|When it rains, it pours|
Some in Washington officialdom -- to the level of the Director of the FBI! -- assert that a solution to our national-security problems is to add insecure back doors to Internet encryption protocols. That strategy is intended to assure government access to terrorist communications. These hobbled, vulnerable protocols will be safe, we're assured, for the rest of us.
We're to believe the bad guys could never figure out how, or coerce someone, to open the back doors. After all, it's not like someone just stole personal, in many cases compromising, data on >21 million current and former federal employees and contractors. (Oh, wait.) So: no. As the authorities seemingly must keep relearning, there are plenty of good hackers out there. Purposefully making the Internet insecure is a horrible idea. See "Encryption with backdoors is worse than useless -- it's dangerous."
|Can it be made to tell all?|
And while you're sweating what might fry your laptop (okay, maybe I'm unable not to intend wordplay), I'll leave you with the unrelated possibility that "Project Will Make Clothes Cool So You Don't Need the AC." DOE estimates that five percent of electricity in the US goes to running air conditioners. Smart, temperature-modulating clothing -- if it comes about -- could make a real difference in power usage. And even better, such tech would abate the thermostat wars in many a household.