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Comment Re:This sounds pathetic (Score 1) 50 50

This announcement of 10Gbits to 100Gbits is not impressive .. that is a typical server connection these days.

Heck, in March the first residential 10G/10G Internet connection was delivered here in Norway from Bayonette, source via Google translate. They have a 24xGbit hub with 2x10G for expansion and instead give you a direct line. Note that it mistranslates the prices, it's 5999 NOK = $727/month for 10G, 3-400 NOK = $36-50 for 1G so I'd call it mostly a publicity stunt but for a dedicated research network it's peanuts.

Now 100 Gbit is a bit more exotic but I know "The Gathering", a 5000 people data party had a 100 Gbit Internet connection in 2011 (10x10G bonded) as a publicity stunt though they never peaked beyond 20 GBit/s actual usage. So yeah in 2015 I'd say this sounds mostly like off the shelf technology, of course getting it rolled out into actual production use is nice. But clearly this is about bandwidth to research other things, not state of the art in networking technology.

Comment Re:What algorithm/primitive? (Score 1) 94 94

Shor's algorithm only is usable with asymmetric algorithms, so AES isn't really affected. The part that is affected is only done during the handshaking process, so if the parent is right and long lived connections [1] are used, this might soften the blow somewhat.

[1]: I've wondered about a trade-off of space for CPU and having the TLS protocol negotiate a master session keystream (pretty much a sequence of interim symmetric keys that gets consumed to make session keys, and when the last one gets consumed, perform another handshake and fill up both sides with temporary keys again.) The downside is that the web server would have to store about 1-4k worth of data per machine connecting for a short amount of time, but the upside is less time for negotiations.

Comment Re:No thinking needed, actually. This is just stup (Score 1) 131 131

I saw the same shit with spam. I used to receive a lot of backscatter from some spammer using my E-mail address as a fake from address. I received a ton of threats, random DoS attacks, mailbombs, ping-floods, and a lot of stuff because various dipshits couldn't understand the basics about what an open relay was.

The more ironic thing was finding out that before the deluge happened, I got an extortion letter threatening that postmaster and other E-mail IDs on the web from the site would be used as fake originations.

So some business with the absolute bargain-basement IT staff, chock full of bargain-basement novices is going to decide if a compromised workstation the receiving department at another company is sufficient cause enough to shut that firm down? This would be like carpet-bombing an entire office building because a bank robber ducked into the building's lobby.

Here is where real/virtual separate and analogies doesn't work: It is not difficult to cover one's tracks, especially with how many botnets there are on dynamic IP address ranges.

Comment Re:But 32 bits is enough for anybody (Score 1) 210 210

It could be either agency really. In theory, the FTC can get involved in cases of false advertising (such as claiming to offer internet access when offering only a portion of the internet).

In reality though, they've been asleep at the switch for a long time, so probably it will have to be the FCC.

Agreed, A government phase-out of v4 would speed things along.

Comment Re: I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 1) 307 307

Thanks, I'll try it.

I add flavor by tossing a handful of blueberries, peaches or other fruit in and blend it. For hot days I throw in a handful of ice and use frozen fruit for a nice, chilled smoothie. I've found the plain soylent takes on the flavor of added fruit nicely.

Comment Re:Real Name Policy (Score 1) 245 245

And just to top it off, if you didn't use your real name, they would kill ALL of your linked accounts, not just Google Plus. Given all the double talk leaving people unsure of what would be acceptable at various times, and no assurance at all it wouldn't get tightened up again, there was a significant risk to using Google+.

Comment Re: They aren't revolutionizing shit. (Score 1) 307 307

keeping in mind that they intentionally engineered it to be bland. the point is it takes on the flavor of whatever you mix it with.

for me, toss some in a blender with a handful of ice and a quarter cup of fresh or frozen fruit and it makes a great smoothie. the added benefit is it is nutritionally complete.

Comment Re:For the last goddamn time (Score 1) 383 383

Drought is killing hydro. Reduced H2O levels reduce the hrs a plant can run and the capacity it can run at. This drives up the cost of hydro power. http://www.energy.ca.gov/droug...

The drought in California is decreasing hydro-generated electricity. It's a good thing that solar is increasing at a fast rate, and is in fact playing a role in making up for the hydro shortfall.

6.023 x 10 to the 23rd power alligator pears = Avocado's number