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Comment Re:you have the source (Score 1) 566

I recommend you use RdRand directly. But I'm biased because RdRand is my thing.

Don't read anything into expertise. Judge the quality of the argument.

Given your answers it seems we really shouldn't be using RdRand (your thing) directly.
Because the question was:

How do you recommend people use something like RdRand to help generate random numbers assuming that it might be tampered with under the influence of someone like the NSA?

And your response:

If it's for a crypto application that you want to be defended from a possible local attack, use it directly.

And unless you can show/prove otherwise (which you haven't so far despite giving the opportunity), if a hardware random number generator is weakened by the NSA and producing bits that are not so random to the NSA (even though they appear random to others), using it directly would make cracking things far easier for the NSA than if it's output was mixed with other sources of randomness.

The issue of course is if the mixing produces numbers that are not random enough e.g. if you use AES to encrypt the whole thing and it results in a stream that's not really that random.

I'd be very interested if you can prove that the resulting stream in this case would be more guessable to the NSA than directly using the not-so-random stream from the NSA's generator

Comment Re:Can someone explain this with a car analogy? (Score 1) 128

Actually X11 is more like a Westfield kit car. It comes in pieces and you are expected to assemble it yourself. No two builds are exactly the same and the result depends heavily on the end user. Whilst performance is decent there is no warranty and there's always the chance that a problem with some minor thing you thought was inconsequential will cause it to burn to the ground.

Comment Re:I always thought Auction house is what make Dia (Score 1) 219

Meh. I think the 4 slots is fine. Yeah it sucks having to throw stuff out, but really - if you could keep every legendary you ever found, starting a new character would be no challenge at all. A maximum of 4 slots gives your new character/alt a little bit of a leg up, but you're not going to be a walking death machine right out of the blocks.

Submission + - Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference (

antdude writes: This Science Daily article mentioned "Arachnophobic Entomologists: When Two More Legs Make a Big Difference ... For some entomologists, an apparent paradox exists: Despite choosing a career working with insects, they exhibit negative feelings toward spiders which range from mild disgust to extreme arachnophobia..."

Seen in Engwinner's forum thread.

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