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Comment: Re: Don't use a password (Score 1) 127

by AvitarX (#49536205) Attached to: POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

That weakens security. It means the computer needs to store the secret in a readable way, and once readthe secret is known, and the time and hashing simply obscures the sending over the wire. Since the hash is not a shared secret, no extra security is proviDed. Best to have the secret hashed in a non readable way.

Comment: Re: there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 1) 192

by AvitarX (#49491713) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

Also, they mention the shopping aggrigator, and the flight listing. Google's flight search is so far superior to any other site, that I don't even cross check prices. I'm very happy they popped that up randomly one time for me.

When I see their shopping search I see plenty of sites. I went to Google to use Google. I don't want to see another companies flight results, or shopping results.

Comment: Re: Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 1) 517

I can't tell if you're serious or not. Any men I know that went to school for nursing are doing quite well (same is true for women simikarly dedicated).

As for elementary education, men are pretty much garenteed jobs, and there's bonuses to be had at private institutions.

In education it is an explicit attempt to right the past.

I'm in Delaware for context, I understand that things vary.

Comment: Re: Buh buh but ComCast is Evil. (Score 1) 208

by AvitarX (#49395265) Attached to: Comcast Planning 2Gbps Service, Starting With Atlanta

Four companies appears to be enough to cause some competition, enough to have dramatic impact.

I'm not a free market extremist by any means, and obviously the competition in cellular is week, but way better than wired internet (where my options have been one since 3mbps dsl hasn't been enough).

My argument is really we have a stark example of limited competition (falling prices, massive inprovement, and yes, I only use ten to eleven gB on my alleged uncapped plan, vs no competition (no price drop, increase even if I want tv, mild improvement. It becomes very obvious there's a need to do somethibg, even without the context of the rest of the world.

I'm sorry, I'm drunk and love commas tonight.

Comment: Re: Buh buh but ComCast is Evil. (Score 1) 208

by AvitarX (#49394661) Attached to: Comcast Planning 2Gbps Service, Starting With Atlanta

My home is 30/6 20ms (recent increase)
My phone is 60/20 50Ms (also recent boost).

Was 20/6 and 40/20 pretty recebully. I pay $40 at home, $100 on phone (also get minutes and texts), use 10 ish gb on the phone no trouble, but way more at home I'm sure.

Last I checked, Comcast was close to $100 for 50/25 around here.

Things are so bad with out competition, that wireless availability went from 50kbps to 60mbps in the same time cable went 6mbps to 50mbps.

Pretty strong evidence that competition works, and cable companies suck.

Comment: Re: Sounds familiar (Score 2) 145

by AvitarX (#49385229) Attached to: The End of College? Not So Fast

You're paying so that there's a sunk cost if you quit. That's my take away from the summary (how I read the evidence that most people quit MOOCs that are free).

I'd like to see a quit rate for ones that have a fee (not a huge one, but say a few hundred), and actually count for something concrete.

The upside of a college class in today's society is more than just knowledge, and the downside for quiting is wasted thousands of dollars. With that in mind, college classes (and college in general) have a huge quit rate.

Comment: Re: Or, from another perspective ... (Score 1) 117

by AvitarX (#49319725) Attached to: Universal Reportedly Wants Spotify To Scale Back Its Free Streaming

hmmm, sleep is good...

I think my vague point was that the free radio offered by Spotify is (usually) better than playing from my (or another's) music collection. The free Spotify radio eliminates the need to buy any music, because it's better than the music one would select and buy on their own.

Unlike radio, which was a way to advertise music to buy, I regularly see Spotify (and even Pandora with it's limited selection) as a substitute for ever needing to buy music, far more often than radio acted that way.

This is leaving aside the fact that Spotify allows for custom playlists, and not just radio from a desktop (for free).

I think really, what the labels should eliminate, if they're that concerned, is the free playlist organization on desktops though, most people I know are still unlikely to stream too much music on mobile due to bandwidth limits (the caching feature helps with this though).

Spotify, even the free version, eliminates the need for a music collection, as it's better than radio, and knows about artists I don't know about, and when picking a specific song I like to base a station on, it does an amazing job of throwing together a playlist.

Having said all that, I subscribe, first to Spotify, to use it in my car, and then to Google Play, because I can side load what it is missing (mostly local bands from my youth).

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