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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

Reliable Windmill Watership Down (796 comments)

by Richard Adams. I truly believe it helps people build empathy, and sympathize with animals and understand how frail and exposed they really are.

about 7 months ago

Google's Comical New Social Networking Patent

Reliable Windmill Skip ahead (45 comments)

Why not skip ahead and just try to patent the evolution of culture and using the Internet, right away? Fuck you and your stupid patents!

about 7 months ago

4 Tips For Your New Laptop

Reliable Windmill Do not buy American brands (310 comments)

Vote with your wallet, let the NSA and U.S gov know that all the shit they pull only works as long as we are willing to support the U.S economy. Buy local brands first, other brands second, and American brands last.

about 7 months ago

New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

Reliable Windmill Theory of the origins of life (1010 comments)

I suspect they actually do believe in evolution, but they're commonly confusing it with the theory of the origins of life where stardust simply assembled itself to form us.

about 7 months ago

I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...

Reliable Windmill I will pay in Mesetas (265 comments)

like I do when I play Phantasy Star.

about 7 months ago

Sherlock Holmes Finally In the Public Domain In the US

Reliable Windmill Let's see how the U.S reacts (207 comments)

when other countries do the same, and rule that the works of American authors long gone is not subject to copyright law outside of the U.S. "Sherlock Holmes belongs to the USA" is probably what they mean here, and I think more of these rulings will come.

about 7 months ago

Apple Again Seeks Ban On 20+ Samsung Devices In US

Reliable Windmill The hammer is coming down (235 comments)

I suspect most of these bans will be put in place. The hammer has started coming down on foreign tech, because U.S gov wants that flow of money into its own economy. U.S gov will leverage its power for the wider adoption of U.S based products and services both inside and outside of the U.S. The goal is to control and own as much of the global money flow as possible. The trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific "partnerships" only aim to increase the strength and market share of U.S based companies, services and products, and through its companies the U.S gov can leverage its politics. The ultimate is when U.S gov through Monsanto (which through the Monsanto Protection Act has now effectively become an extension of the government) can control the production and supply of food to any country in the world as a means of political control.

about 7 months ago

Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Reliable Windmill Re:Stupid (262 comments)

You've just misunderstood it. It is in essence a performance enhancement, and you would benefit from it simply from selecting x32 target (instead of x86-64) when compiling.

about 7 months ago

Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Reliable Windmill Re:Subject (262 comments)

You've not understood this correctly. x32 is an enhancement and optimization for executable files that do not require gigabytes of RAM, primarily regarding performance. It has nothing to do with the availability or lack of RAM in the system, or how much RAM costs to buy in the computer store.

about 7 months ago

Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Reliable Windmill Re:Is kernel still 64bit? (262 comments)

Of course the OS is still 64-bit in that regard, it's just the address space of that particular application which is reduced to 32-bit to streamline it. The majority of all executable files do not require several gigabytes of RAM, hence it makes sense to streamline their address space.

about 7 months ago

Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Reliable Windmill Re:Too little, too late (262 comments)

It's not a complication, it's an enhancement. A majority of software does not need a 64-bit address space and can thus be streamlined while still getting the benefits of doing fast 64-bit integer math, among other things. Obviously you just select the target when compiling and that's that, it's like enabling an optimization, so what are you talking about?

about 7 months ago

A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

Reliable Windmill Tailored for thick wallets, thick heads (501 comments)

They've made sure it's even more expensive to upgrade the new Mac Pro than the last one. If you have more money than sense, then this is the computer for you.

about 6 months ago

Asm.js Gets Faster

Reliable Windmill Here's who needs native code: (289 comments)

People implementing JavaScript engines. Among many other. You would instantly lament if every bit of machine code deployed in the world were suddenly to reimplement itself in your beloved JavaScript.

about 7 months ago

Multivitamin Researchers Say 'Case Is Closed' As Studies Find No Health Benefits

Reliable Windmill Supplement for meagre diet (554 comments)

These pills may be beneficial for people who for one or other reasons are living on meagre diets for prolonged periods. A richly varied intake of fresh vegetables will cover all your needs for micronutrients, vitamin pills will not.

about 7 months ago

NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

Reliable Windmill Bull (698 comments)


about 7 months ago

EdX Drops Plans To Connect MOOC Students With Employers

Reliable Windmill Schooling (59 comments)

Employers don't care about your education or your skills, they care about the modern school which offers nearly ritualistic schooling, and that you have it on paper.

about 7 months ago

Chinese Lunar Probe Lands Successfully

Reliable Windmill Amazing success! (250 comments)

Amazing! Congratulations to China, the whole world is proud of you! You will be at the forefront of space exploration, and if there is anyone who can establish a permanent base on the moon it is you. The 21st century belongs to China, no doubt!

about 7 months ago

Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

Reliable Windmill Aluminium (219 comments)

I regularly replace misspelled "aluminum" with the correct "aluminium" whenever I see it in an article, but backwards people just revert my changes.

about 7 months ago



Dual_EC_DRBG backdoor: a proof of concept

Reliable Windmill Reliable Windmill writes  |  about 7 months ago

Reliable Windmill (2932227) writes "From the article:
Dual_EC_DRBG is an pseudo-random number generator promoted by NIST in NIST SP 800-90A and created by NSA. This algorithm is problematic because it has been made mandatory by the FIPS norm (and should be implemented in every FIPS approved software) and some vendors even promoted this algorithm as first source of randomness in their applications.

If you still believe Dual_EC_DRBG was not backdoored in purpose, please keep reading."

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