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Comment: Something I've wondered about (Score 1) 350

by carleton (#37584734) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How to Exploit Post-Cataract Ultraviolet Vision?

My prescription glasses have the tint that goes from essentially clear to sunglasses depending on light. I've noticed if I look at black light with them on, they go kind of foggy, which I guess makes sense given that IIRC, it's actually ultraviolet light that makes the shift happens, which is also why they're less effective in cars. Anyone else have this effect?

Comment: Re:Expensive hotel := bad WIFI, cheap motel := goo (Score 2, Interesting) 157

by XiaoMing (#32038170) Attached to: HotelChatter's Annual Hotel Wi-Fi Report 2010

What makes me wonder then is why such a disparity between hotels rooms and business/first class vs economy flights.

In hotels, it seems like the basic conveniences, as long as they charge you fractionally little enough for it, you won't mind paying in addition to whatever the room cost already was (~10% a day?). However on flights, the more you spend on your ticket, the more they will go out of their way to plant their lips on your butt as far as letting you board first, get cozy, have a free drink, check a bag for free, etc.

I guess the difference is that you're not getting two disparately priced rooms within one building in the case of hotels?
But it's still pretty damn ironic that those you pay more to, try to screw you over more in the hotel industry. Somewhere along the way apparently it seems image and prestige way overtook actual customer satisfaction and service.

Comment: Re:Ever looked at your password? (Score 1) 849

by carleton (#28471357) Attached to: Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords

I also type (most) passwords purely by muscle memory (and have had to type a couple of shared passwords into wordpad so I can actually say what it is I've been typing (mostly for where shift is and isn't toggled)... but having said that, I've gotten multiple accounts locked out due to the following reasons:
    Gorram cap lock (as annoying as the popup is, that's something MS got right imho)
    Pseudo-cap lock... not sure if MS would have detected it (it was through a web interface), but somehow the KVM I was using stopped detecting shift/control and there was no feedback that this was a problem as my username is all lower case
    Shitty dell keyboard on one laptop only detects one letter (which of course appears several times in the passphrase) about 30% of the time... yeah, I can count *'s, but that's a pita given the muscle memory above
    Probably also, a long time ago, at least got the password wrong once when switching between old school apple and IBM keyboards (f and j have dots on PC, d and k have dots on MAC, put my hands in wrong spot)

There's also the story about the guy who could type his password sitting but not standing... the story goes that while sitting, he touch typed, while standing he hunted and pecked and someone had swapped a couple of keys on the keyboard that wouldn't be noticed while touch typing but would when looking at the keyboard

As far as shoulder surfing goes, if someone is going to be hunting and pecking the password anyways, it would seem to be almost as easy for a shoulder surfer to watch your fingers hit keys as it would be to read the password off the screen... especially if you use leetspelling for passwords.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 3, Insightful) 481

by carleton (#27696115) Attached to: Opting Out Increases Spam?

I could be wrong, but I think the good news is that if they embed the graphics, they've basically embedded it such that your browser doesn't go back to a server to get the image (at some point, they added the ability to embed an image as base64 encoded data, theoretically targetting a page with small images that would take longer (due to having to setup multiple http connections after decoding the html) to pull down separately))...I'd say they're doing it more to get around filters than to do web bugs.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.