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Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 2) 305

All the major auto manufacturers have abused the DMCA when it comes to their computers, and I vehemently oppose that (but good luck finding a car that doesn't apply to)...

But this? This moves us into a whole different ballpark of abuse.

Fourth'ing the GGGP - I had fully planned to buy a Tesla as my next car (probably five-ish years from now). If this policy stands, despite having no intention of ever actually renting my car out, fuck Tesla.

Comment Why? (Score 1) 39

blindingly fast peak download speeds of around 5Gbps.

And why, exactly, would I want that? So I can hit my monthly data cap in a mere 16 seconds?

Oh, but the carriers will increase caps accordingly? Bullshit. My cap went from "nonexistent" before 3G, to "10GB EVDO throttled down to unlimited 1xRTT" with 3G, to "10GB +$10/GB" with 4G. I don't see the carriers as likely to give up easy money just because new tech means we can rack up overage charges even faster.

Comment Re:Uh, the name... (Score 2) 275

I appreciate the lesson in pronunciation (sincerely, I don't mean that as sarcasm); but TFA didn't pull that particular transliteration out of their asses - The Western world has used "Asgard" as the standard spelling for at least a century.

Sometimes, we don't get it right - Tao Te Ching. Bane Sidhe. The entire Welsh language... This "project" has sooo much more wrong with it than the name, no need to resort to picking nits. :)

Comment Obvious reason (Score 1) 310

I fall into this group, and while the reason definitely involves "frustration", it has nothing to do with stupidity or difficulty learning the new system. Instead, I use my tablet for navigation in my car for one very, very trivial reason:

It doesn't lock me out of using it while moving!

Comment Re:really? (Score 5, Insightful) 813

Easy to say, not so easy to do when it happens to you.

For starters, having a job makes it much, much easier to find a new one. Telling your employer to go pound sand has a way of leading to unemployment in short order.

Second, very few Americans have any sort of massive bank of accrued leave; meaning unless they keep working, two weeks from now, they stop getting paid.

And finally, companies often make these situations too good to turn down - Train your replacement, and we'll give you a bonus of six+ months' salary, but only if you stay until they tell you to.

Sure, we may all feel morally indignant about these situations, but how many of us would really choose "unemployment" over a check for $80k? I'd dare say not very many.

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

No, My Gentle Fool, there isn't. It is entirely possible that 1-2-3-4-5 could be _Everybody's_ Password.

You've missed my point entirely. "12345" is the fifth numeric password an attacker would try (after "1", "12", "123", and "1234"). It doesn't matter how securely you store it or how long each guess takes, if an attacker has a reasonably high chance of guessing it by a mere educated guess.

Sure, you could lock the account after X guesses - But then you've just given me a trivial way of locking out the legitimate account-holder as well - Arguably, a lot of kids just out to raise some hell rather than seriously wanting to compromise your accounts would prefer that (applied on as large a scale as possible) than actually guessing the right password. "Oh, look, we just locked the entire Microsoft staff out of their own network, ha-ha!"

Any Password, hashed in any number of many ways repeatedly, and yet each one with a unique Time Stamp embedded and invisible, should do the trick.

That accomplishes nothing more than slowing down any brute force attempts. It certainly doesn't somehow magically make one of the top few million passwords more secure. Or, looked at another way, let's say you use such a horrendously complex hash that each guess takes a whole second. You've just handed any potential attackers a trivial on/off switch to DOS'ing (no leading "D" required) your site, as your poor server farm tries to keep up with just a handful of bad login attempts per second.

Time Stamps supposedly assigned to certain Alpha Decay Chains stuck out like three sore thumbs upon later Analysis.

Would you care to provide a link on how timestamped audit trails have anything to do with brute-force password cracking? It sounds like you've mixed up two separate concepts here. Yes, you can make an RTPS virtually tamper-proof; that doesn't have much in common with proving my identity to Facebook from a previously untrusted computer.

Comment Re:Reality is... (Score 5, Interesting) 210

What form of "properly hashed and securely stored" would make a five character numeric-only password even remotely acceptable?

Mind you, I don't disagree with your premise - The problem here has nothing to do with end-users, and everything to do with expecting them to remember over a hundred distinct "secure" passwords. But that glaring flaw aside (which leads people to use the least secure password a site will let them, and reuse it at every site they can), there *is* still such a thing as a pathetically weak password.

We've all seen, and can debate the exact accuracy of the relevant XKCD strip, but the general idea holds true - We'd all do a hell of a lot better to use memorable three to five word phrases, than trying to squeeze something we can almost remember into leetspeak with an extra random character or two tacked on at the end.

Comment Re:Clickbait? (Score 1) 154

I largely play "Idle" games these days, lacking the time to really get into much more involved than that... And even there you'll find a die-hard community that considers anything other than manually sitting there for hours at a time and clicking furiously as "cheating" (in games where the core mechanic amounts to "level up your resource-producers and come back tomorrow to do it again").

Mind you, many such games' devs have gone so far as to provide straightforward javascript hooks solely for the purpose of more efficient botting; but, good luck arguing that with a purist.

/ (and show me a human who claims to legitimately have the "click a million times" achievement in any game, and I'll show you a liar with an autoclicker. ;)

Comment And IMDB cares about this *why*, exactly? (Score 5, Insightful) 319

"Registrant Organization: IMDb.com, Inc.
Registrant Street: Legal Dept, PO Box 81226,
Registrant City: Seattle
Registrant State/Province: WA"

Dear California: How about "go fuck yourself". That a good answer?

Oh, you don't want IMDB operating in your state? Perhaps you could build some sort of Great Firewall. That's worked out so well for China (and North Korea).

Comment Re:One of those sounds potentially useful.... (Score 1) 37

Back in my college days, we had a saying about student-run experimental design: "Psychology is the study of females ages 18 to 22 with above-average intellect and an interest in psychology".

Although that does mean you need to eventually check your results on a larger, more random pool of participants, it doesn't flat-out make those first-round results invalid. It just means you can get (at least) two papers out of the same results, verifying (or refuting) the external validity of the initial results. ;)

Comment Re: Makes more sense (Score 1) 222

The more data that people use in aggregate, the more capacity that Verizon has to build or everyone's data slows down.

Bandwidth does not equal monthly usage.

If Verizon said "we want to implement a time-of-day based surcharge to help reduce network congestion", we could reasonably discuss the merits of using financial rather than technical means of throttling heavy users.

Charging me per GB of 2am Windows updates, however, counts as nothing short of rent seeking via regulatory capture. Every single unused bit of capacity of my nearest cell tower gets wasted forever. It neither costs Verizon more, not saves them a penny, to ever have a tower sitting idle; and thanks to a complete (intentional) failure of the FCC to properly allocate spectrum as a public good, you and I can't simply say "screw you, Verizon, I'll put up my own cell network!"

Comment Re: Good Heavens (Score 2) 275

Clap Clap Clap.

Now tell us what fraction of the total length of that line actually fell within city limits rather than "middle of the ocean/desert"?

And that woefully low number comes from a line you cherry-picked. Try again by throwing two darts at a map and draw your line through them - Repeat. Repeat. Now tell us what fraction of those lines ever even intersect a city.

Slashdot really needs to ban ACs. You worthless wastes of electrons get less useful and more hostile every year.

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