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Comment Phrase - pasword (Score 1) 340

No idea if he's actually the one that came up with this idea (and I generally don't like his writing), but I am surprised no one has mentioned the approach that Farhad Manjoo outlines in this Slate article. Basically, you come up with a phrase about each website/system and then type the acronym for that phrase. For example, for Bank of America, "I can't believe that quote from the head of the subprime mortgage division" becomes Icbt"fthotsmd.

It doesn't generate the most secure passwords possible (it's hard to come up with phrases that use symbols or multiple capitalized words), but its a pretty good way to create (and remember!) a unique password for each system.

As an aside, I am still flabbergasted that Citibank's student loan system will not let you have a password longer than eight characters. It occurs to me every time I login.

Comment Re:OK, but just not "believable" (Score 1) 544

The age difference is actually more or less explained for everyone. McCoy is a significantly older recruit for whom Star Fleet is a second career. Kirk doesn't appear to be as old as McCoy, but he screwed around for some time before joining up, and his youth as a captain can be attributed to being the greatest thing since sliced bread. Scotty had enough of a "career" in Star Fleet for him to be a bit older (although the actor doesn't look old enough). Chekov is exactly 17, so he could easily be 15-20 years younger than McCoy and 10 younger than Kirk/Scotty. Sulu is the hardest, since he doesn't look as young as Chekov. In fact he looks just about Kirk's age, but we get no back story for him, so it's possible he was a bit older when he enlisted.

Generally, on the list of plot holes, I would put their age differences toward the bottom, way behind the weak plot behind the crisis driving the movie, "Red Matter", and Kirk and old-Spock finding each other randomly on a frozen moon. (In fact, the little thing that really bugged me was that the second "monster" on that moon continued to pursue Kirk instead of eating the significantly larger mammal that had been pursuing Kirk.)

Comment Re:I already have more than five senses (Score 1) 187

And some people learn a single rule and never learn that it is not universal. Grammar school, elementary school, middle school, and high school are all compound nouns. Some compound nouns are widely hyphenated, some are not, and some are widely accepted written either way. Here's a more-complicated-but-more-useful set of rules for when to use a hyphen. :), But as its author notes, the rules are in flux.

Everyone's entitled to an opinion as to how fast we should collectively permit our language to (d)evolve. But when your going too be an grammar-Nazi, its important that you did it write.

The "lot of people" you deride for dropping the hyphen include the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries. It's time to ease up on the attitude or go join a community that speaks exclusively Middle English--excuse me, "Middle-English".

Submission + - Sunglasses changing color in a second

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Wouldn't it be nice to wear sunglasses that change colors according to the weather or to your new skiing suit? According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), scientists at the University of Washington have developed a new lens material that makes this possible. Their 'smart' sunglasses can change color on demand almost instantly. The key to this improved eyewear technology is an electrochromic polymer that has the ability to change levels of darkness and color in the presence of an electric current. By pushing a button on the frame, your glasses will become red, green, blue or virtually any color. Still, you might have to wait a couple of years before buying such sunglasses. Read more for additional references and pictures showing how these lenses work."

Submission + - Free Computers and Consoles For Weapons

An anonymous reader writes: Reuters is reporting that officals in Mexico City have started a program to give away free computers and consoles for turning in weapons. From the article :

Launching the program Tuesday in the notorious inner-city barrio of Tepito, which police stormed last month, city police chief Joel Ortega said anyone who turns in a high-caliber weapon like a machine gun will get a computer. Owners can swap smaller guns for cash or Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox video-game consoles under the plan.

Submission + - Overclocking Notebook At SubZero Temps!

Searching4Sasquatch writes: "The gang over at Hot Hardware managed to get ahold of a new Dell XPS M1710 notebook and attempted to overclock the system in the subzero temperatures of New Hampshire. Thanks to -9*F winter temperatures, they were able to overclock the system from the stock 2.33GHz speed all the way up to 3GHz with solid stability. There's also some great shots of the notebook's internals, for those who like seeing hardware instead of just reading specifications."

Is An Uninformed Vote Better Than No Vote? 1048

ras_b asks: "I don't pay attention to politics at all, and so I will not be voting in today's elections. My family has been telling me that this is a mistake and I should vote anyway, partly because I have slightly conservative views which agrees with their political outlook. My reasoning is that since I am totally uninformed, I shouldn't vote. I don't want to vote Republican or Democrat, only to find out later I totally disagree with something a candidate stands for. So, here's my dilemma and my question: Is an uninformed vote better than no vote?" This issue is touched upon in a posting by Ezra Klein, of the The American Prospect, who disagrees, arguing against a similar assertion by Greg Mankiw, from a suppressed Fortune article. Greg says: "Sometimes...the most responsible thing a person can do on election day is stay at home ... If you really don't know enough to cast an intelligent vote, you should be eager to let your more informed neighbors make the decision." What do you think?

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