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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

Nemesisghost Re:password manager (191 comments)

I've not heard of Lastpass. But when I was looking for a password generator I found KeePass & use that. I then have a cloud drive I keep the DB stored on & install the app on w/e device I need/want to access the accounts stored within on. And while I've not done this myself, I have see KeePass auto enter Username/Password into a website. I just copy/paste them manually, and the apps erase the clipboard after 30sec for the more security conscience.
Using a password manager of any sort allows you to have long random passwords and not have to actually remember any of them, unless you secure access to them with another password. Considering the issues that have been highlighted where having multiple significant accounts tied to the same username & password, I would highly recommend everybody use some sort of a password manager besides a web browser password storage.

about 2 months ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

Nemesisghost Re:Why? (120 comments)

Actually, the scenario I was describing is one that would benefit most multiplayer games, even locally rendered ones. With multiplayer games you aren't just rendering 1 scene & responding to the inputs from the one viewing the scene, but several players' inputs all at once, then have to make sure that the scene for all those players are correct. You can see the problems lag introduces when you do a large portion of the calculations on the server(as to prevent or deter cheating) in games like FFXIV(Google "FFXIV Titan Extreme Lag Issue" to see what I mean). Even when nobody has crippling lag issues, it's still evident when you see your entire party burst move at the last second to avoid a killing blow, when you know that they would have moved at the same time & speed you did. And this is a game where not only is the scene rendered locally, but all the primitives are available from local sources as well.
Using these predictive algorithms for player input & scene construction, would allow you to ship several scenes to each player, showing not only their immediate actions but the predicted actions of the other players. By predicting the actions of each player, the server could then more correctly account for those actions even when lag issues might have prevented the player from reacting the mob's attack quickly enough. As it stands right now, due to lag you might not even see the attack happen, even if it has a long cast/charge time, before you are hit with it.

about 2 months ago
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Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

Nemesisghost Re:Why? (120 comments)

Where I see this as highly beneficial is WebGL based games. You can construct most of each scene on the server, ship it to the browser & have the browser do the final rendering. But to do the scene construction, you'll need to know each player's actions. If you can predict this, then you can ship several different based on your predictive algorithms, then have the browser render the one that closest matches what was actually done. Since DeLorean includes a corrective depth & rotation matrix, you can avoid some of issues with mis-predictions.
I kinda want to see how they implement it so that I could play with it. Plus, I wonder if it could be applied to other branching activities.

about 3 months ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Nemesisghost Re:Before leaving, Steve did ALS Ice Bucket Challe (142 comments)

Oh, you mean where rich people get to waste a bunch of water(and even more energy to freeze some of that water) to get out of paying money to a charity? Yeah, great job guys.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Nemesisghost Corporate Culture (368 comments)

While I haven't worked for a large number of companies(only 4), I can say that corporate culture defines these types of interactions more than any executive degree ever will. When you have a company that is solely focused on profits, you will always end up with situations like this. Yet, when you have a company that values their customers, things like this will very rarely happen. The last company & the one I currently work for are both for profit(one public & one private), but put their customers first over that profit. This happens from the CEO down to those who are the face of the company people by interacting with the "customers". The attitude of service to the customer is ingrained as a part of the culture, and any deviation from this is unacceptable.

Contrast that with the companies I worked early on(a telemarketer & a "small loan" company) and it's night & day. These 2 companies only wanted profit, at the cost of mistreatment of their customers & employees. The attitude was to treat everybody suspiciously, and employment metrics were based on how much money you made the company. I now find it funny to see the excuses they used to justify the "good" work they were engaged in.

This is why people like to shop at mom & pop stores, which usually cost more, than Wal-Mart. The owners of these small shops care more about their customers & making sure that they leave a good impression, than they do the immediate sale. Now this might not be for truly altruistic purposes, as mom & pop shops live and die by word of mouth, but that doesn't mean it isn't appreciated.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Nemesisghost Re:Engineering (509 comments)

This is what I was hoping someone would say. If you look at each of the "revolutions" that displaced a large portion of our workforce with some sort of automation, the automation was done & handled by what amounts to engineers today.

about 4 months ago
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California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

Nemesisghost Re:Mexico Vaccinates Better Than The US (387 comments)

of the 621 people known to have come down with whooping cough in San Diego county, the vast majority (85 percent) were up to date on their immunizations.

