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Comment: Re:Doesn't seem to be on purpose (Score 1) 447

by HatofPig (#46720897) Attached to: Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake
The NSA couldn't know that some foreign powers wouldn't quickly discover the bug as well and start hacking major US corporations that were vulnerable. They wouldn't even have been able to detect it was happening unless they made some honeypot which, if discovered, would have implicated them further. The risk is way too great.

Comment: Re:Space Opera (Score 1) 67

by HatofPig (#46645963) Attached to: Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions
If you don't mind subtitles then watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes. It's the only thing that beats Babylon 5 for depth and scope and themes that you will ever see. It's a direct line-for-line, scene-for-scene adaptation of a series of Japanese sci-fi novels so, like Babylon 5, it's obviously very tightly written. With two movies and 108* episodes it is epic in scope. It's written by a historian and I swear has more characters than Game of Thrones, all of whose names you will remember. As a sci-fi junkie, honestly, haven't seen a story this good in any medium other than book form, ever. How nobody else knows about this blows my mind, but you should watch it and then tell everyone you know how great it is. I will do the same.

First watch the film-pilot "My Conquest is the Sea of Stars". Then watch "Overture to a New War", the theatrically-released remake of the first two episodes. Then continue with episode three.

Comment: Re:Tarzan need antecedent (Score 3, Insightful) 824

by HatofPig (#46598735) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Hierarchical model of masters and servants has been discredited long ago.

Nice switcheroo. Organizing people hierarchically is not a discredited notion. Having masters and servents is. In real life,we play pre-defined roles in larger groups and even dress differently depending on what our role is. That's how civilization functions. Your boss doesn't legally own you, and have full control over your person 24/7.

We can have creativity, expression, and mutal respect within hiearchies, and often with them we can rise or fall within organizing structure. This is Slashdot, aren't you familier with computer programming? Structures matter, hierarchies are as elemental to structures as hydrogen is to chemistry. If they weren't hippies would rule the world.

Comment: Re:Jenny McCarthy (Score 3, Insightful) 395

by HatofPig (#46530659) Attached to: Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

Now if you argue that an unvaccinated child puts your vaccinated child at risk, aren't you whining that you don't believe the vaccine conferred immunity to your child?

It's not about PopeRatzo's hypothetically vaccinated child. It's about anyone who had a legitimate medical reason to not be vaccinated whose only protection is through herd immunity. Maybe PopeRatzo confers his blessings onto other people's kids too.

Comment: Re:Stability & performance Features (Score 1) 142

by HatofPig (#46521601) Attached to: Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls
I use the Tree Style Tab plugin and usually have over a hundred tabs open as well. I'll keep the session open for days, too. It's easier than searching through your history to find that thing you saw a few days ago and the page is intact from when you loaded it last which is useful for dynamic content. Plus, everything is automatically hierarchically sorted, so it's easy to push and pop my browsing stack! Since I no longer own a a 4:3 monitor it's the perfect way to fill up the extra vertical space. It's an essential plugin for me now, up there with Noscript, Autopager, AdBlock+ and Ghostery.

Comment: Re:Those poor people (Score 3, Interesting) 520

by HatofPig (#45304791) Attached to: Gunman Opens Fire At LAX
Really? +4? That's despicable, security guards are fucking people too. Or is this some kind of sick justice for you and those who up-moderated you? How can you justify this an consider yourself 'people'? If a gunman mowed down a courtroom during a tech-giant patent trial, would you eschew any sympathy for the lawyers who died too? Not liking the TSA is one thing, but implying a random person deserved to be fatally shot by a crazed gunman at an airport is sociopathic.

Comment: The original paper (Score 4, Informative) 245

The original paper is available here.

Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2013/451

Candidate Indistinguishability Obfuscation and Functional Encryption for all circuits

Sanjam Garg and Craig Gentry and Shai Halevi and Mariana Raykova and Amit Sahai and Brent Waters

Abstract: In this work, we study indistinguishability obfuscation and functional encryption for general circuits:

Indistinguishability obfuscation requires that given any two equivalent circuits C_0 and C_1 of similar size, the obfuscations of C_0 and C_1 should be computationally indistinguishable.

In functional encryption, ciphertexts encrypt inputs x and keys are issued for circuits C. Using the key SK_C to decrypt a ciphertext CT_x = Enc(x), yields the value C(x) but does not reveal anything else about x. Furthermore, no collusion of secret key holders should be able to learn anything more than the union of what they can each learn individually.

We give constructions for indistinguishability obfuscation and functional encryption that supports all polynomial-size circuits. We accomplish this goal in three steps:

- We describe a candidate construction for indistinguishability obfuscation for NC1 circuits. The security of this construction is based on a new algebraic hardness assumption. The candidate and assumption use a simplified variant of multilinear maps, which we call Multilinear Jigsaw Puzzles.

- We show how to use indistinguishability obfuscation for NC1 together with Fully Homomorphic Encryption (with decryption in NC1) to achieve indistinguishability obfuscation for all circuits.

- Finally, we show how to use indistinguishability obfuscation for circuits, public-key encryption, and non-interactive zero knowledge to achieve functional encryption for all circuits. The functional encryption scheme we construct also enjoys succinct ciphertexts, which enables several other applications.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / Obfuscation, Functional Encryption, Multilinear Maps

Date: received 20 Jul 2013, last revised 21 Jul 2013

Contact author: amitsahai at gmail com

Available format(s): PDF | BibTeX Citation

+ - Cybercriminals has heroin delivered to Brian Krebs, then calls police->

Submitted by Okian Warrior
Okian Warrior (537106) writes ""Fans” of [security researcher Brian Krebs] have shown their affection in some curious ways. One called in a phony hostage situation that resulted in a dozen heavily armed police surrounding my home. Another opened a $20,000 new line of credit in my name. Others sent more than $1,000 in bogus PayPal donations from hacked accounts. Still more admirers paid my cable bill for the next three years using stolen credit cards. Malware authors have even used my name and likeness to peddle their wares.

But the most recent attempt to embarrass and fluster this author easily takes the cake as the most elaborate: Earlier this month, the administrator of an exclusive cybercrime forum hatched and executed a plan to purchase heroin, have it mailed to my home, and then spoof a phone call from one of my neighbors alerting the local police. Thankfully, I had already established a presence on his forum and was able to monitor the scam in real time and alert my local police well in advance of the delivery."

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+ - Researchers Want to Make Origami-Inspired Organs->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Backed by a $2 million National Science Foundation grant, Carol Livermore, an associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Northeastern University, is trying to figure out how to apply novel folding patterns inspired by origami to fold 2D tissues into functioning 3D organs.

Previous attempts at full-scale organ engineering have yielded homogenous clumps of cells that somewhat resemble organs, but lack the complex and nuanced biochemical functioning afforded by their naturally occurring counterparts. Livermore and her team believe that their origami approach might change that.
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