* Posts by PleebSmasher

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PGP and S/MIME decryptors can leak plaintext from emails, says infosec professor

PleebSmasher
WTF?

how bad is it?

"these vulnerabilities pose an immediate risk to those using these tools for email communication, including the potential exposure of the contents of past messages."

"immediately disable and/or uninstall tools that automatically decrypt PGP-encrypted email"

It's not too clear. Is the encryption the problem or is it the software? Are all the PGP encrypted messages hoovered up by the NSA to be considered broken now?

"users should arrange for the use of alternative end-to-end secure channels, such as Signal"

Quick, activate the Signal vulns!

No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex

PleebSmasher
Happy

timeline planning

"Musk is known to have bad timeline planning"

An easily accepted claim, but is it actually true?

Falcon Heavy was delayed by about 5 years. But Falcon 9's thrust and payload capacity increased massively over those years, allowing SpaceX to take customers to orbit using Falcon 9 instead of Falcon Heavy. It would make no sense to fly a Falcon Heavy based on the old, impossible-to-land, expensive-to-refurbish Falcon 9 boosters from years ago.

Falcon 9 was supposed to send crew to the ISS by now as part of the Commercial Crew Program. That will probably end up at least 2 years late. But ULA's Atlas V is also in the running, and has seen the same delays. This could be chalked up to unrealistic NASA standards rather than poor planning on Musk's part. The same kinds of standards that end up delaying the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope for over a decade, but will somehow allow the Space Launch System to carry live human crew on its second flight because it's based on proven designs or something.

BFR has to potential to reach lower launch costs than Falcon 9, so it is slated to replace both Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy. It is a top priority for the company and the spaceship part is now under construction. It seems like they can get testing underway from 2019-2021, possibly with real launches as soon as 2022.

PleebSmasher
Mushroom

Re: Modular versus non-modular

What "they" failed to tell you is that all of the planned LOP-G (formerly Deep Space Gateway) components (there are 4 so far) have a mass of 10 tons or less (the first is 8-9 tons). The Falcon Heavy should be completely capable of flying these components to trans-Lunar injection orbit. What it won't be able to do is fly a manned crew capsule at the same time as the components, since SpaceX doesn't plan to human-rate Falcon Heavy, just Falcon 9 and BFR. Flying a Falcon 9 + Falcon Heavy is still about 5-15% of the cost of an SLS flight.

NASA's man managed to deceive some people with cheap justifications for the SLS. The components can fly on Falcon Heavy, and if the SLS program faces any more delays (maiden flight likely delayed to 2020, manned flight to 2022 if not later), it's possible that crew could fly on BFR.

PleebSmasher
Mushroom

I wouldn't count on a BFR Heavy. But if Congress really wanted to get bang for their buck, instead of SLS pork for their states, they could pay SpaceX to make the Interplanetary Transport System. That design could get 300 tons to LEO (reusable) and more to other destinations with orbital refueling. Compared to a modest 150 tons for BFR (reusable). And if NASA wanted to waste them like they will with SLS, they would get an incredible 550 tons to LEO, more than four times the best version of SLS.

PleebSmasher
Boffin

High mass launches further reduce costs

The BFR not only has the potential to be cheaper than Falcon 9 to launch, but it can put 150 tons to LEO in reusable mode, and 150 tons to apparently anywhere when refueled in orbit. This allows you to send telescopes and such with much more mass, meaning they can use cheaper components. It also allows you to propulsively land on Mars and other locations, which could help you do the same with rovers since they would no longer need to land using a "rocket crane" or giant bouncing airbag.

PleebSmasher
Mushroom

We have no data to suggest that SLS won't blow up on first launch.

SpaceX paid its own cash to get Falcon Heavy off the ground, and successfully tested it in full view of the world. The same will happen with BFR, possibly before SLS tries to get off the ground.

