Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Elliptic curve PRNG “back door” proof-of-concept... Aris Adamar explores the leaked exploit, and concludes (appropriately): “Yikes!”
have detected Chang'e (the Chinese lunar lander and rover) on the moon's surface, though not quite in the expected position...
But there is a delicious little irony contained within the story. The ship is Russian flagged, and it's a sort of global warming tourism effort: there are a few actual climate scientists on board (warmists all), along with a number of paying passengers who are hoping to contribute in some small way to climate science. Their goal on this trip was to document decreasing ice coverage due to global warming; instead they ran into record high ice levels.
But that's not the irony of which I speak. Here it is: those people on that ship need accurate weather data to guide their actions (and, hopefully, a rescue) over the next few days. They didn't have access to that data. So they reached out to some well-known sources of good (meaning accurate) weather data – including John Coleman and Anthony Watts, both leaders in the global warming skeptic community. They are doing their best to help.
Some background on the expedition here. Their leader, climatology professor Chris Turney, looks quite foolish on the evidence at hand...
Awesome response to a cease-and-desist letter... A bar in Missouri had a beer whose name was dangerously close to Starbucks' “Frappucino” Starbucks' lawyers sent them one of the usual over-the-top cease-and-desist letters. The bar owner's response is wonderful!
California leads the way! ... in small business discouragement. Says Andy Puzder, CEO of Hardees' parent company:
Under the current U.S. business climate, regulatory and tax restrictions tend to curb otherwise dynamic entrepreneurial energy. We’d love to see more growth in domestic markets. Unfortunately, it’s easier for our franchisees to open a restaurant in Siberia than in California.That's the way, Sacramento! Let's not have any of those job-producing, consumer-pleasing fast food joints in our state!