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Comment Re: Redundant (Score 1) 141

I use "" pretty consistently here in the US, and I've found a huge number of stores which apparently do provide their mailing lists to anyone and everyone. Equifax - the "reputable" credit reporting company - seems to be among the worst; I get a ton of spam to equifax@catchall.domain.

I should probably publish a list online somewhere from my spam logs... :)

Comment Re: Basic ettiquette pays I guess (Score 1) 113

Wait, people actually say "ecks-muss"? They're poorly informed.

The "X" is used because it looks similar to the Greek "Chi," and is the closest letter chosen to represent "Christ." In the early to mid nineteen hundreds, it was suggested by several style guudes that "Xmas" be used as an abbreviated way to /write/ "Christmas" in places where space was limited, like store sign boards and such. It's been used that way for centuries, though. And it's not pronounced as an "x"; the word is still pronounced "Christmas."

There's a better, more detailed write up at Wikipedia:

Comment Re: At least my pin 8068 is safe (Score 4, Funny) 114

I have a Post-It stuck to the bottom of my keyboard with the word "pa$$word1" written on it, and have for years. I like to imagine that one day someone will try logging in to my account with that, thinking to themselves "wow, the sysadmin has a terrible password" just before it doesn't work.

It's the little things that get you through the day...

Comment Re: Oh, they're a big company, (Score 1) 527

I also installed Windows 10 through the early adopter / developer program thing, and have not seen any of that crap (though the start tiles sure show enough other garbage that I don't care about). It's presumably an OEM load thing? /logging in for the first time in months just to avoid the anon post

Comment Re: open source 2 factor authentication? (Score 3, Interesting) 71

Google Authenticator is an open source, easy to use TOTP (and HOTP) implementation which is not bad at all. The pam module is decent, and the smart phone (androit, ios, and blackberry support) client's QR Code enrollment is very convenient. Because [TH]OTP are standards, it's compatible with any other implementation of those standards, such as and the Yubikey tokens.

Personally, I use the Google Auth client with pam_krb5 / mit kerberos using a custom preauth plugin with totp keys generated by oath and stored in an LDAP backend. It's pretty neat. I mostly went with TOTP because that allows me to more easily pre-generate keys for automation jobs, btw.

Comment Re: Live in a cave (Score 2) 664

Weird. The stock brakes on both the '95 Caprice and '96 Impala SS sitting in my driveway can hold the car in place. That was true when the engine was stock, and is still true after adding a shift kit, PCM tune, cat-back, intake, and valve train upgrades. It's been true on both the factory tires and the substantially wider aftermarket tires. It might be time for you to replace your brake material; you're seemingly endangering the other cars on the road.

When you're trying to power brake, BTW, you'll want to let up on the brakes just a little, and mash the gas. Don't ease in to it. ;)

Comment Re: Live in a cave (Score 2) 664

Well, if it was in article comments on the Internet, that's a whole new story... ;)

No one sells a car in the US with exclusive brake-by-wire, because nearly every state mandates the existence of a second braking system independent of the primary braking system. That's often the thing people call the "emergency brake," as compared to the "service brake." For IL, look at Article III at They must be separated such that a failure in any one part does not leave the vehicle without brakes. IL also prescribes a maximum stopping distance from a couple of speeds.

Comment Re:They probably don't want to burn affiliates (Score 2) 169

It's not really "free" to watch OTA - you have the show interrupted every few minutes by commercials, which cost you time. The problem here is that OTA broadcasting costs pretty much the same whether it goes to one TV or one million. All they pay to do is vibrate the air[1]. Cable's not that different. With Internet streaming, however, each individual connection typically costs more.

The solution is to fix the medium, IMHO. Big networks and content producers should be pushing for less expensive bandwidth or, even better, for working multicasting. :)

[1] yeah, I know how radio actually works, but I'm trying to make a point here.

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