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Comment The film "2001: A Space Odyssey" ... (Score 1) 151

This film may have gotten it right. Haven't read the short story ("The Sentinel") or book, but assume those opening scenes in the film were represented in the short story by Clarke. Apparently the book of the same title was written concurrently with the film's production and released after the film's release. For the film, the screenplay was co-written by Kubrick and Clarke.

Comment Re:Wish the analogy transferred (Score 1) 329

Made or assembled? For instance, where did the display panels come from? I'm not sure any LED/OLED or whatever panels are made in the US. Spinning hard drives could very well be manufactured in Thailand. Keyboards? Who knows. The same thing goes for cars and trucks. Notice the tag on new vehicles will indicate something like North American content with a percentage. Mexico is a North American country and many such vehicles get their engines from there.

Comment Re:Bestridge (Score 1) 225

This is what I was wondering: before the big bang, and whatever it was that resulted in the big bang, was there time and was there space? Space and time were created at the instance of the big bang and before the big bang (ah, that thing in our reference system, time) neither space nor time existed. Furthermore, is space and time still being created outside the volume of the universe? If quantum mechanics posits that a particle of matter can transition from one place to another while being at both places simultaneously, does space and time exist where this transition occurs? Again, this use of space and time in our reference system vocabulary...

Comment Re:no thanks (Score 1) 458

Here's Ed Bott's headline:

"Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10"

And here's the summary,

"In a change to its longstanding support policy, Microsoft says PCs based on new CPU architectures, including Intel's Skylake chips, will require Windows 10. A list of preferred systems will support older Windows versions on new hardware, but only for 18 months."

It says, ...new CPU architectures, including Intel's Skylake chips will require Windows 10. The article doesn't say that in 18 months new CPUs "can't" run other OSs. But also it doesn't say new CPU's "can" run non-Windows 10 OSs. Tech journalists are journalists, after all. Read any newspapers lately? I'd expect more from Ed Bott, though.

Comment Re:no thanks (Score 1) 458

Intel hardware to become windows-locked so you won't be able to run any alternative OS.

I don't think windows will run on UltraSparc and I doubt it runs well on Arm.

There have been headlines for some articles that implied that the latest Intel processors would only run Windows 10. My first thought was Apple might have to build Windows 10 machines or get a different company to make its processors.

Comment Re:Explaining to your Foxnewser Uncle at Xmas dinn (Score 1, Insightful) 61

The problem with back doors is that they can lie in the software for long periods of time while data theft continues unknown to its owner. Stealing a physical key, stealing a pickup (and sending it to Syria) or car will likely be noticed quickly. And of course, there may be multiple back doors, so swatting down one of them doesn't ensure data security.

As many writers in these forums have noted, once a back door is installed, anyone, good or bad, with the appropriate tools and skill can open the door. The distinction between bad and good guys seems to be blurred these days.

Comment Re:Knowledge of math is sometimes important (Score 1) 211

Clearly everyone along the "chain of command" need to know math, including the legislature writing the law, the governor who signs and orders it implementation of the law, and the many likely members of the prison hierarchy who will interpret the rules that go to the ultimate coder. My guess is there is no equation in any of these communications and it's not likely that there is much, if any, reverse communication back up the chain.

Comment And you need to add for chemists... (Score 2) 143

Chemists have also found The Merck Index, Beilstein (Beilstein's Handbook of Organic Chemistry, founded in 1881), as well as Chemical Abstracts (CAS) published by The American Chemical Society to be incredibly useful and necessary. All are either available on the Internet or other computer databases. Before computer accessibility, a year's subscription of CAS in paper would occupy something like a yard or more of bookshelf.

I'm sure other professions have their necessary references they could not do without.

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