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Comment Re:Crap, crap, crap (Score 1) 172

>> However, even if the hackers got the algorithms for how that works it still wouldn't help them because the algorithm again uses a set of private data (keys) for each installation. The hackers would have to get that data along with the algorithm they presumably have now.

True enough ... but people do dumb/lazy/forgetful things with key files all the time. They have to traverse it from one server to another etc. and leave a copy on a desktop, file share or the like (they intended to delete it when they were done, but some other thing came up and got their attention). Maybe they use a copy of production in a lower-security environment (test/dev). Happens all the time.

Comment A few points to consider (Score 1) 492

1) If you are a security researcher, do you want to win/pwn the MacBook Air or some random brand Winders notebook? To me, the Mac is the bigger/more fun target in an event like this.

2) From TFA: *He said the creation of a reliable exploit was “much more difficult” than finding the vulnerability.'*
Yes, Macs are not safe, but the crack was also not trivial. Something tells me they didn't come up with it on the spot.

3) From TFA: *Bekrar said VUPEN plans to hit Internet Explorer 8 on 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1) later in the contest.*
Well, we can see where they focused first.

4) 'Mac goes down first' is a much cooler headline than 'Sec. team puts all their effort into cracking Mac first, Will try Windows next'

Comment Re:Will the Bible be next? (Score 1) 764

Yes, there are such stories in the Bible. What level of detail do they rise to? I haven't read the stories referred to in TFA (and don't want to), but my guess is they are a little more detailed than the instances referred to in the Bible ... and yes, that does make a difference for many people. Also, what light those acts are painted in is relevant.

Keep in mind that the Bible *recounts what happened* and what happened to those people subsequently... with the intent that we learn correct behavior for ourselves as a result. It is a history and not fiction. For someone to write fiction about such acts, they have to dwell on them a bit in their mind and dream it all up to be able to write it down ... is that a pleasant/ good thing? Not IMHO.

Granted, some will posit that the Bible is fictional ... not my conviction.

Comment Interesting how ... (Score 1) 764

Censorship seems to have become a bad word. Censorship can be good or bad. We use Netflix parental controls to 'censor' what our children might be exposed to ... intentionally or inadvertently. I (amongst others), see that as sound parenting practice, others may not. You could argue whether or not amazon removing a product is even 'censorship'. To some it is good, to some it is bad. If your tax money were running Amazon, then you might have a real complaint. As it is, vote with your feet and/or your money.

If you really have the need for books about incest and pedophilia, go buy them from whomever sells them. If you want Amazon ( or Borders or your library or whomever) to carry them, request it from them. I don't, so I'm fine with this [apparently evil] form of censorship.

Maybe their method for review/censor is over-simplistic or just plain inconsistent. But their choice of what they sell is just that ... their choice. As is your choice yours on where and what to buy.

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Meet NELL, the Computer That Learns From the Net 272

bossanovalithium writes "Carnegie Mellon University has taught a computer how to read and learn from the internet. According to Dennis Baron at the Oxford University press blog, the computer is called NELL and it is reading the internet and learning from it in much the same way that humans learn language and acquire knowledge. Basically by soaking it all up and figuring it out. NELL is short for Never Ending Language Learner and apparently it is getting brainier every day."

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