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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

linear a Maybe if they didn't abuse (353 comments)

Maybe if the government didn't abuse privacy and freedom at every turn they wouldn't be facing this situation.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

linear a Hardware key (191 comments)

Give them hardware keys (RSA tokens or whatever they use these days.

about a week ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

linear a Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

Another Lie! Slashdotters don't have "fiances".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

linear a Death ray (471 comments)

Go for the classics.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

linear a Meanwhile (117 comments)

Meanwhile. The samples of the Titanic I've been analyzing seem to have been exposed to hard vacuum and solar wind erosion.

about a month and a half ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

linear a Wrong wrong wrong!. Siri doesn't have hands (160 comments)

He didn't *ask* Siri for help. Siri just told him where and also where to pick up the body.

about a month and a half ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

linear a Re:Cost (550 comments)

Second the crap-coming-at-my-eyes part. About 1/3 of my glasses get retired with lenses scratches or partially (so far) punctured. Maybe I should be more careful with my hobbies... First lens I knocked a hole in was when I was 18 (big sparky got about half way through the lens).

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

linear a Re:Uncertainty/fear? (550 comments)

Make sure they switch the laser from "remove mountain" to "delicate eye surgery".

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Could Be Classified As a 'Cybersecurity Threat' Under New CISPA Rules

linear a Makes sense really. (125 comments)

99+% of the terrorists *I* see are in movies and most of my movies are from Netflix.

about 3 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

linear a Utah is the worst for me (163 comments)

Setting my clock back 50 years is a serious drag.

about 3 months ago
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What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

linear a Free fall broke my cat scanner (83 comments)

I tested free fall on my cat scanner for 5 seconds and it's now completely non-functional. Nearly free fall I should say, a little net gravitational force on it near the 5 second mark due to air resistance.

about 3 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

linear a Need more cops (626 comments)

$6.2 gigabucks/year is $300K/officer? That means 20,667 officers for the whole country. Methinks one or more numbers here is fudge.

about 4 months ago
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Could High Bay-Area Prices Make Sacramento the Next Big Startup Hub?

linear a Ugh (190 comments)

Have you BEEN to Sacramento?

about 5 months ago
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In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

linear a Re: Vigilante (427 comments)

Aw Hell, thread is off on a tangent here. Nazi. Hitler. Stalin.

about 5 months ago
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In SF: an App For Auctioning Off Your Public Parking Spot

linear a Re:Legally questionable, doomed to fail! (427 comments)

How many will die thanks to this new app?

Thus freeing up valuable parking spaces!

about 5 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

linear a 30 generations in 300 years (392 comments)

30 generations in 300 years? They need to provide more entertainment on the ship...

about 6 months ago

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Latest Windows patch may brick laptops

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 4 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "The latest (today) Microsoft patch seems to have bricked my HP Pavillion laptop running Windows XP. Nuff said."
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Nature reports Di-positronium created

linear a linear a writes  |  about 7 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "Di-positronium has apparently been created for the first time according to the journal Nature — http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6991030.stm. Positrons and electrons can pair up and form "condensed" molecules of multiple pairs. It lasted for about 1/4 nanosecond, not quite the stuff of antimatter engines just yet.

My favorite part is the potential to build "gamma-ray annihilation lasers". Hope my side gets that one built first."
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Unencrypted passwords at "secure" sites

linear a linear a writes  |  more than 7 years ago

linear a (584575) writes "I've noticed that quite a few web sites do *not* encrypt user passwords. I've gotten into the habit of hitting the "email me my password" from them to see what happens. So far I've found maybe 6 that must store passwords in clear since they were able to return the original password back to me. Clearly this is Bad Security Practice. Also, I've had notably bad progress when I ask them to fix this practice. Some of these are sites one would clearly expect to have better security (e.g., a software vendor and an online bank). Do you have thoughts on how to better encourage better password practice at these places? Also, is this is really as common as it seems to be for me?"

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