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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

TrollstonButterbeans Re:WHY IS THE INTERNET FOCUSED ON THIS SHIT (203 comments)

And the funny thing is, super-complicated password are an anti-security measure.

Because if the password is hard to remember, chances are the user has it written on a piece of paper or a note somewhere..

Normal passwords don't tend to suffer from this problem.

If the super-complex password requires causes the user to write it down or store it on their phone or such, it is hurting security --- not helping it.

yesterday
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

TrollstonButterbeans Re:What a wonderful article (288 comments)

Good points. It is has been so long I didn't recall it wasn't Boot Camp pre-Intel and it was slow.

2 days ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

TrollstonButterbeans What a wonderful article (288 comments)

I can't imagine a more vapid and informationless article with no context of history.

That bar graph of a spike starting in 2007 would more likely be related to the release of the iPhone.

Developing for the iPhone required a Mac. That was Apple's "killer app" for the Mac. Anyone wanting to get in to iPhone development had to have a Mac and it started mainstreaming the Mac.

Without the development of the iPhone it is hard to see an particular strong reason for Mac marketshare to start growing (sure you have the characteristic that it is very hard to get malware on a Mac, but that alone doesn't make up for the lack of apps or games, which was more far severe back in 2007 and not quite as bad today. The selection of software on a Mac is okish today, but in 2007 it was downright terrible.)

Pre-Intel (2007 +/-), the Mac did have Bootcamp (the ability to load and boot Windows on the machine) and software development was about the same before Intel and after, it isn't like casual developers are writing in assembly language --- the compiler (usually) takes care of all the fine details and endianess really only enters the equation when reading files with specific byte ordering of values.

2 days ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

TrollstonButterbeans Not really ... (286 comments)

Most industries depend on just-in-time processes to minimize inventory.

Timing is critical and tens of millions of dollars can be stake easily if it doesn't work like a clock.

There isn't going to be the tolerance for stranded trucks with flat tires that can't be repaired without a human, or late trucks stuck in traffic.

And changing lanes in a truck in a traffic jam? Haha, yeah. And making turns in a truck in a tight intersection? Sure. And trucks are tall, there are bridges and all kinds of height obstacles out there requiring special routes.

Road construction? A minor inconvenience for a car can be a major dilemma for a truck --- things like roads with no shoulders, etc.

And single truck wreck would carry large costs, and would insurance companies covering the transportation companies put up with it?

2 days ago
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The Future of Stamps

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Complete waste (131 comments)

I think the idea is that people don't carry printers with them.

Anything requiring a printer is a bit broke by design in the modern age.

4 days ago
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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Lenovo phones (73 comments)

Really? The RIM lawsuit was over and done with 8+ years ago.

Blackberry doesn't exist today because they were about "enterprise solutions" and catered to big business and government.

Once the iPhone was released, no one wanted clunky 1990s style phones and Blackberry didn't have a plan. And when Blackberry finally had a plan, it was a stupid plan to make their OS instead of using Android.

Blackberry now gets to join Nokia in the club of phone companies no longer around because they didn't use Android.

4 days ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Not secure (68 comments)

The casual user will set this up and then log into Facebook and check their gmail. Totally secure!!! Absolutely anonymous!

Oh, and don't forget the cross-domain 'Flash cookies'!

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Of course its not idiot-proof (68 comments)

You did an unintentional double entendre there. You know, like, the weak link is the "users" as in user failing to understand how to safely browser anonymously and inadvertently compromise their security using Tor. Or the weak link is the "users" as in 'although the idea of anonymity is great' and some casual users will be attracted, it will be a magnet for underground malfeasance and Silk Road wannabees and drug traffickers.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

TrollstonButterbeans Re:I wonder how much we can trust it (68 comments)

Goodbye ISIL, hello Crimson Jihad!

I know this chap means well, but in Middle East they won't be used for freedom.

They will be used to further even more violence and jihad.

Not dissimilar to how food shipments to poor countries doesn't go to hungry people, but the thugs with guns. Or how medical workers in Liberia get attacked.

The world doesn't quite work how we would like it to work. Sadly.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

TrollstonButterbeans Re:One quote *is* the story (478 comments)

In Africa, they don't have proper sanitation.

