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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

HatofPig Re:Doesn't seem to be on purpose (447 comments)

The NSA couldn't know that some foreign powers wouldn't quickly discover the bug as well and start hacking major US corporations that were vulnerable. They wouldn't even have been able to detect it was happening unless they made some honeypot which, if discovered, would have implicated them further. The risk is way too great.

about 6 months ago

Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

HatofPig Re:Space Opera (67 comments)

If you don't mind subtitles then watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes. It's the only thing that beats Babylon 5 for depth and scope and themes that you will ever see. It's a direct line-for-line, scene-for-scene adaptation of a series of Japanese sci-fi novels so, like Babylon 5, it's obviously very tightly written. With two movies and 108* episodes it is epic in scope. It's written by a historian and I swear has more characters than Game of Thrones, all of whose names you will remember. As a sci-fi junkie, honestly, haven't seen a story this good in any medium other than book form, ever. How nobody else knows about this blows my mind, but you should watch it and then tell everyone you know how great it is. I will do the same.

First watch the film-pilot "My Conquest is the Sea of Stars". Then watch "Overture to a New War", the theatrically-released remake of the first two episodes. Then continue with episode three.

about 6 months ago

Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

HatofPig Re:Um no (224 comments)

Double-plus good idea, bro!

about 6 months ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

HatofPig Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

Hierarchical model of masters and servants has been discredited long ago.

Nice switcheroo. Organizing people hierarchically is not a discredited notion. Having masters and servents is. In real life,we play pre-defined roles in larger groups and even dress differently depending on what our role is. That's how civilization functions. Your boss doesn't legally own you, and have full control over your person 24/7.

We can have creativity, expression, and mutal respect within hiearchies, and often with them we can rise or fall within organizing structure. This is Slashdot, aren't you familier with computer programming? Structures matter, hierarchies are as elemental to structures as hydrogen is to chemistry. If they weren't hippies would rule the world.

about 6 months ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

HatofPig Re:Demand all you want (667 comments)

You're right, except that they don't know perfectly well. It is, for most, sub-conscious self-deception. They are still setting themselves up to fail so as to play victim, they just don't know it. They truly believe they are being oppressed though.

about 6 months ago

Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

HatofPig Re:Jenny McCarthy (395 comments)

Now if you argue that an unvaccinated child puts your vaccinated child at risk, aren't you whining that you don't believe the vaccine conferred immunity to your child?

It's not about PopeRatzo's hypothetically vaccinated child. It's about anyone who had a legitimate medical reason to not be vaccinated whose only protection is through herd immunity. Maybe PopeRatzo confers his blessings onto other people's kids too.

about 6 months ago

Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

HatofPig Re:Stability & performance Features (142 comments)

I use the Tree Style Tab plugin and usually have over a hundred tabs open as well. I'll keep the session open for days, too. It's easier than searching through your history to find that thing you saw a few days ago and the page is intact from when you loaded it last which is useful for dynamic content. Plus, everything is automatically hierarchically sorted, so it's easy to push and pop my browsing stack! Since I no longer own a a 4:3 monitor it's the perfect way to fill up the extra vertical space. It's an essential plugin for me now, up there with Noscript, Autopager, AdBlock+ and Ghostery.

about 6 months ago

Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

HatofPig Re:Those poor people (520 comments)

I can't see how working on the very-bottom rung of America's admittedly bad domestic security apparatus disqualifies one for personhood. I'm doubt this TSA officer has killed any innocent people, likely a prerequisite for inclusion on my wine list if I had one.

about a year ago

Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

HatofPig Re:Those poor people (520 comments)

Really? +4? That's despicable, security guards are fucking people too. Or is this some kind of sick justice for you and those who up-moderated you? How can you justify this an consider yourself 'people'? If a gunman mowed down a courtroom during a tech-giant patent trial, would you eschew any sympathy for the lawyers who died too? Not liking the TSA is one thing, but implying a random person deserved to be fatally shot by a crazed gunman at an airport is sociopathic.

about a year ago

'Eraser' Law Will Let California Kids Scrub Online Past

HatofPig This law is crazy! You can't regulate that! Gosh! (266 comments)

Gee Whiz! This post is really just made to cancel out my unintentional bad moderation of a good post. This JavaScript interface sucks without a confirm feature.

1 year,5 days

Computer Scientists Develop 'Mathematical Jigsaw Puzzles' To Encrypt Software

HatofPig The original paper (245 comments)

The original paper is available here.

Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2013/451

Candidate Indistinguishability Obfuscation and Functional Encryption for all circuits

Sanjam Garg and Craig Gentry and Shai Halevi and Mariana Raykova and Amit Sahai and Brent Waters

Abstract: In this work, we study indistinguishability obfuscation and functional encryption for general circuits:

Indistinguishability obfuscation requires that given any two equivalent circuits C_0 and C_1 of similar size, the obfuscations of C_0 and C_1 should be computationally indistinguishable.

In functional encryption, ciphertexts encrypt inputs x and keys are issued for circuits C. Using the key SK_C to decrypt a ciphertext CT_x = Enc(x), yields the value C(x) but does not reveal anything else about x. Furthermore, no collusion of secret key holders should be able to learn anything more than the union of what they can each learn individually.

We give constructions for indistinguishability obfuscation and functional encryption that supports all polynomial-size circuits. We accomplish this goal in three steps:

- We describe a candidate construction for indistinguishability obfuscation for NC1 circuits. The security of this construction is based on a new algebraic hardness assumption. The candidate and assumption use a simplified variant of multilinear maps, which we call Multilinear Jigsaw Puzzles.

- We show how to use indistinguishability obfuscation for NC1 together with Fully Homomorphic Encryption (with decryption in NC1) to achieve indistinguishability obfuscation for all circuits.

- Finally, we show how to use indistinguishability obfuscation for circuits, public-key encryption, and non-interactive zero knowledge to achieve functional encryption for all circuits. The functional encryption scheme we construct also enjoys succinct ciphertexts, which enables several other applications.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / Obfuscation, Functional Encryption, Multilinear Maps

Date: received 20 Jul 2013, last revised 21 Jul 2013

Contact author: amitsahai at gmail com

Available format(s): PDF | BibTeX Citation

about a year ago

KLyDE: Lightweight KDE Desktop In the Making

HatofPig Re:So . . . (129 comments)


It would be a catchy name if he didn't mess around with the letter casing.

about a year and a half ago

The Shumway Open SWF Runtime Project

HatofPig Bugs in the demo (99 comments)

In the race card demo the "best lap" time is actually just your last lap. And when you finish all 10 laps the clock doesn't stop, so your "final time" keeps increasing. I wonder if this is a bug in Shumway or the game itself. And I only get around 7 FPS on average, on Firefox in Linux/x86.

about 2 years ago

Ubuntu NVIDIA Graphics Driver: Windows Competitive, But Only With KDE

HatofPig Re:how to correct it immediately (306 comments)

1) Right-click desktop, select "Desktop Settings"
2) Open drop-down box, change default desktop to "Folder View"

And now your desktop folder is your whole desktop again, like Windows 95 or KDE 3. Tada! Or do you think "Desktop Settings" is the wrong place for this option?

about 2 years ago

Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt

HatofPig Tap and die (290 comments)

I suppose there are no tap and die kits onboard to cut new threads into either the bolt or the module. Should be added to the tool inventory.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

HatofPig Re:Acer (732 comments)

I loved mine, bought it about the same time. I stopped powering on last month.

more than 2 years ago

Are Porn and Video Games Ruining a Generation?

HatofPig Re:This is good news (1034 comments)

Amen. This might even be the solution to China's gender disparity... if only Asians were good at video games.

more than 2 years ago



KDevelop 4.0 Released

HatofPig HatofPig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HatofPig writes "The KDevelop Hackers are proud and happy to announce that KDevelop 4.0 is finally available as a stable release. The first stable release since KDE 3.5, KDevelop 4.0 comes with lots of features already, even though some things had to be dropped compared to the 3.5 series due to time constraints. In particular we have focused on building an excellent C++ IDE instead of trying to integrate lots of languages halfheartedly. Of course it is still possible to add support for more languages to KDevelop and we are confident that it is actually easier than before: the best proof for that is the PHP plugin that is released alongside KDevelop 4.0. Lots of screenshots here!"
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Good uses for personal web hosting?

HatofPig HatofPig writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HatofPig writes "Like many people, I've purchased a domain name with my name in it, but don't have the time or inclination to start a blog, or maintain a website there (at least not yet). While I've used my webspace for a few hobby projects, and the occasional file hosting, there are several hundred gigabytes just sitting there unused and I find it hard to justify renewing my yearly contract when it comes up again, unless I find a use for it. I'd donate some of it to a mirroring service, but shared-server hosting plans aren't really good for that sort of thing. That said, I'm sure there are lots of useful things that I could use my webspace for, if I had an imagination. Something like a self-hosted Dropbox alternative would be a fantastic use, if it existed. What interesting things do Slashdotters use their personal webspace for? How should any self-respecting geek make use of their webhosting plan and domain name?"


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