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Comment: Slightly misleading, fearmongery headline (Score 4, Informative) 114

by myvirtualid (#47449851) Attached to: Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

This was on HN a few days ago; my comment there was the same: In the case of LastPass, the headline is misleading and a little fearmongery.

There were two issues with LastPass and NEITHER affected its storage of persistent passwords, that is, neither affected the feature the vast majority of us use passwords managers for!

One concerned a targeted attack against one-time passwords (OTP), the other concerned bookmarklets, which are used by less than 1% of the user base, according to LastPass. Personally I didn't know either feature existed until I read the LastPass blog entry about these two vulnerabilities.

A truer headline would have been Vulnerabilities found in less-frequently used features of LastPass; persistent site password storage unaffected".

Comment: I love my Viera and was hoping to upsize.... (Score 3, Interesting) 202

by myvirtualid (#45293923) Attached to: Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March

We have a c.2003 52" Viera and love it.

The brightness is not an issue: it's on the North wall of the living room, facing a large window, and if it is "too sunny", I close the drapes. Done.

The viewing angle is amazing. Sunday night suppers are often prepared standing at the counter "just this side" of the family room, watching football.

I've stayed away from L[CE]D TVs because plasma just seemed like a better solution.

And now they will go the way of Betamax.

Silly consumers, believing hype and myth, buying poorer tech, and not saving a whole lot doing it....

Comment: It's free. Why does App Store need a credit card? (Score 0) 222

by myvirtualid (#45209335) Attached to: OS X 10.9 Mavericks Review
I don't use iTunes or iBooks or any other Apple media apps. I've only had my Air for a few months, and I do love it so, but.... If Mavericks is free, why does the App Store need a credit card in order for me to download it?

I do not plan on purchasing anything through iTunes. Never say never, sure, but I don't. Ever.

Guess I can't have Mavericks.

Even though it's free.

Kudos, Apple, you've given me my first reason to feel less than happy about a hardware purchase I reveled in.

(Originally posted in wrong discussion, mea culpa; since then, I've discovered one can bootstrap iTunes/AppStore integration without a CC, but it requires attempting to download a free app and entering tombstone info - still too much for a free OS update, IMHO, but better in a kludgey, hackish way.)

Comment: It's free. Why does the App Store need a CC? (Score -1, Offtopic) 166

by myvirtualid (#45208115) Attached to: Wikipedia Actively Battling PR Sockpuppets

I don't use iTunes or iBooks or any other Apple media apps. I've only had my Air for a few months, and I do love it so, but....

If Mavericks is free, why does the App Store need a credit card in order for me to download it?

I do not plan on purchasing anything through iTunes. Never say never, sure, but I don't. Ever.

Guess I can't have Mavericks.

Even though it's free.

Kudos, Apple, you've given me my first reason to feel less than happy about a hardware purchase I reveled in.

Comment: ...teleports the douchii to random places.... (Score 1) 443

by myvirtualid (#45208079) Attached to: I wish my car could...

Well, not quite random - to the polar opposite of current weather conditions.

It's winter (I live in Ottawa - think Minnesota with Chicago's wind and Houston's humidity).

Dude cuts me off.

I press the button

Dude finds himself in Kandahar.

It's summer (think Kandahar temperatures with Houston's humidity - detect a theme yet?).

Dude cuts me off.

I press the button

Dude finds himself in McMurdo.

I used to think I wanted photon torpedoes, but those would create debris, which might damage my vehicle. Or me.

Then I thought phasers. But that would still take life and teach nothing.

So semi-random, climactic-coupled teleportation. That's the ticket.

And the car should fly. Of course. VTOL.

Comment: Investigate Center for Open Science, framework (Score 1) 465

by myvirtualid (#45156401) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Language To Learn For Scientific Computing?

In addition to the excellent comments previously made, consider investigating the Center for Open Science, specifically their information for developers, and the associated Open Science Framework (note: will display only if cookies are enabled; I've no idea what value they provide in this context and will be contacting them about that).

They may not have anything that can help you. Or they might. Or you might be able to help them. Or not. YMMV, etc.

Worth taking a peek, anyway.

