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Comment Re:And yet (Score 1) 409

preventing the distribution of information relevant to the candidates, Ecuador effectively allows the influence to be heavily one sided.

So what? They are a sovereign nation and are fully within their right to prefer Hillary over Dump. Or maybe just anyone and she's considered to be the best (or least bad) they can hope for"... Putin is on record for preferring Trump. That's his right as well.

As long as foreign governments don't try to actively interfere, they can do whatever they like. Especially within their own embassy that is part of their national territory. The task pf the Equadorian government is to take care of Equador and its people in the best way possible..Nothing more, nothing less.

Comment Re:Once upon a time, Wikileaks mattered... (Score 1) 377

No. I support him when he does things that matter in the big picture. Not when he's on a personal vendetta. The spoiled brat e-mail is excellent proof that he's not anymore about government officials who lie to the public If he still would be, he'd focus his revelations on Hillary's big lies and cheats - of which I'm sure there are. Nobody - I repeat nobody - reaches this level in politics without lying about something big on the course of their career and/or election campaign..

PS: You clearly have no clue what the word liberal means.

Comment Once upon a time, Wikileaks mattered... (Score 3, Insightful) 377

... because it revealed things that truly matter to the freedom of the people of the US and the world. And yes, even because in doing so it put some people's lives in danger for what it and its supporters consider to be a good cause. Not everyone agrees to the latter, but at least the debate about what was right and/or wrong fundamentally mattered to the citizens of this world and will continue to matter for decades to come.

Nowadays, Wikileaks has degraded itself to being a mere tool in Assange's personal revenge vendetta against Hillary Clinton. He doesn't care about right or wrong (anymore).. All that he wants these days is to damage his personal enemy by any means possible and if achieving that implies potentially handing over the US nuclear arsenal and its economic power - and therefor the entire world - to a raging lunatic, then apparently so be it.

Now, if these leaks there would actually reveal a substantiated serious accusation... But no...The fact that Wikileaks now thinks that it must inform the world of the galactically shocking fact that someone finds Chelsea a spoiled brat says more about Assange's character and insignificance than it says about the Clintons..He used to get media attention by doing things that mattered. It seems that he as run out of such things, but can't accept that he too doesn't matter anymore and the media therefore moved on to other hunting grounds..

I'm no fan of Trump, but even if I were one, I would still hold the same opinion of what Assange is doing. Who wants to be president because someone considers the daughter of one's opponent to be a spoiled brat?

Submission + - Keccak is the winner of NIST's SHA-3 competition (

fintler writes: "The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is pleased to announce the selection of Keccak as the winner of the SHA-3 Cryptographic Hash Algorithm Competition and the new SHA-3 hash algorithm. Keccak was designed by a team of cryptographers from Belgium and Italy, they are:

* Guido Bertoni (Italy) of STMicroelectronics,
* Joan Daemen (Belgium) of STMicroelectronics,
* Michaël Peeters (Belgium) of NXP Semiconductors, and
* Gilles Van Assche (Belgium) of STMicroelectronics.

NIST formally announced the SHA-3 competition in 2007 with an open call for the submission of candidate hash algorithms, and received 64 submissions from cryptographers around the world. In an ongoing review process, including two open conferences, the cryptographic community provided an enormous amount of expert feedback, andNIST winnowed the original 64 candidates down to the five finalist candidates – BLAKE, Grøstl, JH, Keccak and Skein. These finalists were further reviewed in a third public conference in March 2012.

NIST chose Keccak over the four other excellent finalists for its elegant design, large security margin, good general performance, excellent efficiency in hardware implementations, and for its flexibility. Keccak uses a new “sponge construction” chaining mode, based on a fixed permutation, that can readily be adjusted to trade generic security strength for throughput, and can generate larger or smaller hash outputs as required. The Keccak designers have also defined a modified chaining mode for Keccak that provides authenticated encryption. Additionally, Keccak complements the existing SHA-2 family of hash algorithms well. NIST remains confident in the security of SHA-2 which is now widely implemented, and the SHA-2 hash algorithms will continue to be used for the foreseeable future, as indicated in the NIST hash policy statement. One benefit that Keccak offers as the SHA-3 winner is its difference in design and implementation properties from that of SHA-2. It seems very unlikely that a single new cryptanalytic attack or approach could threaten both algorithms. Similarly, the very different implementation properties of the two algorithms will allow future application and protocol designers greater flexibility infinding one of the two hash algorithms that fits well with their requirements. NIST thanks the many people in companies, universities, laboratories and organizations around the world that participated in and contributed to the SHA-3 competition, especially the submitters of all the candidate algorithms, and the many others who contributed expert cryptanalysis, and performance studies. NIST could not have done the competition without them.

A detailed report of the final round of the competition will be published in the near future. Information about the SHA-3 competition is available at:"


Submission + - Microsoft Co-founder Dings Windows 8 as 'Puzzling, Confusing' (

CWmike writes: "Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has called Windows 8 'puzzling' and 'confusing initially,' but assured users that they would eventually learn to like the new OS. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, left the company in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. In a post to his personal blog on Tuesday — strangely titled in the third person as, 'Paul's take on Windows 8,' Allen said he has been running Windows 8 Release Preview — the public sneak peak Microsoft shipped May 31 — on both a traditional desktop as well as on a Samsung 700T tablet, designed for Windows 7. 'I did encounter some puzzling aspects of Windows 8,' Allen wrote, and said the dual, and dueling user interfaces (UIs), were confusing. 'The bimodal user experience can introduce confusion, especially when two versions of the same application — such as Internet Explorer — can be opened and run simultaneously,' Allen said."

