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Revamped Google Maps Finally Available On iOS

ipquickly Re:Opportunity (279 comments)

I was hoping for Nokia to somehow be acquired by Apple.
That would probably solve the map issue and put Nokia out of its misery.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

ipquickly Re:The article failed to mention (724 comments)

A threatening note was tied to a chair and flung through a window at Apple headquarters.

Was the window open or closed?

about a year and a half ago
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Guatemala Judge Orders McAfee Released

ipquickly Re:Behold... the Power of the Internet (139 comments)

With a lot of money you will generally:
live healthier
have better lawyers
have better food
have better doctors
have a better education
be able to get away with things that those poorer than you cannot ...
This is the way it is.
This is the way it always was.

As long as there's money in the equation, that's the way it will be.

about a year and a half ago
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New EU-Wide Patent System Approved

ipquickly MPlayer? (75 comments)

What effect will this have on MPlayer and other software that can playback patent encumbered codecs?

about a year and a half ago
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Dirigible Airship Prototype Approaches Completion

ipquickly Re:Funny idea... He He He... (231 comments)

There is always hydrogen. Sure it has a bad rap, but can't we make hydrogen more safer?
Automatic pressure release. Static control materials, etc.

I don't see why hydrogen - although it is very dangerous - has been abandoned as an alternative.

about a year and a half ago
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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

ipquickly Re:my password (330 comments)

There is only one star in ba'*'d.

about a year and a half ago
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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

ipquickly Re:"Strong" (330 comments)

These values are from the article. The hardware is described therein.

about a year and a half ago
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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

ipquickly Re:"Strong" (330 comments)

Crack times based on a password composed of 70 possible base characters:

algorithm-attempts
based on: 6 character,10 character,16 character passwords

MD5-180 billion attempts per second
0.65 seconds,182 days,117 Eons

SHA1-63 billion attempts per second
1.67 seconds,519 days,335 Eons

LM-20 billion attempts per second
5.88 seconds,1635 days,1053 Eons

sha512-364 thousand attempts per second
89 hr 47 min,246 077 years,57901611 Eons

bcrypt05-71 thousand attempts per second
19 days 4 hr,1.26 million years,...A really long time.

1Eon is 500million years

Times are based on how long it would take to go through all the possibilities.
If the password is composed of random characters the average time would be halved.

Dear slashdot, I had a very nice table laid out with all this information, it was a table using only spaces, no html - and you said "Too many Junk Characters".

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Selling Its Headquarters To Raise Funds

ipquickly Re:Queue the slashdot Nokia/MSFT hating. (186 comments)

This is SLASHDOT. We are BIAS.

Damn it! And I had a good one planned, now you spoiled it.

Wait, I think I hear my 5 year old Nokia Communicator crying in the other room. ...

damn moisture sensor changed color

about a year and a half ago
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The Rise of Feudal Computer Security

ipquickly Re:Or *are* we? (147 comments)

I pledge allegiance to the mighty pufferfish.

And if there is something I don't like, I'll write my own or fork.

about a year and a half ago
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Swiss Spy Agency: Counter-Terrorism Secrets Stolen

ipquickly Should he get a medal or go to jail? (88 comments)

If he did this to prove that the security measures are so lax that lives are in danger - then he very honorably sacrificed his career.
If he made a backup copy, then he should go to jail.

about a year and a half ago
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Swiss Spy Agency: Counter-Terrorism Secrets Stolen

ipquickly Advice (88 comments)

If his advice included encryption and proper employee screening, maybe he was right.

about a year and a half ago
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Toward An FSF-Endorsable Embedded Processor

ipquickly Re:x86 (258 comments)

Contrary to Linux zealots belief, Windows is not the only proprietary software on the planet.

I don't really use Linux, although that's going to change soon as I will be working with it daily.
I haven't used Windows in almost a decade.

But what other proprietary code do you have in mind?
How many proprietary operating systems are there?

Windows - already mentioned.
RTOS - if you need this - stay with i386.
OS X - license does not allow you to run on anything but Apple hardware - why would you care.
If you are amongst the remaining 0.1% using a niche proprietary OS then I guess x86 compatibility might be nice.

Any code optimized for x86 will run slower compared to an actual x86 processor, hell back in the early 90's Apple used to have an x86 processor add-on card.

If you are using proprietary code on an open source OS (eg. Flash on Linux) then x86 code execution would be nice, but in the long run - the ability (and documentation) to create an open source flash version has been available for years now. If anything - having a x86 proprietary Linux flash player has hampered development of FOSS flash implementations as there is less of a perceived need for it.

about a year and a half ago
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Toward An FSF-Endorsable Embedded Processor

ipquickly Re:DRM (258 comments)

A rock made of silicone. Oh, wait...

about a year and a half ago
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Toward An FSF-Endorsable Embedded Processor

ipquickly Re:x86 (258 comments)

We are talking about a processor being as open as possible.
Unless you are running proprietary code - (Windows) why would you need x86 compatibility?

Granted there is some software out there that is difficult to port because of its size, complexity or willingness of anyone to put in the effort to make it run on anything but x86.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Patents Wireless Charging

ipquickly What will they call it? (253 comments)

My money is on:
Apple 'Reality Distortion Field'.

about a year and a half ago
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Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

ipquickly Re:When does it become V-GER? (271 comments)

AND the above is WHY we don't dream big anymore.

One of the greatest achievements of technology to talk about and all we can do is compare it to a tv show and outdated movie from almost decade ago. And this will happen every time we bring it up.

We deserve the future we get.

You're kidding, right?

Here from Wikipedia:

Cultural influence of Star Trek

"Many scientists and engineers claim that their professional and life choices were influenced by Star Trek. The inventor of the first non-vehicular cell phone, Martin Cooper, states he was motivated to develop it from watching Star Trek."

or from The Guardian:

Star Trek technology: how 21st century scientists are making it so

"Many have been inspired by Star Trek to become scientists, and some are starting to make its gadgetry a reality"

I'm certain Star Trek was one of the top reasons many of the engineers at NASA became interested in engineering in the first place.

about a year and a half ago
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Voyager 1, So Close To Interstellar Space That We Can Taste It!

ipquickly Re:The story that never dies (271 comments)

I was about to make a joke about space expanding, but you raise quite a few valid points.
If we don't make science "cool" and find ways to get younger generations interested in research and exploration we will be eclipsed by cultures and countries which will find themselves venturing out into space for the first time. They have all our research and experience - as our endeavors are well documented. To this they will add their own technologies and experience. Information might not flow both ways, leaving us at a severe disadvantage.

By funding science and exploration we are funding our future. Our children are our future and we are leaving them at a disadvantage.

about a year and a half ago

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