Comment: Re:Community and OS declined, I switched to OSX. (Score 1) 631

by myvirtualid (#44991593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

main power-use for me would be occasional command line stuff to automate things... cron jobs... should work similar on OS-X

In general, yes, all the command line goodness is there. However! The OSX version of many utility functions has obviously suffered from lack of care and feeding. For example, grep under Linux will quite happily deal with pathnames with embedded dashes and spaces; OSX grep interprets these as additional, unrecognized switches. Sigh.

Comment: Re:Community and OS declined, I switched to OSX. (Score 1) 631

by myvirtualid (#44991565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

what about the incomplete keyboard on the Macs... page down, home, etc....

I was concerned about this as well, but it turned out to be a non-issue: fn-arrow, command-arrow, etc., provide these functions. It took a little while to learn, but not as long as I expected.

Comment: Re:Decline? (Score 1) 631

by myvirtualid (#44947291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

Case point 4. Desktop computing, while not dead, is not what it was just a few years ago. Does Ubuntu's trying to compete in mobile markets, while still maintaining desktop support mean that they are lost or that they are trying to stay current?

Far from dead! The working world is still largely/mostly/all desktop! Sure, we have mobile and BYOD, but for the moment these are side-stories. Case 4 is becoming correct for home users but you'd need a Case 5 to be complete: "Case 5, Ubuntu has had sporadic and isolated success in the working world". Your Case 4 would then be more on-point .

Comment: Community and OS declined, I switched to OSX. (Score 5, Insightful) 631

by myvirtualid (#44946513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

I switched from WIndows to Ubuntu years ago after evaluating many distro communities and distro directions. At the time, Ubuntu appeared to have a good vision, and good balance between "it just works" (my computer is vital to my professional life and MUST work with minimal effort) and "power users will be at home" (my first jobs were on UNIX systems decades ago, this was very important to me).

From a technical perspective, Ubuntu was just a little ways ahead of others, IMHO.

From a community perspective, it was miles ahead! Fewer trolls, easy to participate, easy to grow, good tools and sites for the community. Most other distro sites and fora were, well, slapdash, poorly conceived, for the cognocenti, and full of the usual Linux aggressive bullshit ("well, just do cmd-alt-bang-fork-shift-nano-vim, you stupid goof, it's obvious!").

That made the switch easy, and I recommended Ubuntu many times and used it for years.

Then Shuttleworth slowly became less benevolent, community tools became harder to use, information that had been easily available began to disappear, and the distro itself became muddled. There was just no way to be a comfortable power user anymore, at least not without major effort.

And if I'm going to spend major effort, why use a system I don't like? So I started switching.

I tried Mint, I tried pure Debian, I made mistakes and learned a lot. Great. But.

I enjoy being able to configure as desired and be a power user occasionally, but I don't want to have to be one all the frikkin' time. And Mint and Debian required way too much hand-holding. Eventually, because too many things didn't just work, I went back to Ubuntu. But it was nasty and ugly and difficult to use and didn't support my 4 year old laptop as well as it used to and just wasn't fun.

I caved. I bought a Mac a few weeks ago, a 13" Air. Wow. What a beast! It's fun to use, easy to use, I can get work done without pain. LibreOffice on this thing screams!

Sure, I don't power use much anymore, but you know what? That fun is gone. Life is too short to spend so much time tweaking config files, and too short to use ugly, obtuse, opaque systems like Unity. I never thought I'd ever say this, but I love OSX.

All the philosophical and principled reasons for using Linux have largely been abandoned by Ubuntu, other distros are way behind, and if I'm going to use a commercial OS - which Ubuntu clearly wants to be - I might as well use a nice one that works well on insane kick-ass hardware. I'll be on OSX on this Air for years. Goodbye Ubuntu.

Comment: Where's the humour? The irreverence? The sarcasm? (Score 3, Funny) 40

by myvirtualid (#43583863) Attached to: Online Hitchhiker's Guide Thriving

The Guide is sprinkled liberally with editorial license, and, if sprinkled with pepper and Altarian rhino snot, can be used as a survival bar, indefinitely. There are also side helpings of sarcasm, off the wall humour, black humour, mauve humour, and the humour of a hyperintelligent yet bilious shade of blue.

Whatever h2g2.com is, it isn't the guide, lacks license, and, much like this post, lacks humour of any description, and wouldn't sustain you if served on toast.

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