This could be a “look back on 30 years of using computers” but I’ve reduced it in scope. Here goes: I still build my own computer. I have a Late 2012 15” Macbook Pro, and it’s still perfectly usable, but I can’t pass up AMD’s recent Ryzen 250$ 16-core CPUs. It’s too much power to have in a reasonably priced laptop, but you can build a tower PC with it and 16GB of RAM for around 1000$ - that’s just bonkers.
Surveillance is one of today’s hot topics. In the UK, Theresa May continues her relentless attack on encryption and personal freedoms, with David Cameron singing the same tune. Paris was of course more wood for their fires, regardless of facts like the use of normal, unencrypted SMSs by the people involved. But there’s another aspect to government surveillance - a new kind of control over the masses. Just think about the potential of something like limitless access to everyone’s privates lives: