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offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-06 07:50 [#02619712]
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In the not-too-distant future—as little as a decade,
perhaps, nobody knows exactly how long—the cryptography
protecting your bank transactions, chat messages, and
medical records from prying eyes is going to break
spectacularly with the advent of quantum computing.

i would think i've established that i'm very quick to shoot
down any sort of doomsday scenario i believe is nonsense,
or, more usually, something overhyped in the news to get

but this actually seems stunning real. quantum computers
are, indeed, on the threshold of ceasing to be a snarky
punchline -- and this is what has been published publicly;
you can be sure the chinese have something in a lab and if
the wrong person sees it they get shot

at first i was thinking: "man, we can crack all sorts of
ancient mysteries, open stuff that's been locked for years
since the person with the key lost it or died" etc and
actually just thinking what nice things it could do


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2022-07-06 07:57 [#02619714]
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but then i see this highlighted comment, and, fucking hell:

Those giant NSA data centers in the middle of the desert
were basically constructed for the moment quantum computing
becomes viable. Pretty crazy (and terrifying) when you think
about it: they'll be able to decrypt every piece of traffic
they've ever saved.

Every (major, first-world) government is about to learn how
much every other government has lied to them.

And of course, everything about their own citizens' digital
activities, to the extent they care enough to go searching.
I do worry about the long-term ramifications of this sort of
thing. Imagine a president like Trump having access to this
stuff. Someone decides to challenge Trump's third term and
gets a little note: "hey, we checked into your search
history; looks like you had some pretty, ah, "exotic" taste
in porn back in 2007. Would be a shame if that ended up in
the papers."

...and, wow, never mind being worried about your CC info
buying off amazon, that will cause at least 2^6 messes at
once and humans max out a little beyond 2^2 and this is how
80-car highway pileups happen. except it could be
governments, corporations, and peoples lives

i also think of that episode of serial experiments lain, i
think it's layer 08, rumors, everyone's stuff publicized on
the wired. the older i get, the more that series finally
makes sense to me


offline belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2022-07-06 08:37 [#02619716]
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keep data in hed. try scan my hed when in my faraday hat


offline Tony Danza from Hollywood on 2022-07-06 14:10 [#02619717]
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what will this do to cryptocurrency

noooo not my doooooooge


offline ijonspeches from 109P/Swift-Tuttle on 2022-07-06 17:59 [#02619718]
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it doesnt matter whats real,
it´s what people are willing to believe


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2022-07-09 21:29 [#02619777]
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practical quantum computing is no where near, its all journo
bollox, same with general AI.


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2022-07-09 21:36 [#02619778]
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it seems more likely some application-specific quantum
thing that can instantly factor large numbers


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2022-07-09 21:40 [#02619779]
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it is surely the 3 letter people that spread stories
implying they are sitting on fucking yottabytes of storage
and access to every optic fibre in the world


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2022-07-09 21:45 [#02619780]
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>> layer 08
what is that?


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2022-07-09 22:12 [#02619781]
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(sorry to post loads)
i visited my parents recently and they made me sit through
this new 'cyber terrorism' thriller thing on channel4, with
Simon Pegg as boss of GCHQ (i kno rite)... it was literally
like that bit in IT Crowd where Jen has the internet in a
box and manages to break it. The gap between reality and
journo/public ideas of this stuff is so large it's
bonkers... may aswell read Neuromancer or Snow Crash or
watch Hackers, at least that's fun.


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2022-07-09 23:20 [#02619782]
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as long as fuckin TheRegister and hackernews still have RSS


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