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Comment Re:It's not innovative (Score 2) 148

No it's not generic. Yes it should be. But the FDA approval rolls up the drug and the dispenser and the generic versions of the Epipen have not been approved. There are other makers that do provide epinephren auto injectors but they have their own systemic approvals. So while it should be a generic, the very fact that no generics can get approved means it's not generic. Mylan of course knows this. I'd be unsurprised if they were behind creating unneccessary specs just to fail the generics.

Comment Re:Power Outages (Score 1) 165

Whenever our power goes out, my wife and kids and I get together and actually spend quality time together - playing board games or something and just talking. It's sad that it takes a power outage for that. When you suggest it at other times, and the kids can be playing games or watching stuff online, they decline, but I do try. My favorite is hiking together... good long time, a lot of good conversation... and a lot of "no" when I ask the kids (and even the wife). It's depressing.

Comment Re:The author has a certain level of understanding (Score 1) 198

... Better let an application generate password for user's eyes only and force user to memorize it (or to write it down, at their own risk).

Let's see... my work account, two banks, several credit cards, two healthcare accounts (FSA AND HSA) as well as my health insurance, accounts for my kids in school (like paying for school lunches), ISP account, several streaming services, slashdot, reddit, and a number of other forums I participate in (and not me, but most people will have several social media accounts).... you get the idea. I'm supposed to remember all those completely random passwords?

Oh, and another pet peeve: changing passwords often - it does nothing for password guessing, all passwords with same randomness have same probability of being guessed. Changing passwords are meaningful only if old password is already compromised, but you never know when it exactly happened, so unless you are changing password after each session, it is almost completely useless.

Now that I can agree on - our company's policy is just damn annoying and often screws up our production work.

Comment Re:The author has a certain level of understanding (Score 1) 198

Yeah... I don't know anyone who writes it down on a post-it next to their computer, but we do have a 90 day policy, and my password strategy is not quite what the GP described, but it's not too far off, either. That's the stupidity of just not allowing us to create a really great pass-phrase that would take years to break. That's all on top of two-factor authentication (RSA SecureID) when not signing in from our internal network.

The stupidity is that on systems that have multiple users, we have a shared account that we use - it's actually assigned to a large number of systems; these are not user's desktops, but graphics productions systems that any number of operators might use. The problem is that the IT department implemented this password policy without asking any departments about the effects, and after 90 days we were blocked from this account because none of the operators had the authority to change it, and if they did they'd lock out everyone else who didn't know it - many offices, or even buildings away. Moreover, none of us get the email from that account - which doesn't even really have email, so nobody got a warning the password was expiring. So we do live TV, and people couldn't log into the systems that generate the on screen graphics. Of course now that login is an exception, but it points out a problem with IT blindly creating a policy without input from the people it's affecting.

The other stupid thing is that our MS Office accounts are tied to our logins, and we can authorize up to 5 boxes. There are at least 100 production boxes, and we can't license them by box. We do a lot of daily production data in spreadsheets because it's easy for the user and easy to use as a data source.

In any event, the more passwords humans are required to remember, and the more complicated they are required to be, the less secure we're going to make things as people do skirt the guidelines to make them as easy to remember as possible - or they write them down, or whatever.

Frankly, I don't see what's wrong with the scheme the GP described (although I would make it more complex). If someone has to brute force decrypt it, it will still take just as long. With the special characters in there, it's highly unlikely someone could guess it. It's true that once they got it once, they'd be able to guess it correctly later on, but the idea is to make it hard to get even once.

Comment Bad scaling? (Score 1) 116

D-waves systems are inherently statistical. Which means you need many replicas of an experiment to map out the ground state and reliably establish it is the ground state. Doesn't this mean that the more cubits you have the exponentially more replicas you need to run? thus anything short of exponential gains in speed is a step backward in perfromance as you add quibits? or am I wrong.

Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 1) 491

Ever heard of Apollo 11? Yeah, that was pretty much a suicide mission. Nixon had several speeches prepared to deliver to the nation covering the myriad of possibilities for failure.

Apollo 11 was not a suicide mission. It was dangerous as all space missions are, and the astronauts were heroic, but Nixon's speeches were simply a matter of planning for contingencies so that in the event that something went wrong they wouldn't be caught unprepared.

A mission where success is physically possible, and especially when estimates for a safe return exceed 50%, is not a suicide mission. Sending people to Mars without sufficient resources for them to return or subsist on the planet indefinitely -- that's a suicide mission. Give them enough fuel and the mechanisms required to return to orbit and make the trip back to Earth? That's a dangerous, but still ultimately survivable mission.

Comment Re:With his own money? (Score 1) 491

sending people to a dead rock to try to see if they can survive is fine for a Bear Gryllis episode

Yeah, as much as I'd like to see Bear figure out how to drink his pee in a space suit, before filming could commence they'd have to send a crew over to build a Marriott on Mars. Probably isn't worth the hassle.

Comment Re:Convenience isn't free (Score 1) 141

I've noticed there are often items that are cheaper non-prime, but then you get the choice - you don't have to order prime, you can pay a little less to order from someone else - but then it's often not two day shipping. Often the non-prime price + shipping is about the same as prime. I've been a prime customer for some years now, and with as much as I order, it's certainly worth it. Plus we get some subscriptions now, like the specialty dog food we need to get, which makes it even cheaper. So yes, I start with Amazon, and only if I can't find what I want, or I do see shenanigans from the seller w.r.t. shipping and so forth, do I search elsewhere.

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