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Comment Someone forgot to tell Apple. (Score 2) 242

Someone forgot to tell Apple that they're not hashable... because that's how they're storing them.

But then, you don't use them as a key to encrypt, you use them to *verify* that you are you. This takes care of dumb people trying to break into your phone. The smart ones just open up the phone and try to read the flash and security EEPROM directly.

Comment Cost... and charging... (Score 2) 688

The big thing is cost (which will go down over time with improvements in battery technology), but you also have to figure out charging as well.

The Tesla Model S has a 85 kWh battery bank. The average price for power is 10 cents per kWH in Maryland (even solar). So that's $1.20 to "fill up the tank" in raw power alone. Plus, it's not a quick fill-up.

That's not economical for a gas station. A rest stop or a restaurant (even a Royal Farm)? Drop in the bucket. So you'll have to dot rest stops with charging stations, seating and a lunch counter all over the place.... instead of gas stations. Well, that's a shift in thinking. And something the gas/oil companies aren't ready for.

Comment Article got it wrong (Score 5, Informative) 101

Almost all the reports are getting the gist of the paper wrong -- any press summation that doesn't go into the paper to understand it will get it wrong. The paper goes into deep detail that Apple has several services that, while protected by several layers of security that could be bypassed, can transfer data in the clear. There are also several services that don't have any obvious connecting software.

It's a rather deep hacker-style dive into iOS.

A good video about this is by TWiT Network. At Security Now ep 465 has expert Steve Gibson explain the actual paper.

Comment The commits are funny into themselves. (Score 4, Informative) 379

A Tumblr site popped up a few days ago called OpenSSL Valhalla Rampage. The blogger there is going through all the commits and posting the juicy funny comments there. This includes killing... and rekilling... VMS support (which reminds me of Maxim 37: there is no such thing as overkill...), stripping out now-stupid abstractions and optimizations of the unoptimizables, and more.

Comment Or, free Mathematica with $35 purchase of a Pi* (Score 2) 99

An offer of over $300 in value! Get yours now!

* Based on purchase of a Model B from direct authorized sellers. Does not include shipping or purchase at authorized resellers. Must be run from a Raspbery Pi computer board. Storage, display, keyboard, mouse, and power supply not included. Model A does not include Ethernet.

Submission + - Hyperloop's Math just doesn't add up (

strredwolf writes: Elon Musk's Hyperloop looks like a winner on the face of things... but if you get down to the details, you'll find that the math just doesn't add up in comparison to California's High Speed Rail. Hyperloop's only 10% capacity of HSR and can't run every 30 seconds safely... and the construction and location details leave much to be desired.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead