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France Outlaws Hashed Passwords

pmcevoy All the more reason to use Federated Identity (433 comments)

All the more reason to use a Federated Identity Provider like OpenId, and authenticate against servers in another more favourable jurisdiction. Still doesn't stop sites won't handing over your data, but at least your password is safe!

more than 3 years ago

If You Don't Want Your Car Stolen, Make It Pink

pmcevoy Pink cigarettes (390 comments)

I've always thought that more people would quit smoking, if cigarettes were pink...

more than 4 years ago

Google Cans Comment Spam

pmcevoy But this doesn't actually can spam (434 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this doesn't actually can spam... all it does is stop the embedded links _within_ the spam from getting googleized...

Seems to me the only real way to kill the spam is to have a captcha system which most blog engines are starting to move to anyway...

more than 9 years ago



Do I really need a virus scanner?

pmcevoy pmcevoy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pmcevoy (10501) writes "On the surface, this may seem like a silly question, but really, do I need one? Most anti virus scanners these days seem to be bloated with unneeded features that use more and more of my CPU/IO cycles, making the rest of the system grind to a halt. Plus, I need a set of separate tools to clear the stuff that actually does damage.

I have a locked down Firewall, I block unwanted parasites with a host file, I don't download or run suspect executables and I make sure my system is always running the latest security patches/updates, so do I really need a virus scanner?"


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