Submission + - SHA-3 winner announced (

An anonymous reader writes: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has just announced the winner of the SHA-3 competition: Keccak, created by Guido Bertoni, Joan Daemen and Gilles Van Assche of STMicroelectronics and Michaël Peeters of NXP Semiconductors.

“Keccak has the added advantage of not being vulnerable in the same ways SHA-2 might be,” says NIST computer security expert Tim Polk. “An attack that could work on SHA-2 most likely would not work on Keccak because the two algorithms are designed so differently.”

For Joan Daemen it must be a "two in a row" feeling, since he also is one of the authors of AES.

Comment Several (Score 1) 867

Manual-no-distro (ref my signature) => SLS => Slackware => Manual (OK, some Slackware files &structures were left, but I compiled literally everything from the original sources (i.e. bypassing slack to get whatever version I wanted) and reconfigured just about everything) => Suse (very briefly) => OpenSuse.

In parallel also RedHat for many years, once I managed to have Linux accepted at the office. These days also some UI-less Ubuntu.

Comment Re:Cue the loonies -- uh no, not on Slashdot (Score 1) 398

OK, check out my UID for starters. Yes, that's a 3 digit number. And I could have had a 2 digit number if I'd have registered as soon as registering was an option, because I've been around here from before there were UIDs. With that fact out of the way, I'm definitely not in GW denial and never have been, because I'm in essence always taking the scientific approach to everything and the GW evidence has been around for a very long time.

Sorry to punch a hole in your scientifically unproven theory :-), but always willing to study the evidence for it if you can provide it after all.

Comment Re:Some people think bilingualism causes confusion (Score 4, Insightful) 221

Writing as a Belgian and thus intimately familiar with language wars: Over here the people who argue against multilingual education are indeed most often the "monolingual zealot (typically of the borderline racist kind)" type. Since they don't want to be labeled as such, they will typically use the "it confuses the child" argument, ideally using a young child that uses two languages in a single sentence as evidence (as if uni-lingual young children never make grammar mistakes). The "it's confusing" claim has the additional benefit that it can be used to convince non-racists who don't know any better. Never mind that the whole argument has been scientifically disproved a ton of times. Never mind even that every single multilingual child/adult walking the place is a perfect example that no harm was done. (Well, of course from the point of view of the zealots, harm was done. But I refuse make them my to reference point.)

Comment Re:Multiculturalism (Score 4, Insightful) 221

I'm almost 50 in a highly technical field, but I can assure you that mastering 4 languages (Dutch, English, French, German - all reasonably fluently) is an enormous help. I have team members that are native French speakers with a limited knowledge of English. I have team members who are native German speakers and are quite fluent in English, but who still communicate faster in German. For me as the team leader it helps enormously that I can switch on the fly.

Much more important, however, even as a "technical manager" I constantly have to deal with suppliers & potential customers from all over the world. Being able to switch languages to their native one or at least to their second best one opens an enormous amount of doors. Germany is a particularly good example of this. Especially in southern Germany practical knowledge of English is limited - even amongst engineers. They are always very pleasantly surprised when they discover that a foreigner speaks German fluently enough to do business with them. And if "doing business" sounds not technical enough, the same applies to our field application engineers. As a worldwide company, we have field application engineers "everywhere", but we cannot afford to have them in every country. So we require them to be multilingual so they can cover a wider area, travel with ease, and deal with people who master English less than perfectly.

You say "how will German help me in Japan, China, Mexico, Spain, Canada, France, Norway, Iceland, Russia, Sweden or any other place?" And indeed, German will not help you in Japan. But it will help you in many European countries. French and Spanish will help you in a very large part of the world. Think of Africa & South America, for instance.

Finally, the whole point of the reported research is that having grown up in a multilingual environment helps in other ways than just knowing languages.I fully understand that this may be hard to believe for people who didn't have that luck - a bit like inhabitants of flatland can't imagine the third dimension. But that doesn't make it untrue.

Comment Never, but I have been "sold" instead (Score 1) 250

I voted never, because I indeed never switched myself. But my really original one (that I "joined" around 1994) was acquired by my current one around 1999. I still feel I can claim "never", because my account name actually still is following the naming scheme of my very first ISP (first 3 letters from their name + a number). Plus I still have an e-mail alias (actually my main address for private use) that is actually not allowed according to the scheme of both my very first ISP and the current company. That alias was specially created for me be a former fellow CS student who worked as a security consultant for them at the time when I joined. They never dared to withdraw it afterwards - probably hoping I'd be long gone by now anyway. Not so... :-)

Comment Re:They ARE right: PM != leadership (Score 1) 171

I couldn't agree more!

But I have to add one comment based on my own experience: the "people are referred to as resources" yard stick depends on the corporate culture, and cannot always be used to separate good managers/leaders from bad ones. I'm a firm believer in "people are not resources" and "you manage things, but you lead people". And I'm even on record for saying to my team members when I joined my current employer that "if you ever hear me refer to people as resources, shoot me" (because I already knew that this is part of our corporate terminology). But the "people are resources" is so deeply entrenched in this 25000+ people company that everyone ends up doing it anyway, if only because otherwise some people simply don't even understand what one is trying to say. :-( Yes, I still hate it and I still want to change it, and I say so whenever I get an opportunity. But to really change this, I'd have to be 2 or better 3 stages higher up in the hierarchy and it would probably take about 10 to 15 years to sink in everywhere in the organization. More likely I'd need to be 4 levels higher up (which is CEO level) and it would still take 5 to 10 years.

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