217 posts • joined Thursday 6th September 2007 16:36 GMT
Re: "You could make a random number generator"
Atmospheric noise (and other sources) have been done, although I suppose you'd want a plugin device instead of a web site. To quote myself from over a year ago:
Other sites that have done this: Lavarnd (<http://www.lavarnd.org/>, yes, randomness from a lava lamp), Hotbits (<http://www.fourmilab.ch/hotbits/>, "Genuine random numbers, generated by radioactive decay"), and Random.org (<http://www.random.org/>, which uses atmospheric noise).
Well... actually, we commentards had to nag them into doing it. But to their credit, they are now doing it.
Thank you, reviewers.
Okay, The Calamitous Calamari Is Fun...
And side-note, the Kickstarter project to propel objects like cubesats has succeeded .
Having said that, I do want a patch with the NRO logo.
All the "don't do it" comments just show that the terrorists have won.
Considering the no-sense-of-humor types have been in place since planes were hijacked to Cuba, the terrorists (current batch) are just a variation on an old theme. Only the things to watch for have changed.
Okay... I dislike our current copyright system, and bravo to Australia for shining a light on TPPA negotiations, but "running the US software industry into the ground"? Cite, please?
Speaking of citations, crediting the National Commission on Excellence in Education's famous quote to Jerry Pournelle says something about your own education.
Re: A bodacious attempt, it sits well with this commentard.
Surely a round for the El Reg staff would cost more than £500?
Re: I'm on it
What, you prefer that over Slippery Rock's high-tech cooling system?
(Actually, I could see combining the two... hmm.)
No One Is Watching
Damn. Does that make me part of an identifiable demographic?
Not at all. There are no thought police in Canada.
Derbyshire Was Astonishing
Of all the anniversary articles The Reg has presented so far, this is by far the best. BBC special effects manged to do a lot with very little, and one of the reasons for that is the sound that accompanied them.
The theme song itself is still a marvel and the admiration I have for Derbyshire for creating the "orchestra" that played it is limitless.
Re: The best one?
Yes, the problem with judging the best is that one has to also consider the quality of the scripts. I think Peter Davidson could easily have ranked higher in viewers' estimations if the script quality hadn't started dropping around that time.
(Is it my imagination or did Davidson get saddled with a large number of scripts with downer endings, including Tegan's departure?)
I came in with Tom Baker, and still rank him highly, but I really like Smith, who seems to have incorporated much of what I like about Baker and Troughton in his performance.
None if you live in a well-lit city, but in more remote areas the ability to have the home lights on before you get home is a plus.
The internet-lightbulb is something of a straw dog anyway. The question is rather "what devices would it make sense to remotely control", and while the fanboi-types will certainly go overboard, in my case the ability to remotely monitor the temperature (and choose to turn on the air-conditioning) would be a plus for example. Or to turn on the outdoor lights.
All this time and not one visit to Canada?
Even as an American, I find that suspicious. At the very least there ought to be a Cyberman or two roaming Saskatchewan.
But Will It Handle ANSI Escape Sequences?
I've been thinking about replacing the CRT on my VT100 terminal.
What? You mean you don't have a VT100 terminal?
(Think of it as last-century steampunk. Steampunk moderne, if you will.)
Re: Compressing the Helium
There's something about the idea of duck voices screaming in terror as they drop that just amuses the evil, evil side of me.
Hmm. They have Sargon Chess. I remember when it was famous, and I even have the book with the source code in it (yes, a published book with Z80 source code listings). They specify 1981 in the listings, so presumably it has some improvements over the 1978 version.
(For those who want to look it up [good luck], it's Sargon: A Computer Chess Program by Dan and Kathe Spracklen, ISBN 0-8104-5155-7.)
Symmetry is Boring
Obviously an asymmetric design needs to be the choice. So that gives us the ones by Dirk Duckhorn, Gareth Jenkins, and ... Ariadne.
(Nit pickers will mention the ones by Adrian Lynch and Marten Erdelen, I consider those to be symmetries of a different sort.)
Obviously this means that combined with the groundswell of opinion offered by your other posters, Adriane is the clear front-runner.
Re: Inferior glass - Don’t be silly.
Honestly, the notion that I could pound like a gorilla is actually flattering.
Somewhat relevant: 1971 American Tourister commercial.
Re: Am I the only American who wants U of M to lose?
Well... the refusal to lend out tools isn't a great attitude, but on the other hand they at least aren't saying anything like this:
They are probably staying in the best hotels too.
So you're from Ohio?
Re: They seem to be doing everything right, apart from...
"Starting fractured is not great."
Except, as Steve Knox pointed out above: "A few variations of the same CPU architecture and a few variations of the same general GPU architecture?"
As someone who prefers ATI/AMD's offerings, I'd actually prefer a bit more fracturing.
Re: I'd love to know
It's in the "no data" category , but that just raises the question of why there is no data. I certainly didn't notice any thought police hanging around on my last few trips up North.
Re: ... their half dozen terminal sessions.
I ... rarely had more than three sessions going at a time. I feel so inadequate now.
The Obvious Way to Decide
Coldfire. Because it has the coolest name.
(Specs? What are those?)
Re: some good points...
As for Thorium and fusion, those will be interesting in the future ...
Fusion, yeah well, I'm still hoping to see it within my lifetime. Thorium though is for all practical puroses here: CANDU reactors would have no trouble making use of it (the adjustments that I can see being necessary have to do with the level of heat capture, there may be others).
No, I mean another passive or low power display tech. One which does proper colour.
They exist, although currently the color is so washed out as to be almost indistinguishable from grey scale. The reviews so far have been uniformly low.
