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Comment: Re:Umm, ctrl+c/ctrl+v? (Score 0, Troll) 669

The Start Screen made a few critical improvements to the Start Menu, it just had the misfortune of being bundled with Metro.

Namely, it eliminated a few problems caused by third-party developers cluttering up the Start Menu with extraneous folders and shortcuts (no more nested folders). Now you can have a better organized Start Screen but still have access to all those extra shortcuts if you need them.

Bringing these enhancements back to the desktop would certainly be welcome, at least by me. Also, IIRC Tiles support was already announced for the Windows 9 Start Menu. So, like Android widgets or the already-existing desktop Gadgets... could be useful. I probably won't use them, though, except maybe for the weather.

Comment: Re:PowerShell (Score 1) 215

by The MAZZTer (#47332649) Attached to: Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix
I assume from this article that Linux replaces * with filenames before the command sees it. AFAIK DOS/Windows the wildcard is handled by each specific command. dir * displays the same listing as just plain dir does, while passing dir a bunch of directory names will display the contents of those directories (like ls does... I guess that explains that behavior! It always confused me). PowerShell, at least as far as Get-ChildItem, seems to work the same way as dir (except it does not take multiple directory names in parameters).

Comment: Re:so how is Kickstarter not liable? (Score 1) 448

by The MAZZTer (#47305305) Attached to: $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

4 needs to be "start a class-action suit against the ACTUAL fraudsters". IIRC there was a story floating around the internet about such a lawsuit recently and the backers won.

Of course, this is because the kickstarter was a scam. If the actual product isn't delivered but the company was acting in good faith, you have no case. You're not guaranteed to get anything out of a kickstarter; it's an investment, and some investments fail.

Comment: Re:Forcing password changes is never a good idea (Score 2) 288

by The MAZZTer (#46916497) Attached to: Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management
I think the idea is you'd let the user know. "This password would take approximately 4.5 days to crack. For your security, you will be required to change this password after 3 days. Alternatively, you may pick a longer, more secure password to lengthen this interval (for example, a 16 character password will only require a change after XX years)." Or something.

Comment: Re:Please try harder. (Score 1) 327

Bad guys can already do this right now, and the url still shows the bank's domain, so non-technically inclined users are no less protected.

Technically inclined users probably never navigated to the url in the first place.

Your specific example is a flaw in the specific website, and there is little Chrome can do when a website is coded in a insecure way that persists across all browsers (and web standards).

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)