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Where does your electricity come from?

slaad Re:I have no idea (498 comments)

OK, here's what I do. I pay about 8 per kilowatt hour for my electricity.

8?! Holy cow, I only pay like .1!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?

slaad Re:Ron Paul (792 comments)

Yes, he has that perfect civil liberties stance of being against gay marriage.

I believe his actual stance on gay marriage is that it should be up to the states to decide. Thus, it doesn't really matter if he's for or against it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?

slaad Re:I don't think the OP understood what was meant (792 comments)

SOPA / PIPA go far beyond just being a geek issue. Breaking DNSSEC isn't good by any means, but the biggest problem they present is the trampling of freedom of speech and the automatic assumption of guilt. Your average American won't care or even know about DNSSEC not working, but they'll be rather upset when they suddenly can't post comments because sites can't afford to risk users creating a SOPA violation that will take them down without warning or input.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?

slaad Re:So you like NDAA, SOPA/PIPA and high unemployme (792 comments)

You brought up constitution shredding and forgot to mention NDAA and SOPA / PIPA. The latter two of course aren't law yet, but there's a good chance they will be and if nothing else their broad support demonstrates that something is seriously wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Israel Says It Will Treat Online Credit Card Theft As It Would Terrorism

slaad Re:The new catch phrase apparently (422 comments)

We'll see summary executions on the streets.

Although, this being a money-related crime, the executioners shall be wielding socks stuffed with lots of coins instead of axes.

Why would executioners wield socks stuffed with axes?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Changing Passwords For the New Year?

slaad Re:Password manager? (339 comments)

It isn't really hard to download keepass, and if you use keepass portable it doesn't even need to install and can just run in place. If you don't want to download it you can keep it on a flash drive and run it right off of it. Or (on Android) put it on your phone's SD card and plug it in and run it right off of it.

I guess it depends on how often you end up needing to do it, but for me the occasions in which I need to manually type out passwords is so rare that it's worth the bother. Also, you might find that there are just certain sites that you would tend to do this with so those sites could use a shorter password or a custom made one that you've memorized.

more than 2 years ago

Denver Must Prove Red-Light Cameras Improve Safety

slaad Re:Are yellows in Denver really short? (433 comments)

....until the light turns yellow, and oncoming drivers continue to pass through the intersection. Oh no, the light is now red, there is intersecting traffic, and youre blocking one of the traffic lanes. At this point you can either do a really dangerous left turn, or remain blocking the traffic, or try to back up (assuming people havent filled in behind you.

Entering the intersection makes sense when you can see an opening coming shortly, but if there is a line of traffic entering the intersection to make a left turn is just going to make traffic worse and create a dangerous situation.

Everyone in Michigan enters the intersection and waits to turn until it's clear. If that means that it is after the light changes then it's after the light changes. It works fine and it isn't dangerous at all. You're not completing a turn ACROSS moving traffic after the light changes. And no one is jumping right into the intersection to block your way somehow either. Maybe I'm misunderstanding the situation you're describing, but I can't see how this would be dangerous. And under Michigan law, if you've entered the intersection during a green light, you have the right to complete your turn when traffic clears regardless of the color of the light.

At some intersections (with no dedicated left turn light) it's the only way traffic is able to turn at times when it is busy. The one or two or three cars that can fit into the intersection just sit there until the light changes and then they're finally able to complete the turn. It doesn't make traffic worse, it actually makes it better. I think the throughput of intersections would be degraded if no one went into the intersection to prepare for a left turn. I really hate it when I'm behind someone who won't venture into the intersection. There's no telling how many cycles of the light I might have to sit there through if they won't venture out to ensure they can make their turn that cycle.

I can't stand it when people back up when they were already in the intersection. They have the right to complete their turn and by moving back it just makes anyone who comes in behind them have to wait longer to make their turn.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

slaad Re:Salvation Army (570 comments)

If only they did not have an anti-gay agenda, I would concur.

The Salvation Army is not anti-gay. Sure, they are not pro-gay, but that doesn't make the anti-gay.

Decide for yourself.

(Pick Homosexuality from the sidebar)

Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex. The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.

Likewise, there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of his or her sexual orientation. The Salvation Army opposes any such abuse.

To me, the expectation for a group of people to remain celibate is demeaning and a way of mistreating them. Sex is a very basic human function. It is unrealistic to expect a group to be able to do so even if they say that they choose to. And for the vast majority that don't choose to, expecting that is flat out demeaning. So to me, this an anti-gay position that they attempt to mask quite poorly.

about 2 years ago

'Amateur' Astronomer Snaps Pic of Planet-Forming Disk

slaad How about some more quotes (59 comments)

"Rolf Olsen, an 'amateur' astronomer in 'New' Zealand, took an amazing 'photo' of a 'disk' of material around the 'star' Beta Pictoris, the first time this has been seen outside of 'professional' observatories. Incredibly, he snagged it with just a 25 'cm' (10") telescope! A comparison with an earlier 'pic' from a much larger 'observatory' indicates he nailed it, making this a 'milestone' for 'amateur' astronomy."

more than 2 years ago

Motorola Reinvents the RAZR

slaad More informative yesterday (208 comments)

This probably would have been more informative yesterday when amazon was selling them for $111.11.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Post-Quantum Asymmetric Key Exchange?

slaad What world do you live in? (262 comments)

I'd estimate that there's a 10% chance RSA will be useless within 20 years. Whatever the odds, some of the data we send over ssh and ssl today should remain private for a century, and we simply can't guarantee secrecy anymore using the algorithms with which we have become complacent.

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I pretty much assume that every algorithm that we have now could well be effectively useless in 20 years. And I would never presume to think any of them even has a chance of lasting 100 years, or even close to that.

Computers will get faster. Weakness will be found in algorithms. Any other number of things that no can predict might happen. It would be silly to assume things encrypted today, left untouched, would be safe in 20 years and completely naive to have even a sliver of hope they'd be safe in 100, quantum computers or not.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?

slaad I use my thumb (393 comments)

On the rare occasion that I need to input a phone number onto a phone keypad I use my thumb. I either use a cell phone or a landline phone that has the keys on the phone itself, like on a portable (landline) phone.

It's interesting to note the difference, but speaking for myself at least, I can't imagine being: 1) Using a phone of a type where I wouldn't just use my thumb frequently enough to notice, and 2) Inputing phone numbers manually often enough to notice. Also, I would think that I'd be more likely to want a phone with reversed digits than a calculator and keyboard with reversed digits.

I also enjoy using google voice. And of course when I need to input a number manually there, I use my keyboard's number pad.

more than 2 years ago

Re: the debt deal reached Sunday night ...

slaad Re:Call me mean... (788 comments)

What a difference a few days makes. The Dow is down over 800 points this week so far, and there's still Friday to go. It lost 500 just yesterday alone. The "some kind of crash" is here.

more than 3 years ago

The Wi-Fi Hacking Neighbor From Hell

slaad Re:So how do you monitor your home wifi? (584 comments)

Unfortunately, the ony way I can see securing wireless right now is to replace it with a wire.

Use WPA2 with a strong password and you're pretty much bulletproof. There are no known shortcuts to cracking it and it's extremely slow. Even cracking a minimum length (8 char) random password is pretty much infeasible for a single computer.

The strong password is the key point. If you use a regular word or something easy like a couple of words or a word followed by a number then it becomes easy to crack fairly quickly. But if you choose something longer ( 20 or 30 can go up to 64) and at least partially random then there's no way anyone without serious resources are going to crack it.

more than 3 years ago

WordPress Hacked, Attackers Get Root Access

slaad Re:Saw some unusual activity this week (168 comments)

So having the key is irrelevant.

Having the "key" is entirely relevant. If an attacker doesn't have the key, they can't even begin to attempt a brute force crack. Once the key has been obtained it becomes possible.

Furthermore, many people use stupidly simple passwords. The attacker will be able to find these passwords within just hours. Without the key though, even a crappy password is unbreakable.

Of course, that doesn't just leave everyone's password out in the open, the passwords still have to be guessed. But there's a wide gap between impossible and may take a while but is doable for many passwords. Having the key is completely relevant.

more than 3 years ago

Workers Will Smash Their PCs To Get an Upgrade

slaad I've Seen This... (533 comments)

At a place I used to work at, there was one particular computer that was older than the rest. Specifically, it didn't have enough memory to do the job. It wasn't doing anything fancy, just running XP and then some in-house software for collecting data, but once everything was loaded it was left with no free physical memory so it was constantly going to the swap file whenever you wanted to use it for anything.

I explained all of this to the IT department. They could have doubled the memory for less than $20, but apparently that just wasn't feasible. They thought it made more sense to have people sit there in front of it and wait a few minutes a dozen times a day when it was used.

Fortunately, soon after that, the hard drive crashed mysteriously and they swapped out the box with a better one.

more than 3 years ago

University Switches To DC Workstations

slaad I always use DC (468 comments)

All of my devices use DC already. They always have. AC electric power from the grid is converted to DC right after it comes out of the wall. That's how we do it in the US anyways, maybe it's different in the UK.

more than 3 years ago

Texas Student Attends School As a Robot

slaad Re:Typo (218 comments)

My first thought as well.

more than 3 years ago



Pirate Bay Changes TLD to Avoid Domain Siezure

slaad slaad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

slaad (589282) writes "After the court case against the founders of The Pirate Bay was concluded today, the operators of the site quickly moved to change their domain name from .ORG to the Swedish .SE. A Pirate Bay insider informed TorrentFreak that this move was made to prevent the US authorities from seizing the domain, which is a serious risk now the court case has completed."
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