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Comment: Re:Why so high? (Score 1) 99

by ColdWetDog (#48226139) Attached to: Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

... but will be using a randomly-generated password for every website that asks me for a password.

I'm not in the position to argue the merits of the rest of your post, but this last part seems obvious.

Once you have more than a half dozen passwords, your ability to remember them drastically decreased unless you are some sort of savant. You need a password manager. Once you are using a password manager, there is no reason NOT to use a different, random, difficult to hack password on every site. I have no idea what the vast majority of my passwords are - the only ones I remember are the three I use multiple times a day at work. The rest get created and filled out by 1Password.

And, yes, of course, now I'm at the mercy of my 1Password password and the company's ability to manage their program. Can't be perfect and the current system really does suck but this way seems to be the best of the worst.

One feature I wish Agile Bits would set up is the ability to automatically change passwords on a regular basis. As it is, I manually change some high value passwords every so often (not Slashdot's of course). PITA.

Comment: Re:Bennett to the rescue! (Score 1) 386

by ColdWetDog (#48223349) Attached to: Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Easy solution: Hire clones of Bennett Hasselton. He spends 10s of hours a week solving the hard issues facing the world such as distributed social networks and the optimal queuing for ice lines at Burning Man.

Clones of Hasselton? I thought gain of function experiments were on a moratorium these days.

Comment: Re:OS-X cost $499 more than Linux (Score 4, Interesting) 276

by ColdWetDog (#48218447) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

If you are just trying to develop the next Unix clone of telenet or ftp, this argument might make some sense. If you are working in any sort of commercial environment, the cost of the PC is just a rounding error.

This entire subthread about the putative costs of a generic x86 box vs. something from Apple is absurd - nobody cares about these sorts of costs except poor hobbyist programmers -- and none of the companies, Apple included, gives a tinker's damn about this demographic.

For mid to upper range laptops*, Apple is very competitive with everybody else. If you like the tight hardware / software integration that MacBooks offer, then great. If you don't care or really want to run Windows, go get something else. I do wish that Apple had a few more choices - I'd love for them to resurrect the 17" MBP, but I'd also like Dell to have English speaking customer facing employees, for HP to make keyboards worth a damn and for Toshiba to simply go away.

But life is hard....

* The Mac Pro, especially the Darth Vader's ashtray version, is really a niche product

Comment: Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (Score 1) 276

by ColdWetDog (#48217869) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Hell, the magsafe connector is worth that. One Labrador Retriever puppy and one Dell XPS power connector = one damaged motherboard - even though the Dell connector is pretty robust as these things go.

Nothing intangible about that. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Comment: Re:It helps to actually use the thing. (Score 4, Insightful) 276

by ColdWetDog (#48217593) Attached to: How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

While the premise of TFA is incorrect, Apple certainly has created a quality product - at least as good as upper end offerings from most mainstream manufacturers. Yes, it has a marketing cachet that, to most of us, is kind of annoying, but that is the real world.

You don't need 'a great deal of money' to get into OS X either as user or developer (remember, the development system is free). No, you cannot scrape the components for a Wintel supercomputer out of a dumpster but there apparently is a large enough population with enough money to actually pay for things they use.

Comment: Re:Surely there's more to come :( (Score 1) 324

by ColdWetDog (#48204391) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

Hungary is, sadly, turning into authoritarian regime focused on maintaining the power of those at the top. Anything that feeds their spending habits is on the table, I'm sure. We should expect more news like that coming from Hungary :(

Replace 'Hungary' with pretty much any other country and you have a nice truism.

Comment: Re:Secure it but.... (Score 1) 78

by ColdWetDog (#48203883) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

You can stop a pacemaker with a magnet near the chest wall. If you are one of those ** very few ** people who need a pacer to survive, you can get temporarily paced in the ER until they can put a new one in.

Surprisingly enough, people HAVE thought through most of this.

** most pacemakers work intermittently, some people need them all of the time. Pacers do fail, it's pretty rare but sometimes even the wonders of technology aren't enough to keep you alive.

Comment: Re:Incomplete analysis (Score 1) 382

On the face of it, sending un-trained US miltary personnel into the hot zone makes zero sense. So why might they have been sent?
The 101st and National Guard aren't being sent to mitigate the situation in Liberia et al. in any meaningful way. They're been sent for training.
Worst case scenario, if the virus causes serious disruption in the US, troops with Liberian experience will be used to train up stateside forces to back up health workers and quell unrest. As a bonus some of the surviving infected troops will have immunity to the virus.

OTOH, Maybe I'm giving Obola credit for a level of cynicism that isn't there. Maybe the administration really is the most incompetent in US history.

Or maybe, just maybe, the US military (or any functional military for that matter) has the only organization structure, money and manpower to deal with these sorts of major threats.

Don't you watch any televison?

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