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Comment: Re:Remember TEMPEST? (Score 1) 264

by GCsoftware (#45842219) Attached to: Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

No, it isn't. GPG / PGP is a hybrid cryptosystem just like SSL and SSH. Not sure where you got this idea from..

Do you realise the sort of processing overheads that encrypting mega/gigabytes in RSA involves?

It would have taken a LONG time to encrypt a single HD floppy image back in 1991 when PGP was first developed.

+ - How Not to Design a UI: Slashdot Beta Site is a Train Wreck-> 1

Submitted by iggymanz
iggymanz (596061) writes "As with Canonical's Unity and Windows 8, the majority of otherwise intelligent coders are completely out of their element when trying to make a user interface. They fly off on tangents, ignoring any user needs or input, making something understood and useable only to themselves. A bad UI is neither discoverable, learnable, efficient of space, nor capable of providing proper feedback to the user. With apologies, I link to the vilest and most aweful forum interface misdesigned by the minds of idiot-savants in full idiot mode, the Slashdot Beta Site."
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Comment: Right-to-left scripts? (Score 1) 106

by GCsoftware (#45224251) Attached to: First New Top-Level Domains Added To the Root Zone
I wonder how a browser will display something like .shabakah - will most software have right-to-eft rendering and the ligature support for Arabic? Also imagine an Arabic TLD that allows Latin domain names - how the hell do you render that..? Anyway, I'm gonna go kill some time on the shabakaat

Comment: Re:running only on an OpenVMS, which runs (Score 1) 614

by GCsoftware (#43700633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

I've got two systems (one single Alpha box, one VAXcluster) that offer VMS guest accounts via telnet (I know, I know - CHIMPY can do SSH but the VAXen are just too slow for it):

CHIMPY (single AXP box):

telnet to

HILANT (VAXcluster)

telnet to

Comment: Re:It's too bad (Score 4, Informative) 933

by GCsoftware (#41166737) Attached to: How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

But if you just wanted a package manager and repos, you could always use Fink (for those who don't know, it's basically apt-get for OS X and a bunch of repos of binaries), no need to bootstrap with dev tools from Apple.

Actually you could probably get a version of gcc from Fink and then use that to bootstrap Mac Ports. Not tried that myself, though.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 101

by GCsoftware (#41035091) Attached to: Indian Gov't Bans Bulk SMS, Investigating Social Media

Yup, GP fails badly at understanding basic Semitic roots.

Take the root K-T-B (book, written, to write, etc):

KITAB - book
AKTIB - to write


MAKTAB - office (literally "place of writing")
MAKTABAH - primary school (place of writing, feminine form)

So saying that islam and salaam derive from S-L-M is pretty damn vague and useless information without context.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately, UK has become Uncle Sam's lapdog (Score 4, Funny) 1065

>Perhaps it does, but whenever I read something about the NHS, its a sad story in the Daily Mail about some doctor making a silly mistake that takes a way a father or mother from their children, or vice versa..

The DAILY MAIL. You get your news from the Daily Mail. OK, then.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie