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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

aneroid longer to crack than the age of the universe? (277 comments)

...it would take every computer on the planet longer to crack these passwords than the universe is estimated to exist.

Let's hope they're not creationists.

about 10 months ago

NSA Wants To Reveal Its Secrets To Prevent Snowden From Revealing Them First

aneroid Reminds me of an EVE online saga a few years ago (216 comments)

One faction "A" who were allies with a smaller faction "B", got one of their accounts hacked (or forums) by A's rival "C". One of those was A bitching about how small and insignificant B was to some other allies.

So in the forums, C posted an excerpt of that conversation. Leaders of A panicked and decided that to come out ahead, they should just post their own logs of that conversation, which was apparently worse as it went on. Of course, things didn't look good and other groups got pissed off with A.
Turns out that "C" didn't have much more than just the excerpt but "A" ended up looking worse because of their own full disclosure of the convi.

I'm guessing that with the info that Snowden has, this isn't the case for the NSA and they can confirm he has much more, so they want to dump the info first. (But if they didn't know for sure, it would be a funny likeness.)

about a year ago

How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

aneroid Long before the event horizon (263 comments)

The gravitational force on physical objects would squeeze his body to a spaghetti far before the event horizon.

Hopefully quickly.

about a year ago

Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

aneroid Details of the backdoor (576 comments)

'linus' is an alias for 'root' on all systems running the kernel since Windo...err, Linux 3.11.
Password for said alias is 'root' (some of the backdoor-accessing programs don't accept blank passwords).

Never know, since it's not possible to look for such backdoors, unless it's open source.

And even IF it was, you'd have to worry about Trusting Trust.

(mostly sarcasm.)

about a year ago

Neil deGrasse Tyson On How To Stop a Meteor Hitting the Earth

aneroid Why is this news? And obvious limitation. (520 comments)

Discovery Channel already covered this option, or maybe one of the BBC documentaries. And instead of saying stupid things like "feel each other" they spoke about the "long term gravitational effect, however miniscule it would be" - that's what would slowly nudge the asteroid from its existing path and hopefully not into us.

The massive limitation (no pun intended) is that the asteroid in question needs to be detected when it's really really really far away, to give enough time to
a) launch a spaceship designed for this,
b) have it reach the asteroid and then
c) still have enough time/distance for the gravitational effect of the ship to affect the asteroid significantly enough to have it adequately deviate from its path.

While it's the most realistic option from the perspective of current space technology, it's only likely to be useful for asteroids which we already know are likely to hit many many years from now. It would have been more useful to give some sort of indication of time/distance required to actually have it work, relative to the mass and velocity of likely asteroids.

about 2 years ago

Security Firm Predicts "Murder By Internet-Connected Devices"

aneroid Re:So we are to believe (135 comments)

I think "death by wifi enabled pacemaker" is most likely.


about 2 years ago

Security Firm Predicts "Murder By Internet-Connected Devices"

aneroid Re:So we are to believe (135 comments)

Examples include a pacemaker that can be tuned remotely, ...

Fear your pacemaker!!! People with heart problems will now have an increased risk of death!!!

Uh. Well you know what I mean. Fear!!!

I think "death by wifi enabled pacemaker" is most likely. It was covered previously, so now it's just a matter of time and effort for someone actually do it. Well, it's also required that someone with a pacemaker is hated enough by someone else who has access to get the serial number, etc. and then go through with murdering him/her or find someone else with the skills and inclination. That reduces your population of potential perpetrators.

Is it possible this will happen? Yes.
In the next 24 months? Yes.
Will it be found or proved? Probably not.

about 2 years ago

Yahoo "Loses" $2.7B In Mysterious Mexican Yellow Pages Lawsuit

aneroid classified directory? (85 comments)

"classified directory" vs "classifieds directory"

more than 2 years ago

Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

aneroid Re:not to rain on anyone's parade.... (271 comments)

To make things more ambiguous (along the GPs point), "Interstellar space": Voyager 1 is 17 light hours from us (so under 0.2% the distance to Proxima Centauri). Not sure when or how they decided interstellar space starts before the Oort Cloud (1 ly away).

