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Comment: Re:I installed it (Score 1) 138

by roc97007 (#48174497) Attached to: Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

Any unsuccessful software product, even Microsoft Bob, have their proponents. I'm aware that there are people who liked really large monochrome squares. Shrug. Don't really care.

but more to the point, the presence of a start menu is not something I somehow decreed that Microsoft had to have (as if I could do that). It's simply something I would not do without. Microsoft is free to keep the busybox interface, I hear it does really well with children. They'll just have to do it without me as a customer.

I approach 9 (now called 10) with caution. Microsoft lost a lot of credibility with 8, and they lost even more when they "gave you back the start button" which was only an icon that took us to the start screen. I'm concerned about what arrogant new thing they'll try to foist on us next time, and wondering if I should take this opportunity to get out. And really, I don't need them anymore. I'm mostly sticking with them at this point only because it's too much trouble to switch. (Sort-of like why people stay with Comcast.)

To make this perfectly clear: Microsoft can do what it wants. It's their product. I can choose to buy it or not. It's my money. I really don't invest any more emotional energy in it than that.

Comment: Re:Charging amperage (Score 1) 395

> Tesla is presently the show off for the affluent crowd.

Damned right. Excellent point, and one that's often lost in the noise. If we're not solving for everyman, then this zero point emission thang will only be a rich person's toy. Which kinda blows the whole point of the effort.

But I'd argue that 60kWh battery packs, or even larger, may be important in larger, load carrying vehicles. For instance, when I need to carry objects that wouldn't fit in an econodeathbox, I use an F-series truck. If those are ever going to be electrified, they're going to need bigger packs than a Leaf, and charge time may be an issue. So fast charge of larger power packs may still be something worth exploring, even if you're not planning to tear up the road in an overpriced sports car.

Comment: grain of salt (Score 1) 564

by roc97007 (#48151925) Attached to: Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

I'm not convinced, (been burned on that too many times over too many years) but in the back of my mind I always thought that if practical fusion is ever achieved, it'd be by a private company that intends to make money off it.

So, we put one 'a' these next to every one of those 2400 amp auto quick chargers, and we'd really have something.

Something this small also revives the possibility of fusion propelled spacecraft.

But, you know, it has to work first.

Comment: Re:Charging amperage (Score 1) 395

The Tesla car battery is 375 Volt.
85kWh to 70% in 2 minutes would require around 5000 amps. Lets say that a more realistic charge current is 1000 Amps. 10 minutes at the station, that's doable but the connector is going to be some kind of beast.

Was wondering about that. Surely the power pack is made up of a group of individual cells. It seems like you could attach a cable to each cell and charge them all simultaneously without having to use a single cable as big as your leg.

It'd be inconvenient to attach and deattach, but perhaps industrial robots could be employed. That might be interesting to watch.

Comment: Re:lost password process as an attack vector (Score 1) 546

by roc97007 (#48135709) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

" your password recovery phrase will be the street you lived on in high school or the name of your first dog. This is not secure" if the email account it sends the password to has already been compromised.

So you use a secure random string for your email (I do) and they also have a password recovery system that's easy to social engineer. And if you're lucky that only goes to another email (rinse, repeat) or to a text on your cell phone... See today's /. article on cell phones being hacked.

Comment: Re:Oh great (Score 4, Interesting) 546

by roc97007 (#48134993) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

In theory it is, but in practice "Love is beautiful, like birds that sing." is more likely to show up in a dictionary attack than a random string of gibberish. Just because it's nearly impossible to brute force doesn't mean it's necessarily a good password. Popular pharses, lyrics, Bible verses, etc can be substituted in a guessing algorithm just like using "$" instead of "S". Here's an interesting article about some of that:

Perhaps, but I think that's why the xkcd comic stipulated four random words. It's the human mind's ability to see patterns or visualizations in words ("It's a battery staple!" "Correct!") that makes such phrases easy to remember.

I agree that common phrases may not be good choices. But I'm pretty sure that "gopher banana rim plunger" would be fairly immune to attack, although perhaps unpleasant to visualize.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.