These media companies have no clue what's about to hit them. As a teacher for over half a century I can state without hyperbole, the student body of America, middle school, high school & college is mesmerized by TikTok. I jokingly walk through the halls whispering 'Tik Tok Tik Tok as I pass my students who are oblivious to everything but the video they are looking at. They smile and then proceed to bump into everything.
As someone who has taught mathematics for over half a century I can find no parallel to this and am a loss to find similar foolishness. It seems vaguely analogous to our flailing attempt(s) to control the pandemic, without consulting Mother Nature, as wildly far-fetched as that may be.
We seek an unbreakable asynchronous method to hide a quantity, but then want to be able, only in the most strident of circumstances, to break that very method? And, of course, it should only be unbreakable by 'good' people with 'good' intentions?
Any student of mine who came to me with that objective, challenge, or call it whatever the hell you wish, would not pass my class.
The real problem here is truly a lack of mathematical understanding by not just politicians, but people in charge of major security agencies. An analogy here might be:
Is 2+2 ALWAYS equal to 4? Can't we just have it equal to 4.1 when we need it to? But we have smart people; why can't they make it equal to 4.1, or maybe 4.05? We pay them a lot. They're really smart. Why can't they do this for us? Why must they be unpatriotic? We know they can do this, so why must they be so stubborn?
This comes from a serious lack of mathematical education that goes way, way back to elementary and middle school.
You cannot cure this without fundamental changes in our educational system.
Why would anybody buy HP anything? IMHO: they've become a second rate printer-ink vendor. I once owned a really nice HP oscilloscope, but that was 50 years ago, when they made great electronic equipment. Now, I wouldn't buy anything with an HP name on it.
Got a problem with these redlight moneymakers? Take a ride on the Mass. Pike. Everything is now cashless, EZ Pass and license plate readers. Here's what that means when no one is around to take your cash:
1) Passage through the tolls is time stamped. 2) Passage from one to the other is calculated. 3) Your average speed s recorded. 4) In the future ( a year?, 2?) when you get your bill in the mail you'll get your s-p-e-e-d-i-n-g surcharge with it. 5) No more option of avoiding the electronic monitor.
This is just like the old days when they banned Fannie Hill and Henry Miller's works. Every kid managed to somehow get a copy and trade it. That was 60 years ago. No internet, no globalization, just pure motivation.
Don't these people ever realize that censorship - of anything - just never works. It just makes people more curious than ever.
People who don't give encryption a second thought will then give it a third and a fourth. They'll probably use it for the thrill.
Why does everyone believe it WAS hacked? Because someone said so? Could it have been mere face-saving? Or the realization that actually doing so WOULD make everyone less safe but not knowing how to admit that? I'm a bit skeptical. Actually, a lot.
life = code+proteins+electricity evolution = code+proteins+electricity+errors
Need some perspective:
Google "Romania + Typewriters" without the quotes of course....
My name is Pythagoras J. A squared + B squared = C squared is my discovery and I use it to verify that an angle is a right angle [90 degrees]. I'm going to patent the process, because it IS a process, and for the next 17 (?) years if you want to make right angles so that buildings stand straight up ... well you CANT unless you pay me. So there! I own the patent. Mine, Mine, Mine.
What would Darwin have said about a species that allows themselves to be ruled by this absurdity?
Brought to you by the folks who jailed Gandhi because he was an extremist (he differed in opinions), who jailed and tortured peaceful dissidents throughout the ages and who still accept a poorly behaved monarchy as a rightful and proper adornment of their society? Wait until they use the latest face recognition software on the cameras ubiquitous in London to determine who on the street is and is not extreme. Off to the tower?