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+ - The String Theory Landscape may not be Science after all

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "For more than the last decade, physicists have realized that String Theory provides a Landscape of possible values for the cosmological constant, some 10^500 of them. Only the ones that are finely tuned to support possible observers could ever be observed by someone like us, so says the anthropic principle. But despite all the work, publicity and hype that's gone into it, not only have there been no scientific advancements on this front, but this line of thinking is unlikely to ever lead us there, not without some actual science."

+ - Dual_EC_DRBG backdoor: a proof of concept->

Submitted by Reliable Windmill
Reliable Windmill (2932227) writes "From the article:
Dual_EC_DRBG is an pseudo-random number generator promoted by NIST in NIST SP 800-90A and created by NSA. This algorithm is problematic because it has been made mandatory by the FIPS norm (and should be implemented in every FIPS approved software) and some vendors even promoted this algorithm as first source of randomness in their applications.

If you still believe Dual_EC_DRBG was not backdoored in purpose, please keep reading."

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Comment: The hammer is coming down (Score 1) 235

by Reliable Windmill (#45798891) Attached to: Apple Again Seeks Ban On 20+ Samsung Devices In US
I suspect most of these bans will be put in place. The hammer has started coming down on foreign tech, because U.S gov wants that flow of money into its own economy. U.S gov will leverage its power for the wider adoption of U.S based products and services both inside and outside of the U.S. The goal is to control and own as much of the global money flow as possible. The trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific "partnerships" only aim to increase the strength and market share of U.S based companies, services and products, and through its companies the U.S gov can leverage its politics. The ultimate is when U.S gov through Monsanto (which through the Monsanto Protection Act has now effectively become an extension of the government) can control the production and supply of food to any country in the world as a means of political control.

Comment: Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 262

by Reliable Windmill (#45779325) Attached to: Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind
It's not a complication, it's an enhancement. A majority of software does not need a 64-bit address space and can thus be streamlined while still getting the benefits of doing fast 64-bit integer math, among other things. Obviously you just select the target when compiling and that's that, it's like enabling an optimization, so what are you talking about?

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