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Comment: Ofcom (Score 5, Informative) 57

If Ofcom really want to help ham radio operators they could do more to ban or restrict power network adapters and the multitude of other gadgets that leak QRM all over the airwaves.

Bring back the Radiocommunications Agency. Ofcom is a behemoth that has its fingers in too many pies to be an effective regulator.

Comment: Re:So 1024 Bits Not Enough Now? (Score 1) 67

by leathered (#47838421) Attached to: Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

I was thinking the same, and I'm no expert in cryptography. After all have spent 12 years trying to brute-force a 72-bit key and have only managed to test 3% of the total keys. 2^1024 is such a mind-bogglingly large number the entire world's computers couldn't crack it in a billion lifetimes.

Anyway, wiki to the rescue:

As of 2003 RSA Security claims that 1024-bit RSA keys are equivalent in strength to 80-bit symmetric keys, 2048-bit RSA keys to 112-bit symmetric keys and 3072-bit RSA keys to 128-bit symmetric keys. RSA claims that 1024-bit keys are likely to become crackable some time between 2006 and 2010 and that 2048-bit keys are sufficient until 2030. An RSA key length of 3072 bits should be used if security is required beyond 2030.[6] NIST key management guidelines further suggest that 15360-bit RSA keys are equivalent in strength to 256-bit symmetric keys.

Comment: Re:The future could be all in the fabs (Score 3, Informative) 111

by leathered (#46327269) Attached to: The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

Not really, what matters most is cost, and at that ARM wins hands down. Most ARM chips cost less than $5, with some selling for pennies. Intel enjoys 60%+ margins on everything it sells and they will experience a lot of pain giving them up.

The only way Intel can compete is if they sell their mobile chips at or below cost. Oh wait, they already are.

+ - Fatwa forbids Muslims from traveling to Mars-> 2

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "The Khaleej Times of Dubai reports that a fatwa committee has forbidden Muslims from taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet. At the moment, there is no technology available that would allow for a return trip from Mars, so it is truly a one-way ticket for the colonists, who may also become reality TV stars in the process. The committee of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates that issued the fatwa against such a journey doesn't have anything against space exploration,Elon Musk's Mars visions, or anything like that. Rather, the religious leaders argue that making the trip would be tantamount to committing suicide, which all religions tend to frown upon.

Professor Farooq Hamada, who presided over the committee, explained, "Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." Hundreds of Saudis and other Arabs have applied to Mars One, and the committee suspects some may be interested in the trip "for escaping punishment or standing before Almighty Allah for judgment," according to the Khaleej Times.

The committee stood firm in its belief that this approach would be a waste of time and one very long trip: "This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything.""

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Comment: Re:I believe that this is best described (Score 1) 888

by leathered (#46247171) Attached to: Star Trek Economics

Indeed. I've always found the Star Trek universe to be a poor imagination of a post-scarcity society. The Culture books do it so much better, especially with their interactions with less advanced civilisations. Starfleet would have been a much more interesting organisation if they had their own 'Special Circumstances' department.

Comment: Re:Non-free Nvidia driver already at 4.4 (Score -1, Flamebait) 100

The real embarrassment is that Windows is already up to 8.1, while the Linux kernel is only at 3.1

If my math is correct that's a whole 5 metric torvalds* better.

Get your shit together Linux!

*I think MS still use imperial ballmers, but I'm not sure.

Comment: Re:How about Ceramic Engines ? (Score 1) 368

by leathered (#45888437) Attached to: Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

The chief reason why ceramic engine doesn't make it into the mainstream despite having had under research since the 1970's is that the friction in between the piston ring and the wall of the bore itself result in the wearoff of the ceramic material in the form of a pile up of fine ceramic dust inside the chamber.

Interesting. I appreciate the reason for not having ceramic cylinders bores, but why haven't ceramic cylinder heads and pistons been implemented? Surely a 'semi-ceramic' engine is feasible?

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.