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Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 286

by WedgeTalon (#43679305) Attached to: WD Explains Its Windows-Only Software-Based SSHD Tech

I've seen few SSD's last more than two years even under relatively low workloads.

Many of the faster drives are lucky to last six months.

Most SSDs these days have a 3 year warranty. High end ones like the Samsung 840 Pro, OCZ Vector, and Corsair Neutron GTX have a 5 year warranty.

These companies aren't going to put warranties like that on these drives unless most of them really will last that long.

And to address that article you linked, if you read it, he is talking about SSDs from 2009 and 2010. IIRC SSDs back then typically had 1 year warranties.

Comment: Re:Hashed and salted is obsolete (Score 1) 80

by WedgeTalon (#43565357) Attached to: LivingSocial Hacked: 50 Million Users Exposed

It is fortunate because using a salt increases the complexity of cracking all passwords. A salt's purpose isn't to increase an individual user's password strength, but to increase the strength of the whole database. A salt makes it so that even if user1 and user2 have "12345" as their password, they each have an individual salt applied, so when a security breach happens, the hacker has to now crack each password individually - even though user1 and user2 had the same password, the work required to crack user1's password is worthless to crack user2's password. Combine that with a strong hash - like bcrypt - and the amount of work to break every password is extremely costly.

The very minimum a site should use these days is SHA-256. However, the really is no excuse not to use bcrypt. If a site is using MD5, it might as well be plaintext.

Comment: Re:Hashed and salted is obsolete (Score 2) 80

by WedgeTalon (#43565335) Attached to: LivingSocial Hacked: 50 Million Users Exposed

They actually state: "LivingSocial passwords were hashed with SHA1 using a random 40 byte salt." Source: https://www.livingsocial.com/createpassword

I'm glad they aren't using MD5, but wish they were using at least SHA-256 (SHA-1 has had flaws exposed). Or ideally bcrypt.

Honestly, as a web developer myself, there really is no reason not to use bcrypt.

Comment: Download Manager (Score 4, Insightful) 181

I don't understand why Mozilla never just worked with the author of Download Statusbar to integrate it. That extension has been one of the most popular addons since it was released in 2004. In fact, the addons site show it is currently the 7th most-used plugin with 1,930,345 current users.

Comment: Re:not really a ban (Score 1) 631

by WedgeTalon (#28570281) Attached to: FDA Considers Banning Acetaminophen-Based Pain Killers

I don't know about the pharmacy you use, but all of our labels are clearly marked. For example if a patient receives some Norco 5, their label will read: Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325. The first number (5) is the hydrocodone and the second number (325) is the tylenol.

And if there is any question, please just ask! Your pharmacist should be glad to help you.

Heck, if you aren't a pharmacy-hopper, you can even skip reading the sheet, just take the opportunity when picking up your medicine to tlak to your pharmacist about interactions, things to avoid, signs of overdose, or whatever you desire. Most any pharmacist should be glad to help you (that's what they went to school for afterall. They didn't pay those thousands of dollars just to learn to count by 5's!).

Comment: Re:not really a ban (Score 1) 631

by WedgeTalon (#28570247) Attached to: FDA Considers Banning Acetaminophen-Based Pain Killers

Tylenol with codeine (percocet?)

That would be Tylenol #3

Percocet is Tyenol + Oxycodone.

Darvon is still around, but it is NOT aspirin+codeine. It is propoxyphene (which is of questionable use for anything besides becoming addicted).

The only drug I can think of offhand that has aspirin and codeine is "Fiorinal with Codeine" which combines the bartituate Butalbital with caffeine, aspirin and codeine.

Tylenol has its place in medicine. The major benefit of it in my book is that it doesn't act as a blood-thinner, so not only is it a great choice for pain relief for pre/post-surgery patients, but it is safe for those who are on blood pressure medicine as well. It's also a good choice for pain relief where open wounds are involved (aspirin would prolong bleedin, just like with surgery). It's also safe for children whereas aspirin is not.

In fact, aspirin is not recommended for fever relief for those under 19 due to the potential for Reye's Syndrome. Aspirin is also very hard on the stomach, though that can be eased with an enteric coating.

Moral of the story: drugs are not something to be taken lightly. Follow the directions, read the warnings, and only take prescribed meds as your doctor tells you to. Do all that, and you likely will be ok. :)

(And while I'm on my soapbox, if your doctor changes your directions and doesn't gve you a new script, ask him for one! Trust me, it will save a lot of PITA down the road when you try to get your refill 15 days early.)

Wedge, CPhT

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