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Comment Re:Let them choose (Score 1) 734

I understood why the decision must be made before they are 18. But the phrase 'the clock is ticking' usually implies that time is about to run out and there is a high pressure to make a decision quickly. My point is, unless they're already 17, that isn't really true; wait until they're old enough to have an informed discussion about this, then let them make the decision, before the deadline.

Comment Re: Is something being casually elided here? (Score 2) 431

This is something I've found as well. I've never received any formal instruction in grammar, but I like to think that my standard of writing is fairly high. A few years ago however, I started trying to learn a foreign language and found that my lack of understanding of the grammar of my own language made it much more difficult to relate to the rules of the foreign language.

Comment Re:They're probably not hashing them. (Score 1) 162

The only (non-technical) reason I can think of is that they think that longer passwords are more likely to be forgotten, and they don't want to deal with the support calls.

On the other hand, the people I work with who constantly forget their passwords can't even remember a string of 3 or 4 numbers, so maybe the length doesn't really make a lot of difference there.

Comment Re:Dumb (Score 1) 237

I can do this, no problem. It really doesn't take long to learn where a few knobs are. If they're designed well, the shape also tells you which direction they are pointing and therefore what their current setting is. There's no need to look in order to find or change any of their settings.

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