Here's the problem with that statistic: If 90% of the people in San Diego county are up to date on their vaccinations, and the per capita of individuals was equal, then you'd end up with about 63 of the 621(or 90%) of whooping cough individuals as having their vaccinations. To truly see how well the whooping cough vaccination is working, you need to compare it to the percentage of total vaccinations. If the % is higher than the vaccinations total, you've got a problem, otherwise we can continue to blame un-vaccinated individuals as the problem.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

Nemesisghost Re:The Joy of C (352 comments)

I still have my copy of "The Joy of C" & have lent it out to several people trying to learn C/C++. Great book.

about 6 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Nemesisghost Re:If you regulate properly, we'll stop our busine (286 comments)

In addition to what spire3661 said, I've not increased the amount of water I'm using because there aren't new ways to use it as there were when the pipes were installed. Even if I added a hot tub or a pool, that would only significantly increase my water usage 1x, then it would go back to levels near what I was at before.

The same cannot be said about our internet usage. New applications have continuously come out that have increased our appetite for data. When I 1st got on the internet, 56k dial up was more than adequate for anything available. Later when I started college, 1.5Mbps was far faster than anything available at the time, and so provided speeds that were generally unnecessary for all but pirating movies. Now, anything less than about 15Mbps won't cut it. And to get that, even in a large city, you are going to pay almost $100/month.

about 6 months ago
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Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

Nemesisghost Re:Who would have guessed? (217 comments)

Source or your're a shill.

I'll take you up on that. How's a simple Google search as a citation? The ads are all for "organic pesticides". Followed by several articles & websites either offering advice in what can be used(one of which is to use tobacco water, which generally has the same effect as how this pesticide is used) or explaining how these methods are just as bad or worse than regular pesticides.

The thing I learned by going over several of the articles turned up by this search is that the difference between an "organic" farm & a non-organic one isn't that there are no pesticides or that they aren't a factory farm, but that they only use naturally occurring and often unregulated pesticides, frequently at much higher application levels. Even worse, is that some of the pesticides & pesticide methods have much the same effect as synthetic ones, mainly because the base compounds are related(like using tobacco water versus neonicotinoids, as both are based on nicotine-like chemicals). What I see is no different than homeopathic remedies vs traditional medicine.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Nemesisghost Re:Lock-in? (589 comments)

But that's just it. For an organization to have to report that something is broken means it's not worth the cost, even if that cost is free. In addition, bug reporting is fine when you are a technical person. But think about those who actually make the decisions, they usually aren't technical and will be unwilling to report that something is broken beyond the guy who convinced them to use a broken product. And that phone call/meeting will end up with the decision maker demanding that they spend the money so at least he can have something that works, if not the entire organization.

about 7 months ago
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Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Get Lawyers Fees In Patent Cases

Nemesisghost Re:Republicans screw engineers again (51 comments)

You sir are as others have pointed out a troll. 1st, what the hell does the GOP have to do with this ruling? I get that there are 5 conservative justices vs 4 liberal ones, but that has bitten the GOP in the ass as much as it has helped. So that can't be it. 2nd, this helps a small inventor as much as it hurts him. Like others will point out, if an inventor's claim is strong & not just adding to an old idea then the inventor will be able to file a lawsuit and get not only the infringement payment, but also the law suit fees. On the other hand, if a big IP troll comes after a mom & pop hotel b/c they use wireless routers, then they can make sure that they are able to fight the suit w/out having to worry about losing their business to paying for the lawsuit.

about 7 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Nemesisghost Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

But I would argue that criminals don't sit back and have a leisurely debate about the pros and cons of committing a crime that would engender capital punishment, prior to carrying it out. If anything such crimes are committed on a more emotional/spontaneous basis.

Yet criminals do factor in criminal punishments when they commit their crimes. If this were not the case, the murderers wouldn't try so hard to cover up what they did & wouldn't go to lengthy measures to make sure either their deed goes undiscovered or that they cannot be tied to it. We wouldn't have drug dealers running to non-extradition countries to avoid the penalties of their crimes. Gangs & other criminal organizations would enforce a code of silence on their members and those around them if they weren't worried about being caught.

