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Lockheed Martin Purchases First Commercial Quantum Computer

pestie Re:So, how long has the NSA had one? (189 comments)

OK, fair enough - I had forgotten about one-time pads. I really should have specified "all encryption based on multiplying two large primes," since that's the vast majority of commercially-significant encryption. I'm not even sure if there's a theoretical quantum attack on elliptic-curve algorithms or not.

more than 3 years ago
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Lockheed Martin Purchases First Commercial Quantum Computer

pestie So, how long has the NSA had one? (189 comments)

So, can this thing crack all non-quantum encryption, then? I seem to remember reading about how that would only require 32 qubits or so. And whether it can or can't, if commercial offerings have come this far, how long has the NSA had a version that can crack all encryption?

more than 3 years ago
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Utah Repeals Anti-Transparency Law

pestie Re:We won? (80 comments)

Where would those of us whom do not believe in even the possibility of good government (no matter who is in charge), fit into your neat categories there?

I think you'd find them filed under "assholes."

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Access While Sailing? (Revisited)

pestie Re:Heave to! (308 comments)

I can understand the wheel/wind issue, but the current shouldn't have that much effect, since it'd be moving you along with the boat.

about 4 years ago
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Internet Access While Sailing? (Revisited)

pestie Heave to! (308 comments)

In a sailboat, one can always heave to.

about 4 years ago
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Best PC DVR Software, For Any Platform?

pestie Re:How about SiliconDust HDHomeRun (536 comments)

The HDHomeRun works very well with Myth. That's how my system here works and it performs pretty much flawlessly (at least since I diagnosed and replaced a faulty network switch that was dropping packets at random, but not enough to cause a complete failure).

I do know you won't be able to play HD content with the original Xbox, though. I have Xebian on my original Xbox and tried using it as a Myth front-end for a while but it just doesn't have the horsepower for anything over DVD resolution.

I don't know about using dual-core Atom - if you meant just for the back end, that should be fine. If you want to play back HD content, I'm not so sure. My Atom-based netbook seems to do OK (just barely) with down-scaled (to the netbook's native 1024x600 resolution) HD, but I've never tried it with a bigger external monitor. It is presumably having to do the decoding and scaling before it displays the content and it does keep up most of the time. I seem to remember it stuttering a bit on high bit-rate streams. I can't really remember much, though, as I don't really use my netbook as a Myth front-end very much.

I have no idea what DLNA is, so I can't speak to that.

more than 4 years ago
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Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

pestie That's impossible! (1040 comments)

No, see, it's impossible that Rio won, and the US sure as hell didn't lose! See, here in the US, we know that:

1) We're #1 at everything
2) We never lose

Ergo, Rio must have cheated.

more than 4 years ago
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Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

pestie Can we start with you? (1040 comments)

Little Mexico's, little China's, little Vietnam's, little Japan's.

If we're going to require people in this country use proper English, can we start with you? As Dave Barry once said, "An apostrophe does not mean, 'Look out! Here comes an S!'" Hell, that's not even a complete sentence.

more than 4 years ago
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Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

pestie Where? (1040 comments)

Where? Do any of these exist along the relatively-populated Quebec/New England border, or only in the middle of nowhere (Montana, North Dakota, etc.)?

more than 4 years ago
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Using Aluminum Oxide Paint To Secure Wi-Fi

pestie Re:Window coating, which blocks signals (271 comments)

I lived in an apartment complex in the US that had windows like this. I only discovered it when I decided to try getting a satellite TV signal through the window. The complex didn't allow satellite dishes, but I had a south-facing window. I figured, hey, why not just put the dish indoors? Glass doesn't block 10/11 GHz signals! It worked great when the window was open, but closing the window caused 100% of the signal to be blocked. I eventually ended up making an insulated double-paned "window" replacement out of two sheets of acrylic with spacers to create an air gap and sealed it along the edges with foam tape. That didn't attenuate the signal noticeably and I had my satellite TV.

more than 4 years ago
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A New Explanation For the Plight of Winter Babies

pestie "atleast?" (276 comments)

I wish there was an error bar I could put around the non-word "atleast" every time someone uses it...

