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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

dns_server Re:Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

While that sounds good there are people that still round up the opposition in to one area and shoot them.

It is unlikely to be a problem to you or me but encouraging a system that makes it possible is a bad thing for the world.

about two weeks ago

Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

dns_server Re:Leader quotation bingo (264 comments)

The problem with that argument is that it only works in the USA, the rest of the world is screwed.

about 4 months ago

Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

dns_server Re:As with all other CAPTCHA 'alternatives', (91 comments)

Related to this is the idea someone proxying captcha.

Instead of providing your own captcha solve google's captcha. When someone creates an on your site connect to google and try and create an account, you then forward the google captcha to the user.

about 5 months ago

New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

dns_server Re:Don't they feel special.. (153 comments)

Just one minor point we do allow 18+ games in Australia since the start of the year but there are still some restrictions.
When southpark's stick of truth was released we had a few things cut (anal probe mini game) but this was the same in a few countries.

about 7 months ago

After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

dns_server Re:If your encryption is secure, the key is the se (170 comments)

I believe the dns-sec root keys are an example of a key in multiple parts.

The master key can be reconstructed by combining 7 keys together.
There are 14 people that have part of the key and I believe any 7 people can be used to recreate the whole key again.

about 8 months ago

Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

dns_server Re:overblown (301 comments)

With my pebble watch and a custom watch face I can tell you that the current swatch time is @150.

about 10 months ago

Bitcoin's Software Gets Security Fixes, New Features

dns_server Re:Just in time for another price dive (173 comments)

As bitcoin uses public / private key cryptography you could have clients only have the public key until you need the private key.
So the client would be able to see that someone has sent them bitcoin but not be able to use them as they do not have the key allowing a store to validate that someone has sent in the coins.

Paper wallets is one implementation of this idea, where there is a piece of paper with 2 qr codes with your public and private keys.
Give everyone your public key but when you need to send the coins somewhere you need to scan the qr code to import the key.
You could probably come up with a system requiring you to assemble the private key from several parts.

about 10 months ago

Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords In Plain Text

dns_server Re: KNetworkManager (341 comments)

Obfuscation provides no security, it just looks like it does.
If the operating system needs to perform a series of steps to turn the encrypted password back into plain text so can an attacker.

1 year,27 days

Boot To Zork

dns_server Re:Question (106 comments)

This is not running an operating system, this is in efi the replacement to your bios.
EFI can do a lot of stuff, there is a text editor, interactive shell and python interpreter so it is something that you can write programs in not just operating system boot loaders.

I have installed this as a boot entry on my laptop and it does boot directly to zork in no time

about a year ago

It's Official: Voyager 1 Is an Interstellar Probe

dns_server not the furthest out human made object (218 comments)

This is probably not the first human made object to reach interstellar space.
The real furthest object is a man hole cover.

During testing of nuclear weapons they were doing tests underground. They had a nuclear weapon at the bottom of a long shaft.
On top of the shaft was a metal cap.

It's not known how fast it is going or if it actually left the atmosphere but if it did survive it would have been going really fast


about a year ago

Early Surface Sales Pitiful

dns_server Re:sick of windows at work (251 comments)

There is HP-UX, Open Solaris, AIX so perhaps you could get Open Solaris on a desktop.

Linux and bsd are not POSTIX compliant (they have not gone through compliance testing) so for a unix (tm) your choices are limited.

about a year and a half ago

US Promises Not To Kill Or Torture Snowden

dns_server Extraordinary rendition? (616 comments)

The USA does not need to do the torture, it can send the person to another country and have them do it.

about a year and a half ago

Valve Starts Promoting Steam For Linux To Windows Users

dns_server Re:3D in VM (474 comments)

In the last year or so support for 3d acceleration inside a vm has been possible.

Virtual box states that it has opengl and dirext3d 8/9 support in it's release notes.

I have not needed to use it so I am not sure how it performs.

about 2 years ago

Pirate Party Becomes a Registered Political Party In Australia

dns_server Re:What a dumb name (122 comments)

There is Gamers 4 Croydon that was a political party that was sitting in a few seats in the South Australian election.
They were created to lobby for R18+ rating for video games. They did not get a lot of votes but raising the issue has finally introduced the rating in Australia.

about 2 years ago

The Science Behind Building a Space Gun

dns_server Scaled Down Particle Accelerator (131 comments)

Why not scale down the LHC and build something that is capable of accelerating something relatively small say 10-100kg fast enough to make it to orbit instead of accelerating atoms to nearly the speed of light.

The problem with conventional rockets is you need to carry the fuel to get in to orbit as well as the fuel to go where you need to. The bigger the ship the more fuel you need to carry to overcome the weight of the fuel.

If you can split the carrying of fuel for your journey from getting your rocket in to orbit you would not need to waste as much fuel lifting itself.

You could set up an automated system that would fire a 10kg payload of fuel every 10 minutes and get what you need over time far cheaper than one big launch.

about 2 years ago


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