I would argue that very little crime is spontaneous or emotional. Criminal spontaneity does not exist, as the crimes one is caught doing is usually only the tip of the iceberg of one's behavior. Look at it this way, how many speeding tickets are given out to people whose only time speeding was at that exact instant in which they were observed by a policeman? Isn't more likely that they had a habit of speeding & just happened to be caught that one time?

As for crimes being emotional, that's rarely the case either. The emotion most closely associated with crime would be anger, and yet how often are people angry but don't go out on an unplanned murderous rampage? Other crimes often happen with a lack of emotion. Or did you think Bernie Madoff felt anything besides greed when he ripped off all those people? Did Edwin Ramos of MS-13 have any feelings when he murdered a father & his 2 sons b/c they cut him off? And do you think this guy actually cared about the infant he raped & murdered?

about 7 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Nemesisghost Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

Well, considering what deSade was accused of & what this guy was convicted of, I'd say deSade is probably this guy's saint.

about 7 months ago
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Nemesisghost Re:Not that good (188 comments)

Open source software is often made freely available at no costs to downloaders and embedders. There is little incentive for these users to pay anything for it, including for support, since the main reason to adopt this software is to not pay at all.

Well, one could hope that issues like this will prompt those selfish companies to begin either developing their own software & quit relying on the freely given work of others or give them an incentive to support those who are building the critical software components. My personal opinion is that if a company is going to utilize a FOSS project and do self support, that they would provide some sort of resource back to the project.

Further aggravating the issue is the claim by activists that the software code is reviewed by millions of people as it is freely available to anyone. The fallacy of this claim resides in the lack of interest of anyone to do this. Indeed, who would review other people's code for free or for fun?

I happen to know several people who like reviewing & examining other people's code, especially complex code like what one would find in OpenSSL. These are the same type of people who just so happen to be the ones fixing a lot of the bugs you run into in OSS projects. It is people like that who make OSS projects succeed. I mean Linus Torvalds wrote Linux as a hobby project, and continued to review people's additions as a part of that hobby(now he gets paid to do what he was doing for fun). I personally don't do it because my free time interests lie elsewhere, but I enjoy software development enough that I would without those other distractions. So I'd say your argument is invalid.

about 7 months ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Nemesisghost Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Case Comparision (824 comments)

So how does this compare to the rights that the owners of Hobby Lobby have asserted as a means for not paying for health care plans that provide certain forms of birth control? Is asking for this guy to step down as head of Mozilla not the same as asserting that the personal beliefs of the heads of a corporation or organization set them for the organization as a whole? I ask because I don't see how you can ask Brendan Eich to step down because of his beliefs without at the same time allowing the Greens to have religious exception to Obamacare.

about 7 months ago
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Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots

Nemesisghost Re:Sinister? (482 comments)

But here's where you are better than any anti-vacc'r. You actually did vaccinate your child, but found it introduced other problems. And I'm willing to guess that had that not happened, you would have continued to do so. Most anti-vacc'rs won't even try. They think that their inaction has less of a risk than actually taking an action.

about 9 months ago
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All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

Nemesisghost Re:Yeah, but women want it all (427 comments)

It's not just feminist who are this way, but all special interest groups. Everybody claims they want equal treatment, but in reality what they want is preferential treatment. And the ones who get screwed over are those who belong to the formerly dominate class, but never leveraged this dominance for themselves, who now find themselves at a disadvantage because of the "equalization" that has taken place. As a straight white male in the United States, I can't compete equally with my minority peers, I have to be better than them. Otherwise, with all other quantifiable characteristics being equal, they will get the jobs & services I want.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

Nemesisghost Re:Not a good idea (246 comments)

I think that's why it would be an associate's(2 year) degree as apposed to a bachelor's(4 year). And in general, while specific technologies change quickly, the overall theory behind them really hasn't.

about 9 months ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Nemesisghost Re:Troll (794 comments)

The other leads to mass psychosis, deluded beliefs of cosmic justice after death (so pass the money now!), and suicide bombings.

