54% *claim* to have never interacted with an AI. They probably have (at least indirectly), and just don't realize it.
I just learned recently that my employer uses an AI to vet expense reports for errors and potential fraud. I'd give decent odds that similar things are being done across the financial industry, even if it is not explicitly referred to as "AI".
Sure, Virgin is building a "millionaire thrill ride". I don't dispute that. But more broadly useful technical knowledge and expertise will still be gained in the process. Furthermore, the test pilots know the risks, and accept them willingly; I'm sure if Virgin asked for volunteers, there would be a long line of people (both qualified and not) lining up to test these things.
If you're going to criticize it for not doing enough to help us get to Mars, you might as well criticize any and all non-essential spending of any kind that doesn't help us get there. Or if you really want to look at the cost/benefit angle, should we not be prioritizing fixing the problems on this planet first, before we embark on the exceedingly expensive and dangerous endeavor of putting humans on another one (which, lest we forget, is extremely hostile to Earth-based life)? If we are (as the author seems to be) worried about a "dinosaur killer" asteroid event, we should put the money into figuring out how to detect and deflect incoming asteroids. Seems to me that would be much more cost-effective, and have higher odds of success than evacuating humanity to Mars.
They seem to be the only vendor of USB serial chips whose products seem to "just work" under the majority of use cases, on both Windows and Linux. Every time I have had a weird USB serial problem (on either OS), the solution has been to get a FTDI-based device. Problem solved.
If 3rd party vendors are illegally appropriating their IP, then they can go after those vendors in court. I also have no problem with them rigging their driver so that it does not work with "clone" products. But intentionally damaging devices they do not own steps over the line.
I do not think a boycott is the answer. Yes, they made a mistake with this driver update; but do you really want to (potentially) drive the designer of the best existing USB serial chip out of business? If we go that route, everyone loses.
I've been using Asus almost exclusively for roughly a decade. My initial reason for doing so was the fact that they continued to support ECC on their consumer AMD motherboards while other vendors did not.
Linux compatibility out-of-box has been so-so, but all issues I've encountered have been solvable. Ubuntu 10.04 had problems with the NIC, audio, and temperature/fan monitoring on the Asus M5A97 EVO; all issues were addressed via use of out-of-tree drivers, and with 12.04/14.04 everything "just works". Getting Linux to boot from a software RAID-1 array on the Asus M5A97 R2.0 was a pretty major PITA, but some of that came down to my own lack of familiarity with UEFI and GPT.
The fact that AMD hasn't released a new chipset for Socket AM3+ in a very long time actually has a silver lining for Linux users -- it means their chipset driver support in current distros is mature and stable.
I have no first-hand info about their Intel boards either, as I haven't built an Intel-based system since the age of the dinosaurs. A former co-worker built an Intel-based Debian system on an Asus motherboard a couple of years ago though, and I don't recall him having any real issues aside from the same audio codec problem I hit with the M5A97 EVO and Ubuntu 10.04.
Hmm... Microsoft behaving like a spastic bull in a china shop? Who would've thought it was possible...
All well and good that they're trying to fight the good fight against malware; but taking out millions of legitimate users as collateral damage is simply unacceptable. Somebody really botched this operation. I hope there's some sort of accountability (but I'm not going to hold my breath).
...control-S (XOFF) was used to pause the scrolling on a "dumb" CRT terminal. I don't think I have ever used it to save a document.
Systems I care about (i.e. anything I use for "real work") are on UPSes. If the hardware or software is unstable enough that it crashes unexpectedly more often than once every couple of months (give or take), I fix/replace the hardware or start looking for alternative software to accomplish the same task.
First of all, my condolences. That is a terrible, terrible thing to have happen. I feel especially bad for your sister-in-law, as this is pretty much a worst-case scenario -- conscious and aware, but unable to do anything. The mere thought of being in that kind of state terrifies me.
The brain is quite resilient. Your idea of some sort of brainwave device may actually have some merit; the "biofeedback" craze of the 1970s and '80s demonstrated that you can train yourself to modify your own brainwaves (and other "involuntary" bodily functions), and people have been working on brainwave-based control devices ever since. I'm not sure what's currently out there, but perhaps a creative combination of off-the-shelf sensors and some hacked-together interfaces to a laptop or Raspberry Pi type device could yield some useful results.
If you don't mind telling, what is her prognosis for recovery? Is this believed to be a temporary, or (shudder) long-term/permanent condition? This will certainly affect how you will want to proceed.
What this country needs is a good five cent microcomputer.