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Comment: Lawrence Kasdan gets only a quick mention? (Score 3, Insightful) 422

by VValdo (#48888225) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

I don't understand. A hundred comments and you're the only one I see who even mentions, let's alone puts due faith in co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.

Kasdan co-wrote "The Empire Strikes Back", co-wrote a movie called "Raiders of the Lost Ark", and wrote other, ehem, minor movies like "The Big Chill", and "The Bodyguard" and "Silverado".

He's co-writing this thing.

Comment: But- but- (Score 1) 291

by VValdo (#48209649) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber.

According to this page, the DOCSYS 3.0 ARRIS/Motorola SB6183 and Netgear C6300 can handle 300 Mbit/s.

The SB6183 uses 6 download & 4 upload channels.

Comment: Here's my magic formula for travelling.. (Score 5, Interesting) 126

by VValdo (#44267251) Attached to: Limitations and All, Chromebooks Appear To Be Selling

1 Samsung Arm CB + x2go + Chrubuntu (13.10 xubuntu) =

full access to running programs on my home Linux PC from anywhere, with HUGE battery life, at less than 2 lbs and $250. With x2go I can run applications remotely, and the chromebook only has to handle the UI, not the actual processing. As a result, I can run Intel apps and it feels pretty fast, even from 2000 miles away. If the computer gets stolen, it's only a loss of $250 as opposed to the thousands a lightweight laptop would cost, and the data is on my home computer, not the cb...

x2go btw is amazing, tunneling linux application's interfaces through ssh, so they feel like they're running on the chromebook, but aren't. If you can set up ssh, you can set up x2go.

Comment: Re:WRT54GL (Score 5, Informative) 133

by VValdo (#42586057) Attached to: Remote Linksys 0-Day Root Exploit Uncovered

I agree it's bad form not to put the router models in the summary. But from the press release...

Exploit shown in this video has been tested on Cisco Linksys WRT54GL, but other Linksys versions/models are probably also affected.

(emphasis mine)

Incidentally, re: the GL model of the Linksys-- the "L" I'm pretty sure stands for Linux, and was the model that was in response to everyone reinstalling dd-wrt and other firmware...

Comment: Re:One Billion? (Score 1) 162

by VValdo (#39625705) Attached to: Facebook To Buy Instagram For $1 Billion

Any recommendations anyone have for a good free Android alternative for something to take quick snapshots, apply a basic filter, and share them with people? Tried Vignette and Retro Camera and they both sucked compared to Instagram.

I am not a instagram (or facebook, for that matter) user, but I did take a quick look at Pixlr-OMatic and it's probably what you're looking for.

+ - NYTimes:->

Submitted by VValdo
VValdo (10446) writes "John Markoff's NYTimes story covers an amazing discovery by cryptographers who analyzed 7.1 million 1024-bit RSA public keys on the Internet and discovered about 27000 of them were insecure due to a bug in the generation of random primes. Their paper is here. My question: I've got a ton of RSA keys. Is there an easy way to test them?"
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:This violates the fundamental rules of capitali (Score 1) 548

by VValdo (#38003854) Attached to: End Bonuses For Bankers

Simple except that some banks are so big and entangled into the system that if they go down, it would start a chain reaction that would take down the entire financial system, destroying other banks, creating runs, destroying pensions, toppling industries and ultimately collapsing the entire world economy.

This isn't an ordinary situation with two lemonade stores competing against each other. These are companies that have gotten so huge that entire governments depend on their existence. The consequences of their failure is so significant that countries are forced to essentially pay them if they ever get in danger of bankrupcy. Hence the bailouts.

The "fundamental rules of capitalism" don't allow a company to profit exorbitantly to the point that any failure can tank the entire system. Reward requires risk. And the heads of these companies know that there is no risk really-- not to them personally because they have golden parachutes and bonuses that pay out before the cumulative damage to their companies is done-- and not to the company, because existentially losses will be covered by the government/people to avoid the destruction of the world economy.

So it's not so simple, really.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.