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Comment: Re:Welcome to the USA (Score 0) 176

by oodaloop (#49362101) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded
It's not a practical weapon, and no one sees it as a threat, hence the almost complete lack of laws in the U.S. Even in WWII, it had limited use. No one wanted to be the one carrying either, since you became a target of enemy fire with an explosive backpack on. This thing is also incredibly dangerous for the user as well; just look at the protective gear in the video. Sure, it's whacky and unnecessary for most people (some people need a portable flamethrower for clearing land on large properties, but that doesn't seem to be the marketing here). But some people might say the same about your hobbies and spending habits. Let bygones be bygones.

Comment: Re:Still waiting for a "hackability meter" (Score 1) 159

by oodaloop (#49346447) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say
Sorry, but password complexity matters a great deal. When a website's passwords get hacked, they're going to compare hashes and find all the easiest ones first (password, hunter2, 123456, etc). If yours is 15 characters of random letters, numbers, etc, yours will not get cracked first. Now, if someone like the NSA is targeting YOU, then it doesn't matter how complex it is; it will get cracked. But in a list of 5,000,000 passwords, having a complex password can help make sure yours is not one of those cracked.

Comment: Re:Does Moore's law apply to Tsunamis? (Score 1) 194

by oodaloop (#49343193) Attached to: Japan To Build 250-Mile-Long, Four Storey-High Wall To Stop Tsunamis
No, they don't double every year or two. If they did, they'd already be past the moon. They do follow a scale-free distribution, whereas intuition probably makes you think it's a bell-curve. While they're preparing for a tsunami as big as the last one, they forget that before the last big one they were preparing for one as big as the one before it.

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