Dadoo writes: By now, everyone who reads Slashdot regularly has seen the XKCD comic discussing how to choose a more secure password, but at least one security researcher rejects that theory, asserting that password managers are the most important technology people can use to keep their accounts safe. He says, 'In this post, I’m going to make the following arguments: 1) Choosing a password should be something you do very infrequently. 2) Our focus should be on protecting passwords against informed statistical attacks and not brute-force attacks. 3) When you do have to choose a password, one of the most important selection criteria should be how many other people have also chosen that same password. 4) One of the most impactful things that we can do as a security community is to change password strength meters and disallow the use of common passwords.'
Dadoo writes: I recently had two laptops go bad on me at almost exactly the same time. (One has a bad video chip, and the other has become so flaky as to be unusable.) Both are far out of warranty. I replaced the flaky one, and I sent the other laptop in to a repair company. Since I don't think I really got my money's worth, in either case, I'd like to ask Slashdot: what do you do, when your laptop breaks? Do you just toss it out and get a new one? Do you get it repaired? If so, where?
Dadoo writes: I work in the IT department of a small company (~250 employees). We're trying to hire a programmer, but our management is telling us candidates are asking for too much money. According to a salary survey they have, we're paying more than other companies our area, and the candidates are asking for much more. Some are asking for twice as much as the highest-paid person in our department. Personally, I think these salary surveys are designed to put employees at a disadvantage, so I'd like to ask the taboo question: how much do you make? Answer anonymously, if you feel you need to, but include your location, your actual job description and/or title, your years of experience, and your salary.