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How blockchain will kill fake news (and four other predictions for 2020)

As blockchain’s hype cycle continues to befuddle many about its potential beyond  cryptocurrencies, businesses and governments are moving ahead with projects involving everything from digital identities to voting and supply chain tracking. Blockchain has slipped into the “Trough of Disillusionment” (see Gartner Hype Cycle), because it got ahead of its technical and operational maturity. As a result, interest…

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Did Linux Kill Commercial Unix?

Michael Vi/ Sales of commercial Unix have fallen off a cliff. There has to be something behind this dramatic decline. Has Linux killed its ancestor by becoming a perfectly viable replacement, like an operating system version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers? The Beginning of Unix The initial release of Unix occurred fifty years ago…

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What Is VBScript, and Why Did Microsoft Just Kill It?

VBScript is gone. Once a scripting language to compete with JavaScript in web browsers, VBScript is now disabled by default on all supported versions of Windows after a recent Windows update. But VBScript has been fading away for years. Goodbye, VBScript! On August 13, 2019, Microsoft disabled VBScript by default on Windows 7, 8, and…

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The Tech Industry Wants to Kill the Password. Or Does It?

designer491/Shutterstock Some people can’t stop talking about the death of the password. Passwords are old, insecure, and easily leaked. Soon, we’ll all be using biometrics, hardware security keys, and other futuristic solutions—right? Well, not so fast. We spoke to 1Password’s chief of security, Jeffery Goldberg, who said he’s, “cautiously optimistic that this time we might…

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