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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

nsaspook Full time school in the PNW (421 comments)

Summer is the only time the weather doesn't suck here. It's 9 months of pure suck and 3 good months of summer that's usually is only mild suck. The only thing that keeps people from jumping off a bridge here is summer vacations.

about 2 months ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

nsaspook Re:The "antenna array" is a McGuffin (342 comments)

The antenna array is actually solid engineering and science. Saying each element belongs to one person is a hoot.

The dime size antenna (that looks to approximate the LC values in each small section of a lossy transmission line used as a receive Metamaterial antenna) for each listener.
http://individual.utoronto.ca/...

This is what happens when engineers and lawyers talk.

about 5 months ago
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Syria: a Defining Moment For Chemical Weapons?

nsaspook Arnaud Amalric (454 comments)

Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.

about a year ago
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After LinkedIn Clues, FOIA Nets New Details On NSA's ANCHORY Program

nsaspook Re:License? (75 comments)

Open source has another meaning in the intelligence community. Open source refers to unclassified information, such as the internet, newspapers, and other media. It's used as opposed to signals intelligence (SIGINT), human intelligence (HUMINT), etc. Often referred to as Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).

I worked with FBIS in the 70's down in Key West. Cuban TV was pretty cool and totally uncensored when they showed US movies. Fidel had a thing about 'Smokey and the Bandit".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Broadcast_Information_Service

about a year ago
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WWVB Celebrates 50 Years of Broadcasting Time

nsaspook WWV and NSA crypto (97 comments)

We had several KWR-37 devices that needed time sync to under one second worldside with the transmitting station when changing daily key cards. WWW()x was great until you where some where past SE asia, then we used the Russia time sync RWM to lock devices,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RWM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KW-37
http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/_files/uss_pueblo/Section_V_Cryptographic_Damage_Assessment.pdf

about a year ago
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One-Time Pad From Caltech Offers Uncrackable Cryptography

nsaspook Re:nothing new (192 comments)

Random physical structures have been used for this purpose for decades.

Yes, using PUF devices for OTP, challenge/response and key generation is old tech.

All you really need is a large SRAM structure to generate unique random bits for each device. A simple microcontroller with a large SRAM block works nicely.
http://trudevice.com/Workshop/program/13%20M.%20Platonov%20TRUDEVICE_2013.pdf

about a year ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

nsaspook Re:Terrorists? (856 comments)

If you don't think that criminals are terrorists, then you must be a communist. Or at least a socialist.

Or be for the fluoridation of water and foreign substances being introduced into our precious bodily fluids.

about a year and a half ago
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Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

nsaspook How times have changed in America. (1078 comments)

When I was a kid one of our class science experiments was to see who could make the best gunpowder using the classic Chinese formula.

Thank goodness for growing up in the 1960s when you could do fun things in school without being arrested.

about a year and a half ago
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European Researchers Propose Quantum Network Between Earth and ISS

nsaspook Re:Always a letdown. (209 comments)

Even in the classic universe groups of 'things' can have properties that can change at FTL speeds but they like "spooky action at a distance" effects with entangled photons can't transmit information FTL.

For example in Maxwell equations
Induced polarization current P has no constraints about speed.

http://arxiv.org/pdf/physics/0405062v1.pdf
http://www.iasf-roma.inaf.it/congress/public_html/Congress/Ardavan%20Rome.pdf

about a year and a half ago
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European Researchers Propose Quantum Network Between Earth and ISS

nsaspook Re:Always a letdown. (209 comments)

Can someone please explain to me why this can't be used for instantaneous communication purposes?

Because that would require FTL transfer of energy/information.

It's like if three people were in a room and #3 put a nickle in #1's pocket and a dime in #2's pocket completely randomly. They all know there is only the possibility of a nickle or a dime but 1&2 won't know what coin until they actually look in the pocket.

#1 flies to Mars on a rocket.
#2 stays on earth and looks in his pocket. He now knows instantaneously the value of the coin in #1's pocket on Mars.

about a year and a half ago
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Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To 10 Charges

nsaspook Re:Aiding the enemy (491 comments)

Even if his aim wasn't to aid the enemy the effect was the same because they learned valuable intelligence on our operations. I don't think he should get 365 years in prison like Jerry A. Whitworth did but when you can get life just for pimping out girls he should get out as an old man.
https://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/856/856.F2d.1268.86-1256.html
http://www.koinlocal6.com/mostpopular/story/Portland-pimp-remains-defiant-sentenced-to-life/bDDaEtsAMEWQ824ZK-5R2g.cspx

about a year and a half ago

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