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Comment: Re:geeks never learn (Score 1) 136

by techno-vampire (#49476497) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics
Most of my passwords are variations on a word that's very memorable to me, but incomprehensible to almost anybody else. The word itself is a made-up word that was popular among people involved in one of my hobbies when I first got involved with it over thirty years ago. Except for those of us who go back that far, even the people who share my hobby now are very unlikely to be aware of it because the jargon has shifted. It's a dictionary word, but only in the sense that it's not too hard to work out how to pronounce it the first time you come across it, but it's not a real word in any language I'm aware of. This gives me a whole bunch of potential passwords that are easy for me to remember, but very hard for J. Random Cracker to find without exceptional luck. And, of course, capitalization, using numbers for some of the letters and putting punctuation marks in at appropriate (or inappropriate) places makes for lots and lots of passwords.

Comment: Re:This should be multiple choice (Score 1) 190

by techno-vampire (#49455525) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?
I picked that I support the community, but that's a tad vague. I participate in several web forums (and am a moderator in one) and am on several mailing lists. I also submit bug reports whenever appropriate and encourage others to do the same. I've not coded for decades but I was good at tech support before I retired, so that's the route I take. Some of you reading this might not think that bug reports are much of a contribution, but consider this: if nobody bothered to report bugs, they'd never get fixed.

Comment: Re:Complete article (Score 1) 442

by techno-vampire (#49419479) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient
Actually, it does. You use a new theory to predict what would happen if you conducted an experiment, then try the experiment and see if you get the results you expected. As an example, you can use Newtonian physics and Kepler's Laws to predict where the planet Mars will be in six months, then see how accurate your prediction was. You expect your theory to predict the past, because if it can't, it's wrong. The true test of a theory is how well it can predict things that haven't happened yet.

Comment: Re:part of the feedback missing (Score 1) 201

Gaming the system goes on in the private sector too. About fifteen years ago I was doing tech support for an ISP. One of the metrics used to judge each team of techs was the average wait time for callers. Then, somebody discovered that if you connected to whoever had been in the queue the longest and told them that somebody would be with them shortly, it reset the timer. This made their wait times look great, until management caught on and the offenders were fired for falsifying company records. Not something they'd want on their job history, but well deserved.

Comment: Re:So Tired of Win10 News (Score 3, Informative) 34

Actually, if you're a big enough tech company you don't even need to pay to get your stories on the front page here. All you need to do is submit it and have a bunch of market droids and beancounters with sock puppet accounts here vote it up. Add on the techs on your payroll who have real Slashdot accounts, and you've got a lot of astroturfing behind you. And, of course, there's always your satisfied customers (and if you don't have any you're not going to be a big tech company for very long) who are interested in learning more about what you've got, and their votes should be enough to push you over the top, without a penny spent.

Comment: Re:name your bad employers, name them all (Score 1) 290

by techno-vampire (#49407175) Attached to: Is This the Death of the Easter Egg?
In one of the old Man From U.N.C.L..E. novels, (I don't remember which one.) the first letters of the chapter titles were an acrostic, calling the series' editor a cheapskate. My understanding is the book's author was less than impressed by how much he was going to be paid, but wasn't in a position to refuse, as he needed the money.

Comment: Re:Ah yes... (Score 1) 187

by techno-vampire (#49407153) Attached to: UK's Tories Promise To Enact Age Limits For Viewing Online Porn
Remember, this isn't intended to validate my age, it's intended to test my honesty and make sure that I'm not an autobot. Another way they use is having "don't know" as a possible answer to a question where it's not (or shouldn't be) a reasonable response. As an example, you might be given a drop-down list of professions, where the last two are "none of the above" and "don't know." The first one is quite plausible, especially if you're retired, as I am, but how likely is it that you're not going to know what your profession is? Basically, any time I see the same question in two different forms on different pages I presume it's an honesty check.

And, your method of always adding exactly ten years to your age will work, but only if you remember to do it each time, and how many years you added. Not all minors are going to realize that there might be a second age test, making this both an age and an IQ test.

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.