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Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 4, Informative) 407

I believe the s-boxes were provided by the NSA without much comment about them.

You're probably thinking of DES rather than AES with regards NSA provided s-boxes. IIRC said s-boxes in DES were changed by the NSA with no real explanation. Some years later when differential cryptanalysis was discovered in the non-secret world it turned out that the change actually hardened DES against such an attack - so in this case the NSA created a stronger algorithm. See wikipedia.


Submission + - Why the Raspberry Pi won't ship in kit form (

An anonymous reader writes: The guys at Broadcom have released an image containing the Raspberry Pi SoC and memory chip to help explain why the tiny PC won't ship in kit form. Clearly the chips are so small and the solder blobs required so tiny, 99% of the time you would mess up doing it by hand. Add to that the fact one chip as to sit on top of the other, and if you're a millimeter out your chips are fried.

Submission + - Hotmail tops Gmail says study (

doperative writes: The Which? testers like the 5GB of storage space offered by Hotmail and its interface:

"It actually feels like part of the operating system," they noted, and liked the way they could group messages into conversations. Advertising was unobtrusive and they thought the spam filter good. (Gmail offers more than 7GB for free.)

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Submission + - Brits Spend Over 7 Hours A Day Online

An anonymous reader writes: According to an Ofcom survey of 1,138 UK participants aged 16 and above, the average person is also cramming 8h 48m of media-time into just over 7 hours of the day — not by magic, but by multitasking. Twice as many people now own and use smartphones than two years ago, equating to 26.5% of the British population. Data consumption has also increased, shooting up by 240% in 2009. What's interesting, though, is that despite the popularity of handset based email and instant messaging services like BlackBerry Messenger and Windows Live Messenger on many handsets, SMS text messaging is also up. Brits spend over 100,000,000,000 which works out at roughly 1700 messages sent by every person in the UK in the space of a year.

Comment Re:Not much carbon in hops (Score 1) 468

Largely right, in that the hops provide hardly any sugars for fermentation. I'd like to correct one point though. The hop flowers are removed after the boil, before the yeast is even added. Spent hops are generally sent to agriculture, so the carbon cycle is continued that way.

Submission + - BBC considers catering for Microsoft users only

pthompson writes: In a public consultation at [1] the BBC is asking for views on whether its on-demand services should be made available only to those who use Microsoft software (Question 5). I'm sure the Slashdot community won't be shy in giving their opinion of that idea...

[1] ations/ondemand_services.html

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