Archive for December, 2010

Data Encryption – How Long Will It Last?

December 18, 2010 Leave a comment

“In the indictment that led to the expulsion of ten Russian spies from the U.S. in the summer of 2010, the FBI said that it gained access to their communications after surreptitiously entering one of the spies’ homes, during which agents found a piece of paper with a 27-character password.

In other words, the FBI found it more productive to burglarize a house than to crack a 216-bit code, despite having the computational resources of the U.S. government behind it.

That’s because modern cryptography, when used correctly, is rock solid. Cracking an encrypted message can require time frames that dwarf the age of the universe.

That’s the case today. But within the foreseeable future, cracking those same codes could become trivial, thanks to quantum computing.”


How Should We Pronounce “ASUS”?

December 18, 2010 Leave a comment




Nope, all wrong.

We’ve been informed by ASUS that its head honcho has recently set a new rule in an attempt to rid our frustration, so what used to be “Ah-seuss” is now “A-seuss” (or “Eh-SUS” according to Taiwanese phonetics, as pictured).

The logic behind this?”


Android 2.3 Gingerbread on Samsung Galaxy S

December 18, 2010 Leave a comment

“Hold on to your hats, people, there’s a wind of awesomeness coming through. The Nexus S is no longer the only Gingerbread game in town, courtesy of supercurio over on the xda-developers forum, who has ported the hot new phone’s Android 2.3 install over to its Samsung forefather, the Galaxy S.”



Spectacular Photos of 2010!

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Pilot Capt. Brian Bews parachutes to safety as his a CF-18 fighter jet plummets to the ground during a practice flight at the Lethbridge County Airport for the weekend airshow in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Lethbridge Herald, Ian Martens, File) has come up with an album of spectacular photographs belonging to events that happened around the World during 2010. Surely deserves to be seen (warning: some of them are graphic in nature).


Another Step Towards Achieving “Spintronics”

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

“Researchers have successfully transferred spin information from an electron to a more robust atomic nucleus, accessing the information 2,000 times in 100 seconds before it decayed.

It was believed to be the first demonstration of electrically readable nuclear spin memory, and could pave the way for spin-based electronic devices – or ‘spintronics’ – of the future.

While conventional electronics used the flow of electrons to transfer information, spintronics stored information in an electron’s spin and magnetic moment.

Spintronic devices thus generated less heat from electron transport and were expected to require less energy to run.

In a paper published in the journal Science today, the researchers explained that current methods of detecting nuclear spins relied on optical or microwave technology.”


The Actual Cost of A Smartphone

December 17, 2010 1 comment

“You know how much you paid for your phone. But how much did the materials inside it cost the company that built it?

They all cost roughly the same to manufacture, but how people spent that money shows: Apple ponied up more for the iPhone 4 housing than anyone else bothered to, while RIM’s processor budget was predictably meager for the Torch. Nokia’s N8 gambled big on the N8’s 12MP camera, but underspent most other places.”



United Nations is Going to Control the Internet?

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

“The United Nations is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to harmonise global efforts by policy makers to regulate the internet.

Establishment of such a group has the backing of several countries, spearheaded by Brazil.

At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would to attempt to create global standards for policing the internet – specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks.

The Brazilian delegate stressed, however, that this should not be seen as a call for an “takeover” of the internet.

India, South Africa, China and Saudi Arabia appeared to favour a new possible over-arching inter-government body.

However, Australia, US, UK, Belgium and Canada and attending business and community representatives argued there were risks in forming yet another working group that might isolate itself from the industry, community users and the general public.”