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Comment: Re:Concern not warranted (Score 2) 237 237

Passwords being transferred in plaintext was the source of an attack on Starbucks customers recently. Site either did not use https at all or allowed http logins. Breaking into someone's email would allow you to reset many of their passwords. Also, 'no true scotsman'.
If a vulnerable target is transmitting plaintext passwords, you can bet that someone will come along to try and abuse that fact.

Comment: Re:Who watches this crap? (Score 1) 133 133

Agree. I thought I might just be a shitty coder (still am really). I do most of my heavy-lifting/algorithmic stuff with paper and pen. I can tell when I am probably writing something inefficiently when I am typing uninterrupted for a long period of time.

Comment: the semi-pirate and homemade electric rake (Score 3, Interesting) 139 139

Before I even knew about cracked software, the only way I could use photoshop was to download the trial version from adobe. It lasted for 30 days, at which point I would just set the system time back 30 days. It worked when cs4 was still pretty new, not sure about now.
Had a manual lockpick set that I played around with for years until I happened to see a $3 electric toothbrush at a discount electronics store. I used aviation snips to cut the head of the manual rake off, gripped the rake head in some pliers and pushed them into the semi-melted end of the electric toothbrush. Until it was confiscated by the police, it got me free lodgings in many an abandoned building. There are pictures on my blog under "atlanta squats and haunts".

Comment: Re:Paywall (Score 1) 153 153

How long did you keep doing the bricklaying for though? I have heard the difference between a journeyman and master builder (carpenter/construction) is the fact that a master has seen most of the weird situations that come up only once in a while. No matter how clever and dextrous you are, it would be hard to be lacking in only speed after a week. So I think there might be some parallels you could draw between learning a building trade and programming, but yeah your point still holds.

Comment: Re:Damn you Uber (Score 1) 226 226

the biggest opportunity for uber is to make cars be used a greater portion of the day. this is the benefit for everybody.

That's quite a stretch to make it sound like Uber is providing some kind of environmental benefit. Why is it good to use an already owned vehicle for a greater portion of the day? A taxi would be already be out on the road anyway. And they would just be parked at a sidewalk near a heavy traffic area, not somebody's house.

Comment: Re:It redefined the RTS genre?? (Score 1) 40 40

Yeah, TA was what everyone was already playing when Starcraft came out. I still think Starcraft can't really be touched in the genre though. It has elements of both large-scale macro strategy and small-scale micro-tactics. They couldn't even make it any better with Starcraft 2 like 15 years later.

Comment: Re:Uber is shit (Score 1) 333 333

So are we debating the semantics of "forcing someone" or what? If, compared to an alternative or abstaining, "nothing else will really do" is all it takes to qualify as force, then am I forced to smoke cigarettes? I don't see what you are trying to refute with that.
I will post this as I did elsewhere:
https://www.osha.gov/Publicati...
"...taxi and for-hire drivers are 20 times more likely to be killed than other workers."
I assume they are averaging all other occupation homicide rates.
Now, after taking a look at the homicide statistics, does a for-hire driver sound like the kind of job that we should encourage people to just pick up at random, with no training or safety precautions, and pay them less than minimum wage? Stupid as shit. But people are mad desperate for cash, so... let the free market reign and Ayn Rand can get a boner in her grave.
When Uber was first coming out, I literally thought it was a joke.

Comment: Re:Uber is shit (Score 1) 333 333

Yes, I am referring to where I grew up, near Atlanta, GA. Georgia laws allow you to carry a loaded firearm in the glove compartment or center console of a vehicle. Regardless of what you are legally allowed to do to defend yourself, here are some OSHA statistics on the homicide rate for "taxi or for hire drivers":
https://www.osha.gov/Publicati...
Note: "...more than 20 times more likely to be killed than other workers."

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.

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