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Comment: Category error (Score 1) 549

by LaissezFaire (#48140849) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct
The XKCD comic is about what can be done right now; changing the password checking algorithms is a small cost in most places. The article is about the future -- how to change innumerable systems structurally to make a better password system. Heck, most systems today can't even do two-factor authentication, and the number that can do hardware authentication is smaller again. Even systems that can do software PKI is a tiny number.

The random-password tracking tools are great, and they work for a lot of people. But to be used universally, they have to work in 99% of cases, which they're unlikely to. Can you use your favorite one at a library computer? Without your laptop? In a place that forbids USB drives? Without Internet access? It's a similar problem set to why we aren't all using software PKI or GPG email. How do I get the dang keys around to where I am, securely? Here, it's how do I get my password list around to where I am, securely?

Comment: Re:Hasn't the contract been awarded? (Score 1) 139

by LaissezFaire (#48070825) Attached to: NASA Asks Boeing, SpaceX To Stop Work On Next-Gen Space Taxi
It's not the contract, it's the law. If the loser files the right kind of protest in the right amount of time, a stop work must be ordered. It's to avoid unscrupulous contracting officers from throwing a bid to their buddies. It's totally normal for US government contracting.

Comment: Impossible! (Score 1) 238

by LaissezFaire (#47071941) Attached to: Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes
Google can't possibly give us fast peering with no fast (or slow) lanes without Net Neutrality. They're a company, not a government! I can't believe any of you believe this could happen without a large bureaucracy enforcing arcane rules, written and administered by people who've never been network engineers.

Comment: Re:Not the Opposite of Reality (Score 1) 282

Most proponents of net neutrality can't describe what they think the regulatory regime will look like, besides some "everything is awesome" descriptions. The thought that the implementation would come out the opposite to what they wanted was unthinkable to them. In other words, they'd never seen government regulation.

Comment: Re:Org Mode (Score 1) 208

by LaissezFaire (#46521175) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote
Well, OneNote can have pictures.

Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system.

I've mostly used OneNote when taking online classes. It does a pretty good job of capturing web page text and graphics, and the search works fairly well. I've seen teachers use it to collaboratively edit lessons plans remotely and concurrently.

Comment: Test First? (Score 1) 716

Dang, that may force developers to move to test first development, finding bugs before it goes over to test. :)

It would drive a few things. The development would likely take much longer, since if the cost for bugs comes out of my pocket, but first coding time comes out of yours, I'm going to spend your money. If you force me to release earlier than I say it's ready, I'll make you responsible for taking the code in the state it's in. And when bugs are found, I'm going to find a way to blame the architect or systems engineer for giving me a bad design, or you for inadequate requirements.

Oh, and feature creep is really going to cost you.

Comment: Re:Tesla will be next. (Score 1) 276

Excellent, excellent. We all agree taxes are a disincentive to investment. And unequal tax rates on goods that are substitutes will change the amounts of each good purchased. So, to make the market work most effectively, let's just set the tax rates equally on all industries, stop the industry subsidies, and people will get to select whether properly priced electric or gas-fueled cars better meet their needs.

Comment: Re:More facetime (Score 1) 1145

by LaissezFaire (#43256795) Attached to: SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

She also has a tweet where she says, "Black people CANNOT be racist against White people. Racism is a position of the oppressor who has the power.".

Sadly, that is not an unheard of definition. I had a college class that used that definition. If you tried to use one that factored in just feelings or beliefs, or just power differences between two individuals, you'd fail that question.

Comment: Re:Remote Desktop (Score 1) 386

by LaissezFaire (#40425779) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: No-Install Programming At Work?
If he remotes out to code random stuff during work hours, using work resources, for not work activities, he's going to get fired.

There's almost always some manager around who's short of resources and needs to get some stuff done. Find him and offer up some time.

This is also why many employees wind up with tricked out spreadsheets and word macros. They aren't allowed to script in regular languages, can't run websites, can't run databases. So they make do.

Comment: Re:Web based or SSH ... (Score 1) 386

by LaissezFaire (#40425749) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: No-Install Programming At Work?

If your company doesn't want you to install unauthorized software, they probably don't want you to run unauthorized software either.

Good call. In companies where you can only run approved software, you frequently can't program in those environments, either. You've now written code that's unapproved.

I'd be careful about ssh'ing out or using other outside environments on the company time, though. If they're paying you to be in your chair, they aren't going to like you writing code for people who aren't them at the same time. Get some buy in from your boss on what you want to do.

Comment: $2,000 for Colorado laws (Score 1) 223

by LaissezFaire (#39422757) Attached to: Liberating the Laws You Must Pay To Read
It costs $2,000 for a copy of all of the Colorado Revised Statues ( Colorado keeps the state constitution online through Michie's Legal Resources (, which is a pretty awful website. Unless you like URLs that are buried in calls to DLLs...

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