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Comment Re:only for the nostalgia (Score 1) 467

The film is 50% nostalgia and 50% new 'content'.

While watching it, I felt it paralleled a new hope a little too much. I guessed it was trying to keep the 'fans' happy.

After watching it, I took a look at few reviews (I was trying to avoid spoilers before); many pointed out that it's difficult to rate the film on its own. It's clearly there to provide a transition from the old to the new. As such it could be forgiven for its heavy use of nostalgia, but only if Star Wars VIII really is something new and amazing.

Comment Re:City of London != London (Score 5, Informative) 118

In case the difference between London (City) and the "City of London" is not clear to some, here's a great video on the topic.

It's a city within a city, within a country that's within a country.
It's also semi independent of the UK and its laws; an artefact of existing longer than the UK does.

Comment Apples and Oranges (Score 4, Informative) 272

For the same size SSD and advertised bus speed, there is already a huge price performance variance. SSDs vary greatly in both IO operations per second and total IO operations (lifetime).

There are SSDs that have worse IOPS than a HDD, but in most cases HDDs cann't touch SSD IOPS specs.

On the other side: A great SSD might have a better lifetime (IO operation total) than a cheap HDD; however it is still to be proven that an SSD could match a quality HDD in lifetime.

Whenever these price comparisons come up, I get the feeling that there is a huge bias in favour of the statement that article wants to make. i.e. If its about the falling price of SSDs, then compare a low spec SSD with a high spec HDD. If you want to argue for HDD, do the reverse.

As things stands both have their place, and you should be careful about what you buy in both cases. e.g. WD-Green for laptop, but WD-Red for a NAS (yes there is a difference). For SSDs only my budget would force me to buy an EVO instaed of an EVO Pro. (I only mention WD and Samsung to be able to give concrete examples).

In my (humble) opinion neither SSD nor HDD will be able to replace the other, before some other storage technology comes along and blows them both away. Although that tech might be a descendant of one or the other (memristor? crystal/optical?).

Comment Re:Circumnavigate? (Score 2) 108

We need a catchy media name for this spate of car hacks that have inundated us this last week or so.

Of all the XYZ-gate names contrived for controversies since watergate, "Circumnavigate" is the first one I actually like.

The Circumnavigate Controversy of 2015, costing Chrysler Millions of USD and Tesla Thousands (in bug bounties)!!

Comment Re:stable (Score 5, Informative) 226

It's stable as in terms of features and changes. i.e. No longer under development and will only receive fixes.

However! Kernels from are not for end users, if someone is using these kernels directly then they do so at their own risk.
They are intended for integrators (distributions), whose integration will include their own patches/changes, testing, QA and end user support

There is a reason that RHEL 7 is running Kernel 3.10 and Debian 8 is running 3.16. Those are the 'stable' kernels you were expecting.

When kernel development moved from 2.5 to 2.6 (that later became 3.0), they stopped their odd/even number development/stable-release cycle. Now there is only development, and the integrators are expected to take the output of that to create stable-releases.

Comment Product/Consumer/Provider (Score 4, Insightful) 247

It's been said before, but bares repeating: If you're using Google's "services" for free, then you are the product and not the consumer/customer.

Such an antitrust case is about protecting Google's consumers/customers from Google's de-facto monopoly in the market.

You (the product) switching from google to another search provider only means that Google has 0.00000001% less product to sell, and is unlikely to impact anyone.

However a business (the customer) switching to another provider, could (and would) cut that business off from over 90% of its potential customers (you). Something that is likely to impact them greatly (if not kill the business).

Submission + - The 'Page 63' Backdoor to Elliptic Curve Cryptography 3

CRYPTIS writes: The security of Elliptic curve cryptography is facilitated by the perceived 'hard' problem of cracking the Discrete Logarithm Problem (DLP) for any given curve. Historically, for FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) compliance it was required that your curves conformed to the FIPS186-2 document located at . Page 63 of this specifies that the 'a' and 'b' elliptic curve domain parameters should conform to the mathematical requirement of c*b^2 = a^3 (mod p).

Interestingly, back in 1982, A. M. Odlyzko, of AT & T Bell Laboratories, published a document entitled “Discrete logarithms in finite fields and their cryptographic significance” ( ). Page 63 of this document presents a weak form of the DLP, namely a^3 = b^2*c (mod p).

It seems then, that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), driven in turn by the NSA, have required that compliant curves have this potentially weak form of the DLP built in; merely transposing the layout of the formula in order to obtain what little obfuscation is available with such a short piece of text.

Comment Required HW (Score 1) 124

Do Android devices have a hardware encrypter/decrypter built into the DMA bus, like iPhone does?

I would guess without something like that, encryption would have a high latency and battery life cost. Encryption accelerated via special CPU features/instructions, like what dm-crypt is able to use, would only partially alleviate those costs.

My guess the problem isn't to do with features in the Andriod software, but rather hardware costs. i.e. Development and Manufacturing costs. Does the lack of encryption really affect sales enough to justify those costs? One thing is clear: The perception of improved battery life does affect sales.

I think in the end Android will get a botched job. Encryption in SW for those that want to turn it on, but off by default as to not affect the phone's vital statistics; especially early benchmarks.

Comment The Rust Language (Score 4, Interesting) 407

I have been mulling similar question for myself for some time. i.e. where should I spend my limited hobby time: learning Obj-C or C++?

In the last few months Rust has caught my attention. Even then it's not yet at verstion 1 (at time of writing its at alpha-1), I really like the concept and what they are try to achieve with the language.

My comment will probably be burried, but if you do read it, spend a few minutes wondering around their web site. For exmaple their 30 minute introduction to Rust.

Comment Re:So does this mean... (Score 3, Insightful) 264

Big step from 3.19: No
Same work as 3.20: Yes

The reference point is 3.0. Kernel development is now 'inline' (as opposed to the old even=release, odd=development system). That means the minor number just gets bigger and bigger, and the kernel gets further and further away from what 3.0 was.

This means at somepoint one should bump the major version number; the question is when? Linus has the answer for this: Basically when the minor number gets asthetically displeasing to him, he'll bump the major number and start the minor number again at 0.

One might ask what will Linus do when the major number gets too big (e.g. >20) ?
Others might ask, why don't they just use a year/calendar based version number? Like Ubuntu does.

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