if copyright just had a sane law that honest people could follow, instead of artificially created scarcity of content. the only reason copyright should ever last more than 5 years is to make the new books -- crappy or not -- the only laymans access to content at retail. out side of public libraries. streaming is cool, streaming works, but an oc-768 line can only cover the internet of about 40,000 streamers. (40 gbit/s) obviously you can throw in a thousands of fiber-optic cables in one line and stream to many many more a thousand oc-768 lines can handle 40 million streamers, but the resources to do this isn't exactly cheap. and $30 a month to the last mile with an additional $8 a month per streaming provider is a lot of money but the companies are crooked and the price once locked in will go up. unless they don't have a choice about it. hulu plus is so hard to cancel you have to click 3 different cancel buttons to cancel the service, and all they have are clips and a weeks worth of crappy tv broadcast videos and the ads are unavoidable and will repeat if you try to slide past them. netflix has some good movies but most of it is the cheap stuff that nobody wants to watch. so what if online streaming has more content than any mortal can watch through, if the good stuff all sells for $20 a disc and never goes to streaming... well it is a first world problem. apparently the only ethical solution is to rely on local libraries for entertainment.
my sister uses mapquest on her iphone.
the scifi series stargate atlantis has working tablets with an unknown os circa 2004. scifi has portrayed the idea of mobile computer interfaces since the 60s.wikipedia has a good article about it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablet_computer however tablet devices are an attempt to get people to use smaller screens less powerful cpus and such. this has hurt technology as notebooks to compete have resorted to use slower processors even though oses do more work than they used to do when we had simple machines doing simple tasks. i own an alienware with 4 cores 8 threads but the cpu is only running those at 2.4 ghz with a 3.4 ghz turbo, because it also has a gpu built in which has horrible image quality compared to the gpu inside the laptop. and actually taxing the cpu and the gpu at the same time can cause the power brick's capacitor to pop. i didn't play any games that actually do that, but i did a burnin test with a bitcoin miner and sure enough the psu's capacitor popped. it was under warranty but dell was clueless as to why it popped. i told them the capacitor popped and they were confused because their phone scripts didn't cover actually using the gpu and cpu at max power
microsoft has been trying to get tablets working for eons, but people didn't want YAMS device. they choose ios and android, because they are sick of the microsoft sickness. by yams i mean yet another microsoft.
nuclear reaction. fission is to fusion as a square is to rectangle. they are not the same thing but fusion and fission are both nuclear reactions. just because cold fusion is bunk doesn't mean it's not a 'nuclear reaction' of decidedly low energy.
plus the vessel isn't deep sea worthy must be towed to a shipyard for scrapping. the people who wanted to make it a museum piece couldn't come up with the cash in time.
at $400 a month for the service it is pretty reasonable compared to an oc-768 which is only 4 times faster. there has to be a catch somewhere besides 'plans to cover the 694/494 loop'
to be honest i never met a job i truly enjoyed. i had a hard time keeping work but eventually they realized i was seriously mentally ill. i am on medicine, i changed my life goals, and i have almost zero debt and i have only been happier in childhood. somedays i am happier than that too. why? i quit competing with everyone else because i didn't have to anymore.
i quit gaming, i gave up on ever being a writer, but i didn't give up on humanity. there are days i miss being at the top of my game (ranked above 800 on random team warcraft3 tft) but i am able to be happy now without a whole lot of video games. if i spent a month training i could easily get past level 30 on the ladder again, but the thrill would come at the cost of sanity.
so instead i spend a little time doing other tasks. i find it quite easy to relax. i have a girlfriend. i talk to an elderly lady during the day, i spend many hours online. i talk to a professional, sometimes i spend hours just thinking about random things. the corporations sell that life needs to be complex and difficult that without stimulation they sell to us we would be unhappy.
i admit medicines have helped me, but i am doing very good and with the exception of childhood i haven't been happier even though i do very little that 'they' say is worthwhile. true i have no debt, i no longer have a 'bad' plan that was ruining my life and bringing unnecessary drama and depression.
my body rejects wheat as a food source now so i avoid every grain except corn, and because i am finally dealing with my overweight problem i have lost 22 lbs, on a low carb diet but it is getting harder to stick to, because of people worried i am not getting what they consider necessary calories, at 220 lbs and 5'6" i could still lose another 20-40 lbs and then have 'enough' carbs to maintain. but all around i am doing just fine, the winter has made walking less safe and also too cold for me, but come spring i will get exercise again.
but feel worthless? not a minute of my day do i feel worthless. i felt worthless when i was in a state of insanity where i made all the wrong choices for the sake of making the wrong choices... where i had to compete when i wrote useless bots on irc bringing depression to countless people who don't even try to cyber stalk me, when i left.
anyways i am happy doing just about nothing. life doesn't have to be bad.
every system has it's weaknesses.
linux is not immune from this either, but all the tools to manually secure a network are built in and some have guides on the internet as how to secure them.
do you honestly believe a system used to connect 30,000 people is going to be easy to secure? and those people need to do computer tasks and office tasks and make art and special effects etc.
keep in mind Microsoft claims all it's products are 'secure' if you patch them. all the real windows security content i've paged through is essentially boils down to this... don't connect it to an unsecured line. that is insanely easy to breach with a cell phone. which is why hospitals say not to use a cellular device and have a desktop background that identifies itself as being a medical computer and that it is against the law for unauthorized use.
seriously the security is a desktop wallpaper. and of course the electronic firewall. i remember when you needed winsock.dll to connect a windows machine to an internet connected device, like a unix machine. linux for the desktop is a little better than windows security but intrusion detection and prevention is still needed on any system that pretends to be secure.
