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+ - Ask Slashdot: How do you manage your passwords?

Submitted by Albus Dumb Door
Albus Dumb Door (3546725) writes "As an IT professional, I've got a problem common to many of you which is to deal with a lot of passwords. Memorizing them all is something becoming harder with age and number of passwords. I will forget them eventually. I am obviously unable to use something online like Last Pass and 1Password. Using a single password for all the systems is also obviously out of the question. I know that there are a few apps for cell phones for managing passwords (like Phone Genie and mSecure), but a cell phone, unless it's kept in offline mode (and even then), is still a security risk and I'm pretty sure my employers wouldn't like me having their passwords on my cell phone. I've also taken a look at things like the YubiKey, but changing the authentication scheme of most of the systems is not an option. The only intesting option I've seen so far is the Pitbull Wallet, but they just started taking pre-orders on IndieGoGo and are not expected to deliver until August. Amazon has some hardware password managers as well, like the RecZone and Logio, but either the price or their reviews scared me away. So how do you guys prefer to manage your passwords and what do you recommend?"

+ - Best ways to fund and divulge a Non-profit

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joaommp writes "I'm tied to a non-profit NGO, which was only very recently made official and whose main objective is R&D of open projects. We're based outside the US. I'd like to ask other people here in slashdot, who, while in similar situations, might have had the need to search for funding and donations for their projects, how they did it, and how successful were those methods. I also know of a few crowdfunding platforms, like Kickstarter and IndieGogo, for example, but not being a US-based institution excludes us from Kickstarter and we haven't had much success with IndieGoGo and I'm hoping not to get limited to those kind of platforms. We've set up selling of our own teaching materials both on Amazon and Lulu, and even set up a simple online store on CafePress to sell some simple tokens of appreciation. I realize we still have a long way to go and so I was also curious to know how did they do to get attention towards their projects and institutions, and what recommendations and advices are there for such an endeavor."

Comment: Re:Hrmm (Score 2) 110

by zopathan (#37321728) Attached to: Why Patent Reform Won't Happen Anytime Soon
I mentinoned in a comment in an earlier story about an initiative from a non-profit to fight against the flaws of the current patent system which I think might be a good idea, although it clearly lacks support: http://www.ondatechnology.org/protection-fund.html their idea is to gather a fund to help individuals register patents for free usage. then patent trolls can't do it. I've been following with particular attention this project because of my native disgust towards the way patents and especially software patents block us from development.

Comment: Re:Initiatives against software patents (Score 1) 167

by zopathan (#37311886) Attached to: Evaluating Patent Troll Myths
They want to help you register your IP so patent trolls can't. But you are required to allow free licensing for open projects. Your IP is added to a database or some sort of a collection of easily licensable projects that are licensed freely to open projects and negotiable to closed projects.

+ - Non-profit Onda Technology Fighting Patent Trolls->

Submitted by zopathan
zopathan (1324091) writes "The Onda Technology Institute, a little known non-profit organization dedicated to developing open projects, has started an initiative to help fight patent trolls. They are betting on creating a fund to help individuals register their intellectual property in order to fight patent trolls with the same tactics. From the information available on the organization's website, free or open projects will be allowed free licensing to those patents and commercial projects will be subjected to a simple and painless negotiation. While other projects are more focused in protecting individual projects, like the Open Invention Network which is more focused on Linux, this initiative is aimed at protecting a broader range of projects."
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+ - SPAM: How losing a brother may save other lives 2

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joaommp writes "The event that took my brother's life inspired me to come up with some sort of gadget to prevent any more lives from being lost. So, I figured that a low power device monitoring life-signs, transmitting a continuous ping to a central server, could eventually provide enough warning to prevent others from suffering the same fate my dear brother suffered. I also immediately noticed a bunch of possibilities to extend the functionality of the device and make the idea usable for many more situations like monitoring people in healthcare facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals, giving them more freedom, and keeping track of kids in amusement parks to help prevent accidents and kidnappings. I turned to my team at the non-profit I'm involved with and we agreed the project had merit and could go forward. Now I'm left with the difficult task of gathering the funds necessary to start the development of this system. So I turn to you all, slashdotters, for opinions, constructive criticism, advice and, if possible, that you contribute with work or donations to make this initiative flourish."
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The Almighty Buck

Journal: European Union wants to send the ATM system back into stone age

Journal by joaommp

Portugal has one of the most, if not the most, advanced ATM networks in the world. While on most countries the ATM networks seem to be handled by individual banks, the Portuguese ATM network, called Multibanco (yes, as in multi-bank) is owned and ran by a state entity called SIBS (Sociedade Interbancária de Serviços - roughly inter-banking business society). This unified ATM network allows the state and the banking businesses to save millions in equipment, maintenance and headco

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+ - Touchscreen usage with Linux 4

Submitted by Joaommp
Joaommp (685612) writes "Lately I found myself needing a particular device: high resolution touch screens. Such need derives from a particular project I've been involved with. My objective is to add the touch screen as a second screen to my desktop, using a second graphics card, and having two concurrent X sessions running on each screen. In one I would do development and on the touch screen session I'd do the testing. The problem is to find the right hardware for it. There's not a whole lot of information and easily accessible devices on the net. There are a few, some are extremely expensive.
One device I found was the Belinea s.display 5_22, which is an hybrid touch screen/tablet. The device looks very nice in the specs, but the problem is: how well would it work with Linux? After a long time of browsing through the net, I came up empty and the technical support seems to know about their own product less than I do. They couldn't even provide information about what controller was being used or even the USB IDs. I'm still trying to convince them to provide more information about it.
There is also the similar Wacom Cintiq line, but those, besides being only tablet, is also as much as three times more expensive and aim at the graphics professionals.
So, my question to the audience is: What is your experience with this type of devices under Linux and X and which ones would you recommend that are available in Europe?"

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982