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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

ThaumaTechnician We need more information, Albus.. (445 comments)

I'm at a loss to understand what the security issues you would have such that cloud-based password managers are a hazard. And yet, such that you can get away with passwords that you can commit to memory.

Any password you can remember is a password that is already in thousands of crackers' try-these-first password lists. All of the online security breaches of password database have provided a rich and extensive database of passwords that people actually use. No, you need to use a password manager. Like five years ago. But a password-managing device is the worst possible option you can consider. How can you back up your password database?

A good, completely off-line option is Steve Gibson's 'Off the Grid' password generator here: https://www.grc.com/offthegrid.... You could generate a paper grid and use that. It can be reprinted as needed, and even if you lose it, no problem.

Some/all of the cloud-based managers can be used offline. I know for a fact that LastPass does not need to be connected to the 'Net to work. It's free, try it out - see if it works for you. There are 'LastPass Portable' versions, designed to run off a thumbdrive.

For a buck a month, LastPass provides stellar technical support (one of the programmers called me at home to sort out an issue I was having when using 'LastPass for Applications' with the steaming pile of a crap that is iTunes): https://lastpass.com/go-premiu... Their security has been vetted by trusted reviewers, they use best practice encryption and protocols. Perhaps their Enterprise services will fit the bill?

Cheap at twice the price. I can't recommend them enough.

about 2 months ago

What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

ThaumaTechnician Re:The Practical Option (143 comments)

No, no, no: Step One: use it to rob the rest of world Step Two: give half of it back Step three: destroy it. /whoever buys it off of you can get the money back...

about 2 months ago

Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

ThaumaTechnician $1 Billion? Chump change. (410 comments)

If Obama really wanted to 'press for the need', he'd propose a $1 trillion fund. Much less than the Iraq War's costs.

about 2 months ago

Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

ThaumaTechnician So us strong silent types.. (351 comments)

..how refuse to take medicine for just a friggin' flu, and just tough it out, were right all along, eh?

about 3 months ago

Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"

ThaumaTechnician Re:Hillary has no moral authority (461 comments)

And in case people don't understand how footnotes works in Wikipedia, a direct link to the 'other' Wiki's page with her order:

WARNING: if you work for the US Government, it is vitally important that you perform your unending duty to Think of the Poor, Poor, CIA Operatives. (Well, except for that traitorous-because-she-married-an-honest-man Valerie Plame.) As part of that ongoing mission, it is critical that you remain uninformed, so DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK THAT FOLLOWS.


about 6 months ago

Robotic Bartender Programmed To Recognize When You Are Ready For a Drink

ThaumaTechnician Ok, so they know when you want another drink... (90 comments)

No such a difficult problem: "Barkeep, beer me!" Do they know when you've had enough? And how well do they handle a belligerent drunk?

about 7 months ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

ThaumaTechnician Why? Re:More importantly (1293 comments)

I thought that this was well-established by now: It's so that the newborn can pick up some of his/her mother's digestive-tract bacteria. They need 'em.

about 7 months ago

Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov't

ThaumaTechnician Re: OK. (771 comments)

..and to the dipshit below. It's an obligatory XKCD reference. https://xkcd.com/1022/

about 8 months ago

The Shortest Internet Censorship Debate Ever

ThaumaTechnician HOWTO debate censorship. (169 comments)

Lest someone not chase the links down, there's a useful 'HOWTO: EFFECTIVELY ARGUE AGAINST INTERNET CENSORSHIP IDEAS linked-to in the TFL at http://rys.io/en/94 "You forgot Poland" just might take on a new meaning.

about 9 months ago

Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money

ThaumaTechnician Re:Technical Ignorance (692 comments)

Thank you - I came here to say this. While we're bashing Mr. Forbes for bellowing loudly to the world his technical ignorance of math and computers, let me quote from the piece: "When you buy a pound of hamburger you expect to get 16 ounces of meat." Well, I don't know where he buys his hamburger (or gets a minion to do so), but when I buy hamburger, I KNOW that it's not 100% meat... According to the Wiki page on 'Ground Beef', it's "Meat content 2.1% to 14.8% (median, 12.1%)". I guess his gross mis-overestimation of how much of hamburger is meat draws a convenient (okay, "snarky") analogy to the amount of actual information and considered opinion in Mr. Forbes's opinion pieve vs. how much he thinks there is in there...

1 year,1 day

US Firms Race Fiscal Cliff To Install Wind Turbines

ThaumaTechnician Re:hot air (98 comments)

Cliffs generally are places where a lot of wind gets blown about. They probably are good places to install wind turbines. Bonus..we could use the electricity they generate to electrocute politicians.

about a year ago

Roundup Tolerant GM Maize Linked To Tumor Development

ThaumaTechnician Re:Did they study the health effects of starving? (356 comments)

The article states that "Up to 50% of males and 70% of females died prematurely" showing "2-3 times more large tumors than the control group"


Tom Sanders..noted. that...snip, snip... This strain of rat is very prone to mammary tumors particularly when food intake is not restricted," he said in an emailed comment.

If the control group is made of up of the same strain of rats, then the findings are significant. Very significant.

about a year ago

Election Tech: In Canada, They Actually Count the Votes

ThaumaTechnician Re:distributed operations- hand count details (500 comments)

It's important to mention that the ballots were redesigned after the 1995 referendum so that the voter's choice is clear and unambiguous. See here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bc/2011_ballot.jpg/800px-2011_ballot.jpg Mark one of the circles only (an X, fill the circle in, whatever), and it's OK. Mark more than one, the ballot is spoiled. In addition, by law, each citizen gets four continuous hours to vote. That is, somewhere in the twelve hours that the polls are open, your employer has to schedule you so that you can get four uninterrupted hours to vote. So if you local poll open times are 8:30 am - 8:30 pm, and your work schedule is 9:00 am to 6:00 PM, your employer MUST either start your day at 12:30 PM, or end it at 4:30 PM. In all the voting I've done in Canada, the whole process, from the time I've walked into a polling station to the time I've walked out, has seldom been longer than half and hour and never longer than an hour. No, I've never had to queue outside.

about a year and a half ago


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