Feces is a top spreader of disease. In much of the world, we are not using outhouses or the like.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

TrollstonButterbeans Re:One quote *is* the story (478 comments)

> Media's doing what media does, hyping and scaring to rake in eyeballs and sell their advertisements.

Which is kind of a shame. The media, needing dollars, likes to capitalize on sensationalism.

At the same time, the reality is all news may be a form of entertainment, directly or indirectly. The news is related to the random "interesting topic du jour".

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Leasing a car... (126 comments)

I used to do the 'drive a car forever thing'. Now, I just want reliability and no worries. Driving a car for 15 years will always be the most economical.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Leasing a car... (126 comments)

"I never understood the fascination of leasing a car for an individual."

A car is a depreciating asset, it never goes up in value.

In that sense, it doesn't make sense to want to "own the car". If you get, say, a TrueCars.com price on a lease, as an example, the cost of leasing versus the cost of owning is razor thin.

But with leasing, you can always get out of the car and into another one with full warranty, a fixed turn-in value and security against unknown events like the car gets wrecks or damaged in an accident (leases state that as long as the repairs are done by a certified shop, that doesn't matter).

Unless you plan on throwing miles on a high quality 100,000 mile car and run it forever, the cheapness and security of car leases if you do it right, is often more convenient than actually owning the vehicle. Buying saves a few bucks a month in the long run and more if you intend to keep it "forever", but most people don't keep their cars more than 3 to 5 years and if that's the plan, leasing has the lower payments and fewer unknowns.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

TrollstonButterbeans No because it is Apple (120 comments)

No because it is Apple ... or something.

[I never have understood the Apple hate. Is it 'Linux has failed envy' or 'I am stuck on Windows' remorse or something. I'm sure this will be -18 flamebait or something real soon ... ]

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

TrollstonButterbeans Re:They are just lazy (159 comments)

I don't think you have ever been in sales.

Sales is like herding cats. Most of sales is working corner cases and people sitting on the fence.

Sales is about getting someone to pull the trigger, make decision and make the decision you want. And it is the most factor in cash flow and growth.

The revenue difference in losing those sales is pretty massive. Certainly not worth falling on your sword for.

about a month ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Stallman would be proud (208 comments)

I'm sure that Apple, with $160 B in the bank, and developers writing entirely new programming languages like Swift are betwixt --- just betwixt!!! --- at the things the open source community can write in code that they can't figure out!!

Maybe some day Apple will smarten up and move to next to Stanford and Berkeley so they can buy some coding talent and be able to patch these kinds of things.

Until then, they will be at the mercy of the GPL v3.

[Either that or how the hell can this even be exploited on a Mac, sigh ...]

about a month ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

TrollstonButterbeans Re: Stallman would be proud (208 comments)

Apple isn't into commercial software.

They make their $$$ off the hardware that is handsomely marked up.

But thanks for trying!

Oh, and Google ... ha! ... well ... Stanford pledged to not do privacy research with Google grant money, so you can read between the lines. Google's interest aren't the same as the "user's best interest" if it conflicts with advertising or privacy.

You have potential, young Skywalker, but your comments clearly prove a Jedi, you are not.

But you will be someday ...

about a month ago
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Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

TrollstonButterbeans Re:Oblig. (39 comments)

But highly improbable is finitely improbable ...

"and in the end they grumpily announced that such a machine was virtually impossible.

Then, one day, a student who had been left to sweep up the lab after a particularly unsuccessful party found himself reasoning this way: If, he thought to himself, such a machine is a virtual impossibility, then it must logically be a finite improbability. So all I have to do in order to make one, is to work out exactly how improbable it is, feed that figure into the finite improbability generator, give it a fresh cup of really hot tea ... and turn it on! He did this, and was rather startled to discover ..."

about a month ago
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Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

TrollstonButterbeans The film sucked; the miniseries before it was grea (39 comments)

The 2005 movie was pretty bad and marred Hitchhiker's Guide in my mind. The 6-part miniseries was a really great portrayal. Too much to ask for it be something that can be condensed to 90 minutes, yes. Yet, for some people it Hitchhiker's Guide isn't some stupid "42" meme. And what is better than the miniseries is the book. I read Hitchhiker's Guide out of boredom starting in a public library and after page 1, I could not stop reading it and it brought immeasurable joy. [And Douglas Adams has been gone quite a while now, what a shame ...]

about a month ago

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