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Comment: Wildly inconsistent is putting it mildly (Score 1) 158

by jandrese (#49346621) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say
Those meters are all over the place. As the article mentioned, the majority of them only count the number of characters in each class, so they're pretty terrible at actually telling you how hard your password is to crack. Some of them are set to an absurdly high level too. The default Ubuntu meter for instance requires something like 16 characters before it will even consider your password good. I saw one where it wouldn't take your password unless it was at least 14 characters long, had all classes of characters in it (upper, lower, number, symbol), no more than two of the same class together, and "no patterns". At that point you just kind of have to accept that I'm going to stuff it in a password manager even though your site expressly forbids me recording my password elsewhere.

Comment: Re:OSX (Score 4, Insightful) 180

by jandrese (#49344973) Attached to: GNOME 3.16 Released
The scrollbars on Gnome are so obnoxious now. You have to mouse over a tiny 2 pixel strip to get them to appear, then super precisely move your mouse to get to the part where you can interact with it, and one pixel off causes it to disappear and make you hunt for the invisible 2 pixel strip again. I'm sure they're great if you're on a tablet and just mashing your thumb in the general vicinity of the scrollbar, but for mouse users they're just outright terrible and enabled by default. If you have a distro like Ubuntu it's fairly hard to enable sane scrollbars again too, you have to know what esoteric package to install to fix the behavior, it's not installed by default.

Comment: Re:What a stupid idea (Score 1) 226

by jandrese (#49344533) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC
Are you thinking of building bridges to Iceland and then Greenland? That would be a considerably more impressive undertaking than building a bridge across the Bering straight (which is already impressive).

Of course the other problem with this road is that it will be snowed in half of the year and it is primarily linking up two sparsely populated areas with little industry or population. They're not talking about laying down cement from London all the way to NY, they're assuming you'll use existing roads for the majority of the trip. This is just about filling in a few gaps (including the incredibly expensive one over the ocean).

That said, if you talk about maybe just a ferry service over the strait this isn't completely unreasonable. You would need something to link up Alaska with the lower 48, but I doubt Russians would be paying for that.

Comment: Re:delay (Score 3, Insightful) 89

It's a classic advance fee scam. You promise the suckers something awesome if they'll just front a bit of cash to handle processing fees and transportation fees and whatever other fees the scammers can think of. It works because after the people invest money they don't want to lose their investment and are more willing to handle further fees. In some cases they are trapped because they took out a loan with the promise of the future payout as collateral and they can't afford to pay the loan back unless the deal goes through.

Comment: Re:I know we don't like EA... (Score 3, Informative) 256

by jandrese (#49277599) Attached to: SimCity's Empire Has Fallen and Skylines Is Picking Up the Pieces
There is a lot of talk about this on the various gaming boards. People go to insane lengths to work around the traffic model in the game. Apparently the devs are looking into it and may have a patch that helps things, but don't bet your life on it.

The big lesson is that when a car spawns in Skylines it chooses a path at that very instant and absolutely will not deviate from the path. So all cars will all merge into the same lane because that's the lane that goes to your industrial district if that's how you have your roads laid out. Modders may be able to fix this as well.

One piece of advice is not to use the built-in traffic circles (roundabouts), because they suck. Instead, build your own out of interstate road segments (the kind that don't have buildings next to them) and exit ramps. The reason is that interstates don't have stoplights on every corner so the traffic will flow through them smoothly. Also, don't be afraid to use the big 6 lane roads. Final tip: the "traffic view" in the statistics only measures road use, not congestion. Simply being heavily trafficked will turn it red, even if there is no appreciable congestion.

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