1st question: How do you know what happens after death? Last time I checked it was a one way trip & everybody who's taken it has forgotten to write. That is unless you believe in religion, then there are figures within most religions who have come back after death & told us what's awaiting. So it's not necessarily misleading or deluded to think that ultimate justice is waiting after death, since we really don't know what is going to happen.

2nd question: What's your proof that all religion leads to suicide bombings & the like? There are literally billions of religious followers, yet maybe only a few million actually support, in any shape or form, religious violence. Even those who are faced with religious persecution are likely to try to leave than "fight back". Or did you forget that is the reason for the pilgrims & several US pioneer groups? Today most religious people condemn acts of violence for all reasons. As a Mormon, I am more likely to face violence & persecution from non-religious people because of my church's stance on LBGT issues than any religious group.

about 9 months ago

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Facebook Home Announced

Nemesisghost Nemesisghost writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Nemesisghost (1720424) writes "Facebook announces Facebook Home. An Android Home screen replacement that fully integrates Facebook's features, such as Messaging and Camera. Each of these apps will be accessible from anywhere within the phone, without having to leave the currently running app. Facebook feed will be what is seen when waking a phone with Facebook Home installed."
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ICE seizes 300+ Sports Related Domains ahead of the Super Bowl

Nemesisghost Nemesisghost writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nemesisghost (1720424) writes "ICE has recently seized 307 domains as part of Operation In Our Sites. Most were involved in the sale of unauthorized sport merchandise. 16 were seized to prevent them from streaming the Super Bowl to air on Sunday."
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CES Panel discusses SOPA/PIPA vs OPEN

Nemesisghost Nemesisghost writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nemesisghost (1720424) writes "From the article:

With all three bills under debate by our elected leaders, CES convened a panel including Congressional staff members, a musician, lawyers, a Web hoster, and a representative of the Copyright Alliance. It was moderated by Rick Boucher, a Democrat who represented Virginia's 9th congressional district in the House for 28 years ending in 2011.

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Police hacked after top cop rows with daughter

Nemesisghost Nemesisghost writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nemesisghost (1720424) writes "A top German police officer decided to track his daughter's online activity by placing a trojan on her computer. When a friend found it, he decided to take revenge and hack him back. The friend was then able to find work emails, from which he gained access to the German police "Patras" server, which is used to log GPS & cellphone location data of suspects.

Original German Story"

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Tech industry representatives get a chance to spea

Nemesisghost Nemesisghost writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nemesisghost (1720424) writes "Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), a major opponent of the Stop Online Piracy Act has announced he plans to call a hearing where Tech industry representatives will get to speak out about how legislation like SOPA will negatively affect the internet. From the article:

Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has called a hearing that will bring more voices from the technology industry to Washington, D.C. to discuss how legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would affect the Internet. On Jan. 18, industry representatives that include Brad Burnham from Union Square Ventures; Lanham Napier, the CEO of Rackspace Hosting; and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.com, will testify before Congress.

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Ramnit Worm Goes Social, Steals over 45,000 Facebo

Nemesisghost Nemesisghost writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nemesisghost (1720424) writes "

Recently, our research lab identified a completely new 'financial' Ramnit variant aimed at stealing Facebook login credentials. Since the Ramnit Facebook C&C URL is visible and accessible it was fairly straightforward to detect that over 45,000 Facebook login credentials have been stolen worldwide, mostly from users in the United Kingdom and France.

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U.S. Copyright Czar Cozied Up to Content Industry,

Nemesisghost Nemesisghost writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nemesisghost (1720424) writes "According to emails obtained via a Freedom of Information request, the Copyright Czar played an important role in brokering the deals between ISPs and copyright holders to punish subscribers whose IP address participated in copyright infringement."
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Obama wants your old email

Nemesisghost Nemesisghost writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nemesisghost writes "Obama is asking Congress to not change the law that gives law enforcement access to your emails stored in the cloud that are older than 6 months. Google, AOL, AT&T and other companies are urging a change in the law(Electronic Communications Privacy Act) pass in 1986 to reflect the change in technology."
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Microsoft to release SDK for Kinect

Nemesisghost Nemesisghost writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nemesisghost writes "From the Wired.com article covering the release, "Microsoft is fully embracing the hacking community around its Kinect sensor, and will release an official software development kit for the Xbox 360 peripheral this spring.""
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