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Comment Machine Language (Score 1) 628

My first "language" were hardware opcodes on an IBM 1620. I was in high school in the early 70s and a local government lab gave school access to the system which was still maintained by IBM at that time. It had a typewriter and a card reader/punch. You could enter instructions through the typewriter or read them in through cards.

Each op-code had two decimal digits and up to two parameters. No registers as such operations were memory-to-memory. There were 20K words each 6 bits -- 4 for BCD and two flag bits. Core memory of course.

Always fun that in order to do arithmetic you had to pre-load the addition table. The architecture was decimal-based and did not include hardware addition logic. For that reason the system earned the name "CADET" (Can't Add Doesn't Even Try).

There was a FORTRAN II compiler for it that we didn't use much except to try it. It was a multi-pass compiler and it would punch out intermediate steps on cards that you had to feed back in to perform the next pass. Good times.

Comment Tesla already has a Minivan (Score 1) 53

Sooner or later, they are going to have to bring out a minivan or similar. I

They already have a minivan. They call it the Model X.

I know I know they call it an SUV. An SUV that cannot go off road. An SUV I can't put anything on top of like a kayak, surf-board, or hang glider. It has no place on a farm or a construction site. An SUV that will run out of charge when you get to a remote site.

Great for soccer moms. Good for executives to drive clients around in. But it is not an SUV it is a minivan.

Comment Re:All vaccinated (Score 1) 281

Also, unlike contracting the disease, getting the vaccine doesn't risk giving it to several others before you (or they) even know you have it.

This is simply not true. There have been documented cases where children who had no prior history with the disease infected other children after being vaccinated.

From the CDC. That article was about Pertussis not measles but it isn't too hard to find measles cases if you look.

Comment Re:All vaccinated (Score 0) 281

Herd immunity is totally misunderstood by most people who cite it in threads such as this one. It has nothing to do with vaccines but people who want to appear knowledgable flourish it like a trump card.

Measles (source CDC data) mortality was reduced 95% from the early 1900s to 1963. The first vaccine for measles was not available until 1963. So with this in mind please explain why vaccine-induced herd immunity is so vital in combating the disease.

When you are done with that, go on to explain why contributing to "herd immunity" isn't better done by getting lifetime immunity by contracting the disease and recovering from instead of the the limited immunity that vaccine provides. That's what me and every other kid in that time period did. Nobody in my school died from it. That's because we had adequate care.

Prophylactic: I am not an anti-vaxxer. Please do not pretend I have written anything about autism or fealty to this-or-that celebrity.

Comment Re:Unexpected? Shouldn't be. (Score 1) 113

In which case no one would ever do online shopping, banking, etc.

I do all those things and more. Like doing this posting behind a pseudonym.

Unlike some, I have no illusion that my privacy with regard to those actions is absolute or in some cases not protected by law. So I always keep awareness what the consequences would be if my activities were made public with my real name. Then assess the risk of exposure at different levels.

With that awareness you can do a quick risk/benefit analysis. Then make a rational decision based on personal values. Not just charge ahead heedlessly and expect a settlement when it turns out Zuckerberg wanted marketing data on you all along.

P.S. now that you made be write the above I confess I am having difficulty as to determining what the "benefit" to me was in writing the above.

Comment Re:Unexpected? Shouldn't be. (Score 1) 113

hey, Asshat, the internet didn't exist 30 years ago.

So explain to me how something could be "plugged into the Internet "???

It was called the ARPAnet then. And yes I had access to a PDP8 and other systems that were "plugged into" it. And we sent messages over it. And it was realized almost instantly by many that private information could be exposed that way.

And others chose to ignore the blindingly obvious and sometimes got in trouble over it.

Pro tip: please realize that something can exist sooner than the first time you were aware of it.

Comment Unexpected? Shouldn't be. (Score 4, Insightful) 113

In ages past, people had to learn not to stand where a mule might kick or step, then don't picnic on railroad tracks, then look both ways before crossing the street, then obey traffic lights. At some point it became common knowledge that electricity was dangerous if you came in contact with it, and radiation could cook you. Did you know not all TV ads are trustworthy? I knew that 50 years ago. There are simple steps you can take to make sure nobody steals your money out of the bank.

I don't think you could name a decade in the past century or even two where some nugget of knowledge about the world passes into common knowledge. Things that people would be considered stupid or illiterate if they didn't know them.

Today people should know that anything plugged into the Internet and sends data into it is subject hacked and its data stolen. Sometimes by exploit and sometimes by design. Actually people should have known that 20 years ago if not 30. Longer than that I made the decision to never ever write something in an e-mail or post to a message board (no web then) that I would be upset if it were published on the front page of next day's paper.

This lawsuit strikes me as akin to someone suing an auto maker because they didn't look both ways before crossing the street. If you don't want someone to know how often you masturbate and how, just don't put it over the 'net. M'kay?

Comment Re: Which is more important? (Score 1) 244

Bullshit. I have worked for three banks and they all had the best IT security money can buy.

I would agree with this and when is the last time you heard of a major U.S. bank being compromised?

However I wouldn't attribute this to just expensive gear they buy. Banks have had a culture of secrecy and security long before the tech equipment we use today was even thought of let alone deployed. This involves how the carbon-units in the system behave with regard to things about how they save and use their passwords and what the process is before they hook up a new cable.

The Tor software may or may not have an exploit in it but I would bet money it is actually not the software but the ability of the FBI to put up probing and taping stations around the net that uses it. It is easy to imagine that just analyzing the timing the entry/exit of packets over long term would be enough to nail it.

Comment Q Algorithms. (Score 1) 90

Some tasks, such as searching unordered datasets...

I have never understood how a device with a handful (50 in this case?) computing elements can do better than, say a 10Mbyte TCAM for a task like this. You can get a TCAM like that for under $100 at the chip level. It seems that Q tech that costs $15M has a long way to go.

A computational problem like reversing a hash key makes a lot more sense.

Comment Re:Read the response... (Score 1) 244

Raw soybeans are toxic. Cooked soybeans are fine.

No. Only the process of fermentation can make soy safe to eat.

That said a small about of soy in the diet is not likely to hurt anyone who is not allergic. For example an edename appetizer at a Japanese restaurant. I used to eat those but now I avoid them having read up on the subject. But they probably wouldn't do me any harm being generally healthy.

Comment Re:Read the response... (Score 1) 244

Soy is not a health food. Eat enough of it and you will have problems with sex hormones and possibly nerve damage.

The only safe soy products to eat are those that have been fermented, like soy sauce or natto. The process of fermenting is the only known process that effectively removes the problematic minerals that soy contains. Tofu is not fermented

The only animals in the animal kingdom that have evolved to be able to eat soy are Japanese beetles and aphids. Unless you are very strange you are not on that list.

You could and should be criminally liable for feeding someone soy who is allergic to it.

Comment Another application -- wireless in-rack (Score 1) 53

Even if it is only good for a few meters if it can be made cheaply enough I can see an application for in-rack connections, replacing 100GE cables and backplanes which are a bitch to build, source, maintain and install. I wouldn't mind seeing a standard for an in-rack wireless link which provided north-south and east-west connections via small straight cavities.

You could even have an in-chassis wireless standard that eliminates the intensive implementation of connectors and backplane. It would probably be more reliable without all those degradable parts in between.

Comment Re:Because it's a totalitarian government (Score 1) 87

Elizabeth Warren was reading and quoting a letter by others, so quite literally she did not break the rule, as she was quoting some one else.

Not only that but she was reading a letter that had already been admitted into the congressional record. So apparently reading the congressional record is now against senate rules if it upsets Republicans.

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