I would say this boy was exceptional from the start. The potential of children should never be underestimated. Good parenting was certainly a factor here, but a boy of such intellect is bound for success. Well done.
I also find this type of government spending exciting, but the cynic in me sees the potential for misuse as well. I can only imagine the ease with which such a computer could be used to break passwords or decryption, not to mention myriad other nefarious uses.
As for space exploration, I expect the government is putting a considerable amount of money into space, only it is doing so via the military, not NASA. Since there was an agreement among major countries not to militarize space, the military's space program isn't given much publicity.
It has been shown that the government has these dirtboxes (a very apt name for a tool used by dirtbags) deployed throughout major cities, so it shouldn't be surprising to see them used in airplanes. Speaking of which, it is obvious that the purpose of using planes is to provide maximum coverage. If a single person or small group of people were the target of these attacks, then a vehicle equipped with a dirtbox would be more than sufficient.
Can nothing stop this tyrannical government on its rampage to destroy every last vestige of our civil liberties?
A Terminator-esque future is seeming all the more likely evey year.
At this point, it is more than apparent that ISPs can't be trusted to self regulate in a manner that is anything but the pinnacle of greed and self interest. Government oversight and regulation are required, but only the bare minimum necessary to facilitate a free and open internet. I trust the government less than I trust ISPs, but for different reasons. If regulations are passed, it will be necessary to scrutinize the fine print, for certain.
I'm not sure the government really cares about all these dark web sites that they've been attacking (with the exception of TorMail). What they are primarily concerned with is the anonymous communication that takes place on the dark web, and the protection it affords whistle blowers. The government has gotten so used to having unfettered access to our communications via e-mail and social media, that it can't stand any hindrance to its ability to violate our privacy.
The true motive behind these raids, as I see it, is to justify and procure the resources necessary to wage a full scale war on the dark web.
Politicians are completely useless. Republican or Democrat, it makes no difference. The US is turning into East Germany before the wall fell, or Stalinist Russia. Why don't our representatives stand up for our rights and put an end to the mass invasion of privacy the government is perpetrating? Things are long past the point of getting out of hand. I'm afraid this newly elected congress will be equally ineffective at righting the course of this floundering country. I feel like I am watching a train wreck in slow motion here.
I would like to see how this compares to the performance of Dell's 4k and better displays. Maybe HH will be lucky enough to get some test models in.
62 cents per GB is a massive tax. That would necessitate a pay-per-GB type pricing structure from ISPs and destroy the average person's ability to freely use the internet. Costs to the end user would double, at the absolute minimum. What a greedy, ill conceived tax.
Joel, your interpretation of events in Ukraine is very one sided. If you think the US isn't as much to blame for the current situation as Russia, then your superficial analysis must be a result of mainstream media bias. Your conclusion to this piece sounds like a potential endorsement for the clamp down on internet freedom that the government is waiting for the right excuse to implement. Aside from Microsoft's patch, the only security response necessary is for sensitive data not to be stored on computers that are directly or indirectly accessible from the internet.
It seems Chinese and Russian hackers are constantly breaching the poor defenses of US corporations and the government and absconding with sensitive information. Perhaps if the NSA wasn't so preoccupied with its paranoid obsession of spying on US citizens, it might have discovered this particular exploit years ago.