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Comment Re:Peer review? (Score 2, Insightful) 208

'We cheat. We get to read what [academics] publish. We do not publish what we research,'

That's all well and good for cryptanalysis, which is more or less provable, but for new encryption algorithms the more eyes you have looking at your algorithm the more certain you can be of its strengths. Not letting people look at your encryption algorithms seems to be relying on security through obscurity.

It isn't about security through obscurity. They are cheating because they get ideas from the academics but don't have to return the favor. It becomes a pull relationship and ignores the push.

Think of it this way (with made up stats), NSA has 40% of all available industry resources and ideas, while the academics have the remaining 60%. So, while the NSA only has 40% but gets to view 100%, while academics have 60% but are stuck at 60%. If you use your position of power to use all available resources, even ones that are not yours without allowing others access to your resources, then that is cheating.

Comment Re:I could have told you that. (Score 1) 938

I have a similar story, except I went to my father after getting beat up. His response astonished me..."do you know how to hit?" I was floored. I expected my father, a fine Christian man, to tell me to just simply ignore the bully, to turn the other cheek. Nope, he gave me a five minute lesson on punching and he went back to work. I only hit that bully one time and never had another problem in that group of friends ever again.

A few years after this we were playing football (American) and one of the older boys didn't like that I was better than him. The fact that my family's income was orders of magnitude less than his didn't make this easier for him (he was raise to think he's the best at everything). So he started leading his team in chants about killing me and other various things, trying to get the rest of the team to kill me no matter which way the ball went. So every time I touched the ball I ran straight at him trying my hardest to run him over. He quickly stopped leading the chants and sending his thugs after me after he got thumped a few times. After that, I just ran away from him...usually past him for a touchdown. The only way he could claim victory was by trying to get everyone to quit with him...didn't work.

Third and final story. So I'm playing basketball at the gym at Purdue University. A guy on the other team was a major cock who thought he was all that and a little more and enjoyed telling everyone that he was an awesome player. During the game he led a fastbreak and almost dunked, but his team ended up losing just barely. Trying to show that his team's failure was not his fault, after the game he does a one-handed dunk. I grab a ball, and do the same thing. He then does a two-handed dunk...I do the same. It's now a classic pissing contest. He then tries to do a two-handed reverse dunk and completely makes a hash of it...I calmly grab his brick and do a perfect two-handed reverse dunk. Everyone laughed him off the court. I have never been able to repeat those dunks ever again. I only pulled those dunks off because of my momentary hatred of this guy that thought he was better than everyone else.

Mind you, these are basically just examples of the classic knuckle dragging bully. They usually just need one quick knock on the head (in whatever way is needed) and they go away. Simple directed aggression (not always violence) works wonders. If they cannot assume a position of power, they will leave to find a simpler target.


Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video 266

longacre writes "An amateur video of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion has been made public for the first time. The Florida man who filmed it from his front yard on his new Betamax camcorder turned the tape over to an educational organization a week before he died this past December. The Space Exploration Archive has since published the video into the public domain in time for the 24th anniversary of the catastrophe. Despite being shot from about 70 miles from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle and the explosion can be seen quite clearly. It is unclear why he never shared the footage with NASA or the media. NASA officials say they were not aware of the video, but are interested in examining it now that it has been made available."

Comment Re:Staying with Paper (Score 1) 348

The interviewer in the linked CNBC video agrees with your initial thought. She stated, "I'm glad I went to college when I did. I love the smell of my books."

My question is this. If you were in college right now, would you rather have the eReader version that makes all your highlights and books safe, or the paper version? You've already highlighted many of the pluses of the eReader version, but do the following pros outweigh them? Being able to buy and sell the used version of a book (lower capital investment, and greater potential percentage resale price). Being able to lend someone a book without lending them your whole book collection.

Comment Re:Virtualization to the rescue! (Score 1) 393

Unfortunately a lot of the hardware out there doesn't have VT technology which is a prerequisite for Virtual PC. MS would like to keep a 100% MS solution.

A friend of mine working for LargeCompany couldn't use the company's VPN tech because it only supported 32-bit versions of windows. Wanting to use Virtual PC on his brand new laptop, he purchased and installed Windows 7 Ultimate only to find Virtual PC wouldn't run without VT. After his struggles he asked for my help, and I simply installed VirtualBox and he's on his way. Thankfully he was able to get the student version of Windows 7 for only $25 and wasn't out too much. Well, he also lost his McAfee license due to the reinstall so he needs a new AV solution. Personally I think ridding another computer of McAfee is a bonus rather than a negative.

Comment Re:Work Ethic Thread (Score 1) 269

I'm not trying to excuse these bugs, but I remember how crazy it was for programmers to simply add hacks to make Y2K work. Once Y2K rolled past without incident, the MBA's couldn't be bothered with another doomsday since they had just spent mega dollars fixing this one. When there isn't funding or approval, the code doesn't get refactored. If there isn't enough space in your DB, add it before it fills up instead of short-shrifting on storage space for properly formatted dates. Also, another problem I've seen is attributes (explicitly dates) being stored in ID fields. If you really want that to work, combine them but don't shorted them. end rant.

Comment Re:Is it worth the cost? (Score 3, Interesting) 87

The probability of digging into any old hillside and create a facility like this is quite low and would be quite expensive. The reason this exists is due to a (profitable) mining operation in the first place. So, that should answer your question. Yes, mining is a profitable business and it is worth the cost to take natural elements out of a mountain. Once the resources have been harvested simply starting a data center in the space left over would be worth the cost. Another geological bonus for this location is a nearby underground lake that can be used as for thermal transfer.

Comment Re:Why should I use this and not by a Wii instead? (Score 1) 76

Unfortunately you posted to undo bad moderation with bad content. The video is of a game playing quick and snappy (60 fps), but according to TFA there was a video creation problem. *speculation* One possible reason could be due to youtube only allowing 30fps. If the content is created at 60fps and it is displayed at 30fps, it would be twice as slow. *end speculation*

Comment Re:Same old, same old (Score 1) 859

This is silly even before the stated "instant and ever-present" information. The only way something like this works is if the newspaper sends out retractions after a criminal leaves prison. Ummm, today 57 criminals were released from prison, but we cannot say their names, so please throw away Section B, C and J from December 12, 2001 to March 3, 2006. This law is completely idiotic. I can understand their thoughts about "new" news articles, but the articles that are already there are stating facts that cannot be erased...get over it.

Comment Re:My experience (Score 1) 1231

After backing up my 9.04 install, I performed a fresh 9.10 install which allowed me to change from ext3 to ext4 (kept /boot as etx3).
Blank and flickering screens: No
Failure to recognize hard drives: Nope
Defaulting to old 2.6.28 Linux kernel: Nope, I'm on 2.6.31-14
Failure to get encryption running: well, yeah, but only because I didn't use it.

PulseAudio now works in Skype
My webcam now works and doesn't freeze after 3 minutes.
Boot times are a lot faster (although I haven't really had to reboot except to install the nvidia 185.18.36 driver)
Movie Player now actually plays video while Firefox is running.
Sound in VMWare works without making any changes or customizations.
My dual monitor setup now works properly through the Nvidia control panel
Flash video works a lot better in Firefox.

OK, can all of these good things be attributed to 9.10? Probably not, but I'd just like to show that 9.10 is working great. I've submitted a bug report already, but I always do. Great work to the Ubuntu and Linux community. I have a lot of friends that have upgraded and all have had tons more positives in 9.10 than negatives.

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