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Comment: Re:Cry me a fucking river... (Score 1) 374 374

My definitions, FWIW: Expressway: a road with on & off ramps and without stop lights. Often two or more lanes per direction. Freeway: a free expressway Tollway: a non-free expressway Interstate: Part of the US Interstate Highway system. Every one I've been on has been an expressway. Highway: Don't have a good definition here. There is the US Highway system, which seems to have predated the Interstate system, and has a mixture of expressway and stoplight / traffic control mixtures along its routes.

Comment: Re:Why I cut back on Firefox, why would I use just (Score 1) 326 326

You can already do multiple Gmail users. Try https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1 and see what you get. I know you can get to multiple logins through Gmail settings, but the link works quickly for me. Increment the final digit for more. Your "other services" would still be a problem, though.

Comment: Re:Nice. (Score 1) 446 446

*and* a truckload of venture capital. The US Gov'mnt (and taxpayers) weren't the only saps that lost money on the deal. Banks usually follow the lead of VC's in startups since they really don't know industries very well. Banks offer loans when money is close to being made, not in the earliest stages.

Comment: Re:Not new? (Score 1) 154 154

Because it would take a really long time to physically enter the 15-digit passcode enough times to crack. However, if you just take the drive out, you could try to crack the encryption must faster. Therefore, the encryption should be at a higher level than the passcode.

Comment: Re:Where's the surprise? (Score 1) 49 49

I may have mis-typed. Google doesn't seem to care which generated password you use. You could just generate one password and use it for every single-factor login. Or you could generate a new one for every service. Either way, when you generate a password, you can "name" it whatever you want -- "Home Laptop Thunderbird IMAP", "SmartPhone Google Reader App", whatever. I don't think Google cares which one you use for which service. It allows you to name them for your own bookkeeping.

Comment: Re:Where's the surprise? (Score 1) 49 49

You just generate a password for each "device". You can have multiple IMAP passwords. It gets a little weird -- you can just keep cranking out passwords for your various devices. You just name them and then, if one is compromised, you delete it while keeping the others.

Comment: Only if one of them dies... (Score 1) 404 404

... or screws up. That's usually what it takes for this sort of thing. As long as iOS and Android are working pretty well, there's really no need to switch. And since people in the US are often tied to 2-year contracts, one of them would have to screw up for a *long time* before they have customers jumping ship.

Comment: Re:CAD: I still need a good desktop computer (Score 2) 552 552

You (and I) are an edge case. You really need to think about the millions of people for whom Excel is the most complicated program. That's really 99% of the user base. I'm worried about the future when the PC I want is not available for a reasonable price since most people are getting one of 6 models of mass-produced tablets.

Comment: Re:who is Farhad Manjoo (Score 1) 128 128

He isn't an expert at anything, and I wouldn't trust him as an expert.

BUT...

He does seem to have a knack for the tech-interested masses, the ones that spend money on tech devices and there are many of them. How many iPhone users read Slashdot? Not many. How many iPhones have sold? Exactly. His opinion is worth watching for his marketing perspective, not his technical expertise.

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