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Comment Re:Whoa! (Score 2) 84

No, what happens usually is that the prophet was not particullarly good in math and calculated the wrong date. Let me quote you the original prophecy:
"The system goes online August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug."

Comment The buzz was needed (Score 4, Insightful) 53

I think the awareness it created by doing an incorrect disclosure and the frantic reactions that followed, made it possible that many sites were patched, that otherwise were not patched at all, and certificates renewed, that otherwise would stay the same due to laziness of the maintainers.

The legitimate question is of course if that outweighs having the whole world open to this vulnerability for a short amount of time. (On the other hand, they were open anyway).

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