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Comment: Re:So the work begins again (Score 1) 64 64

To find out where the NSA put the twist.

Well P-224 isn't twist secure, if that's what you're hinting at.

In reality the backdoor isn't in SP800-90A, B or C. It's in FIPS 140-2 section 4.9.2. In a FIPS certified module, that procedure applies to all RNG outputs 16 bits and above. A test that changes the data to create a stream of known algebraic inequalities. Genius.

Comment: Re:Why should we trust NIST encryption? (Score 1) 64 64

NIST recklessly broke our trust in them by allowing known to be broken encryption into their standard. Their new document may come with all the best intentions, but it will take years to rebuild that trust. Let's wait for what the crypto community has to say about these documents, before we blindly follow their latest standards.

Well you could go with the ANSI or ISO RNG specs.

Oh wait, they're written by the same people.

Comment: Re:sigh... (Score 1) 937 937

I think that there is one difference in this cycle though. I think that a lot of the ARM mortgages were eaten up in the great recession. Most of the loans nowadays are conventional, or in the case of investors, just cash.

I've saved 10s of thousands of dollars with ARM mortgages over the last 15 years.

Comment: Re:de SEC suitz hunt0rin haxx0rz nao (Score 1) 20 20

Queue up the internet insider trading frame up scenario.

#1 Hack A, a competitor to B, finding that A will do X.
#2 Hack B, leaving hints that it was A that did it.
#3 Leak to gullible idiot in B that A is doing X.
#4 Trade on X happening.
#5 gullible idiot trades on X happening.
#7 Trade on B being found out by the SEC
#6 SEC throws gullible idiot to the dogs.
#7 Profit!

Comment: Re:TNSTAAFL (Score 1) 272 272

... the net neutrality regulations ARE NOT a government takeover of the running operations of telecoms.

True, but that's not the same thing as saying net neutrality rules don't affect cost structures for telecoms.

Selling an unlimited service and then limiting it is fraud. People should go to jail for that. Requiring vendors to tell the truth about their product and adhere to their product claims in not an unreasonable intrusion into their cost structures.

Comment: Re:So, I had a thought about this a while back (Score 2) 126 126

It boils down to "why not pre-compile entire websites into binary packages per-page? It would make it much faster and more efficient for the browser to load it..."

Or we could write programs, compile them and let users run them on their computer.

Comment: Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1064 1064

Interesting list:

0 * 1/z -> 0
z / z --> 1

The way it was explained to me was that it one analyzes division from the positive side towards zero, and division from the negative side towards zero you end up with this ...

0/+0 is +Infinity
0/-0 is -Infinity

Since 0/0 is BOTH +Infinity AND -Infinity you end up with TWO values. Division is only closed when it produces a single number. The answer is undefined because we don't know WHICH infinity to pick.

Mathematics hasn't evolved to multi-value constants.

If you're using normal numbers. Any self respecting field is closed over its operators, including division.

Comment: Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1064 1064

Yes. It. Is. Different. f(x)/g(x) is undefined if f(x) and g(x) are both zero, and pretending it can ever be anything else is going to get you in a lot of hot water very fast. Now, then L'Hopital's Rule can help you find the limit as a approaches x of f(a)/g(a), but that is something different, and you have to be aware it's different.

It works in the physical world. Don't be so dismissive.

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