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Comment THIS IS A GREAT IDEA! (Score 0, Flamebait) 168

Please move to the most obscure and unreviewed encryption algorithms that you can, and do it as fast as possible. By no means should you ever use the exact same encryption standards that are approved for use for securing the big-bad-evil U.S. government's own top-secret data. Remember, the only cryptographic systems with any flaws are the ones that were developed by non-US citizens and reviewed in a public process that might have tangentially involved the NSA. Oh, and nobody, we mean nobody, else could ever weaken or backdoor a cryptographic algorithm.
        -- Your friends at the NSA ... uh .. I mean "anti-government hippy commune"

Comment Sorry, We'll fix it! (Score -1, Flamebait) 117

Unfortunately they're haven't been all those Category 6 Hurricanes* that have destroyed the entire Eastern Seaboard because someone used a car and didn't pay for the approved religious indulgence... uh I mean "carbon tax".

The lack of hurricanes just proves that all the climate models are completely accurate because it's been proven that non-disaster weather is just random variability but 100% of any disaster weather is solely due to global warming.

Fortunately, the models that predicted a complete lack of polar ice in 2013 were completely correct... or else we'll say they were "within the margin of error".

Now can we get back to talking about the apocalypse and how any engineering projects that don't move industry to China where there zero pollution controls should be outlawed in the name of the environment?

* Al Gore says that SOME PEOPLE told him there should be a Cat 6, but he was careful not to go out of his way to expressly endorse that point when he publicly repeated it over and over again.

Comment Re:Bouncing never should have been patentable (Score 2, Interesting) 100

Yeah so all icons and user displays since the dawn of computing are fundamentally underdamped second order systems and bounce has been an inherent property of all those systems... or not.

Guess what: almost everything can be described mathematically to some degree, and, by definition, absolutely everything obeys the laws of physics. That doesn't mean that everything *is* math or *is* the laws of physics though. By your definition, the only things that should receive patents are things that can't exist... (Yes, I am aware that this idea is appealing to some elements of the Slashdot "intelligentsia")

I'm not saying that this bounce patent should have been granted, but not on the rather thin grounds that it happens to include a graphical representation of an action that isn't contradictory to the laws of physics. Instead, it would be based on the fact that other user interfaces in the past also incorporated similar animation and feedback patterns.

Comment Re:BTW... (Score 0) 166

No, my sig is basically saying that the Patron Saint of Global Warming's actions belie his public propaganda.

You see, it's not that *I* don't believe in global warming, it's that Al Gore really doesn't believe in it either*.

* Oh, he believes in it as a profit-opportunity, but despite his rhetoric he doesn't think the apocalypse is upon us.

Comment BTW... (Score 1) 166

Since the Ivy-bridge random number generator is supposedly "unauditable" how are these researchers able to prove anything about re-doping a black box design? Shouldn't they just look at it and spot the massive array of transistors that spells out "NSA BACKDOOR UNIT" instead of having to worry about all this subterfuge?

Comment Fascinating... (Score 1, Insightful) 166

So all the NSA needs to do is kidnap your chip, microscopically re-dope it, and shove it back in your computer without you noticing!

Phew... I'm glad there are absolutely no other simpler ways for the NSA to spy on us other than re-doping chips! I'll just superglue mine into the socket so I know I'm safe.

Comment OPEN SOURCE GPU DRIVERS!!! (Score 5, Insightful) 68

It turns out that Bay Trail has some very solid performance numbers and that the power consumption is very good too, but frankly, you can get similar results from high-end ARM SoCs.

What you can't get, however, are 100% GLPd GPU drivers that are already in the mainline Linux kernel. THANK YOU INTEL and I hope this is a wakeup call to the ARM vendors that the days of crappy, unsupported binary blobs are hopefully coming to an end.

Comment Re:to bad intel sucks in some ways (Score -1, Flamebait) 75

4670K: $229 Proof: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899
A10: $149 Proof: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113331

Even if the 4670K was twice the price.. .and it's not... the CPU is just a fraction of the total system price, so the delta gets even smaller.

You never owned a 4670K, and frankly given how well Intel supports its drivers under Linux, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want you doing anything that involves computers if you can't get a simple Linux installation running.. but then again, since you're lying, you never did any of those things anway.

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