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Dutch ISP discovers 140,000 customers with default password

bobv-pillars-net Counter-example (1 comments)

As a counter-example, I once worked for an ISP which had originally assigned all its customers randomly-generated *strong* passwords. Five years later, just under half of the customers were still using the strong passwords. I know because I had to migrate all the accounts to an incompatible password system, and John the Ripper could only crack around 60% of them. Lesson learned: Many customers will stick with whatever you give them, even if it's inconvenient.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook iOS App Ditching HTML5 For ObjectiveC

bobv-pillars-net Re:Javascript vs. Jquery (240 comments)

So ... how is the jquery version superior in any way to the plain vanilla javascript version?

It's shorter, both in original code size and in the number of documentation pages required to understand it.

Sorry, there is absolutely no reason to use that poorly-written pile of garbage.

I disagree. So do most of the posters in the thread you referenced.

As for a reference, you might start with JavaScript: The Good Parts.

Thanks. I assume you mean this one. I'll check it out.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook iOS App Ditching HTML5 For ObjectiveC

bobv-pillars-net Re:Javascript vs. Jquery (240 comments)

In jquery, if I wanted to do something with each element with a particular tag contained inside another dom element, I'd do something like this:

$("#myid input").each(doSomething);

Or perhaps like this:

$("#myid input").each(function(){$(this).doSomething();});

In bare javascript I'd have to write a loop, either recursively or iteratively.

Anyway, I don't see javascript libraries going away anytime soon. Bloated? Maybe. Useless? Depends on your point of view. If you're really dedicated to luring programmers away from jQuery, I suggest you write (or recommend) a reference such as I suggested. Otherwise, you're just making noise in an inappropriate forum.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook iOS App Ditching HTML5 For ObjectiveC

bobv-pillars-net Re:Javascript vs. Jquery (240 comments)

The ones with their own documentation page on jquery.com.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook iOS App Ditching HTML5 For ObjectiveC

bobv-pillars-net Re:WORA.... (240 comments)

In 1985, I took a Fortran course at EdCC. Their p-System-based compiler took a full hour to parse a hundred-line program and report (only) the first syntax error. So I wrote and debugged all my Fortran programs in Turbo Pascal, which compiled the same hundred-line program compiled in less than a second.

That's over three orders of magnitude difference between "portable" and native code. Today the difference is between one and two orders of magnitude, but the cost is still prohibitively expensive for many applications.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook iOS App Ditching HTML5 For ObjectiveC

bobv-pillars-net Re:Javascript vs. Jquery (240 comments)

You should write (or recommend) a tutorial called "JavaScript for Jquery developers" which shows the standard cross-platform-compatible JavaScript equivalent to the major JQuery functions.

more than 2 years ago
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Google/Facebook: Do-Not-Track Threatens CA Economy

bobv-pillars-net I'm keeping my access logs. (363 comments)

They can have my access logs when they pry them out of my cold, dead fingers.

Seriously -- I run a small website and I'm just not gonna bother installing special software to purge certain IP addresses from my logs upon request, then forget that I purged those IP addresses (because that would be tracking), then somehow un-forget them on a regular basis so I can purge them again, then forget them again, ....

I agree with Google, Facebook, et al. The bill is quite simply unenforceable, and thus has no force of law, whether passed or not.

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

bobv-pillars-net Playing it "safe" (566 comments)

I haven't paid into the medical system for over ten years, and am looking forward to defending myself against criminal charges for my "negligence". During the same period, my neighbor has received three elective surgeries, courtesy of the health care system, and is under no such danger of prosecution. It's not just the doctors who are playing it safe.

more than 3 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

bobv-pillars-net I've been saying this for a long time. (2 comments)

I haven't paid into the medical system for over ten years, and am looking forward to defending myself against criminal charges for my "negligence". During the same period, my neighbor has received three elective surgeries, courtesy of the health care system, and is under no such danger of prosecution. It's not just the doctors who are playing it safe.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Unveils Next Gen Itanium Processor

bobv-pillars-net Re:In other news... (169 comments)

I loved my Pinto. I *miss* my Pinto.

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Create Computer That Fits On a Pen Tip

bobv-pillars-net Investment Opportunity (110 comments)

In related news, the University of Michigan received a research grant from EYE Tech.

more than 3 years ago
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Jailtime For Jailbreaking

bobv-pillars-net Re: H.L. Mencken quote (281 comments)

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

more than 3 years ago
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There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

bobv-pillars-net Re:Odds of slipping in the shower (717 comments)

Please God those statistics never get read in congress, else the government safety inspectors will be wanting to install a shower cam in every bathroom.

about 4 years ago
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There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

bobv-pillars-net Re:Max OSX broke backwards compatibility (717 comments)

Funny thing about that theory is that nearly everyone I know who owns a Mac runs Windows on it (via Parallels or some such virtualization layer) so they can keep their backwards-compatibility.

about 4 years ago
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There Is No Plan B, the Ugly Transition To IPv6

bobv-pillars-net Re:Reclaim Some? (717 comments)

Share and enjoy!

about 4 years ago
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DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)

bobv-pillars-net Re:Macbook running Windows 7 (370 comments)

That's actually a very common configuration. Ironically, the biggest business use for a Macbook is to run Windows apps by virtualization.

So the Macbook users suffer from double-taxation -- the Apple tax plus the Microsoft tax.

more than 4 years ago
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GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory

bobv-pillars-net Blame it on minimum wage laws. (797 comments)

Any country which makes and enforces a minimum wage law will effectively cause all exportable labor-intensive jobs to move elsewhere. Simple economics, people.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project

bobv-pillars-net Found it! (687 comments)

The kid violated school policies

No he didn't... the school policies are here:

You obviously don't read very well. It took me about ten seconds to spot the violation:

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY
... students shall not engage in ... alteration of materials or equipment.

Clearly, the student is guilty of altering materials (wires and glue) and equipment (Gatorade bottle and electronics) and should be thoroughly counseled to avoid future infractions.

more than 4 years ago

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