PleebSmasher
Boffin

This does NOT matter

Every single one of the planned SLS launches is to the Moon, with the upcoming ones building the LOP-G space station. Not Mars or anything. There was a planned launch to send Europa Clipper to orbit Jupiter, but the Trump administration's NASA budget proposal has indicated that mission will likely be flown on a commercial launcher instead.

By the time SLS is ready to go anywhere beyond the Moon, SpaceX's BFR will be able to send more mass faster, and even more so with in-orbit refueling.

PleebSmasher
Boffin

Falcon Heavy's lateness never mattered

Payloads that were to originally fly on Falcon Heavy ended up flying on Falcon 9, because Falcon 9's design evolved so much.

It was also better to wait until Falcon 9 boosters could be vertically landed routinely, because Falcon Heavy has 3 of them and that is where most of its potential cost savings come from. Rapid reusability is also an issue: the Falcon Heavy maiden launch used Falcon 9 Block 4 boosters, but all subsequent ones will use Block 5, the "final" Falcon 9.

Falcon Heavy is a fun launcher but it will be made completely obsolete by BFR.

Wanna design a chip that talks to silly-fast GDDR6? You'll have to talk to Rambus, too

PleebSmasher
Mushroom

Re: "...16Gbit/s per pin..."

Samsung just announced the mass production of GDDR6 with 18 Gbps per pin, which is more than Rambus can handle or the JEDEC standard actually calls for.

https://www.anandtech.com/show/12365/samsung-updates-on-gddr6-portfolio-8-gbps-ics-new-io-speed-bins-included

Facebook invents new unit of time to measure modern attention spans: 1/705,600,000 of a sec

PleebSmasher

Re: Maybe I missed something, but...

El Reg forgot to mention that the flick will also be able to encompass the weird legacy audio/video related rational numbers.

Factors like 44.1, 29.97, and 23.976023976230... (NTSC frame rate, last 6 digits repeating) will result in an integer number of flicks.

Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

PleebSmasher

I have seen phones and other products (like the Nintendo Switch) that support microSD sizes of up to 2 TB. In other words, they will support this 512 GB card and bigger cards that don't even exist yet.

SD Association needs to increase the standard to allow greater than 2 TB cards, because that limit will be hit very soon.

PleebSmasher
Happy

Re: Get real

@The Dogs Meevonks

Insert your phone into a VR headset, and you can conveniently fáp to 512 GB of glorious 360-degree pr0n anytime, anywhere.

PleebSmasher
Pirate

Re: Easily.

@Prst: "Is this going too far?"

It's not going far enough. Current SD standards max out at 2 TB, just four times the size of this card. And that includes the full-sized SD cards as well. In fact, it's past time for the Secure Digital Association to boost that ceiling to 32 TB or 1 petabyte, because there's probably no technical reason that a 2 TB SD card sporting some 3D QLC NAND can't be released in 2018-19.

There are plenty of applications where you want as high as possible of a data density. Spacecraft and drones come to mind. And while you may be able to fill your card up by being creative with audio books and Project Gutenberg, you can do it a lot faster by shooting some 8K resolution video, or 360 degree video for VR.

US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

PleebSmasher

Re: Long live marketing

Falcon Heavy: 63.8 tons to LEO

SLS Block 1: 70 tons to LEO

BFR: 150-250 tons to LEO

SLS Block 2 (years after BFR flies): 130 tons to LEO

Fixed that for you.

Revenue is vanity and profit is sanity. Right, Seagate?

PleebSmasher
Dead Vulture

1 GB is a horrific amount of data to lose!

If you have a problem with data loss, get multiple drives. Also, helium drives have had 5+ year warranties so clearly leaking is not a real problem.

Speaking in Tech: Right, he's smacked the journos. Now Trump's called the techies in...

PleebSmasher
Happy

flip it

"Just get a flip phone, bro."

That was enough to make me login again.

Quantum comms succeed over metro-scale fibre networks

PleebSmasher
Paris Hilton

Internet

Does this mean we can say quantum teleportation has been achieved over the Internet?

