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Comment non-experts? (Score 1) 112 112

>"Non-experts are less likely to use password managers: some find them difficult to use, some don't realize how helpful they can be, and others are simply reluctant to (as they see it) "write" passwords down."

Yeah, because only non-experts would worry about a closed-source, unknown, third party having access to all their extremely sensitive passwords, stored on a server outside their control, stored with unknown methodology, connected to the Internet, with who-knows what access to the data.

Yeah, only non-experts should be worried.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 216 216

>"you will be able to do the same from your wayland desktop, just like you can do it from your OSX desktop or your Windows desktop. Just install an X server app and away you go."

We have heard that before. And I will believe it when I see it actually working, and working correctly in the real world, and with network performance at least as good as X, and working with *all* Xclients.

Tell me, how would one manage thin client machines that run ONLY an Xserver and use XDMCP? And also when that user has Xclients launching from other non-login hosts too? And sometimes even local Xclients. We do ALL that in our environment.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 2) 216 216

>"The GNOME idiots have been making it a point to break compatibility and remove "old" (aka "working", "currently used") features. You are delusional if you think they will continue supporting X once they declare the Wayland version to be "standard"."

BINGO!!!! +1000

And then other projects will marginalize their X ports too, perhaps LibreOffice, perhaps Firefox, who knows. But at some point there will be no way to continue to really run a full-blown X11 workstation, and that *SUCKS*. Because rest assured, there are some severe issues and limitations with Wayland. Of course they are going to dismiss those as "old stuff nobody cares about anymore". Or point to some unstable demo code that nobody cares about. Or some ridiculously complex work-around that is flaky at best.

I am certainly not opposed to Wayland in CONCEPT. The problem is that it won't be adding something new we can choose, it will be something that destroys X11 and negates any possibility of improving X to something like X12.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 2) 216 216

>This statement is fundamentally crap. Every day I run multiple kde 4 applications on multiple systems back to a single desktop with ssh. The applications are not degraded and I don't have to disable any X11 features to do it.

If I had mod points, I would mod you up AND the parent of your reply down.

We use remote X even when it is not remote- thin clients. X11 works great both locally and remotely. I do wish that there was an X12 effort rather than the attempt to throw X completely away... which I am quite certain this is where it is headed with Wayland. And I absolutely know this is going to be a nightmare for me when projects stop supporting X11 for reasons that most people are not expecting or covering.

Comment universal precautions (Score 2) 191 191

>"95% of doctors believe patients are put at risk when doctors work while sick. Despite that, 83% of respondents said they had "come to work with symptoms"

If they are following universal precautions, it won't matter if they are sick or not... (yes, I work in healthcare). If they don't know this, they are not doing the right things.

Comment Fingerprints should not be used (Score 1) 30 30

Fingerprints should not be used for biometrics. Period.

Using fingerprints and allowing a third-party to have access to that registration data and tracking information is unacceptable. Once you give this data to the government or big business, it will NEVER be erased or restricted, regardless of claims or laws- it will go into huge databases and shared between entities and agencies and used however they want for as long as they want.

There is only one safer and practical biometric I know of- that is deep vein palm scan. That registration data cannot be readily abused. It can't be latently collected like DNA, fingerprints, and face recognition can. You have to know you are registering/enrolling when it happens. You don't leave evidence of it all over the place. When you go to use it, you know you are using it every time. And on top of all that, it is accurate, fast, reliable, unchanging, live-sensing, and cheap. If you must participate in a biometric, this is the one you should insist on using.

Example: http://www.m2sys.com/palm-vein...

This technology could be put in portable devices like phones by simply including an IR camera. It won't be as fast/small/close as using fingerprints, so it won't be as convenient. But safety, privacy, and security are diametrically opposed to convenience.... it is worth it.

Comment Re:Moan moan moan (Score 1) 172 172

>"Let's step back and look at the available browsers, shall we?"

And "available" depends on your OS. IE and Safari are not an option under Linux (not that we would use either if they were). Opera really is a joke still. So that leaves the anti-friendly spyware called Chrome or the bloated Firefox from your list. There are some other piddly forks of Firefox, and a few obscure webkit browsers, but from my experience none of them are stable or great.

Comment Yes, overworked (Score 0) 381 381

>"We are a tired, stressed and overworked nation

Part of the reason is the low number of people actually working full time... and they have to pay the taxes to cover all those who don't, and those who don't earn enough to cover their cost to society, and the rich who seem to have the means to protect their income.

Oh yeah, let's just throw some more on the national debt to cover it, raise the minimum wage, and start up some more socialized programs and entitlements, that will fix it....

Comment Re:Different types of terms (Score 1) 175 175

Agreed, we could make hundreds of different combinations of acronyms for different stuff! But I will say, your "FATAPJ" stack is a little hard to pronounce.... thus, you should change some components as soon as possible, preferably with another vowel near the end :)

Comment Different types of terms (Score 4, Funny) 175 175

Never heard of "MEAN" before now, but that doesn't align with the term "LAMP" which describes the entire server/platform. "LAMP" includes the operating system (Linux) and web server (Apache) in the name https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

While MEAN does not https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

So would it be "LAMEAN" perhaps? :)

Comment Re:If you must, then it should be vein scan (Score 1) 141 141

>"Palm scanning? Jesus. It's bad enough to have the little germ factories all touching the same scanner with one finger. Having them put their whole hand (that they just took out of god knows what mess or bodily cavity)? Scary thought."

It is not the whole hand, just palm. The fingers don't touch anything. So this actually much less likely to spread germs than fingerprint scanners.

Kids have little to no understanding or appreciation of hygiene, anyway. You could keep their fingers off the device, even wipe the device and their hands with cleaner first, and it will make no difference. The moment they leave the cafeteria and go to the bathroom, they will place their entire hand on a push plate, door knob, flush lever or whatever and then stick their fingers all over their face, mouth, nose, eyes, floor, etc. Hand washing, if done at all, will be done improperly, infrequently, and they will still touch SOMETHING on their way out, re-contaminating them.

Comment If you must, then it should be vein scan (Score 1) 141 141

This is unacceptable. Not only because the Fed should have nothing to do with this. And not only because the gov really shouldn't need to track which people are participating or even possibly what they are eating. But because the gov should not have fingerprint registration data (which will be horribly abused) .

Stand up for your rights, people... and the rights of your children. Once you give this data to the government (or big business), it will NEVER be erased or restricted, regardless of claims or laws- it will go into huge databases and shared between all agencies and used however they want for as long as they want.

There is only one safer and practical biometric I know of- that is deep vein palm scan. That registration data cannot be readily abused. It can't be latently collected like DNA, fingerprints, and face recognition can. You have to know you are registering/enrolling when it happens. You don't leave evidence of it all over the place. When you go to use it, you know you are using it every time. And on top of all that, it is accurate, fast, reliable, unchanging, live-sensing, and cheap. If you must participate in a biometric, this is the one you should insist on using.

Example: http://www.m2sys.com/palm-vein...

But we also need to realize that IT IS NOT EVERYONE'S BUSINESS WHAT WE ALL DO. The first step in securing freedom is privacy. When you are tracked, you are losing your freedom, whether you realize it or not.

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