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Comment Why do we need a new block cipher? (Score 1) 68

What is wrong with existing block ciphers like AES?
AES has been in widespread use for over a decade and to the best of my knowledge, there is still no practical attack on it (unless someone has built a working quantum computer and not told anyone about it). Its totally free of patents and IP issues. Its been implemented in a huge variety of hardware and software (including the Intel CPU that I am using to make this posting).

Even the NSA trusts AES enough to certify it for use protecting top secret information.

Comment My suggestions (Score 1) 1822

1.No more stories that link to pay-walled sites or sites that wont load if you run an ad-blocker. This includes stores that link to Forbes and also stories where the primary source of the information is a journal article that costs money to read.

2.Get rid of (or at least make it possible to totally hide) the "slashdot top deals", "video bytes" and "get the slashdot newsletters" boxes.

3.Have a box in the firehose for "mark this as SPAM" where people can mark things that are clearly SPAM rather than a legitimate firehose entry so it can be removed or hidden (and we have less SPAM cluttering up the firehose)

4.Focus more on stories that are actually "news for nerds". The Tesla story a few stories above this one isn't "news for nerds" just because its about Tesla. The story about the democrats in Iowa isn't "news for nerds" either. Nor are stories about labor issues at Uber or the fact that some company (technical or otherwise) is firing a bunch of people.

5.Get rid of all bundled downloads and adware and stuff on Sourceforge. Every file Sourceforge sends out should be the exact file uploaded by the projects owners.

6.https support with all the latest security stuff. If it doesn't get the highest possible mark on you are doing it wrong IMO. This includes doing everything possible to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. (I believe at least one of the Snowden leaks pointed to Slashdot by name)

7.Make the site more lightweight (anything that can be done to reduce the size of page downloads is a good thing)

8.Completely end the use of Flash or any other closed-source plugin anywhere on Slashdot. Yes that includes getting your ad provides and those who advertise on the site not to use Flash (or getting new ones if they wont agree).

9.Do everything possible to prevent the site (including the ads on the site) from serving up any kind of malware. (ending the use of Flash and Flash ads will help with this since Flash is the #1 malware delivery system on the web)

10.Editors who do their job. No more stories missing a link to the actual article or with spelling mistakes everywhere.

Comment Re:If only... (Score 1) 406

Its the same on the Gigabyte motherboard I purchased about a month ago. One DVI-D port, one VGA port and one HDMI port (none of which I use since I have an NVIDIA card that also has one DVI port and one VGA port for some reason)

Comment Re:Open up your hardware then (Score 1) 152

Ummm, last I checked, AMD was second only to Intel in terms of how much they are sharing about their GPUs. Most of what they haven't shared with the guys doing the open source drivers are things they either cant share for legal reasons or thinks they intend to share as soon as everything passes the lawyers...

Comment Re:Honey coated health food (Score 2) 214

Here in Australia there is a TV show called "Good Game" that reviews games and stuff. It has a spin-off TV show called "Good Game Spawn Point" that reviews games and stuff aimed at younger gamers (so only kid-friendly games). Good Game Spawn Point ran a segment (split up over a couple of episodes) on how to build a game with Scratch (a Space Invaders clone IIRC) and it was so popular with the viewers that they brought it back and showed how to make some sort of tank game as well.

I haven't played with Scratch but I watched some of the segments and it looked perfect for introducing young kids to programming (far better than the stuff I was programming in when I was a kid)

Comment Not good Microsoft (Score 1) 458

Telling early adopters of Skylake that the only way to get updates for their system is to update to an OS that didn't even exist at the time they bought their hardware is NOT fine.

I have no problem with Microsoft saying you need Windows 10 if you have post-Windows-10 hardware. But ending windows 7/8 support for hardware released pre-Windows-10 is wrong.

More to the point, what does Skylake hardware have that makes continuing to support Windows 7/8 on it in a way that doesn't break things on older hardware a problem?

Comment The studios may not have a choice (Score 2) 106

If a TV network (free to air or pay) has spent the money to buy the local rights to a TV show, the deal they signed with the studios will generally include a clause prohibiting the studio from releasing that show via other means (such as DVDs or streaming) in that country until after the TV network has finished airing it.

I dont have any specific examples but I would be willing to bet that there are shows available on Netflix USA where the rights in other countries are held by someone else. If you can watch those shows on Netflix USA from one of those other countries, the local entity that has the rights will get annoyed with the studio (and so they should given how much they would have paid for exclusive rights)

Comment Re: How very Republucan... (Score 3, Insightful) 249

For those who complain about content geo-restrictions, look at it from the other side of the coin. If you are a TV network that has just paid up big for the rights to a new show, the last thing you want is for people to be able to get it via Netflix USA and kill your revenue (ad dollars, subscription fees, whatever)

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