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Comment: Re:How about basic security? (Score 1) 390

by steveg (#49521139) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

Good points. I'd been under the impression that link local addresses were the only ones based on MAC address, but a little investigation shows me that there are schemes that also use the MAC address for public addresses.

And you're also right that admins are likely to choose addresses that are simpler for them if they assign them manually.

But all this is moot if a working firewall is in place. And that's really no different than the IPV4 situation.

Comment: Re:RTFA (Score 1) 187

by steveg (#49393877) Attached to: Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button

I live next door to a Costco. If I'm running low, I can run next door.

If I had one of these buttons, its battery would be dead by the time I need to order again. My Costco package of TP or paper towels usually lasts me about three years. Laundry detergent maybe a year or so. My 4-pack of giant toothpaste tubes is a couple of years worth.

It's not so much that I'm organized, but I usually become aware that I'm low on those things a month or two in advance, when the gaping hole in the closet where I keep that stuff jumps out at me.

Comment: Re:Passwords must not contain spaces, too (Score 1) 349

by steveg (#49374657) Attached to: Sign Up At irs.gov Before Crooks Do It For You

I'm not exactly sure what the rules are. My initial attempts at a password contained "^" -- I figured it was safe, because it was in the list they suggested. I kept simplifying the password and it kept rejecting me. Each time I had to re-enter half the security choices -- it kept my answers, but not the questions.

I finally gave up and chose a completely new password, and this one didn't include "^". Took it the first time.

Comment: Re:The Problem with Robots (Score 2) 101

by steveg (#49374367) Attached to: Robots4Us: DARPA's Response To Mounting Robophobia

The most menial.

That turns out not really to be the case. If you had said the most repetitive jobs, I'd be more likely to buy it.

A housekeeper or a janitor is a fairly menial job, but it is a very difficult one to automate. It involves recognising randomly present items (clutter) and dealing with them (putting them away, straightening them or whatever.)

Assembly lines are different -- those are very repetitive. It's not nearly so hard to automate, since the variety of actions and the judgment of when and how they should be carried out doesn't change much.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins