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Member Since 01 Jul 2009
Offline Last Active Jan 30 2013 01:25 PM

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In Topic: Share your wisdom! Sage thoughts related to programming you've discov...

23 January 2013 - 05:19 AM

"If you're going to be writing cryptographic code, and you're not sure what you're doing,

just put the keyboard away and ask someone qualified to write it for you. For all our sakes."


                                                                                                 - Bacterius, 2013


Or, really, the more general statement - if your code is going to be used in situations where it failing could have very real consequences, don't write the code if you cannot assume said consequences. Seriously, the Dunning-Kruger effect is omnipresent in the field of programming, and not taking it into account is a recipe for disaster. See the recent utter failure of the Mega file sharing website's launch - the developer had no clue what he was doing, and the result is painfully obvious and predictable.

I'm writing cryptographic code and I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing. Should be interesting LOL

In Topic: US Government Will Never Fix It's Financial Problems

28 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

Look at the election maps for the recent presidential election, see who voted Romney and who voted Obama. The blue dots are almost a picture-perfect portrait of the urban areas. The red dots, conversely, outline the rural. The producers. This election, more than any election I have witnessed in the context of this place, struck fear into the hearts of the producers of this country.

Posted Image What a ridiculous premise.

In Topic: US Government Will Never Fix It's Financial Problems

28 November 2012 - 01:37 AM

Job training and small business investment will minimize the unemployment problem ....

Reducing unemployment to the 4-5% area closes half of the deficits by itself, with no need to change any tax rates.

In Topic: Here's a challenge (decryption)

05 December 2010 - 09:32 PM

[quote]Original post by Sneftel
Original post by necreia
.... but there are no known attacks on AES-256, known-plaintext or otherwise. If you want to count to 2256, you'll have to start pretty early.

Not sure if that's strictly true: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/07/new_attack_on_a.html

In Topic: Where is the File Sharing war headed?

30 November 2010 - 08:50 AM

Onion routing!