Take that with a grain of salt, obviously, as Gruber is the most biased Apple-Fanboy-Journalist in existence. Though, actually, if he says something Apple is bad, it must be REALLY BAD.
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Compensation has been commensurate to your skills for hundreds of years.
Your argument smells.
Yes, more skilled people in general earn more. But (and in the words of Ben Goldacre: It's a big but) there are exactly two issues with this in our modern hypercapitalism, and they are related:
a) A class of very low skilled workers has moved to the top of the food chain and takes a massive part of the total wages for itself
b) The general level of pay is staggeringly low. If you compare the wealth of your western nations to the wealth of the average individuals within, you should be frightened. Most western countries can spend a few billions here and there without so much as shrugging. As nations, we have more, much much much more money available than ever in history. The most lavish spending of any king in history pales compared to everyday infrastructure, science or military projects of today. As people, we are richer than the average middle ages peasant, but in comparison to our nations wealth, we have less.
These days you don't see the same hype around microkernals that you did back then. So we should probably warn the HURD team: If your boner for microkernals lasts more than 25 years, you should probably consult a physician.
So... They didn't test the iPad / content combo to establish usability / feasibility / usefulness prior to dropping all this cash?
Correct. As it says in the LA Times article, "The district selected Pearson based only on samples of curriculum — nothing more was available."
I hardly ever go for AAA titles anymore. I'd much rather spend $20 or less on an indy title. If it turns out to be shit, I'm not out that much and my hit-to-miss ratio tends to be a whole lot better. I've gotten some remarkably good games that way. I think I've still put more time into Dwarf Fortress than the rest of my steam library combined. It has simple, nethack-style ASCII graphics and tends to bog down two or three years into one of the gigantic fortresses I like to dig out, but it's sill a ridiculous amount of fun.
I appreciate your idea, but I don't think it's that good a fit for the Segway.
People that can't walk a mile most likely needs their own assistance tech - a walker, a wheelchair - on the bus or train as well. And people that don't have time to walk a mile or two won't be helped by a thing that barely moves above walking speed. A bicycle rental spot (or free city bikes) would be more helpful and less costly.
Then another site I used got hacked. And at that point I decided I was better off using a password manager and using different passwords for each site.
Yeah, that sucks.
I use a password manager as well, mostly because I'm lazy typing. It gives me the added benefit that if one of the sites gets hacked, I can check the PW manager to see where else I use the same PW.
You can use different passwords, if you like. I don't do it because it would mean that when I find myself without my PW manager, I'd be fucked. And it happens quite often that I do.
The problem there is that all it takes is one crap site and an attacker can check all of your "reset answers" (pet's name / mom's name / etc) to see if they can be used for an attack.
These bullshit "security questions" are actually the weakest link. I don't use them. If the site enforces it, I fill them with noise.
Think about what the minimum information an attacker would need to access your bank account (either login or social engineering) and then look at how many sites have that information.
Depends on your bank. Mine doesn't let me log in with username or password or any such crap. Also, every bank worth its money these days will use 2-factor authentication, or send a TAN by SMS or something like that. More and more banks will also send you SMS to inform you about every transaction made, so you can stop any abuse immediately.
Banks are among the few who actually take security seriously. They're not perfect, not by far, but they are still among the only commercial entities to use one-time-passwords (those TAN lists) and were among the very first to use 2-factor authentication.
So, to answer your question: What do you need to access my bank account? Nothing you would find on any of the forums, games sites or even my Amazon or iTunes account.
Changing passwords doesn't make them magically more secure.
What do you hope to accomplish? If you have a good reason to change, change. If you don't, you change for prophylaxis, to stop someone who may have been using your account for something. But if you didn't even notice, what's the damage? And if he's a pro, he's also changed the password reset email address, at least on sites that don't send a notice to the old address.
You're doing a lot of effort for - what? If you can't answer that question, don't do it.
You're right on that. If you have an account on some random forum, you should treat the password you use there as if it has already been compromised.
Sorry that I thought that's so obvious it doesn't need to be mentioned.
Because 9 orders of magnitude applied down towards zero would give you 3.
But the population of the US is closer to the zero point than the naive complexity estimate. To give a proper comparison of "we are wrong by relatively this much", you have to scale the offset correspondingly.
No, it wouldn't help.
The problem is techies thinking in techie terms. What would help is get a normal user into the room and give him an actual voice in the matter, when the policy is decided. You know, not John from the call center, but Frank the philosophy doctor who's now head of product management.