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

StartsWithABang 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.

Submission + - Dual_EC_DRBG backdoor: a proof of concept->

Reliable Windmill 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 Let's see how the U.S reacts (Score 1) 207 207

when other countries do the same, and rule that the works of American authors long gone is not subject to copyright law outside of the U.S. "Sherlock Holmes belongs to the USA" is probably what they mean here, and I think more of these rulings will come.

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

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:Subject (Score 3, Informative) 262 262

You've not understood this correctly. x32 is an enhancement and optimization for executable files that do not require gigabytes of RAM, primarily regarding performance. It has nothing to do with the availability or lack of RAM in the system, or how much RAM costs to buy in the computer store.

Comment Re:Is kernel still 64bit? (Score 1) 262 262

Of course the OS is still 64-bit in that regard, it's just the address space of that particular application which is reduced to 32-bit to streamline it. The majority of all executable files do not require several gigabytes of RAM, hence it makes sense to streamline their address space.

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

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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