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Comment: Re:What about a one time pad? (Score 1) 887 887

Considering that the key for a one time pad must be as long or longer then the data to be encrypted I don't see how that helps. Can anyone really memorize several GB worth of random values?

And I'm not sure what you mean by revealing it would be meaningless. Once the key is known revealing the plain text is a simple matter for a one time pad.
Hardware Hacking

Combining Two Kinects To Make Better 3D Video 106 106

suraj.sun sends this quote from Engadget about improving the Kinect 3D video recordings we discussed recently: "[Oliver Kreylos is] blowing minds and demonstrating that two Kinects can be paired and their output meshed — one basically filling in the gaps of the other. He found that the two do create some interference, the dotted IR pattern of one causing some holes and blotches in the other, but when the two are combined they basically help each other out and the results are quite impressive."

Comment: #7. They Have Too Many Natural Predators (Score 4, Insightful) 320 320

Come on now. Everyone know if you eat zombie flesh you become a zombie. Before you know it we'll be up to our necks in zombie lion, zombie tiger and zombie bears. However, zombie birds will probably be the worst considering the distances they can cover.

Comment: Re:American Guns!! Yay NRA!! (Score 1) 518 518

I guess you never know when you will need an M-16 with a large clip to take down your own country's elected government.

Pet peeve of mine.

This is a Clip
This is a Magazine

The clip is used to feed rounds into the magazine. The magazine may either be fixed like on an M1 Garand or Removable like on an M-16.

Comment: Re:Problems with TurnItIn type services (Score 1) 439 439

I actually had a situation similar to #2 but both classes were during the same semester. I simply went to both professors and asked if it would be a problem to reuse my paper and neither had a problem with it. Got an 'A' on both papers too.

Now a classmate of mine did something similar but didn't first check with the professors. He didn't get in trouble but was asked to rewrite one of the papers.

Comment: Re:boondoggle (Score 1) 178 178

Do keep in mind that the NSA is one of the largest employers of Ph.D. Mathematicians in the US. They wrote the book on SELinux and are generally considered to be 5 years ahead of the next leader in the private sector.

Who ever put the NSA together did a good job, at least in the sense of it accomplishing its mission.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?

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