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Comment: Re:GPS (Score 1) 81

by oobayly (#48178439) Attached to: India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

Not on the Block IIIA Satellites - DoD Permanently Discontinues Procurement Of Global Positioning System Selective Availability. Granted, they're not in the sky yet, but the US military already has the capability to deny GPS to specific areas, so they wouldn't need it anyway.

Remember, it was the FAA that was the force behind deactivating SA. Turning it back on now could well be more dangerous than just denying GPS and issuing a NOTAM.

Comment: Re:Oh great (Score 1) 546

by oobayly (#48138701) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

How the hell is that 7 word phrase with punctuation (I'll ignore the case, as only the first word is capitalised) susceptible to a dictionary attack?

If I tell you that my password contains 7 words (contained in my /usr/share/dict/words which is 99171 lines long), with a comma after the 3rd and a full stop at the end, you will still have to search through 94,339,343,028,749,422,154,850,189,341,666,091 (9.4E34) combinations - best get cracking. If I'm even nicer to you and tell you that none of the words are repeated, then there are only 94,319,367,837,042,826,040,647,505,756,227,200 (9.4E34). It turns out that when I'm being nice, I'm not being that helpful.

I do use random alphanumeric passwords, because I can remember quite a few of them - it takes a while to remember them and it's massively annoying when I have to change one.

However for my company's keepass file, I use a pass-phrase that is an incorrect quotation from a well know poem - go on, have a guess.

Comment: Re:And Java fail again (Score 1) 349

by oobayly (#48060143) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

I noticed the abundance of java files too, searchcode.com seems to match a whole load of Python files which don't even match the search string - go figure. However I wouldn't really call it observational bias - you run a search for a piece of text and you see a correlation in the results. The code fragment being searched for is "fairly" language neutral - it would match most CLR languages in addition to java, javascript, python etc. What's more interesting is why the OS detection is being done in the first place - the cynic in me says it's probably because they're using the OS version to make assumptions about file system locations.

On the plus side, some of the java files are checking the version number as well as the OS name, so at least that's something.

Comment: Re:This is Java code (Score 4, Insightful) 349

by oobayly (#48060011) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Shame there's not some method for inserting plain text into code that will explain what you're doing, but has no effect on the actual compiled application. Maybe we could call them comments or something.

Or maybe there's some way of referencing a number, but with a name which describes what the number is so that it can be reused. It's be great if you could guarantee that the number couldn't be changed. Hmm, what could we call that?

Comment: Re:That depends upon the writer. (Score 1) 470

by oobayly (#48016383) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles

The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea.
They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall
mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by
small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is
clear: To build and maintain those robots. Thank you.

-- Military school Commandant's graduation address

Comment: Re:30-46% less force is required to deform?! (Score 2, Insightful) 304

by oobayly (#48009961) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

No, but customers who have bought previous versions will have an expectation that the new one will survive being used (and abused) in the same manner as their old phone.

If I'm used to putting my phone into the same pocket as my wallet (which is rounded with change)*, then it's *somewhat* reasonable to expect to be able to do as before.

* I've never that done because I've never wanted to risk damaging my phone. However I did damage an old resistive touchscreen WinMobile phone in my [non-skinny] jeans pocket because of too much pressure from my leg, so I learnt early on to be careful.

Comment: Re:Stick Shift transmissions. (Score 1) 635

by oobayly (#47792893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I drive in the UK too, and that was my feeling not too long ago. Sure, driving a manual is a good skill to know, and one the can deteriorate rapidly (after driving my dad's Disco for a week or two, getting back into my car takes a few miles to get comfortable again), but my point is that the DSG and DCT gearboxes *can* really improve your driving experience. However saying "I'd never have an automatic" is [imo] saying that just because the original tech was inferior, any subsequent devices will remain being inferior. That said, there are still automatic boxes out there nicknamed "suicide boxes" because they were so laggy that the delay could kill you when pulling out in traffic - but [like most things in life] don't tar subsequent generations with the same brush.

The only analogy I can think of at the moment is this - I refuse to use modern calculators because the original electronic calculators were more cumbersome and slower to use than a slide rule - "I'd never have a electronic calculator".

Technology progresses [generally for the better] and I personally feel it's daft to ignore improvements because of previous failures.

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern

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