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Comment: Re:Sorry, disagree that SHA/MD5 is a solution (Score 1) 261

by jhdevos (#36869800) Attached to: Android Password Data Stored In Plain Text

A few months ago: APPLE ......

And yes, again someone turns this into an Android vs. Apple war. 'Some idiots talked about Apple in an irrational, sensationalist way a while back, so now we can do the same thing with Android!' is basically your argument here. Please, leave Apple out of this.

And as referenced by posts below, merely posting a story where someone says, quite meekly, that it might be "desirable", or a "good idea" to up the security on Android is grounds for mocking.

Well, the OP did say something about MD5 which was a little bit silly. Should he/she be mocked for this? No, I don't like mockery, not everyone can be an expert in everything of course, and I rather prefer a rational discussion in any case. On the other hand, I do find it strange that the /. editors managed to let this pass without a little bit of critical thought (apparently).

Now, whether or not obfuscation is a good or bad idea is up for a lot of discussion. In any case, it is in no way stupid to think about and discuss the risks of plain-text password storage -- I'm pretty sure that a lot of users won't be aware of them. I also think that adding a thin layer of obfuscation does not really improve the situation, and it certainly doesn't solve the problem... but that is just MHO.

Comment: Re:Obviously not (Score 1) 338

by jhdevos (#31398134) Attached to: Are you working right now?

I have never written my best code while reading bits and pieces of Slashdot every 5 minutes.

You are right; writing code is probably not something that combines with reading slashdot too well.

However, in my experience, thinking about code does. I'll often spend an hour or more just sitting there, staring ahead, reading slashdot a bit, continually working on [the problem] at the back of my head, and then afterwards, write better code than if I hadn't.

Comment: Re:Bill Gates (Score 1) 198

by jhdevos (#30872166) Attached to: By Latest Count, 95% of Email Is Spam

Yes. I conjecture that the only reason my current counter-measures (and that of GP) work reasonably well is because so many people use worse counter-measures -- which makes it less necessary for spammers to outsmart them (yet). It's not a solution, and by definition only works for a relatively small part of the population of email users.


Cockroaches at Their Best at Night 98

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the like-computer-science-and-astronomy dept.
Science_afficionado writes "A new study has found that cockroaches are morons in the morning and geniuses in the evening in terms of their learning capacity. Previous studies suggest that the learning capacity of both people and rats are also affected by their internal biological clocks. But the effect is far more dramatic in cockroaches and it is the first time it has been found in insects. And, no, the researchers didn't try giving their cockroaches a sip of coffee to see if it revived them!"

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.