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Comment Re:VeraCrypt designer is an authoritarian idiot (Score -1, Flamebait) 64

And another clueless moron: No, this parameter _cannot_ be set low on short passphrases. From your reference: " VeraCrypt forces the PIM value to be greater than or equal to a certain minimal value when the password is less than 20 characters." and that is what I object to, since a high-entropy passphrase shorter than 20 characters is completely secure.


A British Supercomputer Can Predict Winter Weather a Year In Advance (thestack.com) 148

The national weather service of the U.K. claims it can now predict the weather up to a year in advance. An anonymous reader quotes The Stack: The development has been made possible thanks to supercomputer technology granted by the UK Government in 2014. The £97 million high-performance computing facility has allowed researchers to increase the resolution of climate models and to test the retrospective skill of forecasts over a 35-year period starting from 1980... The forecasters claim that new supercomputer-powered techniques have helped them develop a system to accurately predict North Atlantic Oscillation -- the climatic phenomenon which heavily impacts winters in the U.K.
The researchers apparently tested their supercomputer on 36 years worth of data, and reported proudly that they could predict winter weather a year in advance -- with 62% accuracy.

Comment VeraCrypt designer is an authoritarian idiot (Score 1) 64

VeraCrypt forces long iteration on shorter passphrases (>70 sec on my laptop, i.e. unusable), regardless of how secure that passphrase actually is. There is no way to switch this off. No response on a complaint. This and some other things lead me to not trust this person. I am back to the last TrueCrypt version that does not have this brain-dead and insulting limitation.

Comment Re:Personal quantum computers for what? (Score 1) 76

They would not at all. Quantum computers would (if they ever scale to relevant sizes) be mostly useless, except for a small set of very specific things.

The problem here is that some idiots have adopted the belief in technology as a surrogate religion. The result is that they make grand unfounded claims like this one here. These are the same morons that predict human-level AI in the near future. There is no connection to actual facts in what they claim and predict.

Comment Re:qubit scalability is still unknown (Score 1) 76

You probably mean "inverse exponentially with effort".

I fully agree. It does not look like we are even going to ever get linear scaling, and what made digital computers great is that they did indeed get exponential scaling for a while (basically over now).

Incidentally, the D-Wave performance completely sucks once the comparison is fair. It only outperforms a digital simulation of what it does, and since a simulation of something takes far more effort than the thing itself, that is no accomplishment at all.

Comment Nothing x 10: Still nothing (Score 2) 76

The states are still "fragile and short-lived". This is not relevant in any way, form or shape, except as a detail result form a failed research direction. Other directions for alternate computing circuits have been scrapped far before the mountain of failure that "quantum computing" has accumulated by now.


Feds Walk Into a Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones (dailyherald.com) 367

An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes the Daily Herald: Investigators in Lancaster, California, were granted a search warrant last May with a scope that allowed them to force anyone inside the premises at the time of search to open up their phones via fingerprint recognition, Forbes reported Sunday. The government argued that this did not violate the citizens' Fifth Amendment protection against self incrimination because no actual passcode was handed over to authorities...

"I was frankly a bit shocked," said Andrew Crocker, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, when he learned about the scope of search warrant. "As far as I know, this warrant application was unprecedented"... He also described requiring phones to be unlocked via fingerprint, which does not technically count as handing over a self-incriminating password, as a "clever end-run" around constitutional rights.

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