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Comment Re: Routing (Score 1) 85

If I surmise those projects correctly, there was a fairly important degree of central control and some kind of authority to make decisions, and the mesh networks were of limited scope. A mesh network of the size that the article presumes would be massively more complicated and would have to be able to react dynamically to outages.

The current Internet has a combination of a limited number of players for backbone and a fairly slow routing protocol that is fairly limited who gets to participate. A routing protocol that could handle something like this hypothetical mesh network would need to function a lot more like an interior routing protocol, but those only work because a single organization controls an autonomous system. To my knowledge there is no organization-to-organization routing protocol that can react with near instant speed to the changes in the network that will inevitably occur as nodes connect and disconnect from the mesh.

Comment Well it's easy to show superhuman AI is a myth. (Score 1) 68

Because intelligence as a single-dimensioned parameter is a myth.

We already of have software with super-human information processing capabilities; and we're constantly adding more kinds of software that outperforms humans in specific tasks. Ultimately we'll have AIs that are as versatile has humans too. But "just as versatile" doesn't mean "good at the same things".

So it's probably true that software is getting smarter at exponential rates (and humans aren't getting smarter as far as I can see), but only in certain ways.

Comment Re: Routing (Score 3, Insightful) 85

Routing was the first problem that came to my mind too. An unreliable network requires a fast routing protocol, but fast routing protocols are very traffic-intensive for large networks. A large wireless mesh network would spend an inordinate amount of it's bandwidth just keeping converged.

That's before dealing with security/trust issues. It's already proving a problem on slow routing protocols as the recent Russian incident shows where relatively few people have to be trusted, it would be much worse with every small player possibly being able to make adverse changes.

Comment Re: Cryptocurrencies make it plausible (Score 2) 85

Just so we understand each other...

Are you proposing that various entities pay small amounts for their little connections to larger entities with larger connections, which in-turn pay to connect to even larger entities to interconnect them all?

Isn't that what we have now? Last time I looked at traceroute results, I connected via inexpensive residential link to inexpensive residential ISP, who connected to regional ISP, who connected to backbone provider, who connected to another regional ISP, who connected to a business ISP, who connected to hosting/colocation/cloud service.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 139

Well, actually, his EPA head says that climate change is an engineering problem that can be met with engineering solutions. I'm not sure why Trump would put a guy like that into office if he thought it was all hogwash and wasn't open to real ideas and facts about it.

What is hogwash is the idea that only by retarding the economy and making things more expensive for first world countries can climate change be tackled. There is more than one way to travel across town, there is more than one way to make a gallon of paint, there is more than one way to make a computer process information. All of that took time and effort to discover and the ways increased over time. Climate change is nothing different and even if there is no other way right now, there will be later and more later. We have generations to deal with it. It isn't happening over night.

Comment Re:CO2 levels are falling (Score 1) 139

Maybe- if all other factors are removed like different carbon compounds being created from the rotting plants or animals and bugs doing what nature does and it ends up as different carbon compounds or trees not actually rotting and instead being used in buildings and such which is actually buried in a land fill (read sequestered) instead of pushed to the side of the road to rot when they are torn down and replaced. But hey, we don't need to worry about all that other stuff as long as the point can be made.

Comment Re:What? (Score 2) 43

and they were the first to make an all-IC computer for the Minuteman missile, before NASA.

False; MIT IL ordered the Fairchild chips in 1962 and built a Block I AGC computer in 1963, Minuteman's IC-based D-37C computer was built in 1964. But in 1963, Apollo was consuming 60% of the world's combined IC production.

Comment Re: Dangerous comment (Score 1) 102

open ports are necessary for communication. Open ports are ideal for phones. Apps that open ports are expecting communications of some sort and as long as they are updated and not full of bugs, it is not a problem.

In a server environment when the entire role of the system is to act as a server, you close all unneeded open ports not pertaining to that role because what is important is what is listening on the open port. When you have something not needed listening, you are not only chewing up resources the system could be using to serve should the need arise, but allow attack vectors that are not monitored as closely as the processes critical to the serving and it is easier to overlook security flaws. However, this is a different situation than what is essentially a multi purpose desktop computer where you install software and expect it to do different things at different times. If what you install needs a port open, it isn't a bad thing unless what you install is insecure or malicious.... That is where the problem is- not the open port.

Comment Re:Open ports (Score 1) 102

Probably the same reason why an app to connect to your blood pressure machine via blue tooth to retrieve readings needs access to your images, contacts, email, and account information. If you can figure that out, let me know too. But my best guess would be to update or change the advertising and track you (and the ads displayed) should you disable internet access for the app itself (say a card game that only needs internet for advertising).

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