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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

TheTrueScotsman Re:Ignorant author (353 comments)

A turboprop is not a jet engine; it's a turbine engine mated to a propeller.

A jet engine produces thrust using jet propulsion (it doesn't even have to be a turbine).

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

TheTrueScotsman Re:If central bankers are like rats... (371 comments)

Bitcoin will soon be on a parity with gold (per ounce) and is much cheaper and easier to secure and transport.

about 5 months ago
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Experts Hail Quantum Computer Memory Stability Breakthrough

TheTrueScotsman Re:They will break all the encryption (53 comments)

Symmetric (shared-key) algorithms do have vulnerabilities to quantum computing: Grover's algorithm allows a brute-force search to be performed in square-root time of the key size (i.e. 256-bits -> 128-bits, 128-bits -> 64-bits). This isn't a big problem as long as you're using at least 256-bits.

about 5 months ago
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First Arab Supercar Costs $3.4 Million, Has Diamond-Encrusted Headlights

TheTrueScotsman Fug Ugly (241 comments)

And those wobbly suicide doors are hilarious.

Why can no modern car maker design something with the beauty and elegance of an E-Type or Muira?

about 5 months ago
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South African Education Department Bans Free and Open Source Software

TheTrueScotsman This is great news (185 comments)

The last thing this industry needs is yet another wave of bad Java programmers.

about 6 months ago
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Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

TheTrueScotsman Encrypts and compresses? (292 comments)

One would hope they do the compression first otherwise there's very little point.

about 8 months ago
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Supercomputer Becomes Massive Router For Global Radio Telescope

TheTrueScotsman Re:400 Mb per seconds (60 comments)

It's actually 400 MB. You need to get this sort of thing right if you're planning a career in the tech industry when you finish school.

about 9 months ago
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Neil Young Pushes Pono, Says Piracy Is the New Radio

TheTrueScotsman Re:FLAC (361 comments)

I love vinyl and I know for sure that it gives a less accurate sound than CDs. What's great about vinyl is the euphonic distortion it adds to the sound.

about a year and a half ago
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Hardware Is Dead — At Least Most Expensive Hardware Is

TheTrueScotsman Re:No. What's up with these PC video screens? (342 comments)

There are loads of 1920x1200 monitors available. Looking at my local hardware shop's page, there about 30 different models with both TN and IPS screens from the usual suspects (Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, NEC, Samsung, etc).

I prefer that extra bit of height and use a 2560x1440 27-inch Dell.

about a year and a half ago
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I go through keyboards ...

TheTrueScotsman Re:Model M Good, Thinkpad Bad (341 comments)

Cut your fingernails :/

He probably plays the classical guitar (long fingernails only on the right hand...), so that's not an option.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

TheTrueScotsman Re:CRC (440 comments)

Chance of a collision between any two random files is the birthday problem, isn't it? That would be one in 2^64 for MD5 (square root of 2^128). That's a pretty low probability for a few TB of data. Anyway, just do a straight compare if the hashes collide.

about a year and a half ago
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Sources Say ITU Has Approved Ultra-High Definition TV Standard

TheTrueScotsman Re:useless aspect ratio (341 comments)

I don't agree. As long as you have sufficient vertical resolution (1080 isn't enough, 1200 is ok, 1440 is great for me at the moment), then horizontal resolution is fine at either 16:9 or 16:10. In fact, at (say) 1200 vertical, 16:9 would give you a more useful monitor (won't ever exist, of course).

1920x1080 is, of course, an abomination for work and I think this is where the hatred of 16:9 comes from. Whereas 2560x1440 looks great from where I'm sitting.

about a year and a half ago
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Forget 6-Minute Abs: Learn To Code In a Day

TheTrueScotsman They sound great! (306 comments)

How do I give one of them my interview coding test?

about a year and a half ago
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Flight 4590 Didn't Kill the Concorde; Costs Did

TheTrueScotsman Re:Oh Boeing... (403 comments)

It did stand out. I lived for a time in Windsor (about eight miles from Heathrow right under the flight path) in 1980 when all the planes you mention were flying.

The noise Concorde made (whether on approach or departure) was astonishing and significantly louder than any other plane.

about a year and a half ago
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How Do You Cool Your Data Center / Server Room?

TheTrueScotsman Re:Water cooling. (152 comments)

Yes they do (in the majority case). Think about the extended phenotype.

about 2 years ago
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The Leap Second Is Here! Are Your Systems Ready?

TheTrueScotsman Re:Irony (284 comments)

I have about 30 Windows server machines (mix of 2003 and 2008) in a a server pool that I inherited. All are set to manual updates and I have never seen an unwanted restart that wasn't due to a hardware problem (some of the machines have been running for over five years). I call bullshit.

about 2 years ago
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US Regains Supercomputing Crown, Besting China and Japan

TheTrueScotsman Re:Maybe, maybe not... (132 comments)

It's quite simple: if they have quantum computers then RSA (and DSA) are toast and symmetric algorithms are reduced to the square root. So if you're using AES256 (but without public keys to exchange session keys), you're fine. If you're using AES128, you can be decrypted by medium-sized resources in the near future (and certainly NSA resources now).

about 2 years ago

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