A justification could be made that astronomically-scaled systems may have plenty of in-between objects that are far enough away to be considered interstellar space. However, when defining an interstellar comet: "At present, an interstellar comet can only be detected if it passes through our solar system, and could be distinguished from an Oort cloud comet by its strongly hyperbolic trajectory (indicating that it is not gravitationally bound to the Sun)." - so if interstellar comets are not interstellar unless they originate from outside the Oort Cloud, I don't see why we consider Voyager 1 even remotely approaching interstellar space when it's still so far from the Oort Cloud.

And reversibly, due to Voyager 1's known one-way trajectory out/away from the Sun, it could be considered not gravitationally bound to the Sun. So is or will be interstellar if not destroyed before.

Anyway, I think 'exiting the heliosphere' is the point of the article. 'Interstellar space' is a sensationalist term in the headline.

more than 2 years ago

Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

aneroid Re:How may times can Voyager leave the solar syste (271 comments)

well..."The Solar System consists of the Sun and its planetary system of eight planets, their moons, and other non-stellar objects." So that happened a while ago.

Between the solar system and interstellar space is the heliosphere (which encompasses the solar system, bordered/demarcated by the heliopause).

more than 2 years ago

NASA Discovers Most Distant Galaxy In Known Universe

aneroid Re:13.3 billion in one direction? (105 comments)

Correction, the "observable" factor makes most of what I said about the age of MACS0647-JD wrong. Was trying to make 2 different points at once.

more than 2 years ago

NASA Discovers Most Distant Galaxy In Known Universe

aneroid Re:13.3 billion in one direction? (105 comments)

Would the distance between the two galaxies be 26.6 billion years and longer than the age of the universe?

Good point: Yes and No.

Would it happen, yes, already has: If the universe is 93 billion light years in diameter, it is obviously possible to to find a galaxy 26.6 billion light years away but it should not be older than 13.7 billion years.

Because 13.3 billion light years away vs 13.3 billion years ago are not the same in the "Expanding universe" theory. The summary says "the galaxy is 13.3 billion light years away" - which makes it not as old as that statement implies --- imagine an early universe 1 billion light years across, with 2 galaxies forming near the edge diametrically opposite each other. They could now be 93 billion light years apart from each other but they would still be slightly younger than this one (MACS0647-JD). Similarly, it's possible that this galaxy could have been formed 12 billion years ago and has since moved relatively or "apparently" further away to 13.3 billion light years. 1.3 billion light years in 1.3 billion years in an expanding universe doesn't seem impossible since the universe is already larger (93 billion light years) than it is old (13.7 billion years).

The article didn't explain how they've correlated distance with age. Doppler shift?

The "No" part to your question, and the part which makes some of my answer wrong, is for observable:
There would also be the implication that what is "observed" can not be older than 13.7 billion years so you would need to wait another 13.3 billion years to observe the 13.3 billion year-old galaxy **at** 26.6 billion light years away.

more than 2 years ago

Just Days After Release, Google's Nexus 4 Has Already Been Rooted

aneroid Re:Rubbish (85 comments)

In fact, this is how you unlock many Motorola devices and others.

"Others" in this case. Nexus 4: LG.

more than 2 years ago

One Step Toward a Babel Fish: Real-Time Voice Translation For Phones

aneroid All your base are belong to us (131 comments)

The real question is...would it correctly translate to and from "All your base are belong to us"?
What is "correctly" in this case?

more than 2 years ago

Kurzweil: The Cloud Will Expand Human Brain Capacity

aneroid He watched Ghost in the Shell recently? (267 comments)

Yeah, thought so.

For a direct cloud upload to "expand my brain capacity" people are more likely to use near-brain local storage than the "cloud". And yes, like Dropbox, Amazon S3, etc. eventually even brain local storage will be complemented with "remote" storage. And if the MMI stuff works out, same goes for computing power.

When or how long it takes to get there is a wild guess. And a bit obvious as a "vision" or prediction in this day and age.

more than 2 years ago

IETF Starts Work On Next-Generation HTTP Standards

aneroid Re:Can we please get an EXECUTE verb? (82 comments)

Wrong. GET is supposed to be "nullipotent". You're correct about GET not supposed to have any side effects.

