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Comment: Re:Still waiting for a "hackability meter" (Score 2) 159

by Gaygirlie (#49346503) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

In that case, even a password of 'veronica' should be strong enough to last until the breach is discovered (days?), the user notified

Considering how awfully many cases there have been where it has taken the company weeks or even months to notify anyone of the breach I'm going to have to disagree on that.

Comment: Re:Still waiting for a "hackability meter" (Score 3, Interesting) 159

by Gaygirlie (#49346381) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

The plain simple truth is that complexity of a password is barely relevant at all when compared to the threat of an outright data breach at a provider. Who cares if your password is 'veronica' (your daughters name) or `myL1ttleBr0ny%` since an attacker isn't going to bother with brute forcing anything but '123456' and 'password' because they will get tarpitted by any reputable provider before they can guess anything out of a dictionary more than 5 entries long.

Your basis for saying bassword-complexity is irrelevant is that bad people would be doing online brute-forcing? They do matter somewhat when it comes to online-cracking, but the real relevancy doesn't lie there. The passwords matter when it comes to offline brute-forcing: the more complex the password the longer it'll take to crack it even if you have the hash for it. With good passwords and well-done hashing and salting you may end up cracking them for weeks by which time whoever you obtained them from will hopefully already have made their users change their passwords.

Comment: Re:And all the consumers will lose (Score 1) 63

I don't know if you're obtuse on purpose or not, but I'll explain in any case: if a person wants to be able to take advantage of adaptive vsync, but they have an NVIDIA GPU their only choices are to buy into NVIDIA's lock-in or buy a new GPU *and* a new display. Both situations are anything but ideal.

Comment: And all the consumers will lose (Score 5, Insightful) 63

"that didn't require monitor manufacturers to employ any proprietary add-ons, and that could be adopted by any GPU maker." -- I definitely like the general idea here, but NVIDIA trying to do lock-in and squeeze even more money out of people with requiring proprietary add-ons is only going to hurt the market; it forces manufacturers to choose either camp limiting markets, or both camps increasing costs. It's bullshit. NVIDIA should work with AMD and the other manufacturers on this, not against them.

Comment: Re:Buggy whip makers said automobiles aren't... (Score 1) 451

by Gaygirlie (#49290047) Attached to: Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren't the Future

Personally, I believe that all the issues you mentioned are only functions of time; given enough time all cars will be self-driving and all such issues will be solved. I do agree that all cars won't be self-driving any time soon, but I see no technical reason for why these things would suddenly stop advancing at some arbitrary point before such things can be ironed out.

Comment: Re:Free is still too expensive (Score 3, Informative) 322

by Gaygirlie (#49283357) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

How about the first bootup bit where you have to link your fucking admin account to a fucking online account?

You don't have to. You can just create a local account.

Second was that abomination of a start screen.

That's only a bother until you install a Start-menu replacement.

Comment: Re:Most ambitious (Score 1) 132

by Gaygirlie (#49256175) Attached to: Self-Driving Car Will Make Trip From San Francisco To New York City

"When it’s not on the highway, one of the humans inside will take the wheel."

I agree with you. That quote right there pretty much undermines the whole "autonomously" - thing. Not to mention that it'll only be allowed to drive during a sunny day. Much, much less impressive than what the announcement here makes it look like. When the car can actually handle itself all the way from San Fransisco to New Your City (except for re-fueling), in any weather, night or day, including potholes on the road and construction work and whatnot *that's* when I'll be really impressed.

Comment: Re:Is this a good thing??? (Score 1) 208

by Gaygirlie (#49203331) Attached to: Make Those Brown Eyes Blue

I'm not sure this is a good thing. The extra melanin apparently gives the eye extra protection from UV rays. I guess if you live in the far north its no big issue but if you live in the southern hemisphere near the equator you may want to thing twice about this. That melanin is there for a reason

Good thing Slashdotters are protected, computer displays don't produce UV-rays!

Comment: Re:Not even slightly interested (Score 4, Informative) 167

by Gaygirlie (#49201841) Attached to: Hands-On With the Vivaldi Browser

I dunno about bloat, but after reading through the article I just don't see anything I'd need. I never liked mouse gestures, for example, and I don't need more keyboard shortcuts, I mostly just use ctrl+n, ctrl+w, ctrl+r and ctrl+s in Firefox and that's it. I also have no need to insert notes into websites or have an integrated e-mail client; I have separate programs for that if/when I need it. It just doesn't seem to offer anything for me.

Comment: Re:Still My Favorite (Score 1) 300

by Gaygirlie (#49196479) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

I, for one, have been using Firefox from the moment it was first released and I used Netscape before that. I still do not feel they've "abandoned" me in any way, the browser is still full-featured and useable and better than any other browser I've tried. And yet, I haven't had to "wrestle" with addons nor have I so much as even looked at about:config, let alone changed anything there.

Comment: Re:Easier to support than OpenGL 4.x (Score 1) 52

by Gaygirlie (#49192531) Attached to: Valve Developed an Open-Source Intel Vulkan GPU Driver For Linux

As others have mentioned, the minimum requirement is OpenGL ES 3.1 - support. Others didn't say what that actually means in practice, so I'm jumping in. lists the following sample of hardware that supports OpenGL ES 3.1:

Adreno 400 series[25][26]
        Intel HD Graphics for Intel Atom Z3700 series (Android)
        Intel HD Graphics for Intel Celeron N and J series (Android)
        Intel HD Graphics for Intel Pentium N and J series (Android)
        Mali T6xx (midgard) series onwards[27] (Android, Linux)
        Nvidia GeForce 400 series onwards (Windows)
        Nvidia Tegra K1 (Android)
        Nvidia Tegra X1 (Android)
        PowerVR Series 6, 6XE, 6XT, 7XE and 7XT (Linux, Android)
        Vivante GC2000 series onwards (optional with GC800 and GC1000)[28]

GeForce 400 is already 5 years old hardware, so as long as someone writes the drivers there's going to be a whole lot of supported hardware already out there and in active use. The list doesn't seem to mention AMD-hardware at all, but I would assume something similar as NVIDIA's 5 years.

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