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Comment Re:Brute force? (Score 1) 86

As others have mentioned both Grover's and Shor's algorithms which do better than regular brute force when applied to the correct type of cryptography. For symmetric key crypto it makes the problem substantially easier as in it effectively halves the key length. Even effectively halving the key length would require brute forcing the rest of the work, assuming the algorithm isn't broken in other ways. For asymmetric key crypto like RSA it is broken as prime factorization is trivial using quantum computers. The issue around elliptical curve public key crypto is that most believe it is compromised by the NSA with their choice of values so quantum computers aren't really needed there. For public key crypto there is still Lattice-based public key crypto which appears to be immune to quantum attack.

Comment Re:PT Barnum (Score 1) 159

Blackjack and baccarat are also good games if you find the right rule set or situation. For blackjack you need to count cards and for baccarat you need to be paying attention as it is basically an even game but if you are lucky where only 0 value cards are left you bet tie big at the end of the deck and walk away from the table after you collect your huge pile of winnings. Also in general stay from anything that uses a PRNG as they suck harder than a black hole with daddy issues. Table games have better odds then those and are fun as there is human interaction with players and the dealer and/or casino staff which I like more than playing very simple video games.

Comment Re:Well there goes the cipherhood (Score 5, Interesting) 86

Well AES, Twofish, serpent, etc. were all designed with quantum computers in mind hence the 256 bit key lengths. To brute force with even with quantum computers it takes more energy than can be reasonably harvested from our sun. What I wonder is if there are other weaknesses in symmetric key crypto that can be exploited with quantum computers that aren't a brute force attack. This is where the interesting results will happen.

Comment Expect the others to follow (Score 1) 138

Sadly I expect the others to follow. I want a car with less crap in it, not more. I want a car with a good radio (AM, FM, aux in, USB, weather band) and that is about it for the infotainment system. If they have to put in a fucking screen (since everyone is doing the backup camera thing and I hare rumors of wanting to make it mandatory) then give me the option to use that screen to display all of the diagnostic info the car pukes out instead of needing some special vendor specific tool beyond just a bog standard OBDII scanner. I don't want stupid OnStar, your shit sat nav, the ability to talk to my car, your trash touch interface, etc.

Comment Re:Apples-to-Llamas (Score 1) 348

Sounds like one of the recruiters that I got a call from. Was for a position doing basically what I do now but instead of in a low cost area in the midwest it was in the Philadelphia area. When I was told the pay I laughed. The recruiter asked if that was good, I told here it was fucking awful and that I made almost 3x that living in a cheaper area that also was a lot nicer. I told here that to get me to move out there they would have to double my current pay.

Comment Re:Two Free Years! (Score 2) 161

I just want to know if the credit monitoring is going to be through Experian? Also do I get to decide when the credit monitoring starts as I already have a couple of other services monitoring my credit and I don't think I need another concurrent one. It would be nice if these things stacked instead of ran concurrent.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1148

Anyone can purchase a vehicle provided they are old enough to enter into the transaction. The vehicle and owner only need to be licensed if thy are going to be using it out on public roads. This is also fairly similar to most states and firearms. If we look at Minnesota if I wanted to go hunting, even on private property, I need to have a license to do and if I was born after December 31, 1979 I would have to go through a training course. If instead I want to carry a firearm in public I would need to go through and get a permit that requires training. Having gone through both of those trainings they are sadly lacking much like drivers education in the US. The best training I have ever had with firearms is the Boy Scouts Rifle and Shotgun shooting merit badges, I don't know how it compares to US military training but both of those merit badges were more comprehensive than either the basic firearm safety course, or the MN CCW course. Then again I am not the firearm owner anyone would need to worry about as I am the one who stores ammo separate from the guns and the guns are kept locked up in a nice safe when not getting cleaned or out begin used as tools for hunting.

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1148

Although back then parents taught their kids how to properly handle and store a firearm. Having firearms myself I feel I need to do the same with my children especially to remove the fascination with them. Then again the firearms I own are all for hunting purposes and are all pretty boring and don't look cool even if the rifles are all former military rifles and the shotgun is the same type used by the US Army.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1148

This is why I never rode public transport when I was in Israel and I'm not anti gun. All of the solders ride it and and their rifles just get in the way and if the bus is full you might have the stock of one squished into your ribs so it was a physical comfort thing. They don't piss around with security theater there either, and have a very dark sense of humor. In talking to one of the guys I worked with over there he was shocked when I mentioned that when my party goes out deer hunting we go through about 1000 rounds of ammo. His question was "Doesn't it only take 1 to kill a deer?" I responded that yes it only takes one to kill a deer but there are lots of cans that need holes in them before they go off to be recycled.

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." -- Bakunin [ed. note - I would say: The urge to destroy may sometimes be a creative urge.]