Microsoft Edge contains a hidden whitelist that lets Facebook always run Flash, even bypassing click2play policy:
<< Me, starting Internet Law class w/a joke: Guys, the last time this course was taught here the cutting edge case was Napster!
Me, horrified: Wait. DO YOU KNOW WHAT NAPSTER IS?
[sheepish shaking of heads]
Me: I'M ONLY 34 I CAN'T ALREADY BE THAT PROFESSOR >>
@zacharius I actually have trouble when people describe themselves as any type of person. I worked in tech for over a decade but I never identified as a "computer person". I think it's because it encourages thinking of these things as innate when really I believe they're about actions taken over time. And to label me as a "computer person" would diminish the effort involved, as if I were born with some natural computer brain.
I agree with you; people can and should learn basic computer skills.
Wait But Why's article on Neuralink makes me optimistic about the future in general. https://waitbutwhy.com/2017/04/neuralink.html
All in all the tech should take us right up to the Singularity after which all bets are off.
Another chunk of historic advancement was due to improvements in person to person communication. And we've also reached (forgive the expression) peak Microsoft Office. If Elon gets Neural Link going then we should also see another technological boom as it would break down the part of "The Mythical Man Month" due to communications overhead. If Elon can't get it working, perhaps post-understanding tech will make it hapen.
BUT I'm optimistic about the future of technological advancement. As we get into the era of Software 2.0 and post-understanding in general it will fuel startling advances in almost every field.
After reading @nindokag 's opinion yesterday about technological stagnation I remembered about this post-understanding stuff and I thinks it's bigger than people realize. Moore's law isn't tapering off.. it's over. And a large chunk of technological gains in the last century are due to increasing computation. Thus, we're seeing broad technological stagnation as a consequence.
On the topic of post-understanding, here also is Andrej Karpathy on "Software 2.0"
@octesian it was talking about stuff like this: https://medium.com/intuitionmachine/the-alien-look-of-deep-learning-generative-design-5c5f871f7d10
on my way to work just now, passed solo guy holding "trump 2020" flag in the plaza in SF. wanted to say something, but then i took a closer look at his expression and decided he was probably looking to start a fight. perhaps hoping to get yelled at so he could whine about intolerant liberals stopping his free speech. decided better not to interact.
maybe i shoulda asked him "why?" like, is there a trump policy that helped your life? or is it all just about Owning The Libs to you?
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