I read Nuts&Volts. Still fun.... once in a while.
Byte is great as a history book of how we got here, until about a year before its demise. It chronicled much, and it served many masters and interests with a lot of personality. It did ok online, but even that folded, and much of what UBM bought is dead, failed in the transition to online.
There are classic issues, but that was yesterday, and tomorrow much is going to be different. There are still new technologies, some advances, and more than enough cults of code and hardware, now bifurcated into traditional vs mobile computing. Add-in the Maker Movements, 3D printing, and what was once a handful of really creative geeks is now multiple disciplines of them. There's not an easy way to chronicle the computer industry, because it's now industries, reaching everywhere.
Byte served its purpose well. Long live Byte. Goodbye, Byte, Circuit Cellar, Pournelle, and so many other characters. Long live Ars Technica, Wired, GigaOm, and dozens of other sites like NetworkWorld, InfoWorld, The Register, and so forth. Print will never come back. You won't feel it in your hands until your foldable smartphone makes this comfy some day in the future-- to do again.
Maybe you should GOTO the event.
It indeed is the same level as the bug Apple fixed. Plentiful access methods are hinged on this lib and code.
It's non-trivial, and affects clients and servers in a wide breadth. Yes, were you watching, you'd have upgraded to fixed versions. Too many, however, don't know the difference between a CVE and a live hand grenade. Or they weren't watching. Same vulnerability result.
What are your five biggest fears for safety on the Internet today, and where do you believe responsible admins should put their efforts for those five?
With predictability now almost certainly in many encryption algorithms, how can we be sure that root certs at CAs aren't jeopardized or compromised by algorithmic weakness?
Why has the ARRL and FCC stalled on non-closed models for hams? D-Star is a travesty; but is the deeper problem that digitized voice trunking induces tracking fears-- especially across spread spectrum?
ObiWan, the need for entertainment is strong with this one.....
I'm sorry, you're out of character, pmontra, and we now have to usurp you. Please wait in the queue on your left to be assimilated. You signed away the rights, and we saw you there, in the restroom, tapping your foot. Now your works are ours.
No one points out a secondary auth, which adds quite a bit of layering-- that admittedly might be able to be hacked through-- to prevent unauthorized settings changes.
If only Unbreakable Linux were.....
The OS is only part of it. I am not a fanboi, but Apple does several things nicely:
-it creates reality distortion fields of billion dollar size
-it has consistent build quality that reflects serious engineering feats, and vendor liaison and supply-chain discipline
-it has remarkable consistency, good and bad, mostly good
-they are very good at supporting their users and are very connected/focused on their users
-they are masters, perhaps wizards at meme control.
The OS is very important, but that's not why they get top dollar for their goods. Their assets don't depreciate as rapidly, and they are fiendishly consistent.
It's my belief that there are many, many more than just the slashdotters that are of the belief that the communications shenanigans are tough. If you don't speak up, you give tacit silent approval. So, speak up. Educate the populace regarding the history of utilities, monopolies, and how this affects them. Then do it again. That's why I posted. That's why you posted. Don't give up.
This isn't telephony. It's a data communications issue, upon which rides both time-sensitive data (audio, video) and non-time sensitive data. AT&T's arrogance is that of Southwestern Bell's (remember, this is not the AT&T of old) vision for profits.
It's a monopolistic view. It's the old "we own the highway" versus "we gave you rights of way because you were a municipal and regional utility". I say we reclaim the rights of way, and meter AT&T for their belligerence. That'll fix it for everyone.
Oh, geez. Not click-bait enough. Sun spots to kill grid! Everything dead! Your iStuff bleeding on the floor!
You've got the right formula.
There would be stuff that would obviously croak beyond repair. Other than a little tanner, that's about it save for certain parts of the grid, which could indeed see whopping coulombs dumped in unexpected places. But mass hysteria sells clicks.
If I used phone lines, I'd have MOVs on them. Many telcos over-earth where necessary, just to ensure low damage. I ground together my cable box with my other earths, but hey-- I'm an engineer.