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Comment Cater to how many things you can remember (Score 1) 637

I'm with XKCD on this - it's all about how many things you can remember easily, and catering to that. Sure, I can just bang on my keyboard like a frustrated pianist and make an ironclad password like apSo8soDis+y2apjbea;is5ya4sHayb,Fia7py but can I memorize that? Heck, no. I construct a sentence of long words that almost makes sense, and include a bit of punctuation (if allowed), numbers and capitalization. If you construct the sentence well, you can even make several words count as one thing to remember. Here's an example of a password that has four things to remember (a four word sentence, a number, a punctuation and a capitalization) that took me a minute or two to generate: powerful3education=automaticallyMeasured

Comment My Windows 10 has no lock screen (Score 1) 599

What do you need a lock screen for? All it's there for is to make you hit a key to make it go away. Utterly useless. So get rid of it! Regedit, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows, create a Personalization key if there isn't one, make a DWORD (32-bit) Value of NoLockScreen and set it to 1. Reboot and it's gone.

Comment Re:How about... (Score 1) 281

Maybe we should stop putting people into categories and treating them differently (+ or -) based on the amount of pigment in their skin?

Maybe we should judge people not based on the color of their skin but on the content of their character?

Facebook did that, and in 2013, out of a total of 1,231 people hired, 7 were African-American.

Comment Report from Fairbanks (Score 3, Interesting) 465

I have family in Fairbanks that run an industrial business that would inevitably be significantly involved in and enormously impacted by such a project, and I can tell you that there is no talk of or preparation of even the slightest increase in the infrastructure that would be required before this project even began.

The first phase of an initial inquiry into increasing railroad infrastructure from Alaska to the lower 48, about 10 years ago, rung up an estimate of about a dozen billion dollars; everyone involved did the "let me laugh even harder" dance, and a second phase of the inquiry never happened.

That short little hop between Nome and Fairbanks is 500 miles of wilderness. There are no roads in the entire western half of Alaska and nobody is talking about building any.

Comment Allowable or forbidden in competitive sports? (Score 1) 128

The Olympic Committee, professional sports of all kinds, scholastic sports, athletics, and so on. Will these be allowed? Will they be disallowed? Is there already rules in the books that cover something like this, or will there have to be a flood of new rules in every sports organization to cover unpowered exoskeletons of all kinds?

Comment Your wife is (probably) not qualified to teach (Score 1) 700

This is sounding a lot like a situation my family is now dealing with, and the results weren't pretty.

My sister-in-law attempted to homeschool her daughter. It's a bit of a mystery why, because it definitely wasn't the usual religious or political reasons. The sister-in-law did not do well in high school, barely made it to graduation. I can only guess that she didn't want her daughter to have the same terrible experience with school that she had.

The end result was that starting at age 11, she kept her daughter at home, did not connect up with local school districts while moving to two different states, and apparently went from minimal schooling at the beginning to no schooling at all. Which should not have been a big surprise since she did so poorly in school herself. Her daughter ended up isolated from other kids her age, mostly just sitting in a room bored out of her mind. The daughter is now 17, the rest of the family has intervened and she's finally getting enrolled into a good small alternative school, where she'll be assessed to figure out where she needs to catch up, but it's going to take awhile because we know she needs some refresher courses on multiplication tables, for instance.

So you have got to ask yourself and your wife hard questions about why she feels qualified to teach when she couldn't even complete high school. Maybe adult life and the GED stuff got her up to normal functioning or maybe even better than usual - but probably not. What happens in the very real possibility that she finds she can't hack it as a teacher? Because the ability to teach is not in all of us, and if it was difficult to learn, it's going to be even more difficult to teach.

Comment Re:multi-culturalism (Score 2) 305

Personally, I've found that having a two word last name is enough to confuse many systems.

You should see the violence and mayhem that an individual with the name A O (first name A, last name O) wreaks upon an HMO patient data file system for which some long-departed pre-millenial programmer decided there should be a three-character minimum for the combined name field.

Comment Divorces are declared for more launches than that (Score 1) 53

We're going to pay how much for three times a year? This should be three times a month, ramping up to three times a week. What good is three launches a year?

So you're looking for a mission that can be accomplished with three launches a year. How about you launch a drawing board up into space, design yourself a pair of brass balls, and make something that will make them clack more than once a month? We'll have no trouble coming up with missions for you then!

Comment In your typical American household (Score 1) 260

In your typical American household with 1.5 parents and 1.5 children, you'll have 1 computer and one phone for each adult and child. That adds up to 3 computers and 3 phones, or 6 devices - and as I type this, "5-6 devices" is just barely beating out the "more than 10" category in the poll.

/That third computer is a multibooter for sure
//and the third phone is in and out of jail all the time

Comment How to turn off Java's junkware install prompts (Score 1) 436

1. To prevent junkware prompts during the initial install, download the installer from oracle instead of, because the oracle installer does not have the junkware prompt:
(searching for "java oracle download" will get you there)

2. To prevent junkware prompts during the updates, disable Java Sponsors.
A FAQ claims that in 7u65 or later, you can find a "Suppress sponsor offers when updating Java" option in the Java Control Panel's Advanced tab, but I have never seen it there, possibly because I have issued the regkey fix. To do that, save the following text to a file titled "disable-java-sponsers.reg" and double-click the file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



The answer of "Don't install Java at all, problem solved" is great and I wholeheartedly recommend it for those who don't need to run it, but there are many who have no choice and must run it for work, banking, Minecraft, etc. Using the regkey fix is great to prevent clueless family (grandparents!) and friends who need to run Java from accidentally installing the junkware.

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