As part of silicon.com’s IT Myths coverage we asked Peter Cochrane to give us his top 10 tall tales. This is what he said: - Asymmetric broadband is what we need - wrong – the world ain’t asymmetric - Clock speed and hardware are keeping up with bloatware – wrong – everything is tending to be static or slowing down due to inefficient design and coding - Wireless is less secure than radio – wrong – wire and fibre are easy to tap too - Children are less active because of computers – wrong – TV is the real killer - Computer power doubles every 18 months – wrong – it is more like 12 months and getting shorter - Parallel/network/grid computing can always speed up computing – wrong – not all problems can be parsed - Deleting files removes them from your hard drive – wrong – it just removes the header - You can squeeze the contents of a DVD onto a CD – wrong – all compression algorithms are lossy - There are no viruses on your PC - wrong – you just can�t see/detect them - There are viruses and email messages that can blow up your hardware – wrong
Peter Cochrane’s top 10 IT myths
July 31, 2003, 10:39 PM PDT
Takeaway: Short sharp, worrying (at times)
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Peter Cochrane is an engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, futurist and consultant. He is the former CTO and head of research at BT, with a career in telecoms and IT spanning more than 40 years.
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