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Comment Re:Can you work with an image? (Score 0) 364

The encryption keys and protection mechanism are hardware based, not software based. The bytes in storage are useless without the phone's exact hardware. Unless they try and brute force the encryption. How many millions of years would that take?

There is only a 4 digit pin, which means it only has 10,000 passwords to try. If you have hardware access, then you control the storage, RAM, etc. No excuse why a lab could not image the drive bit by bit and just try combinations until the correct one is found. Even if it is set to self-destruct after 10 tries, loading up the storage image basically resets the clock. Tedious perhaps, but not impossible and won't take till the end of the time to crack such an easy code. Is there something more to the phone that isn't being published out to the public?

Comment Re:Actually.. (Score 2) 227

Notably absent among the services to provide The Interview is Apple.

Actually, most notably not in the list is Netflix. The number one streaming service on the planet doesn't have it. That's the big story here.

I agree, none of the streaming services will have it (Netflix, Hulu, etc) So I expect that the piratebay + clones will have this after the first person to purchase it.

Comment Re:Not for MtGox but kinda agree (Score 0) 81

If they are sending out more funds for withdraws than bringing in for total sales and commission then yes they are now running a Ponzi scheme. They now have less funds to give back out than what was given to them, people at the top of the scheme cash out, people at the bottom are left holding the digital poo of bitcoin. To try and prevent a mass exodus or lawsuits, they delay all withdraws until they have enough to satisfy the loudest complainers first that had the most to lose. Everyone else with a small amount will never get their funds back unfortunately.

Comment Re:Purchased 4 so far (Score 1) 246

Have several Raspberry Pi setup as digital currency servers for Timekoin. Rock solid uptime, low power usage, quick and easy using the pre-made image for them. Also have some that have replaced DHCP servers, File Servers, and Database Servers. Low power, fast enough for the task, low cost is a plus also.

Submission + - Edward Snowden Pardon Petition Reaches over 100,000 Signatures (whitehouse.gov)

KnightMB writes: The Petition at Whitehouse.gov has finally reached the goal of 100,000 signatures with thousands to spare at the time of this writing. It will now be up to the Obama Administration to respond to the petition in what would certainly be a bizarre situation where Snowden is being charge Espionage and Theft. A Petition that calls for his safe return to the US without having to face such charges is probably not the subject the Administration will be comfortable answering.

Comment Re:You're not kidding (Score 1) 583

I haven't analyzed it but I bet a lot of people have. Nobody's published a flaw yet.

I thought the one I brought up years ago would still be there, but I'll have to go back and check. I found a flaw I called "reverse time attack" which I believe to this day, each version of bitcoin still has to patch each release for. It may have been lost in the site transactions, forum transitions, but if the information has become lost over time, then I need to post it up in a more permanent place as to this day no solution exist yet.

As promised, I've put all the information into one place. Find the information about the flaw here: Bitcoin Reverse Time Attack

Comment Re:You're not kidding (Score 1) 583

I haven't analyzed it but I bet a lot of people have. Nobody's published a flaw yet.

I thought the one I brought up years ago would still be there, but I'll have to go back and check. I found a flaw I called "reverse time attack" which I believe to this day, each version of bitcoin still has to patch each release for. It may have been lost in the site transactions, forum transitions, but if the information has become lost over time, then I need to post it up in a more permanent place as to this day no solution exist yet.

Comment Re:Ignore Bitcoin (Score 2) 312

Go Litecoin, or Namecoin, or something else that will become a competitor to Bitcoin.

In the end, it's all virtual currency anyways, even the US Dollar (which is a fiat currency, and thus essentially virtual.)

Add Timekoin in there as well. It takes a total opposite approach to digital currency that minimizes CPU usage while providing a lot better protection than Bitcoin in terms of double spending and wild spikes in prices.

Comment Another Options for Those that want to stop (Score 1) 350

I can see this is a good option for those that really want to stop drinking. But.... drinking is a twisted cocktail of the poison alcohol and the feelings that go with it (or lack of perhaps, the numbing) that keep people drinking. So this may be the push that people trying to quit need. If the just the drinking makes you feel sick enough to not want to drink anymore, more power to them! It may not be a perfect solution for those trying to stop, but at least it is another option. I just hope the vaccine itself is not so expensive as to make it only available to the wealthy to use.

Comment It is a good alternative to Microsoft Office (Score 3, Insightful) 361

I've not gone back to Microsoft Office since switching to the Open Office (and other open source office apps) for nearly 10 years now and not one day do I miss it. I've helped many business and people switch to it. Whatever proprietary features that are needed in Microsoft Office, at least in my experience, is too minimal to justify the extra cost when a little bit of googling can basically make Open Office (or Libre Office) do whatever you want it to do. There are even some things that I can't do in Microsoft Office and had to use Open Office for (including repairing damaged Microsoft Office files). So to each their own, if you need the features of Microsoft Office, more power to you. I'm sure many here though will chime in that for the majority of users, Open or Libre Office have 99% of what the typical user needs.

Comment Re:Not really about Bitcoin (Score 1) 327

It might be the case that this Ponzi scheme couldn't have been conducted using (say) US$ because of financial regulation. Lack of financial regulation attracts some people to Bitcoin -- but look how it can bite.

The currency used does not matter. Being digital currency or real $$, Ponzi schemes still happen all the time. The latest large Ponzi just blew up a few weeks ago that used real money to the tune of a $600 million collapse. Here is just a recent story about it. http://myfox8.com/2012/08/17/62643/

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 4, Informative) 195

So Navy's of tomorrow will have their ships covered in mirrors. Now, someone tell me why this won't work... because it seems like a really obvious way to divert a laser beam.

Because a mirror does not reflect 100% of the energy, some will be absorbed, thus the laser will eventually burn through it. Super efficient mirrors are easy counter anyway, just lob some "buckshot" at the target to shatter the mirrors, then burn the ship up with the laser :-)

Comment Have him/her sign off after your training (Score 5, Interesting) 290

Be fair of course in how you word it, but nothing speaks better than "I showed the new Admin X,Y,Z and he knows how to do X,Y,Z; here the signature to prove it". I know you are trying to avoid a new Admin coming in and then complaining about how the previous guy didn't know what the hell he was doing. Happens to everyone I'm afraid, but at least have your bases covered for what any replacement needs to know to operate in your permanent absence. It will also discourage the new admin from making any drama scenes with his/her new boss when he/she knows you have something in writing that is suppose to demonstrate/validate his/her new skills in the position. Other than that, don't burn any bridges, try to be helpful to the new Admin, when you have the free time, but don't go out your way and sacrifice your new job to help a struggling admin who might be in over his head due to fluffing up the resume.

Submission + - SPAM: How big stuff is

An anonymous reader writes: This is an interesting tool to assist understanding the relative size of things in the known universe.
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