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Comment: Re:Silicon Valley is officially old (Score 1) 525

by Enry (#47465527) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

The government didn't build those things - they merely paid for them. Companies designed and built those things. Congress doesn't pass laws because it gets an idea in its head and does it. It's for one of exactly two reasons:

1) Companies (i.e. their lobbyists) convinced lawmakers that passing a law to let them do X is in their best interest and BTW, here's that campaign contribution that has absolutely nothing to do with your legislative agenda. But if you pass this we'll be able to make a lot of money....
2) Recognition that what they did in #1 was wrong and now need to fix it, or companies that abused the power they were given so much that there's only one organization that can fix it - the government.

Comment: Re:Storing cloud passwords in the cloud? (Score 1) 113

by Enry (#47450083) Attached to: Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

The local password is cached for LastPass as well. You can either have to re-enter it each time you open the browser, after a period of time, or only once. Having had a work laptop that had personal passwords stored in it taken back when I was laid off, I realized I needed a way to store passwords such that I can still store passwords but in a way it doesn't rely on a single system.

Comment: Re:Storing cloud passwords in the cloud? (Score 4, Informative) 113

by Enry (#47449449) Attached to: Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

In the case of LastPass at least, the passwords are encrypted locally and then sent to the server for storing. Your only possibility there would be searching through and finding stores with weak passwords, or finding a crack in the encryption. Otherwise, the attacks have to take place on the end user side.

Comment: Airplanes/cars/whatever (Score 1) 608

by Enry (#47415075) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Remember when you could build your own airplane, or build your own car, or maybe your own radio set? Well I don't, but you could. Heck, people built their own computers for the longest time (some still do).

But the nature of just about everything is it gets more and more complicated until it's much easier to just get something prebuilt than it is to do it yourself and those who choose to do it themselves are doing it either as a hobby or because of their employer.

I've been writing code for 20 years though I've primarily been a sys admin. There are things that are much more difficult but many of the tools I used in the early 90s (bash for example, or C) are still around and follow much of the same rules as now.

Comment: Already own one (Score 1) 427

by Enry (#47320629) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

I keep my phone in my pocket and usually on complete mute. So when there's a phone call or meeting reminder I don't get it until it's too late. Broke down and bought a Pebble a few months ago and a slight buzz at my wrist tells me there's something I need to pay attention to, and in a meeting or with friends it's a lot easier to just glance at my wrist to read a text than pull my phone out, turn on the screen, enter my unlock code, get into the app, and read the message.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."