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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

MpVpRb Re:Why so high? (222 comments)


It's hard to imagine any site allowing 1,000,000 bad guesses

It probably varies by site, but methinks anything over 100 or so would trigger a response

Even if the limit was 1000, same outcome

about a week ago

3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

MpVpRb I wish tech writers were more honest (132 comments)

Yes, it's a cool demo..congratulations to a bunch of cool engineers

No, it's not a 3D printed car

At best, it's a crudely 3D printed body shell over traditionally made parts

There is no 3D printing tech available now that can print a ball bearing..or gears..or springs..or a motor

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

MpVpRb Nothing (471 comments)

They are just too tiny

I would have to carry a magnifier with me

about 2 months ago

Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

MpVpRb It's more than the tie (166 comments)

It's the rules, the bureaucracy and the paperwork

about 3 months ago

Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

MpVpRb This is not new (262 comments)

In the 90s, I worked on a project in San Francisco

As I walked around the city, I saw angry rants pasted on various surfaces around town

The ranters were denouncing the "yuppie invasion" and claiming that it was ruining the neighborhood

It seemed to me, that if you replaced every occurrence of the word "yuppie" with the word "nigger", it would have fit perfectly into a KKK rant from the 50s

about 3 months ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

MpVpRb Buying a car (455 comments) the traditional sales system is not a thing that most people enjoy

Some people falsely believe they are "players" but they still get screwed

Most people are "sheep" and they get screwed faster and harder

I am not a master negotiator..I just want a car at a fair price

I always feel like a lamb in a roomful of tigers when I deal with a traditional car dealer

I'm a really good engineer, and I have many other talents..but cutthroat negotiation is not one of them

I really, really want a better system

about 4 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

MpVpRb Hybrids are a step on the road (377 comments)

The real solution is pure electric

The energy source may be batteries, supercapacitors or hydrogen..or something new??

Hybrids are at best an intermediate solution

The good news is that they advanced the manufacturing experience of electric motors and control electronics for vehicle use ,,and started consumers thinking that gasoline is not the only path

about 4 months ago

Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

MpVpRb GOOD! (188 comments)

I despise apple. I refer to them as "the distilled essence of evil"

Nice to see them wasting money on a stupid purchase

about 5 months ago

How Virtual Reality Became Reality

MpVpRb There's something about the promise.. (104 comments)

..of VR that makes writers ignore reality and talk about fantasy as if it really exists

This is an important step toward the answer..but NOT the answer..yet

VR is harder than anybody realizes

about 5 months ago

Free Software Foundation Condemns Mozilla's Move To Support DRM In Firefox

MpVpRb Re:Yawn. (403 comments)

Valiantly fighting the good fight against the evil weasels who view our freedom as a threat

He is still a hero to many of us

about 5 months ago

You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

MpVpRb No different than.. (315 comments)

..any place I worked since 1980

Engineering offices are very close to 100% male

about 6 months ago

Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

MpVpRb May I suggest an alternative... (190 comments)

Nevada County..Grass Valley, Nevada City..

Reasonable housing prices

GREAT quality of life!

60 miles from Sacramento

about 6 months ago

The Internet's Broken. Who's Going To Invent a New One?

MpVpRb My ideal internet (162 comments)

It's fast and secure

Anonymous if you want, although I think most people really don't care

Totally free of any and all censorship..of any exceptions

I don't care how compelling your argument censorship..ever..for anything..ever

Reality may be ugly..but truth is good, no exceptions

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

MpVpRb Demonstrate your worth (274 comments)

Teach them something they don't know

Solve a problem they can't solve

Become the go-to guy when stuff goes wrong

Do this, and the rest won't matter

about 6 months ago

An MIT Dean's Defense of the Humanities

MpVpRb Yes, studying humanities can be helpful (264 comments) part of an engineering degree

No, a degree in English literature will not help you find a job

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

MpVpRb Problem solving (737 comments)

Although my main profession is software, I also do circuit design, construction, metalworking, carpentry and most of the other building trades

I find that even though the specifics are different, the fundamental skill is the same..problem solving

Software, circuit design, carpentry or any of the other disciplines seem more similar than different

The steps are the same..clearly identify the problem, look at the tools and materials that are available, then find a solution using what you have to work with

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

MpVpRb Always is a long time (379 comments)

Today, the digital world is young and new

The managers are young, the employees are young, the customers are young

Once upon a time, the railroad was the hot new tech, then radio was, then tv..etc

Someday, software will be as mature, professional and boring as ball-bearing engineering

I suspect that ball-bearing engineers suffer no age discrimination

BTW..I am a 60 year old programmer who is turning away work. I work in the totally non-sexy world of embedded systems and industrial equipment

about 7 months ago

Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

MpVpRb I saw a presentation on Squeak (231 comments)

..Alan Kay's educationally oriented programming language

They said...

Most kids who take math don't learn math

Most kids who take French don't learn French

But, kids who grow up in France, have no problem learning French

We want to create "Mathland" where learning math is natural

about 8 months ago



What are your experiences with AT&T U-verse

MpVpRb MpVpRb writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MpVpRb (1423381) writes "So...late last night, this very persistent young man came to my door. He was pitching AT&T U-verse. Evidently this is some kind of hybrid fiber/copper broadband that promises high speed internet, TV and phone. He talked and talked and refused to stop, even after I told him I was not interested several times. The fact that they have resorted to high pressure door-to-door sales makes me think that the service is in deep trouble.

Have any Slashdotters tried it? If so, what are your experiences?"


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