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Comment Re:Please let me use the same password (Score 1) 497

Personally, I use lastpass to do most of my logging in so I rarely type passwords. I have a screensaver set so that I never leave my machine unlocked. I use a Das Keyboard, which makes shoulder surfing difficult as does the fact that my password is well ingrained in finger memory, which means I can type it extremely quickly. And yes, I am very cognizant of who is around me when typing passwords...

Expiring a password in 30 days does fuck all for over the shoulder attacks because anyone who wants to do that is going to compromise your machine at the first opportunity. It's like assuming that sending people a new credit card every 30 days will somehow prevent identity theft.

Comment Re:Please let me use the same password (Score 2, Informative) 497

So you are safe, unless the former coworker is quick enough to do his damage before the password expires. Fortunately, he wouldn't know when that is. Oh wait...he would.

The question should be asked: *How* did that former coworker get the password? From a sticky note on someone's computer because they kept forgetting their latest password, perhaps?

Comment Re:North Americans? What, like the Sioux? (Score 1) 309

They are talking about genetic differences in gut bacteria, not genetic differences in people. This has nothing at all to do with genetic differences between Europeans, Native Americans and Japanese. It has to do with the bacteria currently living in the guts of those born in Japan vs. those born in the US. Thus they really do mean "North Americans" as in "people currently living in North America", a set that includes people of European, Native American, African and presumably even Japanese ancestry.

Comment Re:Why C? (Score 1) 535

The point, other then to be snarky, is that while C and C++ aren't as transparently portable out of the box, they are available on far more platforms than Java. Too many people throw out "Java is more portable than C", which is only really the case if you are porting between PC platforms.

In many ways, Java's "portability" is overblown as pretty much any VM based or interpreted language is equally portable. I'd be willing to bet that JavaScript is available on more platforms.

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