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Comment: Re:Riiiiiight (Score 1) 481

by t3sser4ct (#35774900) Attached to: FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO
Here's the text from the PDF of the actual memo:

TO: DIRECTOR, FBI
FROM: GUY HOTTEL, SAC, WASHINGTON
SUBJECT: FLYING SAUCERS INFORMATION CONCERNING
DATE: March 22, 1950

The following information was furnished to SA [REDACTED]

An investigator for the Air Forces stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.

According to Mr. [redacted] informant, the saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the Government has a very high-powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers.

No further evaluation was attempted by the SA [REDACTED] concerning the above.

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Comment: Here's an idea (Score 1) 409

by t3sser4ct (#35149934) Attached to: Are You Sure SHA-1+Salt Is Enough For Passwords?
I've always wanted to experiment with this, but I've never tried it. If you're using something open like PHP, recompile the binaries with your own modifications to the md5() algorithm (or whichever function you're using). It doesn't have to be anything significant, but changing a few constants or routines and/or hard-coding a salt would make it pretty much impossible for someone to successfully attack the hashes without first realizing your trick, getting access to the binary, and reversing it.

Comment: Re:Assange also claimed a poison pill if arrested (Score 2) 467

by t3sser4ct (#34599880) Attached to: Bank of America Cuts Off Wikileaks Transactions

Assange also claimed he had a "poison pill" file he'd release if he were arrested.

No he didn't. I challenge you to find a single quote from him saying anything even remotely like that. All the "poison pill" stuff has been speculation by commentators and pundits regarding the insurance.aes256 file - but Assange hasn't said one word about what that file is or what anyone might do with it.

Direct quote from Assange himself:

The Cable Gate archive has been spread, along with significant material from the US and other countries to over 100,000 people in encrypted form. If something happens to us, the key parts will be released automatically.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2010/dec/03/julian-assange-wikileaks (last answer)

Granted, he didn't mention insurance.aes256 directly, but I'm not aware of any other encrypted archives being distributed on such a large scale, so I can't imagine what else he could be referring to. Also note that he said "if something happens to us," not "if something happens to me."

Comment: This is upsetting. (Score 1) 762

by t3sser4ct (#34593374) Attached to: Stargate Universe Cancelled
I was a fan of SG-1, and I enjoyed it for (almost) the entire run. Atlantis wasn't so great, but I watched it anyway. When SGU aired, I was a little disappointed at first, thinking it was just a mix between Atlantis and BSG. (And maybe that's all it is anyway...) That said, after a rough beginning, I really started enjoying the show, and I was hooked by the end of the first season. Now we're well into the second season and things are starting to get even more interesting (control of the ship, new interesting aliens, Destiny's mission). I feel like the show is breaking new ground where SG-1 and Atlantis stagnated, and there is a lot of exciting potential. I don't really understand why so many fans turned against SGU. It's a different format, given, and there are some sappy moments, but in all, I think the good elements outweigh the bad, and there is a lot of potential. SGU is a great sci-fi series, and apparently that means it's destined to be canned.

I really hope someone else picks up SGU. SyFy is dead to me. (FWIW, I watch exclusively on Hulu.)

Comment: Re:Not just typo (Score 0, Offtopic) 72

by t3sser4ct (#27775341) Attached to: Google Planning To Serve "High Quality News" Passively

Why not use that tag for something useful that can aid in searching articles and what not. Pedantic bastards.

I think having such technical tags such as "typoinsummary" can be handy for analysis. It's kind of hard to think of an example right now, but it seems to me that being able to search through thousands of summaries and instantly identifying which of them contains (or contained) an error could indeed be useful in some cases.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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