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Comment: So, if you have a Linked-in account, what now? (Score 1) 271

by Rick Bentley (#40233921) Attached to: LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked Online
Please tell me if this sounds right. Hackers have your password (and probably your username). They can get into this site and any others on which you use the same password and (even similar) username. They have all your Linked-in info, therefore finding your FB username, for example, is probably pretty easy.

So, you can:
1) Change your Linked-in password. The security hole may not be fixed yet so you may just be handing them your newer password. Do it anyway with a throwaway password you use just for Linked-in.
2) Change your password on every other site on which you used the same password as you did on Linked-in (but don't change your password on Linked-in to the same thing for reasons above).

Yes, I know, ideally we have a different password for every single site ... it's just not practical. I personally have three distinct passwords I use: simple: for sites I really don't care about medium: for sites like Linked-in where it would be bothersome if it were breached but there is no credit card info etc. strong: for sites like banking, ebay, amazon, etc. where access can cost me money.

Any other thoughts as to the current best course of action for those of us with Linked-in accounts?

Comment: Re:Bug or inaccurate tapping? (Score 1) 325

by Rick Bentley (#34733252) Attached to: Android Text Messages Intermittently Going Astray
For sure not fat fingers! The first time it happened to me on my EVO I thought I had messed up. Since then I *TRIPLE CHECK* the recipient of every SMS I send. Just today it happened again, sent to one person, they didn't respond after a while so I looked at the thread and my message wasn't there. It was at the end of a thread with a different recipient.

I also notice that when the screen is first coming on, if I select a contact from the call log or a thread from the SMS log that sometimes I get a seemingly random one instead (not one just above or below the one I touched, but one not even on the screen).


Comment: I picked the wrong major (Score 3, Funny) 118

by Rick Bentley (#33510244) Attached to: University Offers Class In Zombie Studies
While I was wasting time getting my Physics degree, just to see the whole tech space outsourced to India and China, these kids were getting the type of education they can count on. Skills like zombie-movie screenplay writing are a smart move in any economy, let's see them outsource that!

Comment: oh goodie, business majors now in charge of code (Score 3, Insightful) 525

by Rick Bentley (#32358594) Attached to: Sudden Demand For Logicians On Wall Street
This will end poorly (again). It's basically a bunch of business majors managing a poorly understood programming effort, but instead of running things in a development environment they're running it on massive computers and the variables are REAL MONEY. Hiring mathematicians to write their algorithms won't likely help, they will eventually do something stupid, divide by 0, have unbounded growth, or otherwise watch their program crash along with the market.

I'm cashing out everything, buying canned food and ammo and moving to a farm.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.