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May
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comment How faster could a dedicated chip do sequential squaring modulo operations to break a time crypto capsule?
@Dunk: thanks a lot, this helps me a lot. The 100x to 1000x ballpark is very interesting and so is your detailed explanation.
May
22
comment How faster could a dedicated chip do sequential squaring modulo operations to break a time crypto capsule?
@Thebluefish: thanks, this really helps...
May
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asked How faster could a dedicated chip do sequential squaring modulo operations to break a time crypto capsule?
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awarded  Popular Question
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awarded  Notable Question
Nov
22
comment Would using rainbow tables to detect weak user passwords feasible?
great answer... That said my 'edcrfvtgb1' example is one that follows "patterns" on the keyboard: 'e' then row below is 'd' then row below is 'c' and rinse and repeat. I was using that one because there are passwords crackers that do look for those very stupid patterns that many users are using and think they're good passwords. My idea is basically to use a password cracker to look out for all these seemingly "strong" password but which are actually totally stupid. Recent security exploits and password DB leaks have shown that there are many users using such ways to "invent" passwords.
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Nov
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asked Would using rainbow tables to detect weak user passwords feasible?
Nov
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comment What does SVN do better than Git?
@JonathanHenson: that is definitely not the only reason Torvalds hates SVN. SVN may be centralized and may be a better CVS but that hardly make it a good software. Torvalds hates CVS / SVN not because they're centralized but because he considers they are pathetically bad software. Whether he's right or not is up to you to decide but seen the immense success of both Linux (and Android) --running on billions of devices-- and Git --which is pretty much taking the world by storm--, I'd think twice before disagreeing with him. The lecture Torvalds gave at Google on Git years ago is amazing.
Nov
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comment When there's no TCO, when to worry about blowing the stack?
@jozefg: ooooh gotcha! I never realized that there was this entire "loop vs recursion" thing and that, basically, you at least need one of the two. I now understand better why in Lisp dialects targetting the JVM that is such a hot topic!
Nov
7
comment When there's no TCO, when to worry about blowing the stack?
@ratchetfreak: that I understand. My question is how serious a problem this is. Seen that Java doesn't (yet) have TCO and is one of the most succesful language ever, surely the problem isn't that bad!?
Nov
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asked When there's no TCO, when to worry about blowing the stack?
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awarded  Nice Question
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awarded  Popular Question
Mar
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comment Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?
@naught101: why do you get blown away when you see that? Debian unstable can be installed and used without seeing any remote root exploit needing patching and without needing any reboot for six months easily. That's for the unstable version of Debian. I've got Debian servers locked down who reached 4-digits days of uptime (not a single remote root exploit requiring a reboot affecting my setup during that period). These guys may not be using the latest technology fad, but they're obviously doing things right. I'd give up web bug trackers for Debian stability anytime.
Mar
15
comment Why isn't Java used for modern web application development?
"People don't think Google when they think Java."... I do certainly think about Android and their Dalvik VM (which is a Java VM) when I think about Google. I also think about cool stuff like GWT (automated generation of JavaScript from Java). If there's one company that is "high" on Java, it's Google. Much more than Apple or Microsoft. Granted, Oracle and IBM are even more associated to Java than Google but still: billions of Android devices running Java apps on a Java VM is something kinda hard to think of without establishing a very strong Google / Java link.
Feb
17
comment In-house SMS (using a SIM card) receiving and sending?
the problem is that the "received and send" scenario that stuff like Nexmo suggest are basically the inverse of what I need to do. A "simple" SMS gateway ain't working in my case: I really need to send and then receive (at the very number that did the sending). From spending time reading nexmo's doc it's not clear if they support such a use case (but I'll ask them). Regarding a GPRS modem: it's interesting but the problem is that this stuff is going to be less known and less supported than, say, Android. I'd need special drivers (for Linux), probably a specific language, etc.
Feb
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asked In-house SMS (using a SIM card) receiving and sending?
Jan
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comment Are security exploits a fatality?
enlightening read: microkernel seL4 on top of which Linux can be run.