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Comment: I saw these accounts used to distribute malware (Score 1) 93

by davecason (#40871391) Attached to: Yahoo Sued For Password Breach
The cost of this is broader than the affected users. Almost every person that the affected people had ever emailed got sent a bad email with a link to an exploit kit.

We all need to do better with passwords from storing them to using them more than once. I'd like a SSO-like two factor authentication where each person can pick both parties. That would get more players out of the password storing game, but we would be centralizing our risk. And not everyone can afford a randomized idea like SecurID on one side... And 2 independent players can't verify that you didn't foolishly use the same password with each. So, I'm still looking for better ideas, but I would be immediately happier w/ more options and fewer lawsuits.

Comment: Sometimes it's just dumb luck (Score 1) 504

by davecason (#40805097) Attached to: Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?
I've done things as simple as opening the top of the drive and it started working again. This isn't a long-term fix, but it seems to confirm that the drive was just a little tweaked. I'm guessing that the freezer trick has a similar effect of shifting things, just a little. Replacing a circuit board is pretty far out as I bet each drive has an individual defect map, so it would likely have random problems after. I've seen this done, with success, but I wouldn't bother. If it matters a lot, get somebody professional to help. If you can live with total loss, I'd sure pop the top again... just long enough to transfer the data.

Comment: Re:Business only! (Score 1) 732

by davecason (#40129103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?
I agree with this. My experience is that the quality and support are much higher and you get opportunities like built-in docking station ports, flexibility, such as multiple hard drives (I have four), and easy-to-upgrade parts. My battery is also top-notch quality so even after years of use it holds a good charge. Never had a better experience.

Comment: same FAIL for most remote access cards (iLO,DRAC) (Score 1) 154

This is not quite the same, since you CAN change the passwords on an iLo/riLo or DRAC... the problem is that most people forget or don't. So you thought remote root was unavailable until that dictionary attack is remotely performed against a local console.

Comment: On "Why Florida?" as a long-time hybrid owner... (Score 2) 998

by davecason (#39624455) Attached to: Hybrid Car Owners Not Likely To Buy Another Hybrid
...the cars are so efficient, they don't make much heat. So if you live in the North, your car heater may not ever heat up your car, since it uses non-existent engine heat. The AC works much better.

Also, in snow, most of these very-low-riding vehicles bottom-out on almost no snow as they are lowered to reduce drag.

Mountain driving isn't too sweet either... nothing like hearing the gerbils scream as you go up an incline and watching your battery go dead halfway up a mountain (then you have half an engine).

Now mine is very old, so maybe the idea has gotten much better...

Comment: You can't "fix" education without fixing parenting (Score 1) 479

by davecason (#39321029) Attached to: X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education
I heard this on the radio last week:
http://www.npr.org/2012/03/05/147980299/tough-love-reading-laws-target-third-graders"

They were debating should they spend $10,000 to have a child repeat the 3rd grade because they can't read at grade level OR pass them on to 4th grade and spend $10,000 on tutoring for two years. So flunk a child, and punish the child with shame OR pass the child, and punish the child with an unrealistic sense of accomplishment. Both ideas punish the taxpayer. If a child cannot read by that age, in my very humble opinion, we should be looking to punish the parent.

Education begins at home. That is where it needs to be fixed. A child is like an investment: if you invest nothing you should expect to get nothing. If this debate is about developing a recipe for success, let's try to stay away from the topics of public education and unions and focus on those recipes. My recipe includes having lots of books and spending lots of time reading them to my children.

Comment: Been there... (Score 4, Insightful) 848

by davecason (#38509970) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handing Over Personal Work Without Compensation?
...and you just need to eat it. Good things don't go unnoticed, though. It is these sorts of experiences that will separate you from the pack, later in your career. It will pay forward, one way or another. If you want to get paid, negotiate time at work to perform these tasks or don't do them. There are side-effects: once you make an app, you will be expected to support it forever... and likely you won't get any time to do that, either. I would make part of the agreement to hand over the code is that you will not support it.

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