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Comment: Re:Wrong concern (Score 5, Interesting) 409

by jcoy42 (#47013547) Attached to: Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

I worked around the PHB doing something like this by telling him we'd written our own cloud software and were using it because it was more secure than what is currently available.

He doesn't talk to cloud guys, because we've already got a cloud provider (AFAHKT).

Yes, things like this really work in real life.

Comment: Re:OK, but not sure 123456 is any better than 1234 (Score 1) 116

by jcoy42 (#46943277) Attached to: It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

Probably the best variant of this I've seen was a friend who concatenated md5sums of various kernels he'd compiled into a string and printed them onto a dog tag which he kept on his person.

Based on something he knew about the machines location he started at a certain row and column and typed a certain number of characters off the tag.

Comment: Re:You know... (Score 1) 216

by jcoy42 (#43339575) Attached to: FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls

I don't get robocalls anymore. I won't promise that it'll work for you, but it worked for me.

First, I got google voice and enabled Global Spam Filtering, then I replaced my home phone with an omni. The only number I give anyone is my google voice number (which also rings my cell).

All the robocalls just stopped.

No, I don't work for them, no I don't get kickbacks, and no this isn't a solution for everyone (my landline no longer has 911), But it works for me. So far.

Comment: Re:You're not going to get that loop (Score 1) 206

by jcoy42 (#42971155) Attached to: USPS To Launch Line of Smart Clothing

And we'll never get a little slip of paper telling us "We missed you, so now you've got to drive down to the UPS office to pick up your package".

Oddly enough, USPS is the only company to do this to me. The rest will simply try again the next day, but USPS always makes me go to the post office, wait in line, and then show ID and sign for anything that has delivery confirmation.

Comment: Re:What is the advantage? (Score 2) 85

by jcoy42 (#42960711) Attached to: 3-D Printing Pen Can Draw In the Air

I can see several uses for this thing. As soon as I saw it I thought about re-bonding cracked plastic pieces, quickly making a plastic washer, using it to freeze electronic components that are likely to get bumped and break, or make a quick replacement knob for that amplifier I got at the thrift store. Heck, you could quickly draw an enclosure for a raspberry pi.

As others above have said, it's mostly a hot glue gun for ABS, but I can think of 3 or 4 times in the last year where such an item would have come in really handy.

For now I'll skip the $50 and continue using an old soldering iron and "salvaged" ABS. I'd certainly pick it up for $20.

Our policy is, when in doubt, do the right thing. -- Roy L. Ash, ex-president, Litton Industries