Iran getting "the bomb" frankly scares me very little. True, Amandinejad is more than a bit on the scary side but I don't think the Ayatollah Khameni would let him have a very long leash as to when/whether/where to use a nuclear weapon. All any of the existing powers would have to do is to have a standing order that in the event of a chemical or nuclear attack on Saudi Arabia or Israel, there would be several nuclear detonations over Qom [a Shi'ite holy site, like Jerusalem and Mecca to Shi'ites] as well as Tehran and all the other "major" cities and religious sites, just for good measure. Believe me, the leash would be extremely short as would the one on Hezbollah in Lebanon and elsewhere. Oh, and BTW, the Ayatollahs call Qom home. Kinda drives home the point.
Before I was sent over to the middle east, and while it was still likely to go again, I took it upon myself to learn the actors. If I was going to be sent into "harm's way," I wanted to know who. especially among our "friends", might be doing the harming. Turned out it was a good call then, still is now. Sadly, most media organizations don't give you the history of the players let alone the real history of an entire region so you can figure who is doing what to whom and why.
The term "enthusiasts" does not apply exclusiveness to people who try to squeeze performance from high powered system. Enthusiast can be someone who wants to build a very high autonomy mobile device for example, or bring the highest performance possible from a portable device.
Got that one right. Before the term was mis-, or should that be mal-?, appropriated by the "Main-Stream-Media," we used to be known as hackers. I've been fixing, designing, building, and especially tweaking the hell out of hardware, firmware, and software for an extremely long time. However, I'm in no way, shape, or form a "hard-core gamer." I don't have the reflexes, let alone eye-hand coordination, to even make it worth my while. When I do game, it's usually strategic or simulation, and for most people it's about as exciting as watching grass grow or paint dry (to them). Whatever floats your boat.
Where enthusiasm enters the picture in my case is designing hardware/software fusions that punch way, way above their weight class on a pretty damn limited budget. Everything in my systems are+ scrutinized right down the register values in the glue-chips (-bridge chips, for instance) and the OS's don't resemble anyone's idea of stock. There's a lot of kernel innards tossed into the bit bucket before I get finished and don't even get me started about tweaking Windows Server versions. You'll be looking for an exit, quick
Back to the topic at hand, will this change how I work? I doubt it as the motherboards I get are usually just as quickly "obsolescent" as the processors, so both could be considered a single component. If I were to do anything with the processor, it would be to migrate it to a far smaller footprint device, I think. Then I'm pretty much out only the cost of the motherboard which is only a mild big deal. I'd have to break out the 2M (micro-minature) gear to separate one from the other and effect the transfer, but it depends on the value of my time at the time. I firmly believe that we're going to have devices tucked all over our places and spaces before we are done with conventional designs, and even then we may still have uses for the older generations. Be that as it may, from a QA/QC aspect, this may actually be a huge positive and for the novices of the world once you think about it.
Sure, if you want to go with a completely new set of ARM apps. Doesn't matter if Linux, Windows RT, or whatever. You can't run x86 apps.
I call bullshit. ARM can do emulation and, speaking only for myself, it's about the only thing that seems to light up the cores on my tablet (N7). I've been using emulation for over a quarter century now on everything from big iron down to my personal machines during that entire period, and if you can get games to work, there is damn little out there that can't be run on ARM if you are willing to put a little work in, unless there has been a concerted effort to block such capability. Emulators for x86 already exist on ARM as do emulators for a half-dozen (at least) other CPU architecture/families.
Anyone with embedded experience (have that too) is all too familiar with using emulation especially in the boot-strapping phase of development. To assert that ARM is incapable of emulating the x86 architecture shows complete ignorance on the subject on this hardware slight-of-hand.
Been there, done that, burned the stupid t-shirt. [Apologies for rude tone, but....]
An on-topic post really can be overrated with a score of 1, just as it can be on-topic and a troll, or one of the other negative scores aside from off-topic. While I usually use Overrated as a dissenting vote on up-mods (very rarely), I have also used it for a post (base Karma 1) that adds simply nothing to the topic under discussion. I've done that maybe twice in the years I've been here.
I just happen to have mod points again (happens abut every two to three days), but I was not the person that did the mod; obviously since I'm posting under my username. I try to be rather conscientious about the whole mod duty thang, having been a CompuServe SysOp for a couple of decades including thread-police duties, and I do see evidence every day that most do seem to do their duty well. IAC, there is recourse. Another mod can come along to up it (Underrated is great for this), and/or it may also be picked up in the meta-mod voting as well if somebody really is using mods unwisely.
Way more than needed to be said about the subject.
"Do you know anyone these days who doesn't have IMAP accounts with 6+-month-old mail on them?"
Myself. The highest backlog I've ever had was about 40 days, some 5,000 messages across a dozen accounts. I have no problem maintaining coherent backups across multiple devices and locations for the few hundred actually important emails (accounts, software activations, and the like), so there is no value in having them accessible by anyone other than myself. Seriously, I don't even have to think about it when it comes time to set up a blank machine, it's that automagical by now.
While there is absolutely nothing of interest to the government or other players in anything that I keep, I can't see any reward, indeed much risk, with trusting others to maintain my privacy especially in the face of what I know to be unconstitutional (courts differ on that) means. [Some time ago I swore to "protect and defend the Constitution" so I took my duty seriously and studied it along with the Law around it. Not much left anymore for with to do either.]
In any case, none of this is particularly relevant to the General's situation. Along with his security clearance, he entirely waived more than a few rights (as did I back then), so the email would be accessible no matter what, even if it only existed on backup tapes instead of online storage.
Why do techies completely miss that point, then, when the difference is 2000 years, and the subject is things for which they would have more experience than us?
This techie (engineer) doesn't. I must admit having a Mom who's an anthropologist, having spent time in the field, and listened to whole buildings full of archeologists as well, might have colored my outlook. Just a smidgen.
I can't speak for anyone else, but my ancestors weren't stupid. And we still can only guess at how they went about doing the "impossible" to this day. At least if civilization ends soon, I'll be one of the few that can make my own damn tools! [It probably would have helped if a certain library hadn't of burned.]
As to the problem at hand, it'll take someone coming along, looking at all the weird, bat-shit problems and having a different take on how to "look" (imagine) the problem description. Been there, done that in other problem domains. And, yes, I was thought bat-shit crazy at the time.
Actually, I still am
It seems that more and more mathematicians are using a new, high level language named "research student".