• Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    @3lucid: McEliece is mentioned as secure against quantum computing, rather than against fast factorisation. If integer factorisation is your concern, you can use elliptic curves; they're also pretty handy for making message sizes smaller, the problem is that there are...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I'm assuming calling Henry Gee uncontroversial is a joke; the man is, err, remarkably unreconstructed ( for a visible public example, his blog for fairly constant less public examples)....
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    One of the things the spooks noticed was that there were some channels which were one-to-many: 'Also, the fact that the Yahoo software allows more than one person to view a webcam stream without necessarily sending a reciprocal stream means...
  • Commented on Notes from the coal face
    Bellinghman: Have you seen _Rush_? I am very much reminded of the scene shortly after Niki Lauda meets Marlene and they end up thumbing a lift ......
  • Commented on Time tourism: some reaction shots
    @199: Oh, it's been going on longer than that. When Marco Polo crossed the Taklamakan, he found cities there - Loulan, Subashi - which had died five hundred years previously, shortly after the silkworm was introduced to the West. Not...
  • Commented on The latest news
    anonemouse: The issue is not so much that defence and offence are combined in the same organisation, but that defence has been a relatively low-budget outgrowth of an organisation whose great past glories and most visible effect on the powers-that-be...
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