more than 4 years ago
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Chrome OS Designed To Start Microsoft Death Spiral

pestie BBS's were awesome (817 comments)

I hear ya on the whole BBS thing. The geographic proximity and subsequent real-life meetings was one of my favorite things about the scene back then. Most importantly, the local BBS scene was where I met the vast majority of my past girlfriends. Sure, I met my current girlfriend through the internet, but life is a lot easier when the girls you meet online live in the next town over vs. the next country over (my girlfriend's Canadian, I'm American).

more than 4 years ago
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What Questions Should a Prospective Employee Ask?

pestie Cultural differences (569 comments)

I was surprised at how much your response here differed from many others, but then I got to the end of your post and saw you used the term "sticky tape." It made me wonder if you were British. Your home page link goes to a .uk site, so I'm guessing you probably are. Don't you think there's a good chance that there are significant differences in business culture between the UK and the US/North America?

more than 4 years ago
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I Appreciate The Ergonomics Of My ___ The Most

pestie Missing option: girlfriend (460 comments)

I appreciate the ergonomics of my girlfriend most of all. She's got curves in all the right places and my hands seem to be comfortable no matter where on her I put them.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Open Sources Wave Protocol Implementation

pestie OK, now what does it do? (183 comments)

I realize that this is Slashdot and a certain amount of technical knowledge is assumed, but I don't necessarily keep tabs on every little thing Google says or does. So would someone care to explain, even very briefly, what the hell the Wave protocol is for? Even a few words in a sentence in the summary would have been appreciated.

about 5 years ago
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Copyright Status of Thermodynamic Properties?

pestie Not even close (154 comments)

I don't know if you're trolling or just grossly misinformed, but that's not even close to correct. Lyrics are the copyrighted creative works of the person/people who wrote them. "Changing one word" does not allow someone else to then distribute the lyrics legally. That would be considered a "derivative work," the creation of which is a right provided to copyright holders under copyright law.

about 5 years ago
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What is your least favorite industry to deal with?

pestie DMV (548 comments)

I've had licenses in Florida and Massachusetts, and both places have always been reasonably efficient. Florida, with all the transient residents and constant growth, has it down to a science. Nothing at the Florida DMV takes more than a few minutes and all the people I've dealt with have been friendly. Massachusetts isn't quite as good, but they're pretty decent as well.

Every time some neocon jackass claims that socialized medicine would mean that "going to the doctor would be just like going to the DMV," I think to myself, "oh, if only..."

about 5 years ago
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Consumers May Find Smart Appliances a Dumb Idea

pestie Take out the flow restrictor (347 comments)

If you want your hot water to reach your shower more quickly, remove the flow restrictor from the shower head. Seriously. I did this in the hopes of just getting a more satisfying-feeling shower and an unexpected side effect was that the hot water reached the shower in about 1/4 - 1/5 the time it used to take.

Some of you may be worried about what such a move would cost. I live alone and only pay about $7 - $8 a month for water, so I really wasn't worried about the effect on my water bill. I did look for an effect, though, and if it was there, it was only a matter of a few cents.

For those of you who shout, "OMG teh envir0nm3nt!!1!" - I have a septic system, so all that gray water is just going back into the ground anyway. And besides, if the People's Republic of Canada doesn't feel the need to regulate people's water flow rates, why should we here in the good ol' US of A?

Flow restrictors are usually separate, easily-removable components of shower heads and faucets. Do yourself a favor and take them out. You'll be amazed at how much better a shower feels when the volume of water hitting your skin increases dramatically.

about 5 years ago
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Lenovo Software Update Stealthily Installs Adware

pestie Those who care about looks... (186 comments)

Not all of us care how our machine actually looks.

And those who do generally buy Macs.

more than 5 years ago
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Best eSATA JBOD?

pestie How does battery back up help? (210 comments)

I've often wondered this and have yet to see an answer to it. How does having battery back up on your RAID card's cache help anything when your operating system is probably doing a buttload of caching in system RAM? A crash or power outage is still going to throw that away, leading to a just-as-corrupted filesystem.

more than 5 years ago

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