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In Topic: Humanity Wake Up Call From An Icon Of The Past

19 July 2018 - 02:58 PM

Good independent internet forums are brilliant mediums unlike nonother as it's a free flow of information that literally turn into lives of their own if it's well run and relatively unbiased. Far too many other forums have their own agendas but this site is all about learning and thinking. 


With that thought in mind, let's give this thread a bit of twist and show a video that's a far cry from the original post. 


Is this the future of humanity?


Albeit a narrow-minded view of America but it certainly has it's global implications:


In Topic: Once Upon A Time....

05 November 2017 - 03:48 PM

OK, fellas let's not get off track with wormholes and such. This is one of those incredible profound realities nobody likes to talk about. Sort of like the big white elephant in the room nobody says anything about. You would think somebody would say, "Hey Houston, we may have a problem here!" The silence speaks immeasurable volumes. 

In Topic: Once Upon A Time....

04 November 2017 - 06:59 PM

This articles purpose is real and to hopefully might inspire somebody with the time and resources to do something about it.


Open-source code is embedded throughout all software. And since it interacts with other code and is constantly changing, it is not a set-it-and-forget-it deal. No software is static.
Last year we saw the consequences from this when a 28-year-old developer briefly “broke“ the internet because he deleted open-source code that he had made available. The drama occurred because the developer’s program shared a name with Kik, the popular Canadian messaging app, and there was a trademark dispute. The rest of the story is complicated but has an important takeaway: Our digital infrastructure is very fragile.
There are people so important to maintaining code that the internet would break if they were hit by a bus. (Computer security folks literally call this the “bus factor.”) These people are well-meaning but tired and underfunded. And I haven’t even gotten to the fact that hard-to-maintain code is precisely where security vulnerabilities reside (just ask Ukraine).
All this makes Y2K look like a picnic, especially since the magnitude of these issues is unknown. Individual companies have no idea how vulnerable they might be. And it may be slow-moving — systems slowly being corrupted without causing crashes that are visible. Finally, since open-source platforms have been built by a community that has relished its independence, the problems won’t be easy to fix using traditional commercial or governmental approaches.
There are pioneers who are working on the problem. Open Collective is providing resources to aggregate the needs of groups of open-source projects to assist in the financing, resourcing, and maintenance. Another organization, libraries.io, is doing a heroic job of indexing projects, including much-needed documentation and a map of relationships between projects. But none of these have support from the businesses most vulnerable to the issues.
When Y2K emerged, publicly listed companies were told to catalog their vulnerabilities and plans. The time has come again for markets (and perhaps regulators) to demand similar audits as a first step toward working out the magnitude of the problem. And maybe — just maybe — those corporations will find a way to support the infrastructure they are depending on, rather than taking it blindly as some unacknowledged gift. Every day is now Y2K.

In Topic: Once Upon A Time....

04 November 2017 - 06:51 PM

Time does indeed heal all wounds. In this case, it opens them up wide. The reliance of the human race on computers will be our downfall. You would think the powers that be would have an old-time redundancy plan just in case all the power goes out. Much like the Pony express but much more refined. This is a no-brainer really but the World is so flat and connected any circular thinking becomes against the machine. Seen as a threat when in fact, it's just a rational precaution. 

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