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Comment I despise password rules (Score 3, Interesting) 271

Picking a secure password is the user's responsibility, not the web site's. I use Diceware to generate my passwords. A five-word Diceware password has 77 bits of entropy. That's equivalent to a 15-character password chosen randomly from upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and 13 special symbols. Most can memorize the Diceware password in a few minutes. Few of us can ever remember the random password. Yet many web sites refuse to allow spaces between diceware words, and demand that I use an upper case letter and a number or special symbol. I curse every time.

Comment Re:Autism Schmautism (Score 1) 747

Sounds like "the science is settled" from the globular warming lemmings. A million people can claim that two plus two is five, and it remains steadfastly four.

You don't get to decide ANYTHING about my children. Ever.

Herd immunity isn't. Plenty of vaccinated people get Measles. Almost nobody who has gotten Measles gets it again.

My son is grown and very healthy. My daughter has Lyme, which sucks balls.

I maintain that so many vaccinations are destroying the natural immunity of the human race. At our great peril.

Comment Autism Schmautism (Score 0) 747

Autism wasn't the reason I didn't vaccinate my kids. I wanted them to have REAL immunity to childhood diseases, which you only get by catching them and getting over them. The only exception is Tetanis, which often causes permanent damage. Measles is good exercise for a developing immune system. Chicken Pox is a joke, unless you get it later in life, because you got only partial immunity from a childhood immunization. Polio is usually not even noticed, expressing only as a cold. And it started disappearing BEFORE the vaccinations started. Rubella (Whooping Cough) is a hard one. The disease is no fun (the Chinese call it the "100 day cough", and I can attest to that accuracy), and can be harmful to children less than a year old. Older children get over it, and adults have no problem with it. Diptheria really IS dead in the west. HEPA and HEPB don't happen in children. Flus are good for you, mostly.

Now. Everybody flame away. I have a very thick skin.

Comment Constitution? What Constitution? (Score 1) 366

For the life of me, I can't find anything about airplanes or phones in the Constitution. But then, I can't find Constitutional authority for 95% of the legislation that comes out of the swamp or for 99% of the federal bureaucracy. "Congress shall make no law...", "... shall not be infringed": ignored daily.

Comment Wrote My Own (Score 2) 335

In a few days of spare time, I added an RSS Aggregator to my blogging engine. Only tracks a single list of feeds per blog, and only works in Lisplog, which is currently not easy for non-wizards to get bootstrapped, but it serves my purposes.

  https://billstclair.com/blog/aggregator/
  https://lisplog.org/aggregator/

Comment Speakers, Compression, DAC (Score 1) 674

Good sound doesn't have to cost a lot. I first upgraded my computer sound a little over a year ago. Bought some M-Audio AV40 powered monitors for $150. There are lots of choices in that price range, all much better than the cheap speakers you get from your computer dealer. The next important thing is to replace your compressed music with FLAC or ALAC. That means buying CDs and ripping them, or downloading from HDTracks or one of a few other places that sells uncompressed downloads (there are also plenty of FLACs available as torrents, if you swing that way). I've been accumulating CDs since 1984, so I already had plenty, and just had to re-rip them without compression. Once you've done that, you can make a third improvement by buying an external Digital-to-Analog convertor (DAC). I use the NuForce Icon uDAC, for $100 (or a little more for the HD version), but there are lots of choices there, too. An external DAC routes your music through your computer's USB port, routing around the cheap DAC inside most computers. That $250, plus ripping time, brought my computer music up to very near the level of the $2,000 system I bought in 1984.

The next step up is to buy $400-$500 speakers, an HD (96KHz/24-bit) DAC, and HD music (from, e.g. HDTracks.com). But most people won't care enough to go that extra step. That made my computer music much better than I ever had in the eighties.

We can predict everything, except the future.

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