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Do You Really Need 4 GB of RAM to Type a Letter?

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Measurement.Blues
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4 GB not enough
Measurement.Blues   7/18/2014 3:03:22 PM
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I just bought a new laptop with 8GB of RAM. I expect to have it for 6-8 years and it's good to have abundant memory. You never know waht software you'll be running in several years.

DrFPGA
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Re: 4 GB not enough
DrFPGA   7/19/2014 7:43:12 PM
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You probably won't even need a laptop in 8 years...

LarryM99
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Re: 4 GB not enough
LarryM99   7/19/2014 11:30:26 PM
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Probably not, because the cell phone ring on your finger will have 4 GB of RAM and will have a full voice interface, if not a direct neural link. At that point we will be pining for the good old days where you could actually see electronics.

Larry M.

_hm
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Beautiful mind
_hm   7/19/2014 9:11:07 AM
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@Charles:That is wonderful to read. Yes, people in general has almost lost power to think and anlalyse.

I wish better sense prevails and people soon realise the power of simiplicity.

 

resistion
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At least it's paperless
resistion   7/19/2014 10:39:20 AM
Undoubtedly electronic devices are in danger of security breaches when they are connected online. Wouldn't the best way be to just disconnect and go offline? With paper and typewriter, there is obvious undesirable consumption of paper as well as typo correction fluids, not really environmentally friendly compared to backspace key.

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Re: At least it's paperless
betajet   7/20/2014 10:03:49 AM
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resistion wrote: Wouldn't the best way be to just disconnect and go offline?

I totally agree with this.  All these computers were fine and secure (except for the human factor, of course) before they were networked.  If you want security, weld the back door shut.

JMO/YMMV

LarryM99
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Backwards is a dead end
LarryM99   7/19/2014 6:22:34 PM
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Nostalgia makes for a nice escape, but it doesn't get things done. I understand the wish to go back to simpler times, but they have their own complications. Carbon paper used to be a real security hole for purely mechanical typewriters, and I would bet that the device pictured has its own set of vulnerabilities. The most effective network security barrier is still an air gap, although even that takes more care than it used to.

It is a security truth that the only secure system is one that is turned off and sealed in a box. The degree that it varies from that is how insecure it is, but also how useful it is.

Larry M.

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Re: Backwards is a dead end
Bert22306   7/19/2014 7:12:05 PM
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Exactly, Larry.

Come now, people, let's not get carried away. I occasionally look back at some old paper files I have, and can't help but wonder how we could be so unproductive in the past. Just reading some of those memos we had to write, get typed, proofread, correct or re-type, then hand-carry, seems absurd now. Never mind having to take trips to the library took look things up, having to mail or fed-ex documents individually to every person who needed them, having to waste time in "face to face" meetings when a brief teleconference would have been more than enough, and on and on.

Count me among those who don't want to go back.

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cause or symptom?
David Ashton   7/19/2014 9:07:09 PM
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Apart from anything else, you get a one-off paper copy of a document, put it in a scanner and ten minutes later it can be all over the internet.  Attack the cause, not the symptom.  Make security leaks punishable by death and you'll solve the problem.  You'll get rid of the first few leakers and the rest will rapidly wind their necks in.

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Re: cause or symptom?
Alvie   7/21/2014 3:16:32 PM
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Make security leaks punishable by death and you'll solve the problem


@David Ashton: Honestly, I was not expecting anyone on EETimes to publicly support death penalty. Actually, I find it very distressful that any person, in this 21th century, even considers it as a problem-solver.


I know this post is probably inadequate, but I am really shocked.


Alvie

 

David Ashton
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Re: cause or symptom?
David Ashton   7/21/2014 6:14:35 PM
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@Alvie, fear not, my tongue was firmly in my cheek and I was wondering what reaction I would get.  Job done!   I am more likely to support the Edward Snowdens and Julian Assanges of this world than hang them.

I DO support the death penalty, but for far more heinous crimes, of the rape / murder / paedophilia ilk.  And with a LOT of safeguards to prevent mistakes.  Most if not all of the mistakes you read about are due to really bad procedures.  I'd also support corporal punishment in schools - the large number idiots you see coming out of the school system now with no respect for  anyone or anything are ample proof that it did work.  

 

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Outdated thought
prabhakar_deosthali   7/20/2014 1:45:48 AM
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Whatever may be the motive, the decision to go back to the typewriters looks absurd. How can one prevent somebody from using his/her smartphone to scan that typewritten copy and send it across the world using internet?

So we need to think how to make the  existing technologu secure and not just run away from from them.

Sanjib.A
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Only to write a letter?
Sanjib.A   7/20/2014 3:30:22 AM
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If it is only to write a letter, do we need even a type writer? Before the type writer was extensively used for writing letters and documents, people used to use just pen and paper. Still I enjoy writing by a pen on paper rather than typing. But, thinking practically, you would need to go somewhere to buy an envelope, then you would need to drive to the post office & send the letter and then wait for a reply for 3-5days. Instead, it is a lot convenient sending & receiving on e-mail and now WhatsApp...isn't it? :) 

But, the nostalgic part pf my mind says that those paper letters were seemingly more valuable to me than the letters sent in e-mail.

  

resistion
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Re: Only to write a letter?
resistion   7/20/2014 3:44:54 AM
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I still use pen for "back of the envelope" calculations and sketches:)

HardwIntr
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Every solution is a problem
HardwIntr   7/21/2014 4:39:48 AM
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that's what i'm applying to myself on daily basis and what  i'm telling my children on every occasion.

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