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Comment: Re:Social network not enforcing real names.... (Score 1) 258

by war4peace (#48219451) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

My sister lives in Italy with her family. My uncle lives in Germany, my cousin lives in Japan, I have friends (not "facebook"-style friends, but good ones I met in real life) in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa to name a few countries.
Social networks allows us to keep in touch and communicate. Sure, you could do that by placing a phone call and sending letters and e-mails, but it would be more complicated (timezone differences and whatnot).

With that being said, I'm not the usual facebook dweller. I only access it when needed, my circle of friends is indeed composed of friends and relatives, not the random dude who added you and never interacted with you again. And yes, i shudder when i see people checking Facebook on their mobile phones every other minute. I for one don't have it installed, nor would I ever do such a thing.

I guess I'm trying to say it's okay to use social networks as long as you don't let the social networks use you.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 4, Insightful) 472

by war4peace (#48189019) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

I'm confused about one thing, though.
How can you reliably determine the age of a cartoon character? I mean, they're cartoons, you could say "this girl-like-looking drawing is actually an 1000-year old witch". Furthermore, I found difficult to reliably determine whether some manga characters were of lawful age, because most look like they're not, I assume this is intentional but can't be sure.

In the absence of a well-designed "lawful age" metric, one should either ban all manga or ban none.

Comment: Re:I installed it (Score 1) 139

by war4peace (#48152281) Attached to: Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

I installed it in a VM as well. The Start Menu was small, I mean really small, and although the mouse pointer showed I could resize it, it wouldn't resize at all. I restarted it and the Start Menu was bigger this time, but I still couldn't resize it. After several restarts I came to realize that if I tried to drag it to a new size, I had to restart for that change to apply, but then I couldn't resize it again unless I restarted the OS after that.

That was as far as I went. I still have it installed in a VM but I'm not firing it up again.

Comment: Re:symbols, caps, numbers (Score 3, Interesting) 549

by war4peace (#48135251) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

One of my older passwords for important stuff was an Office 2000 key I learned by heart. 25 characters, letters mixed with numbers, not including dashes. If special characters were required, then I'd use dashes, otherwise not.
Save for VL keys, they were unique so the chances of someone guessing that were very, very slim.

And just for kicks I wrote a password manager which allowed you to use any key on the keyboard, including ctrl, shift, alt, caps lock, Win key, you name it. How about using ctrl, shift+num*, backspace, backspace, F1, Esc, Scroll Lock, Winkey as a password? :)
(the only problem was that if you fatfingered a key you would have to wait for the 10 second cool off and try again when prompted)
The application could also be configured to give you a "wrong password" result if you entered the right password, with a configurable delay during which you were expected to do nothing to go through. There was no visual feedback when pressing the keys, only sound.
But a regular user would be driven mad by such a login method, heh-heh.

There are many ways to make an environment secure password-wise. But Average Joe wants it quick and easy, so as long as people aren't educated, nothing would really be secure enough.

Comment: Re:It's hard being an editor, sure. (Score 1) 429

by war4peace (#48113105) Attached to: BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

If it's followed by a verb, then yes, you're right: "Bans people from using your stuff."
If it's followed by a noun, then it's correct: "Bans people your stuff". It doesn't sound right, and, as stated, there are better alternatives, but... oh fuck it, yeah, they should pay more attention next time! :)

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