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Comment: Funny Algorithms (Score 3, Informative) 184

by Oscaro (#45623303) Attached to: King James Programming

This has always been one of my favorite algorithms. Saw it the first time many years ago on The Practice of Programming, by Kernighan and Pike. Always makes me laugh. You can use it to generate phrases or even psuedo-words that "sound like" any given real language. I use it to generate passwords that are easy to remember but cannot be found in any dictionary, of "fantasy names" for games. Have fun and plose some stilture on your cince!

Comment: Because they have to remember it. (Score 1) 299

by Oscaro (#45601415) Attached to: Why People Are So Bad At Picking Passwords

Title says it all. You have to remember your password, so you probably won't use a password like "afi9blm#20niv8__q4i".

Pseudo-words - i.e. words that you can read but are in no dictionary - are probably slightly better, but I wouldn't rely on passwords at all in the first place.

BTW if somwone is interested, this tool CAN generate readable pseudo-words like "foliticalling", "uppet" or "furvicially".

Comment: Still relevant? (Score 2) 510

by Oscaro (#41670723) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

After reading this horror story I arrived to the conclusion that SSDs are not for me. I wonder if it's still true.

Super Talent 32 GB SSD, failed after 137 days
OCZ Vertex 1 250 GB SSD, failed after 512 days
G.Skill 64 GB SSD, failed after 251 days
G.Skill 64 GB SSD, failed after 276 days
Crucial 64 GB SSD, failed after 350 days
OCZ Agility 60 GB SSD, failed after 72 days
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD, failed after 15 days
Intel X25-M 80 GB SSD, failed after 206 days

Comment: Structured Programming (Score 1) 624

by Oscaro (#37306834) Attached to: What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

Even if it's somehow outdated (and no longer in print), every single program we write today is highly influenced by "Structured Programming" by Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, C. A. R. Hoare and Ole-Johan Dahl. Before this book, programs used to be a mess of spaghetti code and the familiar constructs like if-then-else or while loops did not exist.

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting. -- Billy Rose