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Comment: Re:math (Score 1) 136 136

This guy is right explaining that dumb computation about password strength is stupid.

However, I disagree with the conclusion. Asking people to learn impossible to retain passwords is not the solution. Force them to choose a not-trivial but not hard password (entropy >10000) and apply well-balanced password trying policies (100 tries max per month). Everyone will be happy this way.

Comment: Re:He is linking homeopathy to astrology (Score 5, Informative) 320 320

I confirm that here in France, homeopathy is very common, and even MDs frequently use it.

But let's be serious. The placebo effect is one of the most effective thing in medical problems. The problem with it is that if you don't believe in it, it no longer works. Building false theories that makes sense for most people is therefore a skill that can be much more effective than finding real cures.

So, in a way, I can't blame people who use it just because, as an ultra-rational guy, I do not have the "chance" of being able to use those things with a positive effect. Maybe using astrology and homeopathy would indeed increase the efficiency of the health system. Not because it prevents illnesses, but just because we have to recognize that it really works by misleading people's brain.

Comment: Re:One more reason to get away from Windows (Score 1) 181 181

Well, after reading the article again, indeed that could work on Linux. I thought there were windows vulnerabilities in the mix, but it turns out I read that wrong.

That said, I think that malware/adware is a major attack vector. And Linux/Android/iOS do not fear adware because applications are reviewed and controlled. Of course, you can always have a vulnerability in the Linux packages / Android Apps, but it makes things much harder and especially for the average guy's PC.

But true, for that special case, linux could as well be a target.

Comment: One more reason to get away from Windows (Score 0, Troll) 181 181

Using windows is currently a real nightmare for the average guy. Most of the computers of un-computer-educated people I know are full of malware and adware.

At some point it was seen as a fatality. iOS and Android just showed people that it was not. That's why Microsoft Windows is (finally) dying. Ransomware may be the thing that will decide people to finally switch to something else.

And maybe 2015 will be the year of linux on the desktop :-)

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 179 179

Full HD was nice when it was on 24 inches screen. When you see a Full HD picture on a big screen, the pixels are so big that you may wonder "is this high def ? The pixels are bigger than my old 1990 TV !".

That 8k monitor only has 160 dot per inch. That's not impressive at all.

For a monitor of that size (55"), having an 8k panel is nothing but hard to do. The difficulty resides in the production of the video (computer images are easy to render, but having a CCD captor at 8k is a different story) and the broadcast of the video (bandwidth, CPU, and HDMI cable at that frequency).

Comment: Re:Embedded Systems (Score 1) 641 641

I have to disagree. It really depends what you are doing. I love C and I believe that C will not be replaced for certain pieces of low-level software (kernel, libraries, ...).

However, when you need to write a script or a dynamic web page, using C is painful and actually not a good idea. Python and PHP are much better for that. I'm not a language fetishist, I'm just an average lazy programmer. When I need to do some work, I choose the most efficient tool to do it. I won't try use a new language because the grammar is kewl. Usually, I switch to other languages when I feel it is much more appropriate to my current task.

If a language survives (after the initial hype), it is for a good reason. Shell script, Javascript, Python, PHP, ... will also be there for a long time.

Comment: Re:C is primordial (Score 1) 641 641

With enough experience, yes. And you can check the generated assembly afterward to see if it matches what you expect.

Of course there are some cases where you know that you don't know what will get out of the compiler, but for the majority of if-then-else assignments, you don't get surprised by what comes out of the compiler.

There are exceptions on some architecture (e.g. Itanium) where the CPU is so complex that is it very hard to predict anything, but on x86/ARM, it's pretty simple.

Comment: Re:Largest in service, not largest ever built (Score 1) 275 275

Indeed not the largest ever built, and roughly the size of the largest in service currently (be it supertankers, cruise ships, or container ships).

On the container ship category, it is also not a breakthrough (List of largest container ships). Couple of feet larger, couple of feet longer, roughly the same number of containers .. no big deal.

Comment: Re:Makes Sense (Score 1) 225 225

It actually makes a lot of sense to use google for everything. At the beginning there were IP addresses ; hard to remember. Then DNS came up and URLs got much easier to remember.

But, hey, what is the real information when you want to go to http://www.bookstore.com/ ? Answer : bookstore. And that's precisely what google does.

Moreover, if you type "bokstore" instead of "bookstore", google will give you what you actually had in mind.

So yes, Google has a lot of power, which is used in the majority of cases to help people -- this is why people use it. But with that much power, it seems to me that it should be now heavily regulated by law. Search algorithms should be regulated by laws and openly discussed in parliaments. You cannot remove / favor someone just because you want. You may have some space for business to slightly favor (to some extent) those who pay for it. This kind of things.

Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. Corollary: Following the rules will not get the job done.