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Comment Re:"... only if we're married or similarly situate (Score 1) 220

If you don't trust your wife with access to your accounts, just do what the OP said and put the password on a piece of paper in a tamper-evident envelope in a safe place that only you and her have access to. She can then get to it whenever she needs to, but it will be obvious to you if it is ever accessed.

I subscribed to the idea of choosing a mate that I can completely trust. This world is a hell of a lot easier to get through when you know that someone has your back.

Comment Re:Encryption (Score 1) 107

Some hosting and online backup providers also offer solutions where every file is encrypted on the client side, and the hosting provider never gains access to the plaintext files.... this is what you need.

Be careful with this, though. If you need to put trust in other people, then you should limit the amount of damage that any single untrustworthy actor can do.

Using a solution where a single company provides the hosting and the encryption software (especially if it's provided as a precompiled binary and/or autoupdates at the provider's desire) should command no more trust than a company that hosts your files and claims to encrypt them server-side. If they want access to your files or are acting on behalf of somebody who does, then they will get access and you will not necessarily even know.

  You're better off using separate providers for the hosting and the encryption software. Or just hosting it yourself.

Comment Re:Coca Cola (Score 1) 559

HFCS stands for High Fructose Corn Syrup, as even the most cursory search will reveal. Talk about failing reading comprehension. Wow.

"Sugar", while being a generic term for any sweet carbohydrate (like "salt" refers to any ionic compound, but usually means NaCl), generally refers to "table sugar" or sucrose (which HFCS doesn't contain). The disaccharide sucrose is biochemically different from the monosaccharides that it is made from. Claiming otherwise is almost as ignorant as claiming that table salt is dangerous because it is made of explosive sodium and corrosive chlorine.

Comment Re:There's some big philosophical differences. (Score 1) 244

There's some very important meaning in 'don't be evil' that I always liked.

I've always through that the need to specifically remind yourself to not be evil was a little damning in itself. It seemed a bit like the guy wandering the subway muttering to himself, "don't murder anybody." It's not exactly reassuring.

Comment Re:Not just MS Office (Score 1) 136

The fact that it has been in public beta for 3 months and now all of a sudden they realize there might be an issue is just negligence on their part.

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of for-pay app developers (on any platform) who find out that their programs don't work on a new OS version at the same time as their customers. Nearly every platform offers API documentation and betas of their new OS versions well in advance of the actual release.

Comment Re:VR is going to land with a thud (Score 1) 172

Yeah it could be used for first person shooters (for example) but then the game has to somehow reconcile a person running, spinning, jumping, aiming, shooting, standing, crouching and throwing stuff to someone in real life sat on a couch. It's likely that it will be extremely disorientating and puke inducing.

I agree that it may be better suited for cockpit-style games, but why would the FPS mechanics necessarily make anybody sick? When playing an FPS on a flat screen, you're still "running, spinning, jumping, aiming, shooting, standing, crouching and throwing stuff" in game, while really just sitting on a couch. Even worse, turning your head in real life has no effect on the game viewport, which is instead turned with buttons while your head remains stationary. If that doesn't make people sick, I don't see why improving the player-avatar feedback would make it worse.

Comment Re: Outgoing White Listed Firewall (Score 1) 134

A dedicated hardware firewall gets a little awkward when you're traveling with a phone or laptop. Sometimes, you just have to settle for a software firewall on your device.

Writing an interactive egress firewall for Linux shouldn't be hard and I may get around to doing that someday. But on Linux the OS and most apps are pretty well behaved, so there's not an urgent need to keep an eye on their every connection attempt.

Android is another story, with both the OS and the apps constantly phoning home and making connection attempts. I have no idea how to even begin to shoehorn an egress firewall into Android, so the best that I can do now is block per-app with AFWall+.

Comment Re:Outgoing White Listed Firewall (Score 1) 134

As mentioned, Little Snitch works well on a Mac. The last time I used iOS, I used Firewall iP. It required a jailbroken phone and I don't know if it's still maintained.

I've never found an interactive egress firewall for Linux or Android, which always surprised me.

Comment Re: What? "We're sorry we got caught"? (Score 1) 301

That's the common wisdom, but in reality air resistance plays a much smaller role in fuel consumption than transmission gearing. Modern cars can get much better fuel economy at higher speeds if they are geared for it. Even my 15 year old cars get better fuel economy at 130 km/h than 100 km/h.

Comment Re:Article misses the point (Score 1) 662

Unless he altered the electronics, simply taking something apart shows more knowledge of using a screwdriver than anything else.

But taking things apart is the usual first step. It may have been uneventful for him this time, but next time he may break off a wire or let the smoke out of something and need to repair it. Just like your carburetor example, you start some serious learning when things start going wrong.

When I was a little kid, I was lauded as some sort of electronics whiz for fixing broken appliances, too. Your average adult is not even comfortable with a screwdriver and has no idea what the inside of an alarm clock might even look like.

Comment Re:Like a grownup (Score 1) 657

Haha, so emotional! I was able to find four distinct stories on the first page of a simple Google search, so I'll assume that your hysteria is clouding your memory.

Honestly, the constant hum of righteous outrage is one of the reasons why I left the Northeast. I'll shut the fuck up now and let you get back to that...

Comment Re:Like a grownup (Score 1) 657

Better yet, the whole family should get out of Texas and move to Cambridge MA.

If he moves that near to the hysterical overreaction capital of the US, he'd be lucky to live a year! That's where nearly half of the "bomb hoax" victims we've seen in Slashdot stories hailed from.

It's not hard to admit errors that are [only] cosmetically wrong. -- J.K. Galbraith