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Comment: Re:The Government Should Continue Investigating (Score 1) 112

by DickBreath (#49545641) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger
> I don't see them getting out of the NBC obligations

I didn't expect to see a lot of things earlier in my life.

But Corruption. And Congress.

Believe me, anything could happen if the right palms are greased and enough grease is used. Simply not pushing the merger any further may avoid scrutiny into how they already may not be honoring those obligations.

Comment: Free speech and trigger warnings, take a pick (Score 4, Insightful) 114

Were it not for the first amendment, there's no doubt in my mind that the people yelling "triggering!" at Christina Hoff Sommers at Oberlin would have sought her prosecution under a law like this. There is a not so fine line that many ignore between opposing cyberbullying and coddling pathetic little weaklings who simply cannot stomach the idea that there are people who hold different, maybe even offensive, views. My view as a free speech partisan is that "safe spaces" need to be smashed as aggressively as the concept of "free speech zones." If someone simply will not leave you alone, that's harassment and warrants a basic sanction under the law. However, no one has a right to not be annoyed or hear things upsetting to them. We as a society should be utterly intolerant of people who expect to be protected from such things. It should be a mark of scorn and shame to be that thin-skinned and publicly notorious for being so.

Ireland is risking a very serious mistake that will hollow out much of its claim to being an open and democratic society if this is passed.

Comment: Re:The Government Should Continue Investigating (Score 1) 112

by DickBreath (#49544641) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger
May I remind you that NBC made those promises as a condition of acquiring Universal. So Comcast can claim, sort of with a straight face, suppressing involuntary evil laughter, that Comcast shouldn't be held to NBC's promises. Alternately, Comcast can say that NBC made those promises in an earlier financial Quarter, even an earlier fiscal year, and therefore should not be held to them. Or finally, Comcast can say, here's a 'campaign contribution' now go investigate something else like Net Neutrality or finding a way to siphon some of Google's money our way.

Comment: Comcast and Time Warner, a match made in . . . (Score 5, Funny) 112

by DickBreath (#49544543) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger
It is truly sad that we will be deprived of Time Warner getting the Customer Service that Comcast is (in)famous for, while at the same time Comcast getting the forward looking understanding of technology that Time Warner, a copyright focused company would have brought to the relationship.

Comment: Re:We can learn from this (Score 2) 163

I was born in East-Germany, where people did a pacific revolution to free themselves from a dictatorship.

Small vocabulary lesson: although in theory the word pacific and peaceful mean the same thing, in reality English speakers would not use the word pacific in that way. Because if you say pacific, people think you're talking about the big ocean. So you'd wanna say peaceful revolution or bloodless revolution. Hope this helped ;)

Comment: Re:Lottery by computer? ROFL (Score 1) 342

by DickBreath (#49487235) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
While encrypted psuedo random is a more complex function, it is still PSUEDO random not real random. Future output is a function (now a more complex function) of past output.

Not only the secret key must be kept secret, but the seed (either current or original) must be kept secret.

If the attacker knows the algorithm, which they might, then they may be able to analyze the output. If they know the seed, then the problem becomes one of a known-plaintext attack upon the encryption algorithm. If they know the encryption key, it becomes a matter of finding a seed that generates some known pre-encryption output of the psuedo random algorithm.

We could go back and forth about the practicality and difficulty of such attacks. But switching from psuedo to true random eliminates that entire discussion.

Your $10 webcam + lens cap is a good idea BTW. Or other similar ideas of using various sensors to capture random noise. Just hope the noise really is random. Also, a $10 webcam without a lens cap, pointed at something, like a busy street, might also be a source of randomness in the pixel data.

Comment: State recognition of religion is constitutional (Score 1, Troll) 700

by MikeRT (#49478015) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

I'm a Christian as well. The state recognizing other religions is fine with me and most conservative Christians I know. Their existence and lawful activity is a fact of American life. I have no problem with the state recognizing other religions equally in this capacity because religion is a major part of public life and ignoring it is in fact giving favoritism to atheism, not neutrality.

I also think Scientology should not be recognized as a religion because there is a documentation trail showing that it was deliberately created as a fraud by Hubbard. To my knowledge, no other religion in the US can be accused of that. That is a legitimate basis for the state not granting it protection under the first amendment.

Comment: Re:Lottery by computer? ROFL (Score 1) 342

by DickBreath (#49470955) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
How about a bunch of dice in a box with a shaker, a camera, and purpose built OCR software to identify the numbers on the dice.

Instead of a dice, one could use a coin. Now generate me a 4096 bit random number. :-)

Oh, you did say computers needed special hardware in order to not be psuedorandom.

Comment: I like the logic described in the summary (Score 1) 342

by DickBreath (#49470891) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket
We suspect the cookie jar was robbed. I think Joe put his hand in the cookie jar. Five total people including Joe had access to the cookie jar. The other four will testify, pass a polygraph, psychic mumbo jumbo, whatever, that they did not put their hand into the cookie jar. Thus, it MUST have been Joe!

Comment: Why store the patient's Age instead of Birth Date? (Score 3, Insightful) 184

If physicians have to keep updating the patient's age, then something is wrong. But good news! We have these new fangled things called computers! These computers can calculate the patient's age on the screen at the time the record was entered (by doing this patented new thing called date subtraction to get number of days and thus the age!).

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