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Comment Re:Wait, you have to TYPE the password??? (Score 1) 364 364

Length is all that matters for passwords. You're better off with "thatswhatshesaid" (26 ^ 16) than "B4c0nL0v3r!" (72 ^ 11).

Agreed completely. It annoys me when a site or app forces me to have a number, a mixture of case or some other stupid rules that make a password difficult to remember. A password like "welcometothehotelcalifornia" or "onawarmsummersevening" are easy to remember, quite secure, and don't need numbers or capitals.

My bank restricts the password to be a maximum of 8 characters long. It's ridiculous.

Comment Re:Gentoo FTW! (Score 1) 319 319

I run Gentoo on all of my computers and I update the OS probably once every couple of months. I take the other updates daily. I tend to shy away from updating the kernel unless there is a compelling reason to do it. An "emerge --sync" followed by "emerge -uDN world" doesn't equate to an OS update.

Comment Re:It's not stealing. (Score 1) 408 408

Using a VPN in this regard is not copyright violation (at least, not by the end user). I connect to a Netflix server using a Netflix account that is being paid for, I ask the server (via my client software) to start streaming me a movie and their server starts streaming it. If they were not allowed to stream it to me then they are breaking the rules, not I.

If you are not permiited to give me something that you possess and I ask you for it, who is at fault if you then give it to me? Surely you would be, not I.

IP address is not a sensible way to tell where someone is. I think Netflix use this mechanism because they are happy for people abroad to pay them a monthly fee to access their service. Why wouldn't they be?

Comment Re:It's not stealing. (Score 1) 408 408

A company can't do this with anything else we buy, so why should it be able to for digital content? If I buy a pair of jeans there is no way someone can stop me from taking them to another country.

The only rule being broken here is that you have to lie about your address when you sign up for US Netflix. That's not a criminal issue, it's a civil one.

Comment Re:No, it won't. (Score 1) 866 866

Why do we have religion?

Religion is natural reaction to our fear of dying. Until we find a way to make us immortal on earth, there will always be belief in the afterlife.

Belief in an afterlife doesn't mean there is an afterlife. People who cannot imagine not existing haven't thought hard enough about it. What was if like before your birth?

I think that belief in an afterlife as a way to make us feel better is intellectually dishonest. It's also an extremely dangerous belief as is evident from history and current events.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge