Why bother to threaten? Why not just expose them? The Jester believes he has hacked "known-bad" people. His list of "known-bad" may not coincide withe people guilty of crimes, and probably coincides even less with people chargeable with crimes.
His evidence probably isn't admissible in court, at least in the USA. I would guess that chain-of-posession is at least a lot suspect. So, The Jester can't really give this to any law enforcement that can use it.
Why not just release the data? What does The Jester believe he/she/it/them can gain from just a threat?
Also, the famous slogan was "The network is the computer", not "The internet is the computer". That was Sun Microsystem's tagline or slogan. Given that "The Internet" really isn't a single technology (except maybe with respect to TCP/IP, but even that's changing as IPv6 makes its way in) or even a single network, why are we fear mongering about this right now? Between Anonymous turning off The Internet, and China's Water Army disrupting USA in-flight refueling ops, one has to wonder if a coordinated PR campaign isn't taking place.
I have not read this book, but I did hear him on NPR's "Science Friday" last week.
I think Tyson misses something huge. The USA actually had a large number of career engineers to do the Space Program with. From 1945 to 1960, a lot of WW2 vets went to college, and a lot of those college-goers went into engineering. Civil, mining and mechanical engineering were traditional "first-in-family-to-college" majors. They were a way for a farmer's son or a miner's son to become a professional without having to exhibit all the social graces.
From 1945 to 1960, the US military-industrial complex went from piston-driven props to jet turbines, from high subsonic aerodynamics to the X-15. A lot of engineering went into airplanes and rockets and missiles during that time.
The USA, indeed, the world, does not have a stock of engineers to do the design, nor does it have the scientists to make the spec the design meets.
I don't think the USA, or the world, can duplicate the 1960s "Space Race", much less surpass it.
Given all the other noise about QU8K's rocket reaching 120,00 feet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvDqoxMUroA) and other relatively sophisticated rockets based on off-the-shelf electronics and model rocket technology, when do we see a war between drones and the surveilled?
The purest of propaganda gibberish. Available from "your Mercedes partner" on the 15th of June. "Partner". Really? Don't you mean "member of the price-fixing cartel"? Because that's what a car dealership is in the USA.
Sure, some mathematics is outside the purview of programming. Certainly some programming activities are only loosely mathematical. But to say that the clerical part of programming is all that matters (and that's really what he says here) is totally ridiculous.
Agreed. It's true that math and programming intersect insofar as one is trying to prove the consistency of imperative commands (either by proving isomorphism with the lambda calculus or Hoare triples or something) but even writing something boring like WordPress invokes algorithmic thinking. You have thousands, possibly millions, of connections coming in a minute and don't want to thrash the database and want to ensure eventual response to all. Sounds like some pretty intense algorithmic thinking to me.