One of the founders of the cyberpunk genre, Bruce Sterling needs little introduction to science fiction fans. You can read what "Chairman Bruce" has to say at Beyond the Beyond on Wired and the Sterling tumblr. He has agreed to to sit down and answer any questions you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.
My landline does text-to-speech on any SMS sent to it, which works fine for the 2-factor schemes I've run across that use purely numeric codes. Have you tried sending an SMS to your land line to see what happens?
That's pretty much how Linux does it as well, for libraries that do backwards compatibility at all. You provide a file that tells the ELF linker which version of an exposed api method links to which internal implementation. The linker embeds the library version linked against into the executable and voila, your program can run against a newer version of the library with no expensive, bloated vm infrastructure required.
If you have committed a crime depends on where you are. Around here fuel oil is a hazardous waste and it is illegal to put it into the sewage system - it needs to be taken to a waste station.
This is bullshit. Even if they did have some dirt on every member of congress unless you only elect rapists and murderers there is no way that that kind of mass blackmail would work on the people holding the purse strings. The NSA continues to exist because they are useful. They provide information intelligence your leaders want, and this sort of mass surveillance means that they can provide information on anyone, even someone they didn't know would be interesting a day ago.
No, not at all. If you modify GPL software you don't have to contribute anything. If you distribute the changed software then you must make available the source code to the people you have distributed the binary to, and you must license it in a way that is compatible with the GPL. So if I take GCC,fix some bugs, and sell it I must give my customers the source code I have created. I must license it to them with terms that allow them to distribute it freely, so long as they continue to follow the GPL when they distribute it. I am under no obligation to give it away to the world for free, however I can not stop my customers from doing so.
Nick Kolakowski writes "Markus 'Notch' Persson is the famous indie-game developer behind Minecraft, which is also the name of the new book about his life and work by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson. (The effect is slightly odd, like naming the Steve Jobs biography iPhone.) Minecraft traces Persson’s development from an isolated young man building simple PC games in his bedroom, to a frustrated game developer who feels the software conglomerates are stifling his creativity, to a multimillionaire who's had some trouble coming to grips with his gamer-land fame. The Persson described in the book is an introvert's introvert, far more interested in coding than partying, although he does display flashes of entrepreneurial aggression that would make Steve Jobs or Jeff Bezos proud: at one point, he confesses that he wants to build a gaming behemoth on the scale of Valve." Read below for the rest of Nick's review.
Or just create a browser plugin that will read a QR and open a new tab to the link. No smartphone required. Of course, that kind of highlights why it's a dumb idea anyway.
A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.
Jeremiah Cornelius writes "Rapture of the Nerds co-author Charlie Stross hates Microsoft Word, worse than you do. Best of all, he can articulate the many structural faults of Word that make his loathing both understandable and contagious. 'Steve Jobs approached Bill Gates... to organize the first true WYSIWYG word processor for a personal computer -- ...should it use control codes, or hierarchical style sheets? In the end, the decree went out: Word should implement both formatting paradigms. Even though they're fundamentally incompatible... Word was in fact broken by design, from the outset — and it only got worse from there.' Can Free Software do any better, than to imitate the broken Microsoft model? Does document formatting even matter this much, versus content?"
First time accepted submitter Guy From V writes "Charles Carreon, zany lawyer and poster-child for the Streisand Effect (sorry Babs) for his lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Mattew Innman last year in his original role as legal counsel for Funnyjunk, as reported by ArsTechnica, seems to have finally called it quits. In other news, the River Styx has reportedly dropped below 32 degrees Fahrenheit."
No different than an ISP, in fact in some countries BB falls under ISP regulations when it comes to data retention and discovery policies. The difference is the encryption between A BB and BES, where the key is generally only passed through an internal company network on generation, which should greatly reduce the risk of an MITM attack on the public key. Of course all of this assumes there are no intentional backdoors and that the security algorithm doesn't have any weaknesses, but in theory so long as that initial public key communication has to be across a secure network then the communication from the device from that point on should be very hard to crack.
Android is winning for the exact reasons that DOS won 20 years ago. It's cheap, easy to develop and distribute apps for (no mandatory app store), and runs on any hardware. It's not the best of the 4 smartphone os's by any measure, but the only actual competition is Windows Phone, which has a long way to go get before it makes real headway.
You missed those people who don't do private stuff online. I know this will surprise a lot of slashdot, but for normal people a lot of life is public. The most private thing I do online is banking, and I suspect those records can be accessed by the government in easier ways than reading and decrypting every bit of Internet traffic. As always, if you want to keep something private don't use communication mechanisms you don't control. Sneakernet is still the best private network.
Google wasn't the first search engine - not even close. Yahoo, Lycos, Altavista, and others already existed. JumpStation would have probably been crushed by Google just like all the others, even if it had found funding.