PUT and DELETE are idempotent - "multiple identical requests should have the same effect as a single request"

The reason browsers don't have them is because of the HTML/XHTML spec - "HTML forms (up to HTML version 4 and XHTML 1) only support GET and POST as HTTP request methods."[1] So if they implemented it, most likely would be done differently by each browser, and more so in IE as usual.

1: http://stackoverflow.com/a/166501/1431750

more than 2 years ago

.xxx Registrar To Launch Pr0n Search Engine

aneroid Re:Never such thing as too much porn (149 comments)

Challenge accepted!

Exactly what I was going to post. Mis-clicked the moderation, posting to undo.

more than 2 years ago

Patent Troll Goes After Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Others

aneroid Re:Enough Already (171 comments)

BSG reference to the Eternal Return:

"All this has happened before, and all this will happen again."

more than 2 years ago



GitHub Takes $100M From VC King Andreessen-Horowitz

aneroid aneroid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aneroid writes "GitHub has partnered with Andreessen-Horowitz for a $100 million investment, a first for the 'Social Coding' site. Quoting wired, '[github] had intentionally held off on venture funding for the first four years of its life...Not having investors "makes sure that we optimize for customer happiness," said co-founder Tom Preston-Werner.' So why now? 'Because we want to be better. We want to build the best products. We want to solve harder problems. We want to make life easier for more people. The experience and resources of Andreessen Horowitz can help us do that.' Interestingly, Linus Torvalds, the inventor of git, has some issues with GitHub's translation of git for the web. However he also says, 'The hosting of github is excellent. They’ve done a good job on that. I think GitHub should be commended enormously for making open source project hosting so easy.'"
Link to Original Source

First Android Device Certified for DoD Personnel

aneroid aneroid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aneroid writes "The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has certified its first secure mobile device running Android 2.2 — the Dell Streak 5. It is certified for use in the Defense Department's secure but unclassified communications. 'Although the Streak 5 is no longer available commercially, Dell is supplying it to DOD because the military likes the form factor,' said John Marinho, director of Dell enterprise mobility solutions. It "includes a set of Android application interfaces designed to enhance the security of the device. Besides being able to transmit secure unclassified messages, the device can have its data remotely wiped in the event of loss or theft." The device also has the ability to lock down after multiple unsuccessful password entries and allows admins to remotely control the peripherals and security policy levels on the device.
You may recall that President Obama got an NSA-certified phone-PDA to use instead of his BlackBerry.

Slashdot covered a related article last year about the US Army considering smartphones, so how soon will we start seeing other smartphone vendors bid for secure-communications-devices contracts?"

Link to Original Source



Possible Bug in Gmail Attachment Download?

aneroid aneroid writes  |  more than 8 years ago

When you click on "Download All Images" (or "...All attachments") in an email, if you replace the 'zip' with 'rar' in the URL, I get a "Sever Error" message. I'm wondering if it's really causing a problem or just a way to make lamers think it is? hmm...[aneroid thinks]

https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=att& disp=zip&th=<random_numbers>
https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=att&disp= rar&th=<random_numbers>

the error is

Server Error

We're sorry, but Gmail is temporarily unavailable. We're currently working to fix the problem -- please try logging in to your account in a few minutes.

Reporting it...just in case.


Battlestar Galactica opening song words

aneroid aneroid writes  |  more than 9 years ago

after watching an episode with a friend, i asked him if he realised that the words of the opening song were from a prayer we use to say...in school...for 13 years (called the 'Gayatri Mantra').

Om Bhur Buvaha Suvaha
Thath Savithur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath

it's (mostly) in sanskrit. the lady singing it in BSG has a very different pronounciation. the first and last lines (there are 4...i think) are sung more like it's supposed to be but with different breaks and alot of accent.

he pointed out that even the 2nd and 3rd are the same, with the words quite mangled.

found it funny/cool that a big sci-fi show had that.


Didn't find love this Valentines Day?

aneroid aneroid writes  |  more than 9 years ago

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that was how the mail for "Headlines for 2005-02-16" started. now i know the add might have geek appeal...and the humour...but i'm surprised it wouldn't be considered spam.

i wonder if there were any recipients who did find it mixed with spam.

i did find this in the header (last line):
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any ex- humour?

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