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Comment: Re:Protected relationships (Score 1) 265

by sjames (#49356937) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

Why should a relationship between a priest and anyone else be a legally protected one relationship?

One last chance for someone to be talked out of doing something we wish they wouldn't do? Separation of church and state? (The sanctity of the confession has existed much longer than the U.S.)

Comment: ArrayList and StringBuilder use this (Score 1) 475

by tepples (#49354885) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

I would realloc the buffer doubling the size each time it overflowed. This allocation strategy is simple, is bounded to 50% worst case overhead, and requires only log N reallocations for a maximum buffer size of N.

It also happens to be the policy used by Java's ArrayList and presumably by its StringBuilder.

Comment: Prepare to restore from backup often (Score 3, Insightful) 244

by tepples (#49350077) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

someone who physically possesses the token has three guesses of my unlocking passphrase before the token locks itself forever and zeroes out the stored keyfile

If fat-fingering your passphrase thrice will make your data permanently inaccessible, then you better have damn good backups and a damn good data plan with which to restore them when and where you need your data.

Comment: Re:Race to the bottom... (Score 1) 261

by sjames (#49349771) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

That's where the capriciousness of Apple's review process comes in to play. It's hard to justify spending the kind of resources necessary to produce an app that competes on quality when you have no way at all to know if the app will EVER reach even a single customer. That makes cheap throw-aways the best bet and even that is a losing proposition for most.

Comment: Re:I have a solution (Score 1) 166

by sjames (#49348909) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

The hope is that the schools, law abiding individuals and corporations will obey the law and not pay (admittedly, the corporations might be problematic, not a lot of respect for law there).

The idea is that if the targets won't pay because they aren't willing to break the law, then the crooks end up with an all risk but no reward scenario and move on to something else.

Saliva causes cancer, but only if swallowed in small amounts over a long period of time. -- George Carlin