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Comment Y2K issues again! (Score 1) 169

Prediction - On - Monday 18th of January 2038 10:14:07 PM - the internal clock on many PC will change from 0x7fffffff to 0x80000000 and depending on how the software treats the number it may change the time to - Friday 13th of December 1901 03:45:52 PM - or not. Hopefully by that time all real computes will be 64bit and the issue goes away. But beware for 32 bit computers this is going to be a much bigger problem than the Y2K issue! And yes Y2K did have some major fallout - NORAD was blind for hours! Some NSA computers were down for days!

Comment Gov. Military, Police, Terrorist are the problem (Score 1) 56

Committing to controllable AI is fine, but the Government, NSA, CIA, FBI and the other TLAs will ignore the research and do what THEY want and to hell with reasonable AI. Same for the Military, Police and Terrorists! You really think they will give a hoot about controllable AI. I for one would wold be on the lookout for SkyNet.

Comment Encryption - Locked room (Score 1) 556

Encryption is like a locked room with two doors. The first door is well armed and protected. The second door is also well armed and protected, but the key is available to ALL commers. All one needs is a court order to get the second key, and presto it's open, and also now available to anybody, reason - Snowdon. --- All right one says we will do away with the second door, but require key escrow. Same problem - all one needs is a court order to get the second key, and presto it's open, and also now available to anybody, reason - Snowdon. --- So what is the solution, live with good encryption, but insist that everyone divulge the key "on presentation of a court order" with some heinous penalty for not releasing it. That way the encryption is not compromised, but still readable "with a court order" not like it is now ANYBODY can read it.

Comment Security also involves transmission (Score 1) 220

With all the NSA, CIA, FBI, DOD, and other TLAs snooping EVERYTHING on the internet the actual movement of the data MUST be included in the security analysis. Unless one uses some rather extreme and hardened encryption the data will available for the TLAs to peruse. So it comes down to using 2K or 4K encryption keys and keeping those key private, only using known secure methods of transmittal, mail or courier to disburse them. The Constitution and Bill of Rights protections seem to have been thrown away even though the "oath of office" clearly says "support and defend the constitution of the US" it seems that it has been ignored. Like someone said "it's only a piece of paper" When will someone bring charges on these high and mighty Gov. officers, take them to court and take back our Constitutional rights?

Comment YOU are paying for the ADs (Score 1) 117

Every time one goes to a web site with advertisements the ADs get loaded and start to play, even when they are not on the screen, above, below or to the side. Yet YOU are paying for the kilo, megs, gigabytes that they send you, It get ridiculous with some pages, several video ads start playing, you can't see them, but you can hear their audio all trying to drown out the others, and YOU are paying your ISP for the privilege of listening to this cacophony. Another issue, you are mildly watching some ad, you get called away for what ever, your child need to go to the store... yet you still get charged for the gigabytes the advertisement requests while your not even in the house, so no way are you being entertained. I would insist that after 5min. playing the browser put up a query if you are still interested in watching. Yeah I know one does not want to interrupted in the middle of Game of Thrones to answer queries, but the browser knows where the data is coming from and can check once and then let it play. I would mandate that the browsers are intelligent enough to know if and when the ads are visable and totally block them if they are not visable, would save a lot of download data.

Comment Charge Back (Score 1) 241

I think it's time we, internet users take notice of all the advertising that is forced down our browsing devices. Who benefits? We see dozens or even hundreds of ads daily. Who pays for them. We do! If all of the advertising was required to pay for the time and data usage that we are currently paying, a lot of the advertising would go away. It's time we take back the internet. If some company, agency, conglomerate wants to advertise on our devices THEY need to pay for the time and down load bits, bytes, KB, MB and GB they force us to watch or be annoyed by. No this is not the same as TV, because on commercial TV the show we want to watch is the staple, and yes someone must pony up the expenses for that show. The advertising on the internet uses the bandwidth we pay for to inundate us with their garbage, not the same as TV. The advertisers must take note and pay for and allocate the data usage to those advertising not the users who really don't want to see or be charged for their display.

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