Back in 2010, when Facebook first introduced a ‘Like’ button, it forever changed the meaning of the word. Or at least, for its 850 million or so active users. Now, everyone wants to “go digital” but it seems no one quite knows how or why.
Governor Salman Taseer’s murder at the hands of his own bodyguard has certainly rocked the proverbial Pakistani boat. Just four days into a new year – which the astrologers on the television told us would be a good one for Pakistan – a police guard turned his gun on the governor, riddling him with 26 bullets. The assassin was led away, smiling ear to ear at his accomplishment and leaving a trail of utter madness in his wake.
Edward Wilson, in his book Consilience: the Unity of Knowledge, wrote “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.” Despite the tons of information available to us almost instantaneously over the internet, it still takes the same amount of time to make sense of anything as ever. Humans have been manually extracting meaning from data for centuries – that’s basically what statistics are used for. But with the numerous petabytes of data being generated every day, manual analysis just isn’t an option – that is of course where computers come in and data mining begins.
Cyber warfare is coming, say security experts and analysts. Does “War 2.0” just mean the use of computer networks to achieve the same ends as its traditional bullets-and-blood predecessor, or has war really evolved into a different, if not altogether new, form?
Wars have been fought by man throughout history. A new frontier has recently emerged which despite being around for many years, has only recently begun to be used as a weapon – cyberspace.
Windows Vista has transformed into a poster child for epic failures. System administrators cringe at the very mention of its name, running for cover, fondling their XP CDs. But like so many preconceived notions, the idea that Vista is the bane of modern computers is ridiculous. Many would have you believe it is true, but it simply is not.