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Comment: Mostly done by 1985... (Score 5, Interesting) 227

by MrKevvy (#47523765) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Frozen Star by George Greenstein had as a central theme that due to gravitational time dilation that we could never see a star collapse beyond its own event horizon: it would asymptotically approach it as arbitrarily close as we liked given unlimited time but never cross it. So as a natural consequence there was always a tiny but measurable probability that trapped light and thus information could escape.

Although this is a layperson's work, it is based on his published papers which provide a mathematical background.

Comment: This is excellent timing given the upcoming T.P.P. (Score 4, Interesting) 55

by MrKevvy (#47471321) Attached to: Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

One of the draconian provisions of the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Canadian government unfortunately signed on to (and just hosted a meeting of in Ottawa) is that ISPs are legally expected to monitor and rat out their customers for accessing verboten content, ie torrents.

I hope that this is the beginning of the end for that idea.

Comment: Nitrogen asphyxiation, if you must execute (Score 5, Interesting) 483

by MrKevvy (#47076415) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

- It's completely painless and humane; one's physiology doesn't notice the lack of oxygen so the person just goes to sleep and then dies. People who were revived from asphyxia like this reported they had no idea until they woke up

- It's practically free of charge as nitrogen is 80% of our atmosphere; there will never be a shortage of it

- Because it's universally available and free worldwide it can't be banned or restricted

- It's much safer (ie nitrogen leaks are harmless assuming the area is ventilated.)

Comment: Why is the industry still using pseudo-randoms? (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by MrKevvy (#44575645) Attached to: Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

True random numbers are as simple as a reversed Zener diode connected to an A/D converter... quantum tunneling across the diode creates truly random signal, equivalent to thermal noise.

So why isn't every CPU nowadays equipped with this, so that the RND function is done in hardware?

Comment: The same Huawei the U.S. calls a security threat.. (Score 4, Informative) 148

by MrKevvy (#44390581) Attached to: Chinese Firm Huawei In Control of UK Net Filters

... as they are basically a ministry of the Chinese government.

U.S. lawmakers seek to block China Huawei, ZTE U.S. inroads

"Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, at a press conference to release the report, said companies that had used Huawei equipment had reported "numerous allegations" of unexpected behavior, including routers supposedly sending large data packs to China late at night."

Comment: Microsoft Security Essentials (Score 3, Insightful) 294

by MrKevvy (#44295721) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

Yes, I know... it failed certification. But often what is used in certification is proof-of-concept or old and very rare samples that may not be "in the wild". It deliberately doesn't detect them to have a lighter footprint and be easier on resources. I use it on 1 GHz machines with 512MB of RAM with no noticeable slowdown. It doesn't miss the stuff that you're actually going to be at risk of getting infected with, in my experience.

You didn't state the OS you were asking about, but IIRC Avast is Windows-only. MSE may fit your requirements.

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.