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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

brentonboy Privacy Concerns? (257 comments)

> transmission of a vehicle's location, which comes with privacy concerns.

We already had this debate when they mandated installing lights on vehicles, which also transmits the location of a vehicle and raised privacy concerns. In the end, the ability to not crash into invisible cars beat out the privacy concerns, IIRC.

5 days ago

51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

brentonboy Sharing with other people is not the problem (117 comments)

People are good at evaluating the risks of sharing personal info with other people.

The real problem is people sharing the same password between multiple sites. People are really bad at evaluating the risks of any given website being hacked and thus making all other sites that use that password hacked as well.

The best thing we can do for security is encourage to write their site-unique passwords on sticky notes and post them clearly and legibly on their monitors. We'd go from millions of people being compromised every day by malicious hackers with a means of really messing you up, to one or two being hacked a day by someone's brother wanting to pull a prank.

Once people make 10 unique passwords, they'll switch to a password manager. But even if they don't, you're safer printing your username and password on a t-shirt than you are re-using the same password on both and

about two weeks ago

SpaceX Testing Landing Legs On Next Falcon9 Rocket

brentonboy This will be really cool to watch (73 comments)

Given the attention to video that SpaceX has given to their other activities, there's a good chance we'll get to see a video of this thing splashing down, depending on how precisely they can land it.

about 6 months ago

Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

brentonboy Re:The govenment should just double spending. (767 comments)

In other words, when it says it "cost the economy $24 Billion," what it really means is that the US government spent $24 billion less than it would have otherwise.

If that really was the problem, it could be fixed with a bill to buy $24 billion worth of paperclips.

Am I the only one who thinks we're approaching this backwards?

about 10 months ago

Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

brentonboy Re:The plaintext passwords isn't the issue (482 comments)

Why not just use KeePass or LastPass? Occam's Razor suggests it. In other words, why reinvent a wheel that has already been invented?

I do. It's a huge pain. It would be "simpler" to have it built-in to my browser. But there must be a reason Google hasn't done it. (Other than "LastPass already exists".)

1 year,25 days

Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

brentonboy The plaintext passwords isn't the issue (482 comments)

Sure, it's shocking for someone who thought their passwords were safe in Chrome to realize that they're visible with four clicks. But the real issue is that Chrome passwords aren't really stored safely. If you get a virus on your system, it has full access to the passwords.

Honest question: why doesn't Chrome implement something similar to KeePass or LastPass? Is there some technical reason? Is it astoundingly difficult? Does it not actually provide additional security against malware?

1 year,25 days

Manipulating Heat Like Light

brentonboy Re:Low-heat electricity generation (82 comments)

No, because it would violate the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

Does the 2nd law of thermodynamics not apply to a steam generator?

about a year and a half ago

Manipulating Heat Like Light

brentonboy Low-heat electricity generation (82 comments)

I wonder if you could use this to concentrate low levels of heat and generate electricity from it. Not only would you be able to get energy out of (almost) nothing, (albeit, probably not much), but you could cool an area without producing a lot of waste heat.

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Breed Big-Brained Guppies To Demonstrate Evolution's Trade-Offs

brentonboy Re:Has nothing to do with evolution (121 comments)

I think there's a difference between breeding and evolution. Breeding plays with existing traits and amplifies/changes them. Evolution actually creates something new. You can't "breed" a dog to have wings or gills or anything that the ancestor wolves didn't have. But you can play with size and hair length and things like that.

about a year and a half ago

Boeing's CHAMP Missile Uses Radio Waves To Remotely Disable PCs

brentonboy What did that one computer spit out it's CD tray? (341 comments)

In the video when the microwaves hit, one of the computers ejects it's CD tray and something falls out. What was it? What could cause that to happen? Did something trigger the eject functionality, or was it caused by overheating pieces inside somehow?

about 2 years ago

LinkedIn Password Leak: Salt Their Hide

brentonboy Re:Standard practice? (192 comments)

I never give security questions the kind of thing they ask for. If they want my mother's maiden name, they might get "Cheverolet Caprice" (a car I have never owned), or the name of the neighbors's dog that I hate. I really doubt that they are going to check to see if I gave a valid name.

Actually, I do this too. But I'm betting a lot of LinkedIn users don't.

more than 2 years ago

LinkedIn Password Leak: Salt Their Hide

brentonboy Re:Standard practice? (192 comments)

This is LinkedIn, not your bank, not the government, nothing important.

Except my bank has security questions that ask would-be infiltrators for personal information about me--the sort of personal information that can be found on LinkedIn, or that contacts on LinkedIn are likely to know.

more than 2 years ago

Google Teaches Computers "Regret"

brentonboy Re:Regret is a standard term in economics (145 comments)

The article is comparing the technical regret to the common _use_ of the _word_ "regret," not the actual thing going on in our brains. I think there's a big difference in how most people use the word "regret" and what the technical word means.

more than 3 years ago

Five Times the US Almost Nuked Itself

brentonboy Re:Fear mongering? (384 comments)

The destruction would have been far less than that of Nagasaki or Hiroshima, since it would have detonated on the ground, instead of high in the air over the cities in Japan.

more than 3 years ago

Five Times the US Almost Nuked Itself

brentonboy My child almost shot himself (384 comments)

The only reason he didn't die is that there weren't any bullets around.

more than 3 years ago

GoogleSharing, Now With No Trust Required

brentonboy Re:No, not Really? (152 comments)

Equivocate much?

more than 3 years ago

GMail Introduces Priority Inbox

brentonboy This could be marginally useful (242 comments)

But what would be really useful is a snooze button for emails that would archive them for a few days (or whatever time you specify for that email) and then have it pop up in your inbox as if new after that.

about 4 years ago

Cloth Successfully Separates Oil From Gulf Water

brentonboy Re:The oil pressure's not that immense. (327 comments)

Why does it need to be this cloth? How about dumping 500 tons of cement on top of it?

more than 4 years ago



Cool-sounding things to do with Beowulf clusters.

brentonboy brentonboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

brentonboy (1067468) writes "I have been scavenging computers out of trash and recycling bins for a few years, and my roommate and I finally decided to put all our boxes to use in a Beowulf cluster, more to impress visitors than anything else. So we have this stack of computers, and a good answer to the question "what is that?" But now we need a really impressive answer to the next question: "what is it doing?" So what are some neat things to have a small ragtag "conversation starter" Beowulf cluster work on?"

Browser-stats for non-standard sites

brentonboy brentonboy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

brentonboy (1067468) writes "We all know that browser statistics are inaccurate and skewed. But I'm interested in looking at the distortions that appear on different websites and comparing them. For example, how many browsers claiming to be IE visit Does Mozilla make it's browser statistics public? What about other tech sites like Slashdot, W3C, or for that matter, Google? It would also be fun to look through the User Agent Strings to see the "custom" ones--sometimes very funny!"

Conferences for Web Developers

brentonboy brentonboy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

brentonboy (1067468) writes "At my company, all the other engineers get to go to cool conferences, but my Web Developer co-workers and I miss out on all the fun. Are there any conferences for back-end Web Developers to discuss and learn more about stuff like ECMAscript, HTML 5, Web Standards, and the newest browser info?"

Good Tech Courses Online

brentonboy brentonboy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

brentonboy (1067468) writes "My employer pays for me to take training courses online. In addition to being a more interesting use of my time than what I normally do around here, it looks good on my resume, and I actually have learned a few things. As a Web Developer, I have already taken courses in CSS, JavaScript and AJAX, but it's getting harder and harder to find new courses from credible programs. The two places I've found that seem the most credible are O'Reilly School of Technology (which counted for credit at the U. of Illinois) and IWA/HWG through Are there other legitimate places out there on the internet that offer credible certificates or classes?"


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