've left here.
CounterPunch is a monthly magazine published in the United States that covers politics in a manner its editors describe as "muckraking with a radical attitude". It has been described as left-wing by both supporters and detractors.
This magazine is about as merely "left-wing" as the Death Valley in Mojave is merely "warm" in the summer.
Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.