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Comment Re:Wikileaks link (Score 1) 463

Yet again (curse you, lameness filter):


prp76 factor: 2231124525637629443181963045297394875 (lameness filter remove this) 470510167130210300957267082210173784611
prp79 factor: 32268855342401474150182483974101012 (lameness filter remove this) 86362761128614350056368675111071170873486957

(these are factors of 719958345686847736367204386511 (lameness filter remove this) 6047229712788448020653515684 (lameness filter remove this) 330784137805088971433273011970552138 (lameness filter remove this) 960583799368215373582308591928985045059261105298431035818727)

Comment Re:Wikileaks link (Score 1) 463

And more: (filter hates long strings)
TI-84 (Plus):

prp77 factor: 67070508990537181066342707695603050521324524613874331879259881495826493920589
prp78 factor: 186923771200711284770368041572205320486346816476524340240220962467860568859381


Comment Re:Wikileaks link (Score 1) 463

Here are the keys, sorry for the long post:

TI-83 (Plus):


Comment Re:Oblig xkcd... (Score 1) 127

Also, I should also mention the fact that legislation against encryption is ridiculously counter-productive; if the feds are after someone for any good reason, and that person is a criminal, they aren't going to respect such a restriction if they're already violating more serious laws. If all they succeed in doing is reducing legitimate commercial trade in such products, they're hurting themselves but at the same time improving the market tremendously for illicit dealers (note this observation applies to drugs as well, hmm).

And guns, too, hmm?


Gravitational Currents Could Slash Fuel Needed For Space Flight 177

Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that scientists are mapping the gravitational corridors created from the complex interplay of attractive forces between planets and moons that can be used to cut the cost of journeys in space. 'Basically the idea is there are low energy pathways winding between planets and moons that would slash the amount of fuel needed to explore the solar system,' says Professor Shane Ross from Virginia Tech. 'These are free-fall pathways in space around and between gravitational bodies. Instead of falling down, like you do on Earth, you fall along these tubes.' The pathways connect Lagrange points where gravitational forces balance out. Depicted by computer graphics, the pathways look like strands of spaghetti that wrap around planetary bodies and snake between them. 'If you're in a parking orbit round the Earth, and one of them intersects your trajectory, you just need enough fuel to change your velocity and now you're on a new trajectory that is free,' says Ross. 'You could travel between the moons of Jupiter essentially for free. All you need is a little bit of fuel to do course corrections.' The Genesis spacecraft used gravitational pathways that allowed the amount of fuel carried by the probe to be cut 10-fold, but the trade off is time. While it would take a few months to get around the Jovian moon system using gravitational currents (PDF), attempting to get a free ride from Earth to Mars on the currents might take thousands of years."

Comment Re:Not impressed (Score 1) 706

Two things: Your computer is either old, or underpowered. Upgrading to 4 GB of DDR2 memory is all of $50 on newegg. Speed is likely related to that particular spec.

Secondly, you said

Microsoft has to do better if they expect people to pay for their software and OS.

and I hope you were being sarcastic. Microsoft is not obligated to "do better" than taking a "couple of hours" to do an ill-advised upgrade (ALWAYS DO A FRESH INSTALL) on an old computer, and they wouldn't even be obligated to do so if they didn't own 90-plus % of the market and have people locked in to a fixed upgrade path.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine