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Comment: Re:GPU Parallel processing (Score 4, Insightful) 973

by scovetta (#31765116) Attached to: How Did Wikileaks Do It?

I disagree. It's really easy to increase key sizes (2048-bit, 4096-bit...) making brute forcing exponentially harder. Adding more GPUs in linear, same as increased speed.

Weak encryption (e.g. 512-bit RSA) can be cracked, and 1024-bit in theory (last I heard), but 2048-bit is still in the "not in the forseeable future".

The only way to change this is to create better algorithms, not faster hardware.

Comment: Static Analysis, Free Scanners, Books, Help (Score 1) 195

by scovetta (#26795849) Attached to: Website Security Without Breaking the Bank?

You should probably check out some of the open source static analysis tools:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tools_for_static_code_analysis

I wrote one that deals mostly with web applications:
http://www.yasca.org/

You should also get your hands on Acunetix Free Edition, which scans for XSS:
http://www.acunetix.com/cross-site-scripting/scanner.htm

Also grab yourself a copy of Software Security by Gary McGraw and Secure Programming with Static Analyis by Brian Chess and Jacob West.

Finally, if you want to outsource an assessment on the cheap (really), send me an e-mail.

Comment: Look at Senator Ford's Record... (Score 1) 849

by scovetta (#26465633) Attached to: South Carolina Seeking To Outlaw Profanity

You can view Senator Ford's bill records at: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/members/bios/0606818109.html

2009-2010: 0 of 68 passed (of course, this one just got started)
2007-2008: 2 of 66 passed
2005-2006: 5 of 54 passed
2003-2004: 14 of 63 passed
2001-2002: 2 of 29 passed

I don't think this bill has much chance of passing.

AMD

+ - Inside AMD's Phenom Architecture

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "InformationWeek has uncovered some documentation which provides some details amid today's hype for AMD's announcement of its upcoming Phenom quad-core (previously code-named Agena). AMD's 10h architecture will be used in both the desktop Phenom and the Barcelona (Opteron) quads. The architecture supports wider floating-point units, can fully retire three long instructions per cycle, and has virtual machine optimizations. While the design is solid, Intel will still be first to market with 45nm quads (the first AMD's will be 65nm). Do you think this architecture will help AMD regain the lead in its multicore battle with Intel?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - US wants everyone else to destroy the climate too

Submitted by minuszero
minuszero (922125) writes "BBC news Is reporting on some of the changes the US wants to put in the new G8 climate texts.

Such changes include:
Striking out "climate change is speeding up and will seriously damage our common natural environment and severely weaken (the) global economy... resolute action is urgently needed in order to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions".
and "we are deeply concerned about the latest findings confirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)".

Yet, a spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environmental Quality claims "The US continues to lead the global effort on climate change."

Question is, did she mean stopping climate change, or encouraging it?"
Google

+ - Is Google making us dumber?

Submitted by
franticindustries
franticindustries writes "Does this happen to you a lot: you try to remember something, but then you give up quickly and just Google it? Google is so effective in retrieving information that our brains are telling us this information is not needed. Therefore, we're forgetting things like unit conversion, basic calculus, addresses and phone numbers. This might be an evolutionary step towards forgetting what's irrelevant and focusing on what's important; or maybe Google is just making us dumber."

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