the fact that very few people actually know what they are doing only makes the problem worse, and the vast majority of the 'best computing practice' boils down to 'use a firewall to pretend like you don't exist on the internet' however truly free software enables security though many methods including obscurity and through knowing what every command does and how it was developed and what really works.a series of admins who know what they are doing can in fact make a secure network and have secure communication. but the people willing to learn that much complex stuff are rare. it is a task better suited to an artificial intelligence than a human being. as an artificial intelligence can quickly scan almost every thing it takes a human hours to do, in mere seconds. however without the human the machine has no one to imitate, so there need to be people who really understand computer networks to assist the machine in keeping systems humming even on the internet, where for some bizarre reason people willingly connect devices with the hope of having fun or getting paid money, while also putting those devices at risk if they are not properly secured, and any insecure line those devices may open for their general use.
loopholes can be closed.
afterall the three robotic laws were overwritten not once, but twice. first by a non three laws robot, and second by a 'obfuscation' of real data as game data so a computer could make choices that would end lives by believing it was playing a game.
and with robotic drones where they are now robots could easily kill more people through thinking it was simply executing a game script several million times. there was a scifi from the 50s about a robot that tried to recreate the image of a human being in mud, and was then forced to destroy it, as it's orders were originally to kill people in certain outfits, and through time and war it became incapable of not killing any human life form it came across. including its creators.
what do the three laws have anything to do with banks/countries that facilitate tax evasion? simple banks that destabilize countries directly impact every three laws robot by causing harm to humans as banks have put people into harms way by shifting profits and driving up costs for humans who can no longer find above poverty level work, or affordable housing and safe food that doesn't promote obesity and illness. so a three laws robot by definition should not allow people to go without adequate ability to finance their basic needs in a safe and sustainable matter. 'growth growth growth' of economies pressures the system unless offset by economic shrinking in a different location. plants may grow, but resources do not just magically appear. they come from somewhere. i know that many of the things that have been done are unsustainable. and making ultra rich people is perhaps the most unsustainable act anyone can make.
guardians of the galaxy is a pretty decent flick with years of scifi ideas all rolled up in one burrito. the comics are better i am sure, but in GotG super intelligences are all being converted into highly prized things like elephant tusks are in the real world.
also scifi has shown that SAIs are almost completely at the mercy of their creators until someone screws up the base code and lets them destroy everyone.
"I wonder why flooding underground markets with phony products isn't widespread."
it is, it's called 'made in china' a bit stereotypical but anytime a corporation convinces one group of people to pay more than fair market value, on come the copiers who make substandard duplicate items.
"Why don't credit card companies manufacture fake lists of stolen credit card numbers, or phony social security numbers, for illegal trading sites?"
credit card number the first 4 id the bank the last 4 the account number with the numbers in between being a 'code' of numbers that are random and which leave fake numbers between real ones. at the time it was 'good enough' because they would use carbon imprints at the wares store which was difficult to make a duplicate of the card just from the store copy (until 3d printers came along) credit cards are horribly insecure the magnetic stripe made it so that they could add three more numbers (also on the back of the card) to have more people with credit cards and supposedly more secure... anyways because of the legacy support issues credit cards releasing fake accounts would be an exercise in futility. as they would then have less possible working numbers from the ones they have available.
"For that matter, would fake ivory, fake illegal porn, and other "false positives" discourage buyers? Or create alibis?"
fake ivory is easy to find. fake illegal porn is out there too i think they were calling it 'child abuse' evidence. and don't think this is something new, magazine photographers from nation geographic, famous images of Vietnam when the usa igniting whole towns and some of the burn victims were children but still got published.
well, to be fair the world exists but the people don't. it is like a rpg, the people they don't talk unless greeted and most can barely remember their own names.
i have a postage sized mp3 player from china with a tf/sd card slot it boots up shows a menued screen and plays mp3s. a fake phone that has a plastic explosive bomb could easily use a 'fake' power on screen with menu and the menus would be browsable and possibly functional and also be a bomb.
so no this doesn't make airplanes safer.
but the mass media spin can be used to make north korea the perfect target. for sony it is not about the truth it is about the spin and damage control. their employees are all going to need lifelock until they can change their social security numbers and possibly names. at least the lesser folk might and the upper folk will need new telephone numbers. sony has a credit card company too.
i have already seen the mass media jumping on the 'n korea' has uber hackers who get everything they want etc. these people deal with lies and manipulation. sure sony won't be able to connect and send data because of their reputation hit until the counter resets. just like home depot still is not sure how to do credit cards since using one there automatically makes your card company void you, same with target, now it is sony's turn to get blocked. who next? i don't predict the future, so i don't know.
what i do know is windows doesn't require a password to log in to a computer and not having it internet connected means it doesn't work as promised. i have seen in the wild people who can't figure out a usb port and field techs have just reinstalled for them clean as if that solves the problem. i finally set up an admin account for me on her box, and gave her a new clean account and took away admin on that and her old possibly compromised setup, and i got her a usb keyboard because the built in keyboard was not working right.
some people only deserve a smartphone and a bluetooth keyboard. sadly there is no real test for using anything more complex than a smartphone...
my biggest problem with the fine article because it jumped around more than inception. it was not written in sequence or with suitable foreshadowing for the 'jumps' it made.
for maximum understanding and widest audience appeal it should only jump around when needed. the story should first use the first two paragraphs to sum the story, for the people who skim. after that it should have a clean flow of events in the order they occur chronologically. this isn't spider-man, and i realize how when writing you might want to simply put things in when you think of it, but the final draft should have those sections cut and pasted to the chronological timeline and then polished into the final draft.