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Comment: Rating =/ Consumption (Score 2) 394

by Liquidretro (#47253611) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes
"Cheryl Williamsen, a Los Alamitos architect, has three of the boxes leased from her cable provider in her home, but she had no idea how much power they consumed until recently, when she saw a rating on the back for as much as 500 watts" Rating doesn't equal consumption. I can put a 1000W power supply in my computer but just watching youtube videos doesn't mean it's consuming all 1000W. It consumes far less than the 1000W unless the system demands it. Only way to know how much a device like this consumes is to measure it. One inexpensive way to do this is the KilloWatt meter.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 445

by Liquidretro (#46307281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

I like KeyPass because the same database file can be used in my Android phone and on me PC. I don't want to use a cloud based password storage as that might be a vulnerability. I also like that KeyPass allows you to use more than just a password to protect the database, you can also have it use a keyfile. So it turns into something you know (the password) and something you have (the keyfile on a USB key). Then you just need to keep the database synchronized between the different systems you use it on. That could be a problem if you add passwords very frequently, but in my useage it has not been a problem. KeePassDroid is a nice Android version.

Cloud isn't a concern as long as your software is done right. By all accounts Lastpass has been done well. The cloud only gets an encrypted blob. Let the NSA go to town on it, not a concern. So do you manually sync your phone to PC then with your keypass DB?

Comment: Why (Score 2) 445

by Liquidretro (#46307067) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
Why are you unable to use one of the online systems like Lastpass? It's been very well vetted, offers offline and online modes. I personally find 1pass to be very Mac centric and expensive but it's a good product too. Keypass is a good opensource alternative, although its a local program so there are those downsides. It has android and iOS apps too so you can have access on a mobile device if needed.

Comment: Break the habits through education (Score 1) 418

by Liquidretro (#43083393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?
Break the bad habits that are holding her back such as AOL. Next time you see her educate her. Show her the internet works without aol (I suggest chrome since it has flash and auto updates). This way you can move on from win XP. Where you go from there is up to you. IF she is just doing email, it sounds like a perfect solution fro a Chrome book. Logmein Free works pretty good for remote support. You can get in whenevery you need to run updates.

Comment: Redirection + 3rd party firmware (Score 1) 884

by Liquidretro (#42967289) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?
1st thing to do would be see if my router was compatible with something like DD-WRT or Tomato. These don't have the insecure WDS in them. I assume you have the most up to date firmware. Other things to do would be to turn off your wifi for a few days. Chances are the neighbor will get bored and move on to someone else. You could also enable QOS and restrict the heck out of his connection. You could also start messing with things like redirection, block DNS lookups (Let your local machine do the DNS for your connection) and lastly replace your router.

Comment: Outsourcing Manufacturing (Score 5, Interesting) 237

by Liquidretro (#42558379) Attached to: FAA To Investigate 787 Dreamliner
I wonder if the manufacturing and quality problems has anything to do with the change on this plane that it is made all over the world, by tons of suppliers, then all moved to a common location for final assembly. This is a departure from the way Boeing has done manufacture in the past where most things are done under one roof.

Comment: Re:I just can't live without a ZIF socket. (Score 3, Insightful) 1009

by Liquidretro (#42097567) Attached to: Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?
I would agree here for the most part. They change sockets so often that very few people switch processors and keep the same MB. Most people upgrade both at the same time. So you will buy the MB at the same time as the Processor as one piece. Ya not ideal but makes sens. I don't see this happening for a while.

Comment: Re:If a Business can do it, why can't I. (Score 3, Informative) 248

by Liquidretro (#41493687) Attached to: Nebraska Sheriff Wardriving, Sending Letters About Unsecured Wi-Fi
They are not mandating you close your wifi, they are just suggesting you do. Making you aware of something you were unsure of maybe. Very much the same as if they were to wring your door bell to tell you your garage door is open at midnight, etc.

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