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Comment: Ridiculous (Score 1) 268 268

Oh for the love of god, this is way out of hand.

They weren't "hacked", they saw a tiny anomaly in their network traffic (which honestly, most companies wouldn't even have noticed), and decided to notify you about it and handle it in the most paranoid way possible. It's such a small thing that I wouldn't have expected most companies to even tell anyone it happened.

But somehow them behaving in a very commendable way for a security company has blown up into an absolute PR nightmare for them, with sites like BusinessWeek posting articles with the title "LastPass Loses Passwords for 1.25 Million Customers", which aren't even remotely correct. This is why companies don't disclose security breaches, because people are too dumb to understand the details, it gets sensationalized for no reason, and comes back to bite them hard.

Their implementation of this was pretty poor (trying to force almost everyone to change their password, when their server can't handle password changes at that rate), but their overall intentions were extremely good, and only make me even more confident in their service.

Comment: Re:Degrees (Score 1) 380 380

It's been my observation that people that get bored of not working or being on vacation just don't really have any interests or hobbies.

I think the same way as you, I'd be perfectly happy without a job. I'd definitely still do some programming, because I enjoy it, but it would only be on my own projects, and I don't really consider that the same as "work".

Comment: Re:I'm shocked (Score 5, Informative) 185 185

No, their entire marketing plan was to hide as much of the game as possible until release, and then ban everyone from reviewing it until a week after it came out.

Seems like it was a ridiculously mismanaged project, there's a good series of articles on a former employee's blog here: Where Realtime Worlds Went Wrong

Comment: Re:This exploit is beautiful (Score 1) 226 226

I always wonder how someone even ends up attempting an exploit through something like this. How did they figure out in the first place that it might be a possible approach? It just seems so obscure compared to a lot of other exploit methods for other systems/programs (not that I know much about the topic).

Comment: Re:A Solution to this and the eBay 'sniping' probl (Score 4, Interesting) 483 483

I've never really understood the complaints about eBay sniping. Set your maximum bid at the actual maximum that you want to pay. Whether someone snipes or not, if your bid is the highest you will win. If it's not, you won't.

Even if it is an actual problem for some reason though, I'd think that the simplest solution would just be to extend the auction slightly every time there is a new high bid. Add 5 or 10 minutes every time the bid increases, and sniping would be totally ineffective.

Comment: Re:You can use katakana (Score 1) 284 284

So you read the title, but didn't make it to the summary?

They're not adding new kanji for electronics, they're saying that some kanji are becoming more commonly used because using them when writing electronically removes the difficulty of actually writing those characters.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.

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