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Comment: Re:Long View (Score 1) 464

by Tom (#49491483) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

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.

Comment: Microkernal Boner (Score 3, Funny) 211

by Greyfox (#49489997) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.6 Released
Aah, I remember back in the late 80's and early 90's everyone had a boner for microkernels. IBM even gave it a try, attempting to port OS/2 over to a microkernel so they could run it on Intel and PowerPC platforms. At one point, IBM's strategy was that they were going to build OS/2 around a microkernal and then just run THAT on all their hardware, with multi-user and security features added or removed as needed. Well, very long story, very long, they never could get it to work.

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.

Comment: Re:Hasn't this been proven to be junk science? (Score 1) 305

People have been trying techniques to beat death for thousands of years. Back in the day you'd build a pyramid and be mummified. The alchemical search for the philosopher's stone led to the birth of chemistry. A good bit of the early exploration of the USA was motivated by a fountain of youth. Well that and a city made of gold, because if you're gonna die you may as well dip your balls in gold on a daily basis before you do. NPR did a story on one of those cryogenic institutes a couple years ago, they didn't even last 10 years before they went bankrupt and let their... clients... thaw out. At least we remember the names of a lot of the guys with pyramids 5000 years later. Arguably that was a more successful technique, although in either case all those guys are still dead.

Comment: Or Anywhere (Score 2) 163

by Greyfox (#49486941) Attached to: 2K, Australia's Last AAA Studio, Closes Its Doors
Game studios all over the world close pretty regularly. Seems like the only way to make it in that market is to churn out vast quantities of game, most of which will be complete shit. If any of those does accidentally end up being a good game, make a franchise out of it and pile sequel after sequel on it until you've extracted every last penny of possible value out of it. You can only really do this so long as you can keep the hype machine churning and you keep astroturfing all your titles.

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.

Comment: Re:Wasn't quite the revolution ... (Score 1) 131

by JanneM (#49481743) Attached to: Chinese Ninebot Buys US Rival Segway

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.

Comment: Re: For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by Tom (#49481065) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

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.

Comment: Re: For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by Tom (#49481055) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

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.

Comment: Re: For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by Tom (#49481025) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

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.

Comment: Re:math (Score 1) 136

by Tom (#49480945) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

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.

Behind every great computer sits a skinny little geek.