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Comment Re:Things to solve (Score 1) 253

- if n > 1, overpopulation will happen no matter what we do. The fastest we can colonize space is by going at the speed of light in all 3 dimensions, that's a polynomial function (x^3), and an exponential will always end up going faster.

You snuck in an assumption of infinite time there. We the exponential only have until the heat death of the universe, at most, to catch up with that O(x^3) with a very large prefactor.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 534

To get the benefits of facebook, without the main disadvantage (ads, that are easily circumvented).

You think that's the main disadvantage of Facebook? I'd have said it was the flagrant and obnoxious lack of respect for anyone's personal privacy.

Fair point. I was referring to parent post and speaking from the perspective of "people annoyed by ads". Personally I just assume that whatever one posts, with whatever "privacy" settings, has to ultimately be treated as public knowledge. In the words of Homer Simpson, "low expectations are key". I am more annoyed by FB buttons tracking users among multiple pages outside of FB and the likes, but that too can be circumvented, I believe.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 534

Why would anyone who dislikes ads even use facebook?

To get the benefits of facebook, without the main disadvantage (ads, that are easily circumvented).

Facebook is 100% about selling its users to advertisers.

Yes. But users who adblock it don't care about that, do they.

I'm surprised it took them this long. This really says less about facebook and more about ad blocking software. The only reason facebook is likely doing this now is because a larger percentage of their users are starting to block ads.


Comment Re:Compromise? (Score 1) 211

How about a policy which says if you pick a short password you have to change it every XX days. If you pick a 12 character complex passcode, you get to keep it for 3 years?

The glue on the post-it note will dry out within 3 years.

Seriously, though. My bets would be on this scenario: "My company really cares about security. I *am* going to learn that 12 char password, and since I do, and since it is unhaxxorable, I am going to use it only for important things. Like my LinkedIn profile, they salt their hashes, right? Oh, wait...".

Comment Re:500 is ~ 2^9 (Score 2) 68

So according to moore's law, we have about 18 years of storage density progress left.

Moore's law refers to the number of transistors (or other electrical components) in ICs, not Cu and Cl atoms in storage devices. Kryder's law would be more appropriate, but still not on the spot. I agree that 500 is ~2^9 though :).

Comment random? (Score 1) 60

the randomly generated eight-character password protecting several of his accounts was among the more than 177 million LinkedIn passwords that were leaked in May

Either he was part of the leak, and then it doesn't matter how long and strong his password was, only that he reused it (and the site did not salt enough); or it was someone else's password too by chance, but then it wasn't random, by at least three orders of magnitude, if it was found among ~2E8 "random" passwords.

Comment Re:Generators (Score 1) 637

Being strictly paranoid, how can I be sure that all passwords generated on the above site are not logged and added to lists checked by password crackers?

You can't. Instead you assess the likelihood of that happening and weigh the associated risks against those of other password generation methods. Don't fall for the nirvana fallacy.

Comment Re:WTF- this does not mean no 64-bit development (Score 1, Troll) 359

Visual Studio remaining a 32-bit application means NOTHING. Unless a SINGLE source file exceeds the 4GB limit, no issue will occur.

Let me get this straight. Are you honestly suggesting that if I try to compile or refactor a monstrosity that a 3.9GB C++ file worth of nested template forests would be, this 32-bit version is going to take it and not fall over or grind to death swapping? I'm not a VS user, and will be happy to stand corrected (and amazed), this is an honest question.

And, of course, the compilers that come with VS have supported the development of true 64-bit applications forever.

We know. Restating the unrelated obvious and tagging it 'obvious' does not your point make.

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