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+ - OneRNG open source hardware entropy genrator->

taniwha writes: Moonbase Otago is pleased to announce its Kickstarter campaign for OneRNG — an open source hardware entropy generator, is already 3/4 funded after 3 days.

OneRNG is a USB key in the same form factor as a USB flash drive, it's an entropy generator, it makes random bitstreams suitable for feeding to your computer's encryption systems to make better and faster keys to make interception of your communications more difficult. It has two entropy sources, an avalanche diode and an RF noise source, either or both can be used

OneRNG is also open hardware, that means all of the design, both hardware and software, is Open Source — you can inspect the hardware and software to make sure there is nothing hidden that stops it from functioning as promised. It also means that you can inspect a unit after shipping to make sure it has not been tampered with, both by lifting its lid to look at the components, and by inspecting the embedded firmware both to make sure that it contains what you think it does and also that it is cryptographically signed with a valid key.

Because you don't truly own your own hardware unless you can reprogram it we're also offering device programmers for those who want to take the existing software and make it better or their own.

https://www.kickstarter.com/pr...
http://www.onerng.info/

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Comment: Rules? (Score 1) 115 115

Where are the rules? Just the grid isn't much help; for example the clue N.*X.X.X.*E on a length 9 line might be NXxXxXE (length 7). A colleague has just looked at the solution and my hypothesis is that each regex fully describes the line (i.e. /^clue$/) but it would be nice to be sure ...

Comment: Re:passphrases (Score 1) 103 103

It's supposed to be easier to remember because you remember the composite image, and not the words themselves. You can choose images that are easy to remember (something based on goatse perhaps) and construct a phrase from there -- at the same time you meet the suggestion of a password that is so foul you would never tell another person what it is, thus preventing that whole password sharing problem. Double win. Except you have to remember goatse every time you log in. http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1829
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft caught with hand in cookie jar-> 1 1

dlane writes: "Representatives of the NZ Open Source Society have successfully opposed a Microsoft software patent application related to XML use in representing productivity data. This was a very broad patent, found subject to prior art: i.e. a very low quality patent that shouldn't have been submitted much less granted. As it was, it took the NZOSS members and their legal team 8 years to get MS to abandon the application.

This isn't the first time they've tried this: another bad application (http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/F68C4D35A4AE5DD5CC257038000F4A24) was submitted to NZ's patent office although it had been disallowed in other jurisdictions (including US) due to prior art. NZOSS representatives challenged the application and were able to force MS to change the wording to the point where it was no longer seen as a threat to developers.

Whenever Microsoft claims support for "improved quality patents" realise that what they mean is "other people's patents". Feel free to highlight their hypocrisy."

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