as i cannot see how a simple image... could possibly compromise a target machine
It can. I believe libjpeg was the first image parser to have a vulnerability, but LibPNG has had quite a few. Image and Video parsers are complex, and complex code means high chances for vulnerabilities.
Is your browser complex? You better believe it's full of vulnerabilities. We only hear about Flash vulns because they are the low-hanging fruit.
The only real market solution is to whitelist a certain number of ad networks, and have sites commit to only running ads from those ad networks
Which ad networks haven't served malware?
(Also, the free market solution is for everyone to use ad block).
Though Blum is an expert in cryptography, he's not particularly worried about privacy. "I find the fact that cameras are everywhere is helpful," he said, citing the example of the Boston Marathon bombers. "It's wonderful that you can find pictures and know who they are."
before wondering why we led the world in citizens incarcerated.
I've never heard anyone wonder that. The only time I've heard that kind of statistic brought up, it's in the middle of some text explaining exactly why we are so bad, and usually includes what we need to do to fix it.
As someone that worked in the tech industry during the recessions in 1973, 1980, 1990, 2001, and 2007, unemployment for people with good tech skills was almost nonexistent during most of those bad times
In 2001, U-Haul trucks were streaming out of Silicon Valley. Plenty of good people lost their jobs (do you know how many companies went out of business? Not all of them were full of bad programmers). Also, it depressed salaries for a while. I'm highly in favor of tech salaries rising.