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Comment: Split up your master password between friends (Score 1) 381

by gibbo2 (#45899593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

This is what I did as part of my will, so that my family can recover my online life after I die. It would work the same for memory loss, coma etc.

Firstly, keep all of your logins, passwords and private details in a password manager with a master password (I use 1Password).

Second, encrypt your master password using this technique, which splits your secret into X parts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamir's_Secret_Sharing

You then give one part of the key to each of your trusted friends or family members. The best part is that this technique doesn't require all X parts to be recombined to get the key back; you can specify how many parts are needed. For example, I split my key into 11 parts, but only 8 are required to recover my master password.

Your friends don't have to do anything except keep their part of the key tucked away in their email archive.

There are plenty of implementations of this algorithm, I used this one: http://www.christophedavid.org/w/c/w.php/Calculators/ShamirSecretSharing

Comment: Wow, only $7.25? (Score 5, Informative) 1106

by gibbo2 (#42996713) Attached to: The U.S. minimum wage should be

And there's an option to LOWER it? Is anybody actually talking about doing that?

In Australia the minimum wage is almost $16/hr, or US$16.50. It increases most years, not sure if it's tied to CPI.

Yes, we don't have as big of a tipping culture, although when we do tip it's for good service, not because it's expected. It seems to me that tips are an excuse to pay your workers shit, and a lot of jobs don't get tips but still get the crappy pay.

Comment: Youtube without Flash (Score 1) 393

by gibbo2 (#42851043) Attached to: Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

Safari users on OS X should get the ClickToPlugin extension - http://hoyois.github.com/safariextensions/clicktoplugin/

It includes an HTML 5 video player, and will play most Youtube videos (say 95%+) without even loading Flash. It will just request the same H.264 video that gets served to iPads etc and uses the native hardware decoder.

Means you can watch Youtube with about 1% CPU usage instead of your fans spinning up because Flash is doing it in software.

Anytime you really do need to use Flash, just click the placeholder to load the plugin.

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