NASA dumps $65m into building deep space hutches for humans

PleebSmasher
Alien

Re: to Mars - [women] consume less calories.

"Since we aren't likely to be shipping a large population to Mars, the sex-based average calorie consumption isn't relevant."

If it takes up to several months for your ship to travel to Mars, you have to have several months of food supply per person, and double if it is a simple flyby/orbit and return mission, as has been proposed before. The average man weighs more than the average woman, and consumes more calories. That's more weight redirected to food that could be instead used for radiation shielding, fuel, etc.

Given that shipping women to Mars will be cheaper to some degree than shipping men, you could consider starting a colony by including some frozen sperm along for the ride.

PleebSmasher
Boffin

Re: Fat Bastards inSpace

There is a similar argument that only women should be allowed to go to Mars, since they consume less calories.

By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

PleebSmasher
Boffin

Hogwash

CMOS will be dead and replaced with something far more energy-efficient by then.

Boffins unveil 500TB/in2 disk. Yeah, it's made of chlorine. -196˚C, why?

PleebSmasher
Boffin

useful

This is important because nanobots (for medical purposes) could use a little bit of shortage.

I wonder how much memory and FLOPS nanobots will end up having before the hard limits are hit.

Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

PleebSmasher
Pint

^ sees above comments about accuracy

I have the distinct feeling that the author will be drinking at work today.

Newly spotted distant dwarf planet orbits the Sun every 700 years

PleebSmasher
Alien

boon for humanity

2015 RR245 will be closer to Earth than Pluto years before the moment of closest approach to the Sun. We'll be able to send probes there within the next 5-10 decades.

Finding an unexpectedly high amount of largish dwarf planets is a boon for humanity. We may eventually reach a point in technological development where we could live indefinitely on places like Ceres, Europa, Pluto, Sedna, or 2015 RR245. If Planet Nine exists, it will probably have some satellites we could live on as well.

"I don't want to live on a small. cold rock," you protest. Well, maybe it won't be choice. Just kidding, it really depends on the commute times between Earth/Mars and these distant objects. If 15+ year travel times could be cut to months or weeks, it would be much more tolerable and comparable to crossing the Atlantic or circumnavigating the globe centuries ago.

Science non-fiction: Newly spotted alien world bathes in glow of three stars

PleebSmasher
Alien

habitable?

So we have a planet more massive than Jupiter, super young (super hot?). If it has satellites, they could be tidally heated by the planet. The system is also exposed to light from 3 stars, albeit far-away stars.

Now this configuration doesn't seem like enough to make the conditions for life better than say, Europa. But perhaps there are other binary/triple star systems with an enlarged habitable zone due to the additional solar energy hitting planets.

Global 'terror database' World-Check leaked

PleebSmasher
WTF?

uhh

"It found terrorist profiles including the Council on American-Islamic Relations executive director Nihad Awad, joined former US President George W. Bush in a post 9/11 press conference, and the organisation itself."

I don't get it. Do you mean "who joined"? And "the news organisation", referring to Vice News?

Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

PleebSmasher
Devil

Re: There's an old saying

How about: Step away from the Xbox and take a hike.

Google's Widevine DRM doesn't quite manage

PleebSmasher
Dead Vulture

Re: by-line?

Richard didn't feel like being accused of antisemitism today.

Can gigabit fibre services revive Adelaide?

PleebSmasher
Thumb Down

gigabit is too old

You're going to need terabit-to-the-home (TTTTTTH) for a genuine revival.

Countdown to Jupiter: Juno just seven days from orbit

PleebSmasher
Alien

Re: ...when it will get dropped onto the planet.

All rovers sent to Jupiter will become platforms for airborne life to rest upon.

Broadcom plans quarter-BEEELION expansion in Malaysia

PleebSmasher
Terminator

An incredible 235 jobs to be directly created. Malaysia is lucky to host these big gains.

Lester Haines: RIP

PleebSmasher
Pint

Pours out 40oz of malt liquor

Into the ground

Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

PleebSmasher
Holmes

Re: $5 per chicken?

