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Comment Simtec "Entropy Key" also does quantum RNG (Score 4, Interesting) 326

A while back, the Simtec Entropy Key was making the rounds among Debian Devs, and claims to be exploiting quantum effects in the P-N junctions to be a true RNG.

They seem serious and I tend to trust paranoid Debian developers' opinions, but ultimately I don't have enough knowledge myself to make a confident judgment call. I'd be curious about more opinions.

Comment Other things Slashdotters would agree with (Score 1) 2247

"Cuts of this scale will also be accomplished by a Paul Presidency abolishing the Transportation Security Administration and returning responsibility for security to private property owners, abolishing corporate subsidies, stopping foreign aid, ending foreign wars, and returning most other spending to 2006 levels."
Source, his campaign website

I'll scream bloody murder for abolishing the Dept of Education and Energy, but I can see where Ron Paul-supporters are coming from.

Comment Still more interesting than Facebook (Score 1) 519

As others have commented, Facebook probably has less than 40% active users. But that's not what keeps me on G+.

I use it as a sort of augmented twitter, Following a bunch of science bloggers I find interesting (Shared Circle). It started out as a small list from Maggie Koerth-Baker, the science blogger at BoingBoing, and slowly accumulated more people through recommendations (network effect!).

Nowadays, Facebook is for the silly friends' stuff, but G+ is slowly turning into a major science news source populated by authors I respect.

Comment Re:This is what easy over safe design gets ya (Score 1) 205

I really, really hate what Gigabyte does with their BIOSes, considering their BIOS backed itself up on the end on some of my disks, changed the OS-visible size of the disk using Host Protected Area (HPA), squashing the mdraid metadata that was happily living there.

By the time I understood what was happening, I had had 3 of my 6 RAID disks screwed, as I had swapped the disks around ignorantly thinking it was some controller error.

That feature was not advertised, and that version of the BIOS had a bug where this feature didn't properly detect which disks it could accomplish this on (it only looked for NTFS/VFAT partitions, natch) and could not be disabled. While I can understand the purpose and usefulness of the feature, releasing with such a bug has made me swear off Gigabyte.

For the reference, it was a GA-P35-DS3, with BIOS F12.

Comment Marlinspike's approach (Score 5, Interesting) 163

Marlinspike's approach, implemented in a Firefox extension presented at DefCon '11, is to do away with the notion of CAs altogether in SSL, replacing it with a distributed network that reports on the certificate they see. Basically, if the certificate you see agrees with the rest of the network, then you're not being spoofed.

He had previously explained the properties a replacement to the CA system had to demonstrate in order to be viable

Comment breaks HDCP, not AACS (Score 5, Insightful) 1066

People are confusing this master key that breaks HDCP, saying it can help decrypt Blu-Ray discs. That's not the case: Blu-Ray is encrypted with AACS, which has a similar concept of device keys derived by a master key. AACS has a mechanism of revoking compromised device keys. Getting the AACS master key would bypass that mechanism, and would be great news.

This key isn't the AACS master key This is an HDCP key, which would allow one to create a "unauthorized" device that can connect to HDCP-encrypted HDMI and succesfully decrypt the HD stream.

HDCP has been known to be nearly broken since 2001, in that obtaining the device keys of 40-50 devices is enough to calculate the master key.

Comment donation of HDTVs? (Score 2, Funny) 225

plus a donation of all of the offending HDTV's that were using BusyBox

Huh, WDE has to give away their HDTVs? Where do I sign up?

To clear things up a little, from TFA:

SFC has also secured the right to compel Westinghouse to hand over all unsold products loaded with BusyBox for donation to charity.

That sounds cool, but the cynic in me believes that won't happen for a variety of reasons ("we don't have any unsold products! The last ones went on eBay for 1$ each!")

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