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Comment Re:A poor craftsman blames his tools. (Score 1) 531

Further, what other disciplines allow for the title "engineer" without a state certification/licensing board?

Railroad engineers. Woo wooo!

Mind you, I believe they still do have to be certified and/or licensed before they can claim the title, but it's still a grandfathered term that is outside the normalized definition of 'engineer'.

Comment Re: A poor craftsman blames his tools. (Score 2) 531

I am assuming English isn't your first language. I didn't understand a god damn thing you said.

Then you need to work on your own comprehension skills. GP was perfectly understandable in spite of being a bit light in punctuation, using some awkward phrasing, and sporting two minor spelling errors. I've seen *much* worse from so-called 'native' English speakers.

Comment And this is why... (Score 3, Interesting) 30

...I'm not on LinkedIn.

By gaining ownership of LinkedIn's unique dataset of over 450 million professionals in more than 200 countries, Microsoft will be able to deny competitors access to that data, and in doing so obtain an unfair competitive advantage

That 'data' is the career info and personal details on millions of hopeful job seekers, and they'll use it for what, exactly? "Oh, looks like Johnson just got a raise, time to start throwing ads for luxury vehicles at him!" Or "Smith is on mat leave, start spamming her with childhood educational assistance program ads!"

I did sign up for an account once about a decade ago...and deleted it after about a week. The sheer volume of bullshit that I got spammed with was unbelievable. It took quite some time to stem the flow again (pretty much had to pretend I died for a couple of years...). For a service advertised as 'for professionals', they sure act anything but.

Comment Re:Effort Better Spent on Industrial Scrubbers (Score 3, Insightful) 166

Why not put these closer to the sources of pollution? Like the smokestacks and exhaust ports from all those factories. Wouldn't that be more efficient?

But what affluent person wants to live next to that? No, better put them in the optimum locations to boost real estate values, and give the growing middle-class something to aspire to (There's a clean-air tower in your neighborhood, hmm? Well our tower is practically in our back yard!). Peasants get the factory-side views, with complimentary side of black lung, as always.

Comment Re: You're doing it wrong. (Score 1) 296

Ohhhh please do, I would actually help. Let's trial run this, let's say any company that has the home based in the US you can't use the website... Start now get off /.

...exactly where are the /. servers physically located, does anyone know? Are they in the states somewhere, or in a tax-friendly european company?

This plan may not turn out how you expect it to, either way...

Comment Re:Reality is... (Score 1) 210

I don't mentally parse a sentence each time -- it quickly becomes a mnemonic requiring no mental effort to recall. By contrast, typing 24 characters in a row without making a mistake while they're obscured is tricky.

Let's say your sentence is "A generation which ignores history has no past and no future" (Thanks, Robert Heinlein!). Your password becomes Agwihhnpanf. Probably you'll add or substitute a special character in there somewhere. It won't take more than five uses before you remember the letters. Then another 20 or so and it'll be muscle memory.

Of course, YMMV. But this has been my experience. Even more so when trying to use a mobile device.

Okay, thanks for explaining! My M does V, since I haven't had a problem typing in longer passwords (3 to 5 words, 2 to 7 letters each), yet have a heck of a time typing in (and primarily remembering, but I guess the base sentence would help with that) shorter mixed-case visibly nonsensical passwords. I use the muscle memory I have developed typing real words elsewhere to...type real words while obscured. Yes, sometimes I get ahead of myself and flub up once (but rarely twice), and I always like when there's the 'quick peek' option that offers a look at what you've typed in unobscured for checking before hitting enter (KeePass mobile client does this, some web logins too).

Just goes to show, we're all wired different! And sweet Heinlein reference! :-D

Comment Re:Reality is... (Score 1) 210

I have never been able to accurately type four common words without spaces and with the letters obscured. For that reason, I've always used Ross Anderson's suggested method of taking a phrase that means something to me and using the first letter of each word in the phrase. Sure 8 to 10 characters are less secure than 24, but it's a damn sight easier to type.

I'm sorry...why is this? If you don't lose track of where you are when mentally parsing a sentence and only typing in the first letter of each word, why would you lose track when typing the words themselves? I'm sorry, it seems to me that the first-letter thing would be much easier to get lost in while typing.

And why no spaces? Spaces count as 'special' characters and increase entropy...of course, some logins don't allow them, while at the same time requiring other special in those cases replace them with hashtags or ampersands or something similar.

Comment Re:The author has a certain level of understanding (Score 1) 210

That's too long for some systems used where I work where the length has to be exactly 8 characters and not contain any "special" characters in order to allow the passwords to work also on some oddball systems.

Tell me about it. But sometimes it's simply shockingly bad security choices on the part of the company, as well. For instance: my old bank started requiring a fixed-length, 6-letter password that was case-insensitive and mapped to the corresponding phone digits to consolidate their dial-up and online logins...I have no idea if they still do that, since I abandoned ship shortly thereafter. I simply wasn't comfortable with having my banking access protected by, essentially, a 6-digit number.

To be fair, they did have some sort of device-based recognition checking in place, so if I wanted to log in from anywhere besides my home computer I had to practically scan my birth certificate and send it to them before they'd acknowledge that yes, this person typing in the ridiculous password and trying to access my account is actually me.

Comment Re:hey white male (Score 1) 250 (sigh).

hey white male

blah blah blah

as a bonus, women will be much more interested in you also

Hmm...while your anonymous and cowardly concern for my welfare is truly touching, I should let you know that I don't swing that way...and I think my husband might object, even if I did.


Comment Re:The content producers did it to themselves. (Score 1) 250 (sigh).

Look into Kodi and something like Sportsdevil.

Thanks, I will!

Maybe this is 'the year' for us husband couldn't care less, so long as he gets his 'toons, but my girlfriends and I really enjoy CFL games, and watching them after the fact just isn't the same...

Comment Re:The content producers did it to themselves. (Score 2) 250

Maybe if they stopped putting huge ads with flashing animations and sound overtop of the content, it would actually be worth watching some of their content.

At least that's why I cancelled my cable subscription.

^^^ THIS!

Oh my god, the trend towards advertising for the next show while I'm already watching a show on your damned channel drives me fucking insane! I realize it's an attempt to circumvent timeshifting via PVR, but that doesn't mean that it's right to do so. There are some channels that I simply refuse to watch anymore because of this, and if anything were to encourage me to cut the cord, it would be this practice. (sigh).

Comment Re:Already did that (Score 1) 168

And by did that....I mean my PHONE camera, because I would never leave a camera connected all the time to my desktop PC anyway.

BOTH cameras on my phone are covered by pieces of plastic that need to be moved aside physically in order to take pictures. Did that the very day I bought the phone.

However, I looked for actual products to do this....couldn't find a one. Not a single case with camera covers built in, not a single accessory available.....sad....very sad.

Hmm...apparently you fail at searching teh interwebs.

Mind you, these only seem to be available for iPhones, which sucks, although I did come across these which intrigue me. Maybe my days of electrical tape are over!

Comment Re:Audible rocks (Score 1) 60

So I went to test your site, sure I wasn't going to find the books I wanted, and I found exactly what I was looking for.

Damn. Now I regret my Audible subscription.

Haha, yeah, I know. I am continually impressed with their selection myself, but I was lucky enough not to have fallen into the Audible honeypot before I found them...although I'll admit I was teetering on the edge. I was getting quite sick of buying physical media for my audiobooks! Now if Downpour doesn't have it, I simply go back to the disc hunt online.

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