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Comment: Re:is this good? (Score 1) 136

by NotDrWho (#49347621) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

If they foist a wacky password or require one based on complex rules, it will either be written down, or be the most simple implementation of the rules.

LOL, I once did some contract work at a company who's IT department had some crazy stringent password requirements. You could walk around and find everyone's ridiculously long, complex password written on a post-it note on the side of their computer.

There should be a rule. The complexity of the password requirements and the number of password changes required each year are directly proportional to the chance the password will be written down and taped to the computer.

Comment: Russia can't even build and maintain roads already (Score 2, Insightful) 207

by NotDrWho (#49343655) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC

Russian roads across the bulk of the country are shit. And they haven't even built a decent interstate system going across the country. And they can't even properly maintain the shit roads they already have. And the country is NOTORIOUS for intentional accident scams (why do you think that they have those dash cams?). And a sizable percentage of drivers there are drunk and/or crazy.

In short, who the fuck would want to drive across Russia if the alternative of even a slow boat is available?

Comment: Re:twin peaks (Score 3, Interesting) 165

by NotDrWho (#49330813) Attached to: The X-Files To Return

Compared to TV today is very tame in comparison. the US was still weaning itself off westerns, detective shows and sitcoms and Twin Peaks was edgy in comparison. Quite a few shows we loved in the 80/90's are like that. they were great at the time but didn't really stand the test of time.

Just the fact that its episodes weren't self-contained, it's subject matter was the rape and murder of a teenage girl, and the fact that it had supernatural elements made it pretty revolutionary for 1990. Add to that David Lynch's signature weird style and it truly was ground-breaking for the time.

The X-files, for all its hype, is pretty tame in comparison. Its episodes are almost entirely self-contained, for example. With the exception of a handful of mythology episodes, every episode begins and ends with the characters in exactly the same place. There are no real character arcs to speak of. By the end of the series Mulder is basically the same guy and Scully is SLIGHTLY less skeptical maybe. But that's about it. There are some great individual episodes (mostly the Darin Morgan ones), but taken as a whole it's a pretty conventional procedural detective show.

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