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Comment: Hardly the father...! (Score 1) 47

by mlauzon (#48572825) Attached to: Ralph H. Baer, a Father of Video Gaming, Dies At 92
Hardly the 'father of video games', seeing as how:

Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device (1947), Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann.

Chess (1947–1958), Alan Turing and Dietrich Prinz.

Bertie the Brain (1950), Dr. Josef Kates.

Nim (1951), Ferranti.

Strachey's Draughts Program (1951), Christopher Strachey.

OXO / Noughts and Crosses (1952), Alexander S. Douglas.

Tennis for Two (1958), William Higinbotham.

Mouse in the Maze, Tic-Tac-Toe (1959)

Spacewar! (1961), Martin Graetz, Steve Russell, and Wayne Wiitanen.

Odyssey (1966), Ralph H. Baer.

As you can see, Baer doesn't show up until the mid-60s, so he's not the father!

+ - VeraCrypt a Worthy TrueCrypt Alternative->

Submitted by mlauzon
mlauzon (818714) writes "The following is taken from the article "VeraCrypt a Worthy TrueCrypt Alternative" and interviews the creator of VeraCrypt, now to be honest, it's not an in-depth interview or review, but at least it's a start and shows where VeraCrypt is headed:

A fork of TrueCrypt's code, VeraCrypt strengthens the open source encryption software's transformation process and addresses other weaknesses.

If you're reluctant to continue using TrueCrypt now that the open source encryption project has been abandoned, and you don't want to wait for the CipherShed fork to mature, one alternative that's well worth investigating is VeraCrypt.

VeraCrypt is also a fork of the original TrueCrypt code, and it was launched in June 2013. IT security consultant Mounir Idrassi, who is based in France, runs the project and is its main contributor.

Idrassi's motivation for developing VeraCrypt stems back to 2012 when he was asked to integrate TrueCrypt with a client's product. Before doing this he carried out a security audit of the code and discovered some issues. "There were no big problems, no backdoors or anything like that. But there were some small things, so we decided to start VeraCrypt," he said."

Link to Original Source

Comment: This is because.... (Score 4, Insightful) 140

'...time and time again, federal agencies like the FCC ignore what the public says it wants and side with the parties actually being regulated...' This is because the FCC -- just like the CRTC here in Canada -- are run by former employees of the companies, and will side with their former employer every time, as they'd rather help them than the public at large. It boils down to conflict of interest, but nothing is ever done about it.

Comment: 'Habitable Zone' Bull***t (Score 2) 48

by mlauzon (#45141357) Attached to: First 'Habitable Zone' Galactic Bulge Exoplanet Found
Just because our planet is a certain distance away from the sun and supports life, doesn't mean that every planet has to be in the exact same place in other systems to support life. Also, there is no way that all life in the universe is going to be carbon, there are going to be silicon beings out there, and who knows, maybe even things more exotic!

UFOs are for real: the Air Force doesn't exist.

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