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Comment: comment subjects are stupid (Score 1) 366

by Falos (#49538023) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users
Lots of people pointing out the failure that piracy doesn't have.

That takeaway is a bit inaccurate though. What they've identified is the advantage of not having to ASK FOR FUCKING PERMISSION TO USE YOUR PROPERTY.

Every time. Forever. Anywhere in the universe.

Oops network connection not found. You can't read it, watch it, listen to it, touch it, load it, play it, because you don't actually have it. You never did.

Comment: Re:please, Mod Parent up (Score 1) 395

by Falos (#49529111) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
The "problem" isn't cdwiegand's usage, dumbass. The only thing solved is one human's chemical balance. Not his wallet though, he'll have to pick somewhere with lower pay. Assuming one exists.

Legalizing human cattle prods to use on wage slaves would also self-correct itself.

From one batch of disgruntled disposables to the next. There's always someone more desperate.

Comment: Re:More common that humans are turned into robots (Score 1) 288

by Falos (#49520875) Attached to: Robot Workers' Real Draw: Reducing Dependence on Human Workers
They don't really ROI yet, they still hinge on their novelty and only niche'ly advantageous cases are suited for them.

But yeah, they're here. Or available to the market anyway. They're just not interested because for all their protests, you can just throw out the starving whiner and get a starver who's more desperate.

I expect it'll be "interesting" when the math says Latest Factory Advancement makes the kiosks average out to $5/hr and everyone drops the starvers all at once. And you don't have to worry about revolt; even without "suppression" drones floating around we're pretty entrenched against any kind of mobilizing, organizing, or even dissent. The only preventative measure left to develop is straight up thoughtcrime.

Comment: Re:Very Shortsighted (Score 2, Insightful) 288

by Falos (#49520631) Attached to: Robot Workers' Real Draw: Reducing Dependence on Human Workers
There will be plenty of money out there. It just won't come from the proles.

I feel like eating oranges this year. Maybe I'll spend $20,000, that should get me a crate. Or I can spend the $21,000 on a set of orangebots. I'd try buying a second set and sell the surplus, but there's just no buyers; everyone just gets their own orangebots. Oh wait, I own my own bot factory on one of my islands, brb printing a set. What do I need money for again?

It's 2015 and I'd say it's already too late to be a name in this arena, but I'll be keeping an eye on the Foxconns of tomorrow so I can at least get a cut of the pie. It doesn't solve the future economy, but it might buy my selfish ass a ticket out of terrafoam.

Comment: Re:It's the management tools (Score 1) 325

by Falos (#49494375) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan
> Apple has done quite a bit of work to allow central administration of app deployment, security, and OS configuration
When you use the word "central" in the middle of that sentence, are you referring to Apple's administration? I can hardly refute the height of the walls around the garden.

When you say "central", are you referring to the actual administration in practice? IT? Are you saying they have enterprise-supporting MDM? Because I'll need to get 911 on the line first. Passing out from laughter is a dangerous matter.

It's a consumer product. It scales like shit and I can't blame them, it was never meant to. The image-and-branding sparkleboners were meant for the private individual demographic. Maybe they guessed school districts could spot form-over-function. And guessed wrong.

Comment: Re:subjects are stupid (Score 1) 136

by Falos (#49480709) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics
We share some grief. When purely based on a "word" you're effectively picking a single character from a set of, what, 10^5? You say 7, after permutations? Either way, that original pool means a limiting factor.

I might be more pessimistic than you about the lifetime of a basic string like "mhallifwwas". It's not here yet, but it's the sort of AI, the sort of language indexing that's less like whimsy scifi and more like inevitable Big Data. Yes, I do expect tables to respond and evolve into phrase dictionaries.

In this context, nursery rhymes are shit. I like them to help illustrate the simplicity of use and apparent complexity gains. They're superstrong in the current meta. But once the new tables are built they'll wreck rhymes, pop song lyrics, quotes, sayings, etc. in a hurry. OTOH, the concept comes with implicit invitation to roll your own. Hell, they did it on Doctor Who. And I get the sense it's easier to add permutation to phrases.

Comment: subjects are stupid (Score 2) 136

by Falos (#49476005) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics
Attackers know to check for 'e' characters swapped with '3' characters. It's in their tables. It won't do shit. Words like asdfghjkl are in their tables. Duh.

Do we need an article about how "hackers have realized people swap 'e' and 3!"? Yes, people are simply capping the first letter and it accomplishes little (the "complexity" requirement thus accomplished shit), duh and DUH.

Still waiting for an article (actually, the posts so far also seem devoid) about pass-acronyms. "mhallifwwas" will pwn any brute force, any attack table (well, not any more) and it's a fscking nursery rhyme.

No weird complexity. No increasingly obnoxious user burden. It's actually easier to memorize than many passwords. And if not, you gain greater-yet-lower-hanging pendefense compared to DICKING AROUND WITH SYMBOLS AND NUMBERS AND CAPS.


...well, okay, that last one is probably less secure. The original French rhyme isn't much better.

Comment: It's only a matter of time (Score 1) 197

by Falos (#49346001) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis
They're gonna build a Great Wall of Japan sooner or later, for some reason or another. Keep out The Fog or The Blight or whatever, the one that brings monsters or disease or it kidnaps people or something.

I feel like giant walls have been leaking into culture more. Pacific Rim, sure, but consider Shingeki no Kyojin or Darker than Black or Maze Runner, and those are just the recent ones. Giant walls are the new "human (female) locked away in a sealed box/chest, discovered later".

Real Programmers don't write in FORTRAN. FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies. FORTRAN is for wimp engineers who wear white socks.