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Comment Can't change more than nine times (Score 1) 138

This is a bad idea, as one can change a compromised password as many times and necessary or desired.

Assuming a print from a single digit is enough, you're limited to ten total passwords without starting to leave the realm of social acceptability. On top of that, this uses only a public, nonsecret method. It's not combining something that you have with something that you know, preferably something known only to you, and since it's from a read-only source, once it is compromised you're screwed.

If some biometric system is used in concert with a strong user-selected bit of information, like a password, passphrase, or numeric string, then maybe it'll be okay, especially if the system does not indicate to the user where the failure in authentication happens (ie, confirm that one has the right fingerprint before rejecting the password). If the fingerprint is used as an analog for the user id, and the password is still one's personal secret, that may work.

If the issue is PINs being commonly four digits long, people have demonstrated an ability to remember ten-digit numbers as many markets now have ten-digit dialing for local calls with several area codes. I don't think that it would be an undue burden to use PINs longer than four digits in this age on account of that. What would be best is for there to be a minimum length that's greater than four or five, but a max possible length that would be well larger than most users would need, so those who do want longer credentials can use them, and with all of the number of places in between also being supported.

Comment Re:Link broken? (Score 1) 1191

Heh. At one point I actually had a second monitor turned portrait, and had it not had issues with full-motion video (it rendered it incorrectly for some reason) I may have kept it with that. Thing is though, if the width isn't fixed, the browser is supposed to be able to size it to the window size on its own, if the designer is smart enough to design it to do that.

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 528

Girls can't always control if someone takes a picture of them. Pictures can be taken with hidden cameras or while they are sleeping or drunk...

That's a load of crap. Most involuntary pictures would be of such low quality as to make their use for prurient interests difficult, so long as the subject takes enough care to avoid putting themselves into the few circumstances that would allow for a good picture, like covering up the webcam or not undressing where one is exposed to others.

As for voluntary pictures, people have been showing the naked pictures of their significant others that they've had since the dawn of photography. In my view, it's expected that naked pictures will be shown, not expected that they won't be. Everyone should assume this.

Comment Re:I might look into it. (Score 3, Insightful) 92

Unfortunately I'm finding it difficult to disagree with you.

When there wasn't an unlimited amount of screen or an unlimited amount of graphics capability, interface designers had to be very diligent in how they used what they had. With only eighty columns and twenty-five rows, or if you were lucky, one-hundred-thirty-two columns and forty-four rows, there wasn't a lot of room for waste or poor design.

Modern web designers have embraced the ooh-shiny parts of modern HTML specifications but haven't held on to the basic purpose, to efficiently convey information. Beta is an example, embracing eye-candy at the expense of that which the site's purpose is for, to convey information that's mostly text-based.

I also used to use Lynx/links/elinks as testing for what I wrote. I haven't written HTML in a big way in some time, but I imagine that most pages will fail the text-mode test.

Comment Re:Link broken? (Score 1) 1191

Yeah, I kind of like the classic, large-icon image on the corner of some stories, if anything is included at all. I don't see a need for pictures for the bulk of stories, it's like the use of stock footage on the evening news when they have something that's important but not visual.

Comment Re:Link broken? (Score 1) 1191

the news.google.com site looks loads better than this new thing.

Come to think of it, news.google.com looks a lot like the current Slashdot main page. A narrow, plain nav column on the left, a large body column in the middle, and a 25%ish column on the right.

Comment Re:Link broken? (Score 5, Informative) 1191

I opened it. Unlike the current design, it did not scale to fit my 1400x1050 screen, leaving large whitespace borders on both edges. If that's what it does on a 4:3 screen with a narrower horizontal resolution than many modern widescreen "high definition" displays, then this is a bad thing.

Additionally there was less content on the initial screen than there is on the current design. Much of the time I skim the headlines, if I find one I find relevant I immediately read the blurb. If the blurb appeals then I follow the link(s) or read the comments. This new layout doesn't offer as much content on a given screen, and one thing I learned in design in general, if you don't grab your audience with little more than a glimpse, then you've lost your audience.

I did design for some ads for some fandom events, and within the form factor of the ad I had to answer who/what why, and when, and to a lesser extent, where. I had to name the event, give the viewer a reason to go to the event, give the date for the event, and for events that weren't in the normal venues or where the venue itself was an advantage, name the venue. All of this information needed to be conveyed in little-more than a snapshot.

While Slashdot or any bulletin board system is not the same as an ad, it is important to present the frame of the discussion in a format that allows the casual browser to see the important stuff pop out instantly. The current layout, with different presentations, reverse colors for somethings, etc, works to do that. The new format didn't give me the impression of being well organized in that regard. One needs the headline to convey the important "grabber' in a way that actually commands attention. The new system didn't do that for me.

Comment Re:wow. (Score 1) 123

I'm pretty sure that it always had been an ideal, but it seems to not be an ideal anymore, to at least a significant portion of the population.

It's one thing to sing praises of true achievements that go beyond what an average person reaches; that doesn't bother me too much if it's done with reason. I do object when mediocrity is celebrated, or when things of shock value are celebrated when they're actually poorly done. The entertainment industry is an example of the celebration of mediocrity, when we're told this is popular in order to make it popular, or when no-talent hacks are so worked or massaged or modified to make them talented that there is very little of the original underneath.

I guess that we're now living in the Age of Autotune. Instead of embracing raw talent, we manufacture it, and look down on some that are naturally talented when they're compared to the manufactured nature of others.

Comment Re:wow. (Score 5, Interesting) 123

I'm starting to wonder if they're just trolling us. Facebook's policies and very reason for existence runs contrary to what I was taught as a child, which was anti-narcissism (ie, any sort of notoriety based on achievement, not simple vanity), speaking when one only has something to say and keeping one's personal life personal (as opposed to, "look at me with this drink in my hand! Look at me with this puppy! Look at me with these whores!"), and now, keeping one's finances close to one's chest. The Internet age with the ability to own a domain name and effectively vanity-publish has changed some of that, but "Social Media" has made it extremely simple to talk-at people without necessarily talking-to people.

I never signed up for Facebook in the first place. I'd had my own domain for a time, and ran my own web log, but decided that it wasn't worth the effort and that what I was willing to share with the rest of humanity wasn't something that the rest of humanity was interested in. When I've seen others using Facebook I continue to get that vibe. I don't know what I'd do in your shoes, but having never had an account and seeing all of the BS makes me happy that I never did have an account in the first place.

Comment Re:Let me be 1 of the 1st here (Score 1) 478

I'm waiting to see this all unfold.

WHat is going to happen is...

What's going to happen is that some pissed off outgoing network admin is going to write blank configurations over all of the saved configs on their network switches and routers, but not reboot them. They'll run fine for awhile until maintenance or power issues cause them to reload, then they'll be about as useful for network routing as the racks they're bolted into.

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