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Comment: wish I could... (Score 1) 230

by Creepy (#49505177) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

In a ruling 20+ years ago, my city banned rooftop and "visible from the street" solar panels and all wind turbines in a "nuisance" ruling. That same ruling also bans trash cans visible from the street and having any sort of front yard structure to hide them (these structures are allowed on the side of the house). Living on a corner lot where my backyard is partially visible from the street (I could build a fence, but my backyard is small and would likely block the panel), I cannot legally have solar and they have cited me for trashcans on the side of the house because it is "front facing to the street," even though it is the side of my house.

Comment: Re: For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by Creepy (#49479059) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

You could also use a system to vary the passwords. I use the last character of the site name (as I stated in a different post), but I've been migrating to a new system in the past couple of years, which is why I didn't care about divulging it. Let's say the new system is the first and last characters of the site (it is not) - I could then have sPa$$w0rdT for the password to Slashdot, and while it is essentially the same, it varies for most of my accounts. One hint - my new system sometimes excludes RSTNLE, AKA the Wheel of Fortune characters, AKA the most popular characters in at least American English, but sometimes does not and knowing when to use them or not is part of the trick. My new system gives me 4 character/number differences and positional differences in every password, so I expect it will be far more secure than my current method and still easy to remember.

Comment: Re: For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by Creepy (#49478937) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

I have throw-away passwords I sometimes reuse as well, also for sites I need to register on and don't particularly care about (they also get a junk email account I never check). I will vary this password by using a trick - I use the last character in the site name as the first character in the password so it is rarely the same. Still not exactly secure, but easy to remember and varies the password by site. The rest of the password is usually some fantasy character name with flipped calculator/leetspeak letters thrown in with the capital moved to after the first number. For instance, Godwynne would become g0Dwynn3 and BadBrutus would be b7DBrutus. If I was on Slashdot, these would be tg0Dwynn3 or tb7DBrutus.

And yeah, that is for my throw-away passwords. Most of my non-throwaway passwords I doubt could be guessed or hacked through brute force. A keylogger probably won't help (it will be flagged as an unknown program by security scans and set off a security alert), so you'd need to rootkit the machine.

Comment: Re:For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by Creepy (#49478655) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

That works great if you aren't forced to have 6 characters different, as well. Our rules were 8+ characters, 20x without repeat, 6 char difference in each password, 30 day forced changes, at least one upper case character, and at least one punctuation. Through trial and error, I found the 6 characters different were based on position, so my solution was rotation - Pa$$w0rd becomes a$$w0rdP and then $$w0rdPa, etc. Works for a few months at least, and I only needed to memorize three strings. Never got cracked by the brute force software so far, so it worked for me (and no, my password is not Pa$$w0rd - that is an old joke and not a very good one).

Comment: The almost poetic irony... (Score 2) 332

by Creepy (#49460393) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

Speaking of nuclear, Nixon actually killed off the Molten Salt Reactor Experiment and fired Oak Ridge Laboratory lead Alvin Weinberg because he was advocating ditching the liquid metal fast breeder reactor in favor of the much safer molten salt reactors. Nixon did this to promote building Light Water Reactors in California and protect jobs there rather than delaying them for a new technology to be developed. The ABSOLUTE KICKER is that Weinberg also wanted molten salt reactors because their high heat can be used for desalination (and their ability to scale to small sizes would make them ideal for developing countries that needed desalination as well as some electricity).

Comment: Re:I think we just need to get burned. (Score 2) 332

by Creepy (#49460299) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

I can count Bush's environmental policies on two fingers - banning of incandescent light bulbs (which, honestly, was going to happen eventually) and banning CFC asthma inhalers to support the Montreal Treaty, even though those were one of the tiniest contributors to ozone depletion and seriously impacted asthmatics (for one, it was the only over the counter asthma remedy, for two, the replacement, HFA inhalers, were patented, prescription only, and were only tested on healthy adults in the FDA's "fast track" program, which is the same thing they do to test GMOs, and 3/4 of the manufacturers used an allergen, alcohol, as part of the propellant, so that went over poorly...).

If there's one president I wish had failed to get into office, it's Bush, though Obama has cut it close a few times (both of them have TERRIBLE financial policy, IMO - defund Obamacare? Only the assistance to the poor was unfunded - Bush's Medicare D wasn't funded AT ALL)...

Comment: Re:More proof religion is another arm of... (Score 1) 39

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49457159) Attached to: Found at a Catholic site

Subsidiarity is written into Canon Law. The higher you go, the less power you HAVE. The lay person has more power over the domain of his house (or even her house) than the parish priest has over his parish, the parish priest has more power over his congregation than the Bishop has over all the priests combined, Archbishops have even less power over their subject Bishops, and are practically autonomous from the Vatican itself. The Least Competent Authority is a real concept in the Roman Catholic Church- and holds sway.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"