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Comment: Re:only ancient encryption not breakable by fast c (Score 1) 166

by Mr.Z of the LotFC (#49068479) Attached to: Vint Cerf Warns Against 'Digital Dark Age'
You could use reversible computing to crack (classical computing-based) encryption, so it would only take however much energy you need to keep the system shielded from the environment. The only potentially-unknown bits that need to be erased are those used for error correction.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 211

by Mr.Z of the LotFC (#48911237) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far
I once got a rather disconcerting shock (painful tingling) from a single 9V battery while attempting to disconnect it from a circuit. I must have had something conductive on my hands. It was similar to the feeling of accidentally touching both prongs of a partially-inserted 120V plug. On the other hand, I got a much worse shock from a plastic was so bad that I fell down the slide & could not move for a bit afterward. (I did go out of my way to poke a wet stick into a crack & reach the metal pipe holding it up, though.)

Comment: Re:Counter strike (Score 1) 365

by Mr.Z of the LotFC (#43692237) Attached to: Biometric Database Plans Hidden In Immigration Bill
There was an article on Google patenting something vaguely this a little while ago on here. Apparently some companies want it (at least for the employee compliance aspect). Also, as many people pointed out, the better your legal advise, the closer you can get to illegal without technically crossing the would help with "creative accounting" & the like.

Comment: Re:Piracy enablers? (Score 1) 170

by Mr.Z of the LotFC (#42515073) Attached to: Kingston Introduces 1TB Flash Drive
I have several computations running right now with around 1GB of state each. I save them periodically for comparison over time/to mitigate power loss/to be able to back up if something goes awry (there is some randomness involved). It is pretty easy to get a few tens of GB of "temporary" state involved in a project, & when I move back & forth between them, it is nice to be able to keep the half-finished things around. (These computations do happen to involve some media (images in this case), but that only accounts for ~100MB of the data which is shared between all instances, the rest being oodles of floats.) & since I have a magnetic disk, saving & reloading the state can take several seconds (especially if I do it in all 6 or so instances at the same time).

Comment: Re:Things to come... (Score 1) 110

by Mr.Z of the LotFC (#41437045) Attached to: The Swiss Pirate Party Has Its First Mayor
I was not suggesting paying the church for everything. I was rather suggesting having contributions to the government be voluntary also. Of course, as has been pointed out, people tend to like their church but not their government, but one might also hope it would lead to the government having to be nice/unobtrusive/manifestly helpful enough to convince people to pay them. It says something that governments feel the need to threaten force to get enough funding.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.