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How to keep Student's Passwords Secure?

Crayz9000 KeePass (2 comments)

Try KeePass. FOSS. Has been ported/interpreted for pretty much every other platform including iOS. The KeePass files can also be hosted on cloud storage like Google Drive, so the kid won't have to keep their file with them physically.

about 3 months ago

Shadowy Tech Brokers Deliver Data To the NSA

Crayz9000 Funny title, if read too quickly (35 comments)

Now I'm half expecting Commander Shepard to show up at the NSA seeking information on the Shadow Broker.

about 3 months ago

Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

Crayz9000 Misleading headline (186 comments)

The headline is entirely misleading. South Korea's space program is NOT shutting down. Just the manned portion, as with her departure they have no more astronauts on staff.

about 4 months ago

Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

Crayz9000 Re:Gigawatts per hour (461 comments)

I wish I had mod points to upvote parent. It was almost like the copy writer had just finished watching TNG "True Q" where Data proclaimed that the Enterprise was generating 12.75 billion gigawatts per second, and thought that was a factual representation of energy units.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Crayz9000 Re:Lock-in? (589 comments)

Ribbon was driven directly by monitoring how actual users were using the software. There's a fascinating series of blog posts about where it came from and how it developed. And although my initial reaction as a "power user" was similarly sceptical, the fact for me is that most people I know who've tried it came around to preferring it after a short time.

The fact of the matter remains that while the Ribbon is clearly superior to toolbar buttons for organizing shortcuts, it should have never completely replaced the menu system. For the 20% of the time you need to find the one function that isn't immediately obvious on the Ribbon, you spend about 80% of your time hunting fruitlessly for it. If they had simply hidden the original menus with the Alt key -- the same way they did for Internet Explorer and everything else in Windows 7 -- it would have made Office more tolerable.

I won't even get into Word's continued inability to manage any sort of list, or its propensity for fucking up formatting that LibreOffice manages to handle just fine. I have refused to touch Office since 2003, and would rather switch jobs than be forced to use that horrible monstrosity of an office suite.

about 7 months ago

Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly

Crayz9000 Re:Efficiency? (234 comments)

Mechanical losses are a major issue with cars, particularly when dealing with power losses through differentials. Friction will quickly make you its bitch, which is why everything must be kept well-lubricated, and even then you have to keep the viscosity to an absolute minimum to avoid fluid load.
A completely electric drivetrain, if done right, can eliminate almost all of the moving parts that contribute to power loss. Electricity, wires, and motors. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

about 8 months ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Crayz9000 Re:wonder bout... (218 comments)

Water is hydraulic, so even if it's not touching the bottom it's still susceptible to an earthquake that pushes a column of water up.

Where, pray tell, might we find such a thing?

about 8 months ago

Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Crayz9000 Re:Yeah? (360 comments)

You prove my point. You preferred all those cars over American cars. American cars are just not as well put together as European and Japanese cars. That's why you hardly see any American cars in Europe.

Right, because Opel, Vauxhall and Ford don't sell anything in Europe. Oh, wait.

about 8 months ago

Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Crayz9000 Re:LibreOffice (285 comments)

As long as both Apache and The Document Foundation collaborate on future versions of the Open Document Format and ensure their codebases remain feature-equivalent, there's no major downside other than version confusion. On the other hand, I agree that it would be nice to see the codebases re-merge.

about 8 months ago

Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Crayz9000 Re:What now? 1 billion! (285 comments)

Pivot tables have been present in the product since at least StarOffice version 5. They were called Data Pilots until recently, when the developers realized that nobody knew a Data Pilot was the same as a Pivot Table. OpenOffice Calc has perhaps 98% of the features of Excel. Most of the confusion results from slightly different function names and other inconsistencies found with Excel (at which point I should mention that no version of Excel is 100% feature-equivalent to another, and every Excel upgrade requires retraining.)

about 8 months ago

Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found

Crayz9000 "Crowbar" detected by BICEP? (269 comments)

Crowbar? BICEP? What's next, the theoretical physicist responsible for the discovery just happens to be named Gordon Freeman?

about 9 months ago

LibreOffice 4.2 Busts Out GPU Mantle Support and Corporate IT Integration

Crayz9000 Re:It still doesn't get the job done (192 comments)

Regex support in the Find/Replace dialog works in LibreOffice. It took a moment to familiarize myself with their implementation, but it works, and it's more powerful than anything else. Try doing that in MS Office.

about a year ago

Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

Crayz9000 Re:Time to root! (324 comments)

The AOSP has the code for this, and many distros integrated that feature, for example CyanogenMOD.

I can confirm this. CyanogenMod 11 nightlies (Android 4.4.2) contain the AppOps code and the available launcher continues to work.

1 year,6 days

Software That Flagged HBO.com For Piracy Will Power U.S. 'Six Strikes' System

Crayz9000 Re:Why are ISPs in bed with big content? (292 comments)

It's puzzled me for some time that ISPs are so eager to help with these piracy measures. Can someone explain to my why they are so eager to please when there is no reasonable legal threat against them? (IIUC, the DMCA safe-harbor clauses immunize them.) The same goes for YouTube. Why is Google so eager to go above and beyond the DMCA(*)?

(*) I am aware of Viacom v. Google, but my understanding is the appellate judgment in many ways reaffirms the DMCA safe-harbor provisions.

Easy: Two of the biggest ISPs are also content owners. Time Warner and Comcast.

about 2 years ago



How a Coalition of Civil Rights Groups Sold Us Out on Net Neutrality

Crayz9000 Crayz9000 writes  |  about 4 months ago

Crayz9000 (2783019) writes "From The Nation Institute's reporting fellow Lee Fang comes the disturbing news that

[J]ust before the Federal Communication Commission closed its comment period for its upcoming rule on “network neutrality,” a massive coalition of Asian, Latino and black civil rights groups filed letters arguing that regulators should lay off of Internet Service Providers regarding Title II reclassification and accept FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s original plan. In other words, something close to half of the entire civil rights establishment just sold out the Internet.

The civil rights groups letters argue that Title II reclassification of broadband services as a public utility—the only path forward for real net neutrality after a federal court ruling in January—would somehow “harm communities of color.” The groups wrote to the FCC to tell them that “we do not believe that the door to Title II should be opened.” Simply put, these groups, many of which claim to carry the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr., are saying that Comcast and Verizon should be able to create Internet slow lanes and fast lanes, and such a change would magically improve the lives of non-white Americans.

The filings reveal a who’s who of civil rights groups willing to shill on behalf of the telecom industry. One filing lists prominent civil rights groups NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Urban League, the National Council on Black Civil Participation and the National Action Network. The other features the Council of Korean Americans, the Japanese American Citizens League, the National Black Farmers Association, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, OCA, Asian Pacific American Advocates, the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, the Latino Coalition and many more.

He finally concludes that...

Times have changed. Just as Martin Luther King Jr.’s children have embarrassingly descended into fighting bitterly over what’s left of his estate, the civil rights groups formed to advance Dr. King’s legacy seem willing to sell out their own members for a buck.


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TPP Fast-Track Bill Hits US Congress

Crayz9000 Crayz9000 writes  |  about a year ago

Crayz9000 (2783019) writes "Slashdot previously covered the unwanted elements of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Now a bill has hit the floor of the US Congress which would grant Congress the ability to fast-track it and future trade agreements into becoming law. Fight for the Future has a tool to allow US citizens to look up and contact their Congressmen. Full text of the bill is available on the Senate site. From the Senate brief:

WASHINGTON — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) joined together today to introduce legislation that will establish strong rules for trade negotiations and Congressional approval of trade pacts, to deliver trade agreements that boost U.S. exports and create American jobs.

"Create jobs", of course, being the catch-all euphemism for enriching Big Media."


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