Page 2 – News Debris For The Week of July 2nd
The World Wide Web Has Failed Us
• Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web in the 1990s. But now, he’s not happy about the current state of the WWW. He’d like to fix the problem. It would be great if he succeeds. The odds are against him, but maybe with the kind of group support a worthy project can generate these days, his new project has a better chance.
The original, glorious source is at Vanity Fair: “‘I Was Devastated’: Tim Berners-Lee, The Man Who Created The World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets.” His new project is called “Solid.”
Berners-Lee has, for some time, been working on a new software, Solid, to reclaim the Web from corporations and return it to its democratic roots.
Remember that project name.
• Author Lovejoy is, again, in lights here his week as he summarizes: “Net neutrality returning to California; new bills ‘strong and enforceable’.” His source is a statement from Scott Wiener who represents California’s Senate District 11.
Net neutrality isn’t dead so long as more than 20 states have filed lawsuits against the recent FCC (anti) net neutrality ruling. While the Congress may not be able to jointly pass a bill that would be signed by the president, the actions (and laws) of so many states seem to make it impractical for ISPs to fully exploit the new FCC rules for now.
Will Apple think like this when it releases its own original TV content service?
• CNET this week suggets that: “One of the 2018 iPhones will reportedly have 5 color options.” It’s short and sweet, but the source is analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, so there’s that. The sub-title notes: “But you’ll probably cover it with a case anyway.” My take is that iPhone customers think about color first and defer any thoughts about the case until later. Besides, there are lots of clear, polycarbonate cases that preserve the iPhone’s color. I’ve been using them myself for years.
• Finally, breakthroughs continue in the work towards quantum computers and communications. See: “Synthetic Diamonds Lead Princeton Team to Quantum Computing Breakthrough.”
For decades, physicists, materials engineers, and others have been trying to achieve the conceptual promise of quantum-encrypted communications because the data transferred in that process is theoretically immune to covert surveillance. Any attempt to observe that data between parties — à la the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle — would fundamentally alter that information, quickly revealing that it was compromised. The problem has been storing and preserving qubits and then converting them to fiber optic-ready photons, and using diamonds appears to be the route toward achieving both.
But they needed a special kind of diamond and ended up synthesizing their own.
Particle Debris is a generally a mix of John Martellaro’s observations and opinions about a standout event or article of the week (preamble on page one) followed on page two by a discussion of articles that didn’t make the TMO headlines, the technical news debris. The column is published most every Friday except for holiday weeks.