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Comment: Re:The Government Should Continue Investigating (Score 1) 112

by DickBreath (#49545641) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger
> I don't see them getting out of the NBC obligations

I didn't expect to see a lot of things earlier in my life.

But Corruption. And Congress.

Believe me, anything could happen if the right palms are greased and enough grease is used. Simply not pushing the merger any further may avoid scrutiny into how they already may not be honoring those obligations.

Comment: Re:The Government Should Continue Investigating (Score 1) 112

by DickBreath (#49544641) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger
May I remind you that NBC made those promises as a condition of acquiring Universal. So Comcast can claim, sort of with a straight face, suppressing involuntary evil laughter, that Comcast shouldn't be held to NBC's promises. Alternately, Comcast can say that NBC made those promises in an earlier financial Quarter, even an earlier fiscal year, and therefore should not be held to them. Or finally, Comcast can say, here's a 'campaign contribution' now go investigate something else like Net Neutrality or finding a way to siphon some of Google's money our way.

Comment: Comcast and Time Warner, a match made in . . . (Score 5, Funny) 112

by DickBreath (#49544543) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger
It is truly sad that we will be deprived of Time Warner getting the Customer Service that Comcast is (in)famous for, while at the same time Comcast getting the forward looking understanding of technology that Time Warner, a copyright focused company would have brought to the relationship.

Comment: Re:Lottery by computer? ROFL (Score 1) 342

by DickBreath (#49487235) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
While encrypted psuedo random is a more complex function, it is still PSUEDO random not real random. Future output is a function (now a more complex function) of past output.

Not only the secret key must be kept secret, but the seed (either current or original) must be kept secret.

If the attacker knows the algorithm, which they might, then they may be able to analyze the output. If they know the seed, then the problem becomes one of a known-plaintext attack upon the encryption algorithm. If they know the encryption key, it becomes a matter of finding a seed that generates some known pre-encryption output of the psuedo random algorithm.

We could go back and forth about the practicality and difficulty of such attacks. But switching from psuedo to true random eliminates that entire discussion.

Your $10 webcam + lens cap is a good idea BTW. Or other similar ideas of using various sensors to capture random noise. Just hope the noise really is random. Also, a $10 webcam without a lens cap, pointed at something, like a busy street, might also be a source of randomness in the pixel data.

Comment: Re:Lottery by computer? ROFL (Score 1) 342

by DickBreath (#49470955) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
How about a bunch of dice in a box with a shaker, a camera, and purpose built OCR software to identify the numbers on the dice.

Instead of a dice, one could use a coin. Now generate me a 4096 bit random number. :-)

Oh, you did say computers needed special hardware in order to not be psuedorandom.

Comment: I like the logic described in the summary (Score 1) 342

by DickBreath (#49470891) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
We suspect the cookie jar was robbed. I think Joe put his hand in the cookie jar. Five total people including Joe had access to the cookie jar. The other four will testify, pass a polygraph, psychic mumbo jumbo, whatever, that they did not put their hand into the cookie jar. Thus, it MUST have been Joe!

Comment: Why store the patient's Age instead of Birth Date? (Score 3, Insightful) 184

If physicians have to keep updating the patient's age, then something is wrong. But good news! We have these new fangled things called computers! These computers can calculate the patient's age on the screen at the time the record was entered (by doing this patented new thing called date subtraction to get number of days and thus the age!).

Comment: Re:It was inevitible (Score 1) 303

by DickBreath (#49398367) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'
Get them to use it under a true open source license, and then sue them for patent infringement! It may turn out to be a growth industry, or at the very least a new business model for some. But one would have to choose an open source license that doesn't deal with the subject of patents.

Comment: Re:It's that damn cancer! (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by DickBreath (#49398335) Attached to: Microsoft Engineer: Open Source Windows Is 'Definitely Possible'
Cancer is Microsoft's term for it. Intended to have negative meaning.

If you are in favor of open source it would be better to use a different word or phrase. Basically the GPL spreads freedom.

Laughter is contagious (a negative term). So maybe we should say laughter is a cancer? It is unfortunate that there are not more positive terms for things that spread and the ones we tend to fall back on are biological terms that have undesirable meanings: infectious, contagious, cancer, etc. Freedom is contagious -- when people don't have it and see it, they want it for themselves.

BASIC is the Computer Science equivalent of `Scientific Creationism'.

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