It's a technology that isn't quite ready yet. Presumably it will get better given a few years. I know that I'd trade in my e-reader the moment even a four-color screen appeared.
More press conferences should be held after a few beers, is all I can say.
Logo Problem Perhaps
My apologies to the graphic designer who created it, but at my first glance at the Joint Design Direction logo on the wall, my brain said to me, "Why are they using a hangman's noose next to their name?"
Re: …all written in C, … no easy way to hitch it to a Python app
…all written in C, … no easy way to hitch it to a Python app
Yeah, the Perl, Python, and Ruby communities would like to have a word with you...
(Presumably other languages too.)
Re: I looked at the code.
Here is a real-world example of what happens to security when you have blinders on:
A gaping security hole has existed in a popular open source tool for literally years because the maintainers just can't accept that they have a weakness.
Ouch. I was completely unaware of this, and I've used FileZilla. Thank you for the heads-up.
Re: Linus is totally wrong
No, you dont. I studied cryptography back then, and I remembered that some company, was it Netscape?, used the space left on the hard disk as one of the inputs to create random numbers. They used "PC noise", that is for sure. It seems you have not read the same story as I did.
Please don't mix and match stories. I was referring to your reference to Knuth's mixed-input RNG, and nothing else. Obviously, his conclusion, which you used repeatedly and wrongly, had to do with linear congruential generators, and nothing else.
As for Netscapes's alleged use of a bad source of randomness, no one is disputing that bad sources of randomness exist. But that has nothing to do with Knuth's example, and has even less to do with current cryptographic random number generators, except as a cautionary tale. At best you are woefully out of date on the state of current technology.
Re: Linus is totally wrong
I know of the story you're referring to, and you're mis-stating it. First, the "mixed sources" random number generator used linear congruential generators -- no PC noise, no cryptographic hashing, and no use of Blum, Micali, and Yao's paper published in 1984 (which is referenced in the current edition of Knuth, see page 179). Knuth argued that if you're going to use a LCG random number generator, use one -- don't mix them.
This obviously has nothing to do with the current situation, and has had nothing to do with modern cryptographic-level random number generators for twenty years now.
Do Knuth a favor. Stop misquoting him, and buy the latest edition of his The Art of Computer Programming. It is quite worth it.
The unforced style did catch my eye too (also my favorite, SWIFT, which had the best unforced style, didn't make it to the voting list).
Plus the mild rudeness (as opposed to gross rudeness) was a plus.
Who can take the sunrise, sprinkle it with dew...
Nylon? Not powdered sugar? I'm disappointed.
Well, maybe you can make smaller scale versions of your models to decorate your victory cakes.
The Flight of the Cybearg
Blowing raspberries at us from above...
1. Also known as the Bronx Cheer in the U.S. Sorry, I don't know if there's a Brit equivalent term.
The Most Important Asset
And Alienware remains safe for a while yet...
Re: Lava lamp
Yup. Brief history courtesy of The Straight Dope: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/568/how-do-lava-lamps-work
Re: Too Little, Too Late
Sure, and the reason one would want a 68000 chip is to run a MacOS. Oh, wait...
The x86 chips are not going away yet, true, and they may hold the lead for a very long time, but it's not guaranteed that they'll still hold the majority. What's going to drive chip choice now is the software that runs on it, and there are plenty of platforms that would be equally happy running on a PowerPC as on an x86 chip.
Re: lol smartwatches
Shrug. I've been wearing my Pebble for months now. It does exactly what (as an extension to my phone) I want without going overboard (I don't need an Android operating system on my watch).
Wearable tech is fine as long as has the features you actually need.
Re: curly bracket hell....
Huh. Was there a time when punch cards and curly braces ever intersected?
(The only time I ever used punch cards was for the CDC 6000 series of machines, and braces were not in its character set.)
Re: Or, Alternatively, the UPI Style Manual
Which is completely reasonable.
(I find it interesting that we're getting downvotes over indentation style. Obviously the obsessive-compulsive indenters are out in force today.)
Or, Alternatively, the UPI Style Manual
I think I'll wait until the Chicago Manual of Style weighs in.
Jokes aside, style guides can prevent a certain amount of irrational anger in a group coding effort. I have my preferred style, but setting up one's editor for the employer-of-the-month's style can save a lot of aggravation.
(Oh, and of course indentation should be done with tabs. This fad for indenting with spaces is troubling.)
I like how the playmonaut, with all that open space to chose from, went straight for the trees.
And for those who haven't done it yet, for God's sake don't click on the soundtrack. Just don't.
Follow The Bouncing Ball
That's a lot of code for a bouncing ball.
Yep. It always is (he said, remembering the first Macintosh with a certain amount of trauma bubbling to the surface).
Re: It's a bit like a kitchen
Wow, you really think that's reality? Kitchens don't work like that.
(Now that the non-disclosure agreements have expired, the explanation for participant behavior was found to be simple and obvious: sleep deprivation and alcohol. Yeah, real professional set-up you're filming there.)
Re: The Real Spin Doctors
Tch. We have cricket in the U.S., at least in my geographical area. No trip to Manchester (or paying for a premium sports channel) required.
Granted, watching the game and understanding the game are two entirely different things...
Re: "a human who takes on an android as his partner "
"P.S. : where'd the bloody link function go to ?"
Maybe it's the ".ord" instead of ".org" that has the software befuddled?
The Real Spin Doctors
This is some nice work. Given that for a long while there were people who insisted that a (baseball) curveball motion was an optical illusion (LIFE magazine, July 27th 1953), it is good to see some actual math.
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