Let them eat eggs.

GNU cryptocurrency aims at 'the mainstream economy not the black market'

PleebSmasher

Re: Anonymous money is a relative concept

We're not talking about Bitcoin. We're talking about "anonymous-but-taxable" Taler.

PleebSmasher
Mushroom

Re: Good idea

ReTalers will not adopt this new currency.

And it aims at the mainstream economy, not the black market? I hope it has good aim, because it's either not anonymous or could work just fine for the black market. Embrace the darkness.

Jacob Appelbaum quits Tor Project amid 'sex misconduct' accusations

PleebSmasher
Holmes

Re: The blog ppst

"whilst it's all sage advice on the surface, it could also be interpreted as someone covering their bases by setting up quite nicely the 'no one is talking as they don't like the police' scenario

'..We recognize that many people in the information security and Internet freedom communities don't necessarily trust law enforcement.."

@Anon: Or it could be, you know, TRUE. Call me crazy, but Tor users and developers are a group that tend to be both paranoid and distrustful of law enforcement.

PleebSmasher
Dead Vulture

Re: The blog ppst

@Ben Tasker: No, I linked to a page on the Tor Project blog only, not the website Appelbaum mentions.

PleebSmasher
Trollface

"libel"

I take it you're British? No freedom of speech, your votes don't count, still pay for a monarchy, still ruled over by EU bureaucrats?

Anyway, not linking to the blog post is a meaningless gesture.

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

PleebSmasher
Megaphone

Re: Should have changed it to...

Or "dadadadada" for a certain song with Snoop Dogg in it.

Plutonian 'lava lamp' seas give dwarf planet a regular face lift

PleebSmasher
Alien

The "reporter" in question is also a "scientologist".

We've found the only thing dumber than the Christians populating Fox News.

Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

PleebSmasher
Megaphone

@Dadmin

"Yelling fire in a crowded theater is not fucking news, brotherrr."

FTFY

PleebSmasher
Trollface

Gawker, the media outlet

"But beyond the unnerving idea that a billionaire is prepared to use his endless trunks of money in an effort to destroy a media outlet because it personally upset him is the fact that Thiel is, in theory at least, a defender of the free press."

Gawker is, in theory at least, a media outlet.

Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

PleebSmasher
Windows

my take on this?

It's all very well and good. Nothing wrong with it at all. Please upvote me, Redmondbot.

Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

PleebSmasher
Dead Vulture

ick, ethicists

Yes, it is clearly a good thing. Do the research, find the issues with deteriorating memories, and learn how to nullify or reduce the brain and bodily damage down the road. Damage is damage. We don't write living people off just for having a traumatic brain injury. If death is just a reversible state, then assess the damage and act accordingly. And that's in the long run. In the short term, we should be reviving bodies left and right despite whatever horrifying outcomes are encountered due to damaged brain tissue. Hopefully they signed consent forms beforehand, but that is just a courtesy.

Boffins flip the unflippable: Meet the latest storage extender contender

PleebSmasher
Dead Vulture

Re: "it'll take years"

"Btw, I'm a bit confused. Isn't Moore's law about CPUs, not storage? Did I get this wrong?"

Moore's law is about whatever the author wants it to be about.

Valley VC Peter Thiel becomes an official Trump delegate

PleebSmasher
Trollface

Re: I spot a trend here ..

Dream on, anon. Trump will become President of the United States of America in 2017. He will lay into that fake progressive Hillary with complete savagery. That's assuming he needs to and that the FBI doesn't end up indicting her, and maybe decides to take out one of her aides instead. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain

Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

PleebSmasher
Boffin

Re: Next stop for Fiorina

Measuring Fiorina's career trajectory will become the new attosecond-accurate clock.

PleebSmasher
Devil

Re: On behalf of the human race

Trump 2016: Make America Great Again

IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

PleebSmasher
Boffin

cryogenic freezer burn

big blue just got cold

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