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

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 Re:Problems with TurnItIn type services (Score 1) 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

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.

Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 768

Removing explicit Limited Liability protection that the government provides to all corporations from lenders and plaintiffs would be a good start. With owners suddenly being personally liable for the actions of their company they'd really start to care about what they did.

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.