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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

DMUTPeregrine Re:This makes sense. (279 comments)

I have an algorithm. I open Keepass, type my master password, and use the generator to make a password for that site!

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

DMUTPeregrine Re:Ridiculous! (590 comments)

Freyja is also a goddess of War and Death. She takes half the slain warriors, Odin takes the other half.

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

DMUTPeregrine Re:It was bound to happen (163 comments)

So people have a "right to be forgotten" except by people actually publishing information about them. If the public record is important enough to preserve in violation of this "right" then telling people how to access the public record is surely an important duty.

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

DMUTPeregrine Re:It was bound to happen (163 comments)


The site owner should be responsible, not the search engines who don't host the content.

about two weeks ago
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Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

DMUTPeregrine Re:Surprise (114 comments)

The problem is that you can't hide things from the service provider with nothing but a browser. You need an addon or such to do secure crypto. You need to decrypt the password database locally, in-browser, and without an addon that means using JS crypto, which isn't ideal. Your mailing example is very different, since it doesn't matter if the service provider knows the address and financials, they're the intended recipient of the info! With a password manager, you don't want the service to be able to learn the contents of the encrypted database. That means the encryption/decryption must be done client-side.

That said, it's perfectly possible to store the encrypted database on the internet. A local encryption/decryption program (like Keepass) works just fine, and if combined with a cloud storage client that also does local encryption/decryption (Wuala, Spideroak, etc) it should be quite secure.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

DMUTPeregrine Re:Why is this news? (443 comments)

I step off my bike, hit the walk button, and wait for the walk signal. Then I walk the bike across the crosswalk and get back on. It's really easy to become a pedestrian with a bike, and therefore be subject to the laws governing pedestrians. Just get off the bike!

about two weeks ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

DMUTPeregrine Re:Forget reading, GET AN IMPLANT! (87 comments)

Jetpacks are possible, but probably will never be practical.
The issue is the energy density of the fuel. If the energy density is low it takes a lot of fuel, which reduces flight time. If the energy density is high, it's a bomb strapped to someone's back, which means adding safety features, which add weight, which reduces flight time.
Jetpacks have been made, and they do work, but only for short times. You'll never fly around in one like a helicopter, the chemistry simply doesn't support it.
Sadly, Robbie Rocketpants shall forever be a part of the diseased imaginations of utter smegheads.

about three weeks ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

DMUTPeregrine Re:Best editor? (197 comments)

Well, it's certainly better than timothy...

about three weeks ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

DMUTPeregrine Re:One non-disturbing theory (304 comments)

Why, you're perfectly correct! The arrangement of the atoms doesn't matter one bit, just the constituent elements. Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) is perfectly safe to eat!
Oh wait no it isn't. Even though it's just hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen.

about a month ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

DMUTPeregrine Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

Failure to account for cheating and lying by anyone who can get away with it is a fundamental failure. Any theory of economics that assumes things dramatically at odds with reality (eg rational actors, perfect information, fair behavior, etc) is utterly useless when applied to reality. A bit like how the classical physics example of a spherical cow in a vacuum is really, really bad at modeling the movement of livestock. Thankfully physics has gotten rather far beyond such toy models, hopefully economics will get there too.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

DMUTPeregrine I hate the feeling of watches (427 comments)

I hate the feeling of a watch on my wrist. I'm not sure why, but I never liked it. When I was a kid before cell phones became common I discovered that, and quickly became the only kid in high school with a pocket watch. And a pocket smart watch is just a cell phone. Possibly with a lanyard, though my current phone (SGS4) sadly lacks a way to attach one.

about a month ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

DMUTPeregrine Re: Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

At the same time, any sufficiently advanced malice is indistinguishable from incompetence.

about a month and a half ago
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"Eskimo Diet" Lacks Support For Better Cardiovascular Health

DMUTPeregrine Re:low carb and low PUFA vs high Omega-3? (166 comments)

The issue with n=1s is that they can always be contradicted. For example, I'm almost the opposite of you.

I'm male. I'm 5'9" and weigh 118-120 lbs. I eat mostly bread and vegetables, rice, potatoes, with some meat and fruit. I can't stand most fat (most fatty acids taste like something rotting to me) and so I tend to have a very low fat intake. HCLF, effectively. I tend not to feel hunger much, so I use alarms to remind me when to eat. I'm active, I have stamina, and my biggest problem is keeping away from being dangerously underweight. When I diet I generally increase the meat/eggs/dairy amounts I eat in an attempt to gain some weight because I've gotten too thin. If I ate "as much as I feel like eating" I'd probably be grossly malnourished.

Different things work for different people. While it's true that no one can escape thermodynamics (if you eat less than you use, you'll lose weight) it's also true that if a diet is uncomfortable people won't stay with it. There's also the issue of bioavailability of the energy, the number of calories you actually get from a serving of food can't be more than what is measured by a calorimeter but it can be less.

about a month and a half ago
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Man Arrested For Parodying Mayor On Twitter Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

DMUTPeregrine Re:Jonathan Daniel won the legal lottery (163 comments)

It was listed as being a parody account several days before the raid.

about a month and a half ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

DMUTPeregrine Re:Another Case of Life Imitating The Simpsons (625 comments)

Milk and cereal can spontaneously combust in this world too, if you enjoy the rich taste of potassium flakes.

about a month and a half ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

DMUTPeregrine Re:i would (197 comments)

I just moved, got comcast, hooked up my modem & router (brought my own, but reset to factory defaults before install) and got ipv6 out of the box. No mucking about needed.

about a month and a half ago

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