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WPA Encryption Cracked In 60 Seconds

midnighttoadstool Re:Glenn Fleishman (322 comments)

Excellent. Thanks for that.

about 5 years ago

WPA Encryption Cracked In 60 Seconds

midnighttoadstool Another weak password crack? (322 comments)

If TKIP really broken or is this yet another weak-password story.

about 5 years ago

How Best To Deal With WiFi Interference?

midnighttoadstool Get your neighbours to change. (451 comments)

I can't answer all your questions, and it seems no one else has either.

However you already know that APs cooperate when on the same channel, so the best thing you can do is get your neighbours to change to non-overlapping channels. I have done this by visiting my neighbours, explaining the problem and helping them to change channel. Result: reliable connection. You might prefer to get the concierge to advertise good wifi practice.

If you end up configuring all your neighbours then you get a chance to distribute signals intelligently: ie, reserve two channels for big downloaders, and the other reserved to ordinary users (even a single channel is more than enough for 20 people browsing the web).

Non-standard wifi and N: generally speaking it is best for these devices to be configured for g or b and disable the fancy feature which stomps on signals and acts like interference. They will do better not just you. Disable anything out of the ordinary.

more than 5 years ago

One In 100 Carry Mutation For Heart Disease

midnighttoadstool ...and yet prior to the 1920s... (203 comments)

Prior to the 1920s heart disease as we know it now was almost unknown. Find a graph of its rise and it begins in the early 20th century, peaking in the 50s.

As President Rossevelt's doctor is quoted as saying, words to the effect of "A physician could expect to see one or two cases in a whole career."

..and in 50 years its not animal fat that has had a causal link demonstrated, but vegetable oils and hydrogenated byproducts (margarine etc).

Genetics is just another red-herring.

more than 5 years ago

Balancing Performance and Convention

midnighttoadstool Re:Big Surprise (171 comments)

A very good strategy for the future considering the likely jobs market in a few months.

People using well-documented, flexible frameworks are suckers.

more than 5 years ago

Terry Pratchett Knighted

midnighttoadstool Dishonouring the honours system (366 comments)

Terry Pratchett being made a knight is another example of the leftie Labour party, currently in power, manipulating the british honours system in order to undermine its purpose. In no way does Terry Pratchett merit being knighted.

more than 5 years ago

What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About Texting

midnighttoadstool Subsidy (570 comments)

The carriers have to make money: texts are used to subsidise other services. If they aren't allowed to charge such a high fee then voice goes up. There are plenty in the UK who barely use voice, so the carriers must find ways of making money from them.

Unless one accepts a general principle against subsidy (which infact I personally do as it obscures, causes distortions and also bubbles) then this isn't an issue. For government to interfere, which is effectively what this article logically ends at, would be absurd since governments are subsidy addicts.

more than 5 years ago
top Shut Down

midnighttoadstool Re:Good (326 comments)

A market is simply a place of exchange which would happen between any two farmers or hunters where one has something the other does not. It's more natural than pie. And more common than tyranny.

more than 5 years ago
top Shut Down

midnighttoadstool Re:Good (326 comments)

Doubtless you are right, which is why I am a libertarian and reckon the market is the natural way.

more than 5 years ago
top Shut Down

midnighttoadstool Re:Good (326 comments)

Feelings, religion? Consider that you might be presuming upon a Vulcan.

In anycase "it's just a philosophy" is an illogical response. Marxism could be called 'just a philosophy', but equally with Stallman's position it causes human misery and removes human satisfactions by contradicting your nature.

I merely point this matters out for your information, since I am not affected by them in anyway, so that you may live long and prosper.

more than 5 years ago
top Shut Down

midnighttoadstool Re:Good (326 comments)

Stallman's philosophy, of which Perens is a supper and not just a fan, is anti-business. The failure for commercial reasons of his enterprise is fitting and just.

more than 5 years ago
top Shut Down

midnighttoadstool Good (326 comments)

Anyone who supports Stallman is supporting the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.

more than 5 years ago

Fun Things To Do With a Math Or Science Degree?

midnighttoadstool Sure you need "creative"? (564 comments)

The irony of modern education is that creative subjects, like Art, give the kids the satisfaction of actually making something even though the results are of no practical use to anyone, while practical subjects, like physics, are not taught in a manner that has much if any practical application.

An utter waste.

What makes learning compelling is practical production, actual concrete results, even better: ones that make money. Learning for the sake of learning is pointless, and for some a torture.

I reckon creativity is the handmaiden of practicality: practicality comes first. Find that kid a real purpose to use their maths, and then make it creative.

more than 5 years ago

How to Search Today's Usenet For Programming Information?

midnighttoadstool Re:I've noticed the same thing... (230 comments)

They post off topic stuff on the more popular groups rather than taking the time to hunt down the proper one.

That's usually down to over-enthusiastic splitting of groups. There is so little traffic in the resulting groups that we are forced to look for popular related groups. It also results in even more work for the spam filterers - who used to be human (are they still?). I saw this happen to Borland's moderated groups: they became markedly less useful. Shortly after I gave up and moved to Ruby.

more than 5 years ago


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