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Comment Re:One time pad (Score 1) 94 94

While I have a basic understanding about one-time pads and how they work, I realize that there must be something wrong with this idea but I don't know enough to figure out what.

There are vast amounts of publicly available documents on the Internet. Why can't Alice and Bob agree that they will use the text of the first article posted on Slashdot after noon Central Standard Time each day that they have a message to send as their one time pad?

That isn't a One-Time Pad. In OTP the pad is secret; in the scenario you just described, the content of the "pad" is public. The encryption key is thus not the pad itself, but rather just the identification of the pad ("1st article on Slashdot after noon CST"). Putting aside the fact that an article has relatively low entropy per character, someone with access to just one cyphertext could conceivably test it against a large database of likely public documents and identify the pad simply by looking for a document which decrypts the cyphertext into something intelligible. Given a couple of cyphertexts they could derive the rule you use to select your "pads". In a true OTP setup there is no way to determine whether a given pad decrypts the cyphertext since every possible plaintext has an equally plausible random pad, and even knowing both cyphertext and plaintext for the same message gets you no closer to being able to decode future messages.

Comment Re:DC power? (Score 1) 239 239

I think the problem with your A/C unit is the location. It appears to be located in an unbearable hell-hole :-)

Yeah, but on the other hand.

Come Oct/Nov....I'll be wearing shorts outside for Thanksgiving and enjoying the weather while much of the US is indoors freezing their asses off, like anything, I guess it is a trade off.

Comment Re:DC power? (Score 1) 239 239

That sounds to me like you have a badly undersized unit. Its also possible that something isn't working right

No, I just had it checked, is a good system, etc.

It is just THAT fucking hot down here, and humid. A lot of the AC time on is to dry the air out in the house.

I like to keep the temp about 74F during the day time I"m here, and about 72F at night to sleep. That's comfy to me.

But it gets HOT here at the end of April usually, and we don't even start to get breaks in the heat and humidity till about mid Oct I think....

Comment Re:DC power? (Score 1) 239 239

1) They built houses that were passively cooled

2) Linen. Try it.

Well, I've been in a LOT of #1 type houses here (they still have 100's of year old homes here, and it still ain't cool enough.

And even wearing linen...single layers are still too hot, much less the many layers they seemed to have worn then.

I"m just guessing they were a LOT tougher than we are now.


Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 879 879

Not me.

I dread the day that the fun and thrill of driving is possibly taken away...kinda of the Red Barchetta song coming true.

Sad, I love my cars...and every day I get into one and fire up the engine, is an adventure.

Life is too short not to have fun and some thrills in life.

And what cost? Even a burger flipper can save and get a basic car, if you have an education and a real job, it isn't like it is draining your wallet in a manner you even notice.

Comment Re:Jeremy clarkson does not approve (Score 0) 879 879

This quote got me:

"Electric cars will be better than any alternative, including the loud, inconvenient, gas-powered jalopy,"

Seriously, do people not like the throaty growl of a well tuned engine? Heck, even kids today put the coffee can mufflers for at least that type sound (I don't find it as pleasant as better, large engine sound, but to each his own.)

I mean, right now, I'm kinda looking at the new Dodge Hellcat Challenger, 707 HP (underrated) bone stock..and MAN, do these things sound good to me. So happy to see a muscle car once again available on the market...harkens back to the muscle care days of the last 60's and early 70's, but with better modern tech, braking and handling.

Me? I want one of these to play around with I think:

Hellcat Quick Burnout

Or this for a bit more in-depth review:

Review..skip to about 1:33 to get past the opening commercial

Will a Tesla out drag this car? Sure. But what fun is it when it is silent? If I had an electric car, I'd almost have to mount speakers outside and give it an engine sound. Cars are meant to be FUN as well as a means for getting from point A to B.

Life is too short not to have a few thrills.

Comment Re:DC power? (Score 2) 239 239

Unlike most air conditioners, inverter air conditioners are always-on.

Hmm...apparently you're not familiar with "AC" Air Conditioners in the New Orleans area.

My Air Conditioner comes on basically late April and does not shut off till about early November.


Frankly, I don't know how people lived down here in the old days without A/C....not to mention looking at the old pictures from the 1800's and so where men have full suits on and women with 14 layers of clothing on, and deodorant not really being prevalent either...UGH!!

But A/C really never shuts off all summer, which down here lasts for about 6mos of the year or so, give or take.

Comment Re:Here's a thought... (Score 1) 318 318

So, if your potential boss or landlord or police officer doesn't recognize that people change, what the heck do you do?

For the first two, obviously, you either persuade them or you find someone else to work for / rent from. Freedom of association means that they have no obligation to hire you or rent out their property to you, regardless of the reason. Hiding information about your past which you know would be considered relevant amounts to fraud.

If your treatment by a police officer or any other representative of the government acting in an official capacity is influenced by outdated posts on social media sites, or anything else apart from your current standing under the law, you've got bigger issues. In any case, odds are that a law permitting you to delete your information from the Internet, even if it could somehow be implemented effectively, would not prevent the police from learning about your youthful indiscretions.

Comment Re:The three keys on the top-right (Score 2) 687 687

If you expect to need it, create the file /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq with the contents set to 1. This makes the key combo active by default, and survives rebooting.

The /proc directory is a virtual filesystem; nothing in there survives rebooting. If you want the sysrq keys to remain enabled after a reboot you need to write to that file from an init script.

Comment Re:Here's a thought... (Score 1) 318 318

What's wrong with wanting it gone?

There's nothing wrong with wanting it gone, perhaps, but what's wrong about enforcing that desire by law is that it amounts to trying to censor factual information about the past. You don't have to tell anyone about your more embarrassing historical moments, but it's wrong to forcibly prevent others from sharing what information they possess.

The right answer here is to simply recognize that people change, that it's normal to have some things in one's past that may be embarrassing (or even outright illegal), that everyone goes through this period of growing up, and that what one said or did as a child—or for that matter, as a younger adult—does not necessarily correlate